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Sophie Clifton-Tucker

Opinion & Analysis

A little more conversation, a little less distraction

The shock of the pandemic brought us all closer. We made earnest promises to continue our weekly Zooms with Aunt Brenda, ensure we maintain our fairer, more manageable work-life balance, and perfect that banana loaf. But over two years on, where are we now? Zoom has become an offensive word in our household (please do...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

The Brexit madness continues

Here’s an uncomfortable truth that has been stated multiple times before but is worth repeating for the avoidance of doubt: The border fluidity Gibraltar residents with red ID cards currently enjoy is down entirely to Spanish goodwill. That is why we can cross the border without getting a stamp in our passports, or having to...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Lavagna finds a home in the world of art, theatre and television

Currently on show at the Fine Art Gallery is a painting exhibition by painter Clive Lavanga. For some time now I have been wanting to bring Clive to my table but not to talk about his paintings – this you might call the third phase in his life. Nor do I want to talk about...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Stranger in The House

When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in 2018, it was announced that her bridal veil would be embroidered with the flowers of the Commonwealth. I was working in Twinings at the time, on London’s Strand, and the shop was completely empty as everyone was watching the ceremony. Taking advantage of the quiet, we set up...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Centre Stage: I got through all of the last 25 years, and I'm here

When I joined the Gibraltar Chronicle as its Features Editor back in May 1997 the very same month also saw the first Centre Stage programme air on Radio Gibraltar. We are now in our 25th year. It has been a wonderfully enjoyable weekly challenge in all this time which is so much a part of...

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Press Association

Opinion & Analysis

Tories ponder Johnson’s future following local election reverses

By Gavin Cordon, PA Whitehall Editor It was always going to be a difficult night for the Tories, but was it bad enough to warrant a change in the occupant of No 10? That will be the question unhappy Conservative MPs will be pondering over the coming days as they weigh up whether Boris Johnson...

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Brian Reyes

Opinion & Analysis

Wasted potential

Juvenile court is closed to the public to protect the interests and privacy of the young offender. The idea, one can surmise from the arrangement, is to ensure that the youngster has a good shot at rehabilitation without being pilloried in public, that youthful mistakes should not end up as lifelong scars. For the same...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

Ochello’s musical journey from the Tuna Calpe to the RGR regimental march

There are a million things I could have spoken about to my guest this week. Most of us know him as a union man. I have interviewed him on many occasions mainly on union issues. He began his working life in the dockyard where he would soon be delving into union matters. In 2019 after...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Gibraltar and the Falklands: Shared bonds in support of self-determination

by Mark Pollard MLA, Member of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly In 2019, my family and I were fortunate enough to visit Gibraltar for the International Island Games. I was taken aback at how friendly the people were and how beautiful and breath-taking your country is. While we are very different in terms of climate...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Chasing Nelson A Comé

Last year over Easter, I tried to make my first bollo hornazo. It was difficult on two fronts. Firstly, I’ve become one of those dreaded London liberal elites that are blamed so much for everything and who drink things like coconut milk and cut out gluten. What a tragedy for my Llanito palate, making everything...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

After thousands of photographs, Bugeja remains the man with his eye on Gib part 2

Johnny Bugeja is a photographer. After working in the MoD for most of his life today he recognises he should have always been behind the camera. But the reality is, that Johnny, the most connected man I know, and not just in the media – throughout Gibraltar - would not be the same person he...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

After thousands and thousands of photographs, Bugeja remains the man with his eye on Gib

Working as a team – journalist and photographer - on assignment, requires faith in the reporter or photographer being able to see the story – the headline news - at the same time. Trust in their own, and your ability, to deliver what is needed to make the front page. That is paramount. I have...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Thanks, and see you soon

Thank you for reading my column. As journalists we never take for granted that you choose to follow our work. We are aware you have a huge choice, more than ever before. I started writing this column shortly after I moved to London in September 2016. Now, as I prepare for the next chapter in...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Hiiieee!

When I was at school, I had a Spanish teacher who said he always looked up Gibraltar in the glossary of a book that could be in any way related to Gibraltar. At the time, thinking my hometown was extremely boring and somewhere I very much wanted to get away from, I couldn’t understand why...