. LLUÍS ROMERO
THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE
BARNEY GRIFFITHS

Degrees of compassion

It's a theme I've addressed before, but then something happened recently that made me reflect on it further: the degree and scope of collective spirit inherent in my adopted culture. It came to the fore...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE
BARNEY GRIFFITHS

Second chances

My wife's birthday is on a holiday, so if I want to send a surprise bunch of flowers to her place of work, it has to arrive the day before. Not that I've done that before, but it is what I decided to do...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE
BARNEY GRIFFITHS

Chat as stress relief

I've been working at universities in Catalonia for the past 10 years or so, and it is very noticeable how students behave in comparison to students in other countries I've lived in. Surprisingly for many...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE
BARNEY GRIFFITHS

Tolerably religious

wEaster is upon us, which means the – to me at least – disturbing televised sight of people dragging crosses around and shouting guapa at the Virgin Mary: such are the images we receive each year from...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE
BARNEY GRIFFITHS

Nice to meet you

A kiss on the cheek? Left or right? Two kisses, one on either cheek? Three? How many cheeks have we got? A kiss on the lips? Really? No kisses, but a handshake? A bow? What angle? Greeting someone new...

. ORIOL DURAN
THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE
BARNEY GRIFFITHS

All sweetness and no light

This Christmas I took my son to the UK to see his English family, which involves a car trip from my mum's place in Manchester down to my dad's near Reading. It's a journey I used to hate as a child, seven...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE
BARNEY GRIFFITHS

Education

Deep breath, because this one's a biggie, and I could easily fall off my tightrope. Here goes…what sets good educators apart from the rest? And is there some cultural difference that makes it easier...

. Lluís Romero
THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE
BARNEY GRIFFITHS

Barça and the beautiful game

Given the fact that from the beginning of November I started hosting a football chat show on Punt d'Avui TV, this may be an appropriate time to discuss how the beautiful game is seen here compared to other...

Lluís Romero
THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

A homage to Girona

I've realised I must follow my last column praising the Catalan capital with a homage to what was my home for the past ten years, the wonderful Medieval city of Girona. The label “city” feels misleading,...

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