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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Changing times mark a balanced and slow recovery for travel

Keys. Wallet. Phone. Mask. Our habits as we leave the house have changed. All our lives have. It was back in May when, like so many thousands of others, I started wearing a mask to commute to and from work in London. I’ve been keeping a diary and on the 14th May I wrote: “It...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Always at the top of his game in the most charming manner

They say it all runs in the family, from father to son. My guest this week is a man of many talents – who was probably there, at a special reception you may have attended, a special dinner or maybe even your own wedding – working behind the scenes making sure everything went according to...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

New curfews and stricter rules, but enforcement needed

New restrictions come into force from midnight. As the Chief Minister delivered his latest Covid-19 briefing he also told us all what we knew was coming – Christmas parties with friends and work colleagues will likely be cancelled. “Believe me, if you hate hearing that – I hate saying it” he said. Although it’s hoped...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Simple steps

In announcing new public health measures yesterday, the Gibraltar Government aimed to avoid another lockdown while allowing as much normality as possible. In achieving that goal, we all have a role to play. There will be some legislative changes to tighten rules for restaurants and bars, in particular for those in the popular Chatham Counterguard...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Music memories that never fade

I often sit down to compile and constantly revisit the list of people I want to sit at Alice’s Table. I have to say the list is always long. Some make it sooner than others. Others may never make it. But there are a few that have been on the list from day one. One...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

A time for solidarity

More than six months since lockdown started and the UK is facing restrictions for another six months. 2020 has fast become the year that never was for all the things we love to do. The worst impact from the pandemic may yet be to come. And yet we must remain positive. As cases in Gibraltar...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Covid-19 in numbers

By Roy Clinton As the global Covid-19 death toll exceeds a million lives, each day we naturally keep a wary eye on the daily reported local Covid-19 cases and the overall trend. That however is not the only number that we need to keep an eye on. We also need to look at the numbers...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Students put brave face on Covid restrictions, but confusion reigns

I’ll be home for Christmas … or maybe not if you’re a university student. A UK government minister has suggested students may be forced to stay where they are in December to control spiraling cases of coronavirus. After a backlash the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said “we would expect all students to be able to...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Looking forward to future of the RGP

Richard Ullger, Commissioner of Police As the Commissioner of the Royal Gibraltar Police, one of the things that I am determined to do is that we provide the very best quality of service to the people of Gibraltar, but in particular to every victim of crime. I want to reach out to the community and...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Victor beats out that rhythm on the drum

Our Saturday table has hosted plenty of singers and musicians over the past two years. With an interest in the local music scene I have always supported local musicians, bands and songwriters. But I have also been fascinated by the music stories of the fifties and sixties when local bands were many. Last week we...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Redundant expressions of outrage

Below is the full text of a personal statement issued by Marlene Hassan Nahon, Leader of Together Gibraltar and Member of the Gibraltar Parliament. This week my party issued a statement requesting bipartisanship in the face of the ongoing Brexit negotiations. We did this because we were becoming increasingly concerned by the disingenuous comments coming...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

A void in Main Street with Piazza Cafe closure

Espresso, Manchao or Cortado. How different many of us like our coffee. But most of us enjoy having it with friends and family. Our cafe culture - like many other Mediterranean lifestyles - is part of who we are. We have the lovely weather and no shortage of venues, both indoors and with terraces. When...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Social security and the favour system

Gibraltar’s Social Security system is rapidly becoming unfit for purpose, leaving the vulnerable with an increasingly torn safety net in hard times. It’s damagingly seen as one intrinsic part of a social system of favours, rather than one of entitlement to social benefits derived from living in a democracy like ours. Indeed, the word ‘entitlement’...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Our 100th Saturday Table tells the story of Gibraltarian soprano Rossy Power - the golden voice

In 1949, two charity concerts were held at the Theatre Royal for the St Vincent de Paul Society. Two of many you might say, and you would be right. But these were special and would go on to live in the memory of the young voices who performed in these concerts and which the Chronicle...