China’s quest for commercial supremacy is being played out at the World Cup

The 2018 World Cup so far has been rich in sporting upsets, with the demise of pre-tournament favourites Germany and Spain having been expertly sealed by minnows South Korea and hosts Russia. Beyond these tales of grand ignominy and unforeseen triumph, the tournament has also been made distinctive by a surging interest by fans and … Continue reading China’s quest for commercial supremacy is being played out at the World Cup

Catalonia are convinced that democracy will prevail; but celebrations feel short-lived (12th October)

Walking through the town hall of Barcelona last night, the scene was one of collective liberation. As if the perennial struggle for autonomy running since 1922 with the creation of the Estat Català had definitively been resolved. Catalonia has long been a region with its own proud history and distinct culture and language and as … Continue reading Catalonia are convinced that democracy will prevail; but celebrations feel short-lived (12th October)