Brett Hetherington

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This is the website of Brett Hetherington:
a writer and teacher  living in Catalonia, northern Spain.

He is the author of “The Remade Parent,” a non-fiction book available by clicking on the image on the right.

Brett is represented by the Antonia Kerrigan Literary Agency in Barcelona.



Season of free Australian films in Barcelona

 This week is the start of an Australian Film Season, hosted by Barcelona's RMIT in conjunction with ASBA (the Australia Spain Business Association.)

The season comprises 10 films. There will be one film each week, on Thursdays at 7.30pm, with the exception of 2 October.

The premiere will take place this Thursday 18 September at 7.30pm, and will be attended by the Australian Ambassador to Spain, Ms Jane Hardy. The screening will be followed by a cocktail reception.

The screenings will take place at RMIT in C/Minerva 2. This street runs off Diagonal and is very close to Passeig de Gracia.

Admission is free to all screenings.

The list of films and their dates appear below...


18/9 Priscilla Queen of the Desert 

25/9 Picnic at Hanging Rock 

9/10 The Year of Living Dangerously 

16/10 Lantana 

23/10 Rabbit Proof Fence 

30/10 Gallipoli 

6/11 The Lighthorsemen 

13/11 Wake in Fright 

20/11 Breaker Morant 

27/11 Animal Kingdom


Personally, I highly recommend Lantana. Though I haven't seen Rabbit Proof Fence or Wake in Fright they are many other people's favourites.








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Leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, visits Jerusalem's Wailing Wall

 The trip was made [last weekend] by a group made up of Spanish political parties, Izquierda Plural (with six Euro deputies) and Podemos (with five).

They visited Ramala after Israel had denied the delegation entry to Gaza two days earlier.

The delegation held meetings with Palestinian leaders, among them the Prime Minister of the United Nation Transitional Government, Rami Hamdala, and with the top Palestinian diplomat, Raid al Malki.

The group also met with Israeli pacifists and left-wing groups such as Rabbis for Democracy, and they visited the old city of Jerusalem.


More from original source here.

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Down syndrome, Dawkins and doubt

Even the greatest have intellectual blind spots...

I regard Richard Dawkins as having one of the greatest minds of our time but I think he was wrong to say what he did this week. He has given a kind of apology/clarification but I'm still unconvinced about his key point. His most recent statement argued that...

"...if your morality is based, as mine is, on a desire to increase the sum of happiness and reduce suffering, the decision to deliberately give birth to a Down baby, when you have the choice to abort it early in the pregnancy, might actually be immoral from the point of view of the child’s own welfare."

I've spent time around teenagers with Down syndrome and they certainly did not strike me as being especially unhappy, and often seemed quite a bit more happy than many others their age.


I worked with some teenage students with the syndrome during my teacher training in the 1990's and have very fond memories of two kids in particular. Jason was a big, quiet guy who loved soccer. His favoured response to most questions was "Nuh. Nothin'..."

Mary was a lively and flirtatious girl who had a huge crush on Australian game-show host Larry Emdur. She always insisted that I sit next to her because she believed I looked like her idol.


Here is one woman's beautiful and moving account of the joys of having a brother with Down's syndrome.



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The Catalans in Queensland


A detailed, fascinating look at the their 20th century history in the north-eastern state of Australia, via Cristina Poyatos Matas.

(Link also here.)


[Thanks to Ferran Fabrellas.]


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InTransit is a site that has English translations of opinion pieces that have appeared in the Catalan-speaking press or Spanish press.

It's worth reading or even subscribing to their e-newsletter.

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