Standing in a Spanish Doorway

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Standing in a Spanish Doorway
A blog on social / public issues and cultural life in Catalonia and Spain.
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  • "Wine and a whine" - My latest opinion column for Catalonia Today magazine 5 days ago  As a reptile – I like to think of myself as one of those lizards that runs across the hottest desert sands with a high knee action like an Olympic hurdler, though in reality I’m probably more of a slow-moving komodo dragon – waking up to yet another spring morning with a sky the colour of...
  • "Damned noise" -- an opinion from the 2nd most noisy country in the world: Spain. 1 week ago   ‘In this country, clamour is as inevitable as the air one breathes. It follows you, wherever you go, whatever you do.Motorcycles, construction sites, shouting, music, mobile phones, bells, firecrackers, barking, horns, alarms, barrel organs, shouting, radios, hammers, garbage trucks, heels,...
  • Another new ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ reader review (that makes it all worthwhile) 2 weeks ago "Strikingly akin to George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia.Exudes authenticity and realism. Hetherington gives us vivid pictures of the innards of Spain. A book meant more for explorers than for tourists. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to know about the real Spain."Thanks very much,...
  • "Hands on" - My latest article for Catalonia Today magazine 3 weeks ago  [Erika Lust_Pic: Monica Figueras]On a crisp but sunny early afternoon last month, I took myself to (lower) Sant Gervasi-Galvany, part of Barcelona city. I had volunteered to be interviewed for a documentary and before stepping through the door of the rented film studio on the building’s...
  • Spain's Basque country and Richard Burton: a tenuous connection but a very real one 2 months ago  In this dramatic and poignant speech-like reply to an interview question [between 3:11 - 6:00] the Welsh actor talks about his miner father's unique relationship with The Great Atlantic Fault (or "dark artery"): a  famous coal seam that "starts in the north of Spain and goes under The Bay of... Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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