Barney Griffiths

Barney Griffiths

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Of course, sir

Tourism is booming in Barcelona, despite three notable factors: one, the terrorist attacks of just two years ago; two, the so-called “tourism-phobia” that has gripped the city in recent years and seen...

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Reasonable expectations

I was recently having a chat with an acquaintance from another country who mentioned she was in a parents’ Whatsapp group for her child’s school and at the beginning the Catalan parents had made a...

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Not just the HEAT

You have to contend with more than just the heat if, like me, you are condemned to spend your entire summer at home in the Catalan capital. Living in a residential area of central Barcelona, I know that...

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DOING IT FOR THE KIDS

I went for a wander on my own for Sant Joan this year. I don’t normally go out on June 23 due to my aversion to what I deem to be unnecessary loud noise and my general intolerance of mischief, these...

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Servus!

I recently took advantage of a group of English friends spending a UK Bank Holiday weekend in Munich to return to the country I called home for two and a half years many moons ago. In fact, I lived in...

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Don’t get me started

With elections just gone, my natural instinct this month would have been to use this column to bemoan the fact that I can’t vote here despite having been a resident and taxpayer for over 20 years, but...

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Empty threats

Marxem!” (We’re leaving!) “Ja esta, anem cap a casa de l’avia!” (That’s it, we’re going to grandma’s house!) “S’ha acabat!” (It’s over!) ”Ja no hi ha més!” (That’s it, no...

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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

The title of this month’s column is of course a partial quote from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the full version being “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, the female protagonist’s...

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SING FOR YOUR CULTURE

My column this month - Happy New Year by the way - has its origins in a reader’s letter to be found on page 8 of this magazine, written by one Xavier Espinosa Llandrich. Xavier laments the fact that...