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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

‘In a world where you can be anything, be kind’

The shocking death of TV presenter Caroline Flack has made clear we live in a society where many people are struggling. The former Love Island presenter and Strictly Come Dancing 2014 winner was to all of us the glamorous TV star with a contagious laughter. In private she was just another human being with her...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Peter Schirmer, old school reporter and generous mentor

For any reporter, veteran or newbie alike, a 30-minute chat with Peter Schirmer was a true gift. There were colourful stories of Fleet Street in the 1960s and 70s, and tales of being a newsman in South Africa and Argentina during turbulent times. There were stories too of his time in Crete and his love...

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Mark Sanchez

Opinion & Analysis

William’s List

I first met Willy Serfaty in November 2018. He had come to a talk that I gave at the John Mackintosh Hall as part of the Gibraltar Literary Festival. Once my presentation ended, he walked to the front of the room and introduced himself, asking me if I’d be willing to join him for a...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

'You can be sure I will be back'

Gibraltar has established special relationships with her Governors especially in the recent past. It is a relationship which has kept on evolving reflecting the changes in the world in which we live. Over the years Governors and their wives have come and gone. Some just left. Some left a trail. Others echo through time, still...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Keep calm in wake of coronavirus

There is one thing that can spread much faster than coronavirus. Panic. Remaining calm is vital. Playing our part is too. Health officials say the risk to Gibraltar remains ‘low’ but as we’ve seen this week (as nearby as UK and Spain) containing the virus is proving to be extremely difficult. There is no guarantee...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Making a living to make a life of magic and more

Every day is a new day and every day our guest this week works to recreate himself so that tomorrow he can begin a new dawn with a new idea. By profession he is a lawyer but many of us would probably use words like magician, ventriloquist or mentalist, writer, poet or speaker, if asked...

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Peter Schirmer

Opinion & Analysis

Local advisers could face £5,000 pre-Brexit fines as muddled and little-known ‘nightmare’ tax transparency directive bites

Simplicity and clarity are not hallmarks of many EU Directives, and aspects of some have been more complex and convoluted than any esoteric crossword clue in The Listener. However, the sixth version of the retroactive EU Directive on Administrative Cooperation (Dac6) has set a new level of complexity and lack of detail. Described as ‘a...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

With works set to begin in John Mac Hall, what will happen to local cultural events?

GibTalks won’t be doing any talking for the next few years. The fabulous local event, based on the successful TED Talks formula, is taking a break as the John Mackintosh Hall Theatre undergoes refurbishment works. A project that inspires us. The event that gives the audience a chance to learn about many untold personal stories....

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Mark Sanchez

Opinion & Analysis

Undercover in the Trobriands

Bronislaw Malinowski was a distinguished Polish anthropologist. He wrote some of the most important works of modern anthropological research, including the seminal The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia and the equally influential Argonauts of the Western Pacific. During the First World War, Malinowski conducted extensive field research in the Trobriand Islands, an archipelago...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

After Brexit, it is business as normal

It is here. The time has arrived. We have had time to ponder on the fact that we are no longer part of the extended and large European community and family. We are still European though, but our future free movement within this historically intricate and complex European continent is still to be determined. New...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Chief Minister’s statement on leaving the European Union

This statement was issued yesterday prior to Gibraltar and the UK leaving the EU. Chief Minister’s Statement on Leaving the European Union My dear fellow Gibraltarians The time has come. Tonight we face a historic rupture. For the past 47 years we have been members of the European Union. Tonight, we leave that Union. In...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Last day in the EU and the road ahead

This article was written before Gibraltar and the UK left the EU on Friday night. Tonight, on the 31 January 2020 at midnight local time, The UK will withdraw from the EU. As a consequence, Gibraltar will also be dragged out, against its democratic will, its economic, social and political interests and, for many in...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Checking out?

By Keith Azopardi, Leader of the Opposition Our relationship with Europe can probably be best encapsulated by that immortal lyric of the Eagles – “You can check-out anytime you like but you can never leave.” In some respects that will become our post-Brexit anthem if it wasn’t already given that it blared out of so...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Like it or not, it’s time to get Brexit done

Good Morning. It’s a brand new day. Something is different and yet life as we know it, for now, feels very much the same. A busy Saturday morning in Main Street, some shopping, time for family and friends and others heading to work. Perhaps it even feels a bit like the Millennium (for those of...