Barney Griffiths

Barney Griffiths

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A bit cheeky

For this month’s column I’m going to set aside my hitherto shunning of all things Coronavirus and address an issue taken from a recent newspaper article, which was entitled: “Children and roguish...

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Place of rest

Well, this won’t be an easy subject to write about, but I feel compelled to write about it. As regular readers and those who know me will be aware, I recently spent much time visiting the hospital, as...

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A relic of the past

I don’t have much need to use Renfe’s Rodalies - or local train service - due to the fact that I seldom venture far out of Barcelona. For that I am thankful, given the constant problems the system...

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GUNS? NO THANKS

The United States eh? What to make of ?em? The world?s most advanced country? Some of their conceited propaganda would have us believe so, especially under the current president. And yet the insistence...

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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...