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Where is Gibraltar heading to after Brexit?

By Robert Vasquez Do the “hawks” perched in the GSLP-Liberal Government and party members still claim that there is nothing to fear about Brexit? If an agreement over Gibraltar is reached, there could be inroads made that will lead to an increased separation from the UK, and greater connection with the EU, and so with...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Alice’s Table offers a theatre filled nostalgic trip down memory lane in lockdown

Theatre takes centre stage this week and next. I consider myself fortunate that from a very young age my parents took me to the theatre on a regular basis. That at home we spoke about plays and the local acting fraternity, art, books and music. My parents, as I have mentioned before, performed with the...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Now is the time for preventive steps

The message from the Chief Minister on Friday was clear. The Covid-19 virus is present in this community. The numbers remain low, but the time to increase our preventive measures is now. We must not wait until cases spike. Come the autumn and winter, the usual seasonal colds and flu will combine with Covid-19 to...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

A bit of willpower to shed the kilos

Let’s do it! It’s time to shed any extra kilos. Many of us have been eating more chocolate and extra snacking in lockdown. Now, we’re being urged to lose those extra kilos because "the case for action on obesity has never been stronger." A new review by Public Health England has warned that people who...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

What day of the week is it? 

All of us, I’m sure, would like to “build a greener and healthier Gibraltar for future generations”. That’s what the government said was the rationale behind its decision to close Line Wall Road (as well as Chatham Counterguard and Europort Road) as from 1st June. Number Six Convent Place noted that the measure was in...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Commercial landlords hold key as Covid-19 hits retail economy

By Orlando Yeats Tenants and landlords are at this time navigating one of the most important business economic balancing acts of our time, with the latter holding the key in shaping what the Gibraltar high street will look like in years to come. Last Thursday’s Viewpoint aired some insightful interviews with important Main Street retailers...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Johnny’s Scottish roots and living on Catalan Bay

Johnny Walker is a colourful and bubbly character. Every so often he releases video clips on Facebook with some new interesting bits - historical notes, traditions and general information from Catalan Bay. He has lived in the village since his late teens. Last week he took us back to the seventies and gave us an...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Tough times ahead

It’s a tough time for people looking for work. We thought Brexit would bite hard. As we were preparing for the worst we were hit by a virus that has left a number of industries struggling. Every day we seem to get news of more redundancies. Airlines have announced massive cuts and are screaming for...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Do you remember Sunday afternoon motorcycle trials?

A recent video clip on Facebook led me to this week’s guest. Johnny Walker was describing how the residents of Catalan Bay have always known whether it was going to be a summer of levanter (easterly) days or poniente (westerly) days. If on the feast day of San Juan (St John) at the beginning of...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

The inconsistencies of social distancing

Unless we become hermits keeping any sort of safe distance from other people will prove very difficult. Practically impossible. It’s not how we are conditioned. I was in Gibraltar last week and, like everyone else, every time I was on Main Street I would bump into people I know. Many would offer a handshake, others...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

First Gibraltarian director of education

It is hard to understand just how many families had to travel with newly born babies during the evacuation of WWII and how many of them returned with no real familiarity of the place they knew as home. They had no recollection of home and yet they returned to become a vital part of this...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

A flying experience in a Covid-19 world

I look around me. Everyone is in masks. But staying 30cm away from others is impossible, let alone one metre. I’m practically sat shoulder to shoulder with a stranger. I’m on board the BA flight from London Heathrow to Gibraltar. It’s full. This is my first trip back home to Gibraltar since early January. Since...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

The sound of yesterday on the Hammond Brothers records

The name of Hammond forms a big part of Gibraltar’s history both in musical terms and in servicing the electronic needs of this community. The company still stands today – and although in its 91-year history it may have changed its selling products and location it still retains its retail shop, service and technical department....

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Summer holidays may be back on

Not everyone is ready to get the ‘sombrero’ ready for their holidays abroad but easyjet’s plans to start flying to Gibraltar from London again later this month will be a relief to many. The news was confirmed in yesterday’s edition of the Gibraltar Chronicle, albeit with the caveat that given the fluid nature of the...