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I say Indy - incidently

I speak Catalan, although I read and write it far better than I speak it. Both my Catalan courses were marked by bigger events. The first course in Born, Barcelona was marred by my then Catalan partner’s hunger strike for Independence and subsequent involuntary detention in a psychiatric unit for two months. That hunger strike was censored by mainstream media although David Pratt and Kathleen Nutt (The Herald) and RAC1 (Barcelona) and some alternative media gave it some mention. The second was marred by the October 1 referendum and subsequent events. Damn those independistas! Both those events actually immersed me in Catalan.

At that time, I worked for CCMA, the Catalan state TV and radio corporation. I worked with producers, directors and those close to the top: I couldn’t have been closer to events. One Tuesday morning in a classroom in the renovated building of Fabra I Coats, Sant Andreu, Catalunya (which I’ve previously written about in this very publication), I reflected on the fact that in our multicultural class of 25 students, only two people came from countries that hadn’t managed to get independence: me and my teacher, Marga, a staunch independista, who continually ran out the classroom with each new event on her phone. The rest came from south American, north American and African countries. All had managed to get independence from their colonial overseers. But neither Scotland nor Catalunya.

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