Barney Griffiths

Barney Griffiths

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Won’t mingle?

1 In this month’s column I’m going to address the concept of “mingling”. And the reason for this is I don’t find a satisfactory equivalent in Catalan or Spanish. And the reason for that is, it’s...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

THE WORLD’S BEST CITY

Areport in a British broadsheet at the end of April provided further proof, if it were needed, of what a wonderful city Catalonia’s capital is. Barcelona claimed top spot in the largest independent destination...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Whose flaw is that again?

Regular readers will be aware that I do not address the weightier issues of the world in this column, but rather strive to provide light-hearted reflections on what it’s like being a foreigner who has...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Don’t stop the music

I recently went with a friend to talk to the owner of a music café in Barcelona about whether we could play there so that our friends and family could come along and enjoy some live music performed by...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Spain is different

Over the past twenty plus years I have translated and revised academic articles for publication in international journals and papers for academic conferences. And I have done so successfully, with a very...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Eskerrik asko

1 2 3 4 5

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

THE SLAP

123

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

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,...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

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...