With an eye to Scotland – Barcelona, September 11th : Demonstrators march during a pro-independence demonstration as part of the celebrations of the National Day of Catalonia behind a banner rthat says in Catalan “Now is the Hour”. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

It’s natural that most of us should be focused on the significance of the outcome as the polling day for Scotland’s referendum on independence approac(...)

Vitoria in northern Spain, pictured earlier in August at the start of its annual festival.  Photograph: Adrian Ruiz de Hierro/EPA

The mayor of a town in northern Spain has been accused of racism and even of aping Hitler, after he claimed that immigrants are sponging off the stat(...)

Relatives of imprisoned members of ETA  take part in a march in Bilbao last year demanding the transfer of prisoners to the Basque country. The placard reads: “Basque prisoners in the Basque country.” Photograph: Getty Images

As Julen Mendoza, the quietly spoken mayor of Errenteria, points out the red-brick former factory in the town’s centre, his pride is barely perceptibl(...)

The race suit of Britain’s Christopher Froome is torn after he crashed during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 155 kilometers from Ypres, Belgium, and finish in Arenberg, France. Photograph: AP Photo

This was a stage for the ages, but its images are already seared into memories. The peloton, splattered and scattered by the rain and cobbles along t(...)

Last year’s winner, Britain’s Chris Froome (left), and Spain’s Alberto Contador in action during the ninth stage – between Saint-Girons and Bagnères-de-Bigorre – of last year’s Tour de France. The pair lock horns again in what promises to be one of the closest contests since Cadel Evans’ victory in 2011. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/Getty Images

The debates are raging. Chris Froome will win because he dominated last year’s race, and because he won the Tours of Oman and Romandie this year. No, (...)

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia: how about reading Recollections of a Bleeding Heart, Don Watson’s biography of Paul Keating, or Eyrie, Tim Winton’s latest and best novel?

Spain The Ages of Lulu, Almudena Grandes (1989) Long before the arrival of EL James, Almudena Grandes had made a name for herself in the e(...)

Teki takes advantage of the Kinect system on Xbox.

In Spain’s Basque Country patients with chronic diseases including asthma, diabetes and arthritis are turning on their Xbox games consoles with(...)

Time to finish the job

Northern Ireland badly needs a more visionary politics concerned with joint projects if it is to free itself from past conflicts – and Bill Cli(...)

Thousands of people march take part in a demonstration in Bilbao yesterday. The Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) joined forces with left wing nationalists Sortu and other nationalist parties and trade unions, and jointly called the protest after a march to be held in favour of ETA prisoners was declared illegal by a Spanish judge. Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

Tens of thousands of protesters defied a court ban by marching through the streets of Bilbao in Spain’s northern Basque Country yesterday in support o(...)

 Amphawa floating market in Thailand. Photograph: Getty
10 food holidays

Basque in the luxury Food heaven in Spain is in the Basque country, around San Sebastian. The city has the highest concentration of Michelin star(...)