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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Footballer who became a firefighter, Colin Ramirez part of the Rock’s football legacy

Often on these pages we witness how Gibraltarians have achieved their goals against all odds, found themselves in extraordinary situations and worked in exciting and global projects. They have stood side by side with some pretty outstanding world personalities and become personalities themselves. This week the Ramirez football legacy brings to our table Adolfo Ramirez’s...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Remembering Christine Dobinson, always spreading love

Christine Dobinson was larger than life. Always smiling, always happy and always spreading the love. You knew when Christine was in the room, she was impossible to miss. A powerhouse of local broadcasting she achieved what many broadcasters spend a lifetime striving for – the admiration and love of listeners and viewers. She embodied the...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

The distinctive sound of Giles Ramirez, always a singer and musician at heart

Giles Ramirez, a singer with a distinctive sound. A privileged voice that can send shivers down your spine every time he reaches those top notes. I always knew he could sing but I guess I did not fully take notice until one night in St Michael’s Cave where he not only brought the house down...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Reconnecting with events for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Is it time to get the party started? Not quite yet but with hopes that the Covid pandemic is moving to an endemic stage - basically that we need to learn to live with it and hopefully manage it keeping hospital admissions low - wouldn't the Queen's Platinum Jubilee be a good way to have...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Cycling lessons on the tarmac

One glorious Saturday morning recently on a quiet abandoned military track in the foothills behind Getares, I came off my new bike. I’d ridden up to see ‘las pantallas’, large artificial screens built in the 1940s to look like cliffs and shield the track from prying British eyes as war swept across Europe and the...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

A financial and political crisis worsened by Government

By Keith Azopardi, the Leader of the Opposition On behalf of my colleagues and myself I wanted to wish you and your families a happy, healthy and peaceful 2022. This will be a year of some major challenges – whether we can finally secure a safe and beneficial agreement with the EU on a new...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Chasing Nelson: Me Suena Heavy

By Jonathan Pizarro My eight-year-old niece is obsessed with Disney’s new film, Encanto. No shock there, I’m sure. We’ve been through them all, from ‘Let It Go’ playing a million times on repeat to the Moana themed birthday party. But there’s something about some of Disney’s films in the last decade that linger that much...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

In my opinion: The City of Gibraltar: ‘Civis Calpe sum’

by Anthony J. P. Lombard. The news of Gibraltar’s application to be granted City status by the Crown, as reported in the Times of London and the Gibraltar Chronicle, caused me considerable surprise and for obvious reasons. Equally worrying must be the assumption that the application must have been officially submitted and, if so, it...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Gibraltar United, the Sunshine Games, Raleigh bikes and Country and Western

My guest this week is someone I have known all my life – his surname was often mentioned at home when I was growing up – and I say surname because his name was not the only one. There were three other brothers and when football was on the table the Ramirez brothers seemed to...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

2022 will be a year of challenges

In a New Year message which felt more like an extended version of a Party Political Broadcast the Chief Minister warned us to “buckle up”. Again. Just in case. Speaking on Monday Fabian Picardo urged for “unity” because we “must stick together through adversity.” It was a message that assured us Gibraltar will remain “British,...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Unity for a better collective future

This is the text of a New Year message broadcast on GBC. By Chief Minister Fabian Picardo As we all start the first full week of work after Christmas and New Year, I want to wish everyone in Gibraltar a healthy and happy 2022. The start of a New Year is always a time of...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

King or Schaff, she will always be Marlene

Many of the people we invite at our table get added to the long list on a regular basis. I often update and even reschedule when necessary, especially in the New Year. There are those that have been there from the start as I have said in the past. Today our guest is another singer/artist...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

This new year embrace change and stay positive

Start the year as you mean to go on. That’s what they say. So I have a proposal for you. How about we all become more positive in 2022? I’m not necessarily referring to the ‘new year, new me’ concept and as we reflect on the year that has gone by it’s important to note...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

2022: Difficult challenges and tough decisions

By Dr Joseph Garcia, Deputy Chief Minister The traditional Christmas and New Year celebrations will have been very different for most of us this time round. Many will have exercised greater caution, gathered in reduced numbers, shielded the elderly and the vulnerable and prayed that next time round we will be free of Covid-19. The...