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#Richard’sRendezvous: Observations on Main Street

by Richard Cartwright Oh nostalgia! The memories keep flooding back as I see Main Street bustling with cruise ship tourists, airline and cross frontier visitors as well as locals inflating the footfall, as they all merge into one, looking out for bargains pacing up and down our main shopping area. Then, as if by magic...

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#ChasingNelson: Who Weeps for George Palao?

by Jonathan Pizarro The cupboard above the top of the stairs, in my grandparents’ Glacis Estate flat, was a dangerous wonder. The shuttered doors were swung open about once a year to get Christmas decorations or a suddenly-remembered blanket. So a brave family member would climb onto the bannister and jump in to briefly unsettle...

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Gibraltar’s trade union history

By Charles Sisarello Ex Regional Officer TGWU/UNITE There are three important dates in the history of the Trade union and the Labour movement in Gibraltar. 1) 1972 General Strike 2) Parity 3) Election of the GSLP in 1988, with a candidature of Trade unionists. The TGWU in the early 1960s was an organization with a...

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Sophie Clifton-Tucker

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#SophieSays: Confessions of a mum-to-be

I am sure most, if not all, first-time parents can relate to the onslaught of unsolicited and often conflicting advice that comes at you like an unrelenting tidal wave after announcing a pregnancy. “Make sure the pacifiers have a flat teat, not round.” “Don’t give your child a pacifier—it’ll ruin their teeth!” “Leave them to...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Gibraltar Neanderthal’s inspire Maggie Gee’s – The Red Children

Our Saturday Column this week is a little different and brings to our table internationally acclaimed British author Maggie Gee whose latest book was inspired by Gibraltar. More specifically the Neanderthal story. I was fortunate to introduce Maggie when she presented her book Virginia Woolf in Manhattan at the Gibraltar Literary Festival back in 2014...

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#Richard'sRendezvous Time waits for no one

I think back now and remember the 60s in London. I was in my very early 20s and when an elderly lady or gent walked by, perhaps with a walking stick or struggling a little carrying some shopping, I’d watch them as they went on their way and thought, `I will never reach that age,...

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The case for cycling infrastructure: What are we waiting for?

By Stuart Hedley Last week saw the concluding episode of Biking Mad, GBC’s TV show which has demonstrated just how significant Gibraltar’s cycling community has become in recent years. Over the last six weeks, Anton Calderon has taken us on a deep dig into all aspects of our local cycling culture, highlighting individuals and businesses...

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Alice Mascarenhas

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At 83, former youth officer still believes young people should be masters of their own destiny

Have you ever wondered how many people you have met in the daily grind of your life? Over the years both at work and socially the numbers must be in their thousands. Therefore, you could be forgiven for forgetting a few names here and there. I don’t know about you but I am not very...

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Sophie Clifton-Tucker

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#SophieSays: In keeping with tradition

From the bustling feria through to la hora del té and beyond, traditions are at the core of who we are and what we do. They are what drive us forward, and mark the passage of time. Even our Neanderthal ancestors were known to carry out complex cultural practices and human-like rituals, although I doubt...

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Alice Mascarenhas

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For the love of dogs: From Aberdeen to Gibraltar and into the dog world

The world of dogs is something our guest this week knows a thing or two as she constantly travels to Europe and far out places as an international FCI judge. The organisation - Fédération Cynologique Internationale – is based in Brussels. Created in 1911 it aims to promote and protect cynology and purebred dogs. Locally...

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#Richard'sRendezvous: Downtown improvements

by Richard Cartwright BID, a very good idea! Yes, the Business Improvement District plan spread over five years with a view to help develop businesses on Main Street and the surrounding area - must never forget those up and down the side streets - to up their businesses and help them become more upfront, imaginative,...

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Brian Reyes

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A stark warning on China

It started with a tip from a guy I know who works on harbour boats in the Port of Gibraltar. It ended with a text from an intelligence analyst who saw my name on a classified US report and messaged me gleefully: “Congratulations! You’ve been tapped by the Chinese.” It was over a decade ago...

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Alice Mascarenhas

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The young man from Malta who made a new home

At Alice’s table this week is someone who has lived amongst us in this community for 26 years. From the moment he set foot in Gibraltar he quickly recognised he was in familiar territory; surrounded by sea, familiar names he had grown up with on his native island, English as a first language and a...

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Sophie Clifton-Tucker

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#SophieSays Paris syndrome

I am attempting to break the record for the writer who has written their column the highest (in altitude!) at thirty thousand feet, as I return home after a whirlwind weekend in the City of Love. On the way there, my other half took it upon himself to inform me of the ‘Paris Syndrome’. Now,...