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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

The world of entertainment over 100 years ago

As someone who is always interested not just in rediscovering the past. Learning about our social history and especially our history in music and theatre. When recently presented with images giving life to international performers from our past you can imagine my excitement. Especially, when I learnt these date back to the beginning of the...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Looking back: the Women’s Grand Prix

By Grandmaster Stuart Conquest The victory of 21 year-old Zhansaya Abdumalik in the fourth, Gibraltar stage of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix was fully deserved. Undefeated over 11 rounds, the young Kazakh scored six wins and five draws, and had assured herself of first place with a day to spare. The 32 rating points gained...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

A mayor who inspires change

Bamboleo! A video created from a picture on the front page of this newspaper to Christian Santos singing the Gypsy Kings hit song went viral locally after he took on the role of Mayor. For many it was a joke in good taste, a tribute to the entertainer turned Mayor. Others shared it mockingly. It...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

The world needs chess more than ever

by Leontxo García Every day, more and more people have less free time to just think in a world that is increasingly fast, changing, frivolous and unfair. This makes now the best moment to promote a game that teaches people to think (proven by scientific studies) and is on the rise thanks to the pandemic...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

‘Music means everything to me, it is a universal language’

It was a tape deck – the old German Grundig recording machine of the fifties. Bought at the old Hammond stores it lit a musical flame in a young five-year-old-boy who lived at 35, Red Sands House. The recording machine had been bought by his father Ernesto. The young boy and his brothers would watch...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Re-engaging our cultural mindset

Gibraltar is slowly returning to the more familiar scenes of every day, weekly, monthly and annual cultural events of a pre-Covid 19 world. I hear you say, “at long last” some normality, it has been long enough, even though the Arts and Culture in general remained high on the agenda in lockdown – as museums,...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Honest journalism is vital

It has been a bad week for the BBC. 25 years after the famous Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales a damning report has left the corporation with no other option than to offer a grovelling apology and promise reform. But the Dyson inquiry – which found that journalist Martin Bashir had used ‘deceitful...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Last Commanding Officer of HMS CALPE

It will come as no surprise that Tony Lima, as we found out last time had a long and distinguished career in the Civil Service and also served as Mayor of Gibraltar, this week looks back with huge satisfaction and considerable pride on his time as Commanding Officer of HMS Calpe and as Honorary Officer...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Could the new excitement of travel be short-lived?

Sitting in the rain for a drink is fun. For the first 60 seconds. Then it’s like the brilliant idea you had to splash out on some expensive kitchen gadget that you’ve used once and now sits at the back of a cupboard you can’t even reach. That’s where drinks night in the rain should...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

A career civil servant who continued to serve as Mayor

My guest this week joined the City Council in 1962. Little did he know he had just embarked on what would be a long and distinguished career spanning more than 50 years. The City Hall is a place he will always hold dear to his heart having been interviewed in the Mayor’s Parlour when appointed...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

After a standstill, tourism is set to surge

Some tourists are scratching their heads. What to pack for a holiday in Gibraltar? They’ve heard about the place, maybe they know we have Barbary Macaques – which they will probably call monkeys. But many are still unsure what they will find, asking themselves ‘is there enough to do if we stay a week?’ Others...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Cuts in ‘abuse and waste’, admission of past wrongful public spending

By Robert Vasquez There are signs that public spending cuts are being made, despite the promise of no austerity. These cuts arrive with the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo’s confession that the Covid-19 pandemic has devastated our economy. Based on his May Day message, one is led to believe that any public spending cuts will be...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

A man of the sea dedicated to the protection of our marine life

Often when I talk to people, I very quickly discover that I know just a small part of their lives. But on this occasion as I sat down with our guest this week, I already knew there was a lot of ground to cover. Eric Shaw first arrived in Gibraltar back in the sixties with...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Scheduled TV is not dead

We finally found out. The identity of ‘H’ has been revealed. Of course if you do not watch Line of Duty you may have no idea what I’m talking about. But given it’s the TV drama that has gripped the nation with record viewing figures and mounting speculation everywhere from TV and radio to Twitter...