Barney Griffiths

Barney Griffiths

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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...

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A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO HISTORY

We decided to have a change of atmosphere over the Christmas holidays in an attempt to escape the toxic environment created by the despicable implementation of Article 155 in this part of the world. As...

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Naivety

b So many questions have been raised about the Catalan independence process since the first week of October, especially in reference to whether the Catalan government was truly prepared for the next step...

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No, nope, no way José

Bit of a negative column this month. Given recent events, I’m sure you’ll understand why. There seems little to be positive about at the moment. I’m completely ignoring Christmas cultural differences...

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The victim card

As regular readers of this column will know by now, I’m in favour of Catalonia having a referendum on its future and also of it separating from Spain and becoming a republic. Admittedly, it’s not a...

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Finding home

Obviously, I’m very lucky. Just hearing what the floods of refugees have had to endure since they were forced to leave their war-torn homeland makes me realise that. I chose to leave my homeland many...

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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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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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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...