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Anti-corruption law shortfall

By Robert Vasquez The salient feature of the recently published Anti-Corruption Authority Bill [Bill] is that it fails to do what it is intended to do because an important element of the very persons who are subject to investigation have the indirect power to appoint the investigators. Colossal powers in most areas are given to...

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‘If you don’t like it, you lump it’

By Damon Bossino There we had it. Parliamentary etiquette was quickly thrown out the window by the ‘Father of the House’ when he told me that if I didn’t like his answer I should ‘lump it’. The losers were the Gibraltarian public as the pertinent questions asked on their behalf were not to be answered...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Welcoming old age with the ‘same force and enthusiasm’ for life and art as ever

Even now as she prepares to turn 80 this Christmas (on Boxing Day) Bathsheba Peralta still finds excitement when splashing oil paint on a canvas – she remains passionate about her art and creates new works almost every day. Bathsheba is the last of the Serfaty sisters to feature on these pages. To sit at...

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Treaty talks: ‘None the wiser, but a lot better informed’

by Christine Vasquez I’m reminded of a story about a judge, who when having listened to a lengthy submission, rather arrogantly said, “I’m none the wiser”- to which the young lawyer at the end of the delivery promptly replied, “None the wiser Your Honour, but a lot better informed.” That sums up how I felt...

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Sophie Clifton-Tucker

Opinion & Analysis

#SophieSays Confronting the imposter

How am I supposed to go back to work in a month? I don’t even remember what I do. Granted, I’ve managed to keep one finger firmly in the writers’ pie with this column, but as I tentatively poke my head above the parapet to watch my peers after some time away, I can feel...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Mired in Brexit uncertainty

As negotiators resume talks again in London this week, it seems we are destined for another anxious festive season as we await an answer to a question that has dominated political discussion since 2016: will we, or won’t we, get a deal for the Rock’s future relations with the EU? The red lines are clear...

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Jonathan Pizarro

Opinion & Analysis

#Chasing Nelson What World Cup?

I used to be apologetic about my complete lack of interest in football. I would have an entire conversation planned, about how none of my family were ever much into football and that was passed on to me. Which is all true. But it was always in the tone of deference, because what man isn’t...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Mired in Brexit uncertainty

As negotiators resume talks again in London this week, it seems we are destined for another anxious festive season as we await an answer to a question that has dominated political discussion since 2016: will we, or won’t we, get a deal for the Rock’s future relations with the EU? The red lines are clear...

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Guardians of the Trees

by Jason Kurt Easter “Time-honoured, beautiful, solemn and wise. Noble, sacred and ancient…” Anon I titled this short article with a superhero flavour (replacing Galaxy for Trees), not because I’m a fiction author and writer, but to highlight that we should all be guardians to the trees. The quote above quote is both quaint and...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

‘The artist is like a magician – art is like magic’ – Willa

Willa Vasquez was the first president of the Gibraltar Fine Arts Association which next year celebrates its 25th anniversary. Back then the hub of the Rock’s artistic community was the John Mackintosh Hall. Willa worked side by side, the then Director of Culture at the Ministry Manolo Galliano, and together they would hang and curate...

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#RICHARD’SRENDEZVOUS Visits and commemorations

Not for one moment do I intend taking credit for the beautiful, neat looking, white balustrades on the British War Memorial boulevard - the painting of which coincidentally, seemed to have begun on the same Wednesday morning my Richard’s Rendezvous article illustrated the state those upright supports were in. Clearly it was already planned as...

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Brian Reyes

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Safety in a shared space

I confess I’m bemused by some of the reaction to the recent initiative on cycling safety unveiled by Paul Balban, the Minister for Transport. You’d think he’d proposed a law banning cars rather than a rule requiring drivers to do what most do anyway, which is give cyclists ample margin on the road. We’re not...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

The golden age of the picture postcard in the early years of the 20th Century

Although there are no statistics, the number of different editions of early picture postcards of Gibraltar, and the wide range of publishers, is believed to be a testimony to their popularity. Gibraltar’s active port has over the centuries helped to create a cosmopolitan society so it will come as no surprise to read that some...

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Sophie Clifton-Tucker

Opinion & Analysis

#SophieSays Into the unknown

After a brief hiatus, I’m back! A big thanks to Chris for holding the fort whilst I experienced what can only be described as riding a roller coaster, upside down, with no safety bars. And thanks also to baby Noa Blaidd Hedley, who had the good grace to be born with just enough time for...