Barney Griffiths

Barney Griffiths

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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

The title of this month’s column is of course a partial quote from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the full version being “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, the female protagonist’s...

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SING FOR YOUR CULTURE

My column this month - Happy New Year by the way - has its origins in a reader’s letter to be found on page 8 of this magazine, written by one Xavier Espinosa Llandrich. Xavier laments the fact that...

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AFTER THE FEAST IS OVER

It’s that time of year again, when the whole family get together in one place and try and get along for a whole or most of a day. At least, that’s the cultural tradition in both my adopted and native...

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In with the new

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Cash? Really?

I was recently forced to interact with an estate agency here in Barcelona, something I try and avoid as much as possible, due to my natural aversion to money-grabbing parasites. Is that a bit harsh? Maybe,...

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STUCK IN THE PAST

It’s a common phenomenon as we age: we look back on our childhoods with rose-tinted glasses, pining for a youth our memories endow with an unrealistically positive hue. If you’re a Britalan like me,...

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The travails of workmen

This week we had the joy of a visit from someone whose job description in English would be that of plumber, given that his work entails fixing household water installations, although the following observations...

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Is that what you MEAN?

On 15 April a headline caught my eye in one of the local Catalan newspapers, and it did so for a reason that has become of increasing interest to me in recent times: ambiguity. What does this quote say...

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Hospitals and health

Given recent events in my life, it seems only natural to write about health this month. In fact, as I have had an auto-immune disease since adolescence, I have extensive experience of hospitals, doctors...