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Mark Sanchez

Opinion & Analysis

48. Breaking down barriers

Last week I found myself on a train from York to Leeds. It was cold and crowded and the only place where I could stand was in the narrow gangway between carriages. Every time someone walked past, I had to stand on my toes and push myself up and back against a partition wall –...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

From Glasswar Creation to bandmaster

We all have our childhood memories flashes we carry right through our lives. I know there are episodes in my life which are forever present. Let me share one with you this week. I am at the John Mackintosh top balcony on the left-hand side of the stage watching ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’....

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Peter Schirmer

Opinion & Analysis

Killick lauds Brexit’s ‘blessings’…but warns of clouds on the horizon

In the past three years, as a constantly-changing cast of British diplomats and politicians wrangled with their EU counterparts, in Brussels, Strasbourg and on the green benches of Westminster Harold Wilson’s dictum that ‘a week is a long time in politics’ has offered an accurate reflection of the Brexit shenanigans and its on/off and in/out...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Terror, tragedy and heroes in London Bridge attack

Friday. 1.58pm. Terror. Again. Two years after the terrorist attack in 2017 London Bridge was in lockdown. This time I was inside the police cordon. As I arrived at the News Corp building for work on Friday it was minutes before 2pm when I was exiting the underground station. The talkRADIO studios, where I work...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Larry’s second home

The passage of time is hard to take in some times and when this week’s guest, at my table, tells me he has been a visitor to these shores since 1978, I am gobsmacked. “We have known each other for over 40 years, that long,” I splatter. It’s not a question. It was just an...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Great coverage, but a missed opportunity too

We haven’t seen so much TV drama and tension on the Upper Rock since the 1987 opening sequence of James Bond’s The Living Daylights. The Barbary macaque kidnap plot on the BBC One documentary Seven Worlds, One Planet had the UK on the edge of their seats. The viewing figures for the TV show on...

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Mark Sanchez

Opinion & Analysis

North

In The Road to Wigan Pier, Orwell speaks about ‘a cult of Northernness’ and holds up Northerners as real-life embodiments of ‘pluck’, ‘grit’, ‘stubbornness’ and ‘warm-heartedness.’ This is the way that the North of England has been imagined by writers for decades – as an anomalous zone, both attached to its surroundings and yet peculiarly set...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Stepping into Gibraltar’s time machine

In a small place like Gibraltar one main advantage is that we know people and whole families throughout most of our lives - in the home, at work and at leisure and in many different facets. My mother’s family lived near the top of Prince Edward’s Road and Manolo Galliano’s family business was at the...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

“Histories make men wise” – (Francis Bacon [1561-1626])

May I through the medium of this modest column pay public tribute to Anthony W. Pitaluga [Ant], the Government Archivist and, specifically, as a result of his latest impressive exhibition, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Gibraltar Archives, as currently on display until the 23rd of this month, at The Fine Arts...

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Peter Schirmer

Opinion & Analysis

The CIA helped establish Gibraltar’s financial services industries, Bossano tells venture fund gathering

Followers of the BBC’s ‘Lions’Den’ series will have some sense of an entrepreneur’s trepidation as he or she seeks a substantial cash injection to take the product of a start-up company to its next stage of development. Yet, whether or not a ‘lion’ of industry invests in their project, they are more fortunate than many...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Sometimes foreign initiatives are best left abroad

‘Read and travel’ – one of the best pieces of advice I was ever given. I’ve shared that with you before. No harm in saying it again, particularly as my column this week links both. There are many advantages to living in London (just like there are disadvantages). One thing it allows me to do...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Is the Spanish Tax Treaty as sovereignty neutral as made out?

by Robert Vasquez There can be no doubt that the recent UK/Spanish tax treaty over Gibraltar, surrenders to Spain a significant amount of control, power and influence over Spanish aspects of Gibraltar taxation, whatever reassurances the GSLP Government might try to give to the contrary. It does so mainly in two ways. First by agreeing...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Creating stories from our past

In every corner of Gibraltar there is history. In every one of us there is history. Stories which have been handed down from generation to generation. Stories we picked up in our childhood from family, friends and acquaintances. Minor and important moments in our lives we may have forgotten but which linger in the background,...

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Peter Schirmer

Opinion & Analysis

Do London’s cabbies care more about crypto-currencies than Brexit’s disruptions

An old Fleet Street adage claimed that taxi-drivers were the best barometer of a nation’s economic health - particularly in London, whose ‘cabbies’ were said to be the world’s most garrulous. But correspondents visiting continental Europe for the first time used the same rule of thumb in Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris, or Milan...with varying degrees of...