Sticking Power

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

One hundred years ago, Belfast was one of the world’s premier industrial cities. Eric Hobsbawm’s Industry and Empire celebrates the sheer intensity of industrial production there. Today things have changed massively. It’s a commonplace to lament the dominance of the state sector, dependent on government subvention. But all is not lost for Belfast’s entrepreneurial spirit. […]

Yes We Catalan

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

When I moved to Barcelona in 1998, the Catalan independence movement amounted to little more than three men and a dog. Actually, a woman did show up sometimes and the dog was not always there. I’d see them day after day on Las Ramblas at a table draped with a Catalan flag. Few people bothered […]

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