Barney Griffiths

Barney Griffiths

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

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...

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BARNEY GRIFFITHS

More sinned against than sinning? I think not

As I write this, images of England football fans clashing with French locals, Russian ultras and riot police in Marseille during the European Championships are being beamed around the world. Drunken fat...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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BARNEY GRIFFITHS

Tipping

This month's topic is one which could not be more culturally distinct: tipping. By which I mean leaving a gratuity for a service received, not dumping stuff illegally somewhere or predicting which horse...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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BARNEY GRIFFITHS

An Easter homage to JC

I'm writing this column at Easter so you'll understand why I'm dedicating it to JC, who has had such a profound effect on my religion. What may come as a surprise to some, although not those who know I...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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BARNEY GRIFFITHS

The customer's always right, right?

One of the challenges of taking your vehicle to a garage is not knowing the terminology used by mechanics, especially as they are notorious for using customers' ignorance to charge as much as they like....

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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BARNEY GRIFFITHS

The language thing

This month's column touches more on language than culture, but then the two overlap, so that's my excuse. The thing is, some aspects of language use here still feel strange, even after having lived here...