Barney Griffiths

Barney Griffiths

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BARNEY GRIFFITHS

The sovereignty issue

This month’s column was brought on by an encounter with some old schoolmates, meaning people I went to school with 35 years ago. One of them was getting remarried this summer and arranged to have his...

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BARNEY GRIFFITHS

Ex-pats and 1-O

£“93 555 6724 Perkins”. That is the unexpected response I got when phoning an English work colleague here many years ago. She lived down the coast in Sitges, and hearing her answer the phone in this...

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BARNEY GRIFFITHS

School holidays

As usual at this time of year, our son is about to finish school a week before the end of June and not return until almost mid-September; in other words he’s about to have 11 weeks off. Yes, you read...

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Secretive chat

One luxury I predict Catalans will gradually lose as Catalonia opens up to the world is that of switching into the Catalan language when they don't want others to understand what they're saying. Obviously,...

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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...