Barney Griffiths

Barney Griffiths

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Driving forces

Having lived in various cultures and taken great interest in trying to work out what makes them tick over the course of my life, I feel qualified to give my opinion on what I tend to call cultural driving...

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Dressing up

Not long ago I found myself in close proximity to SpongeBob SquarePants and a 6-foot crayon engaged in a fistfight with seven jockeys (the ones that ride horses). I don't for one minute expect Catalan...

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Reis reflections

Epiphany? Kings' Day (surely with the plural apostrophe)? Three Kings' Day? Three Wise Men's Day (let's not forget that in the English version Jesus was visited by wise men rather than kings on his birth)?...

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Cards

My uncle passed away recently, and in addition to Skype calls to my family in the UK we naturally immediately went looking for a card to send our condolences to my mother. I say we, but it was actually...

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Cinema etiquette

After last month's more serious column, I'm going back to light-hearted for this one with a short anecdote. I went to the Balmes cinema with my wife to see Ron Howard's Beatles documentary on a Saturday...

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Immigration

I find it heart-warming to see the message “Tourists go home, immigrants welcome” plastered around the streets of Barcelona. It seems to mark a new attitude towards the whole phenomenon of immigration...

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BARNEY GRIFFITHS

Drawing lines

My wife, who is Catalan, recently contacted a compatriot of hers to organise an exchange programme between Catalan and British schoolkids. The woman had not long ago returned from living in the UK and...

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BARNEY GRIFFITHS

Racism? That's a bit rich

This week's column is based on a curious incident that took place in a summer football tournament I played in with my team – an assortment of ageing Irish and Britalans sprinkled with a couple of offspring...

Steve Smyth with Barney Griffiths on El Punt Avui TV. /

Music as communication

You are a singer-songwriter and a citizen of the world, originally from New South Wales in Australia, according to your website.I'm not a big fan of borders. This is a place that we all share together...