Barney Griffiths

Barney Griffiths

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Which language?

It’s that time of year where families re-adapt to the old routine after the school holidays. However, as we all know, this year will be different. After the challenges of most of 2020 to date, at least...

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Reclaim your heritage

In line with my vow to write only positive words in this column henceforth, this month’s reflections attempt to continue with the theme of positive consequences emerging from the current crisis. Clearly,...

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Taking stock

I’m not religious, so the idea of some form of heaven and hell do not normally enter my vocabulary, but two years of what seem like purgatory have led me to take a decision about this column: from now...

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A bit cheeky

For this month’s column I’m going to set aside my hitherto shunning of all things Coronavirus and address an issue taken from a recent newspaper article, which was entitled: “Children and roguish...

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Place of rest

Well, this won’t be an easy subject to write about, but I feel compelled to write about it. As regular readers and those who know me will be aware, I recently spent much time visiting the hospital, as...

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A relic of the past

I don’t have much need to use Renfe’s Rodalies - or local train service - due to the fact that I seldom venture far out of Barcelona. For that I am thankful, given the constant problems the system...

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GUNS? NO THANKS

The United States eh? What to make of ?em? The world?s most advanced country? Some of their conceited propaganda would have us believe so, especially under the current president. And yet the insistence...

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Of course, sir

Tourism is booming in Barcelona, despite three notable factors: one, the terrorist attacks of just two years ago; two, the so-called “tourism-phobia” that has gripped the city in recent years and seen...

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Reasonable expectations

I was recently having a chat with an acquaintance from another country who mentioned she was in a parents’ Whatsapp group for her child’s school and at the beginning the Catalan parents had made a...