Barney Griffiths

Barney Griffiths

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Point missed

Due to a condition I have had since childhood, I go to the hospital every eight weeks for a specialised treatment. I have therefore built up a relationship with the nurse who administers the treatment,...

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Phile or phobe?

I speak Catalan, my wife was Catalan and my son is Catalan. I have made Catalonia my home. I have lived well here, and I am grateful for that, although I feel that the relationship is a balanced one, as...

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Clear as mud

I often think a huge gulf must exist between the thought processes I follow and those of my native co-residents of Catalonia, which is where much of the content of this column has come from over the years,...

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Gender (in) equality

The reason I write this column, and indeed have done for many years now, is because of the endless stream of cultural comparisons that strike me on a regular basis having settled in a place so different...

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Happy to help, sir

So there I was, wandering down Passeig de Gràcia with a friend for the first time in who knows how long, minding my own business as the sun peeked cautiously though the clouds, promising to turn this...

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A rite of PASSAGE

So another election in which I am unable to participate comes and goes. I know that I and other contributors to this magazine have voiced our frustration in the past about not being able to vote in a country...

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That’s right, no?

Regular readers will recall that not that long ago I wrote a column called “The culture of no”, bemoaning the fact that as a customer I am often met with the answer “No” in my adopted culture,...

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Virtually social

In the spirit of positivity that I vowed to maintain for this column since 2020 started so atrociously, I will endeavour to give parents a little comfort regarding their concerns over their offsprings’...

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A troubled genius

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