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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

A man of words and so much more

When I first joined the Gibraltar Chronicle as its Features Editor, now over 20 years ago, I took with me all my many contacts made whilst at GBC and later as a freelancer, plus all my friends involved in the arts, music and culture. You may think that practically covered most of Gibraltar but the...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Life should not feel normal

London is not open for business. Most of the world isn’t. Just a few weeks ago there was a huge drive to promote that life in the UK was continuing despite Brexit. Back then we thought we were going through life-changing circumstances. Today, it’s the silence on the streets that is shocking. The lockdown that...

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Charles M Durante

Opinion & Analysis

Staying at Home

Charles M Durante Those of us who have beaten the biblical span of three score and ten have found ourselves suddenly confined to the narrow space of our homes. Gibraltar is small, but our flats are even smaller and confining. This reduction in our living space, which can become limiting and suffocating, is now compounded...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

One of Gib’s ‘trickiest and finest’ football legends turns 100

The 1950s have always been referred to as the golden age of football on the Rock – Gibraltar United, St Joseph FC, Britannia, Prince of Wales and Europa were the leading teams. Playing for Europa then was a young man who started his football career during the 1938-39 season with the Kangaroos, a junior GFA...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

Let’s get through Covid-19 together

Coronavirus. Social distancing. Self-isolation. Words that have sadly become a part of our daily vocabulary. Such is the intense effect on all our lives that there’s only one thing we’re all talking about. Life as we know it has dramatically changed. If you thought this week was tough there is a harsh warning – it’s...

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Mark Sanchez

Opinion & Analysis

Bazza and Dazza

They called themselves Bazza and Dazza. They were supposed to be at the house at two o’clock, but didn’t turn up until six. They arrived in a battered Ford van, featureless except for a dented bumper and a giant Derby County sticker peeling off its back window. It was Bazza who came into the house...

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Alice Mascarenhas

Opinion & Analysis

More than 60 years serving our community

There are people in your life you associate with a certain area of town, an office or a building. This is the case with the person who sits at my table this week and who has been connected to the City Hall for more than 60 years. Throughout my entire working life, the City Hall...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Explaining the rationale behind the Cross Frontier Group

By John Isola Much has been written and commented on in the press and in social media on both sides of the frontier both positive and negative about the Cross Frontier Group. Often what is written is full of inaccuracies and even half-truths to suit the author’s arguments or readership. As one of the founding...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Trust women to make their own choices

By Selina Mellin The only reason I wish to be vocal about this is because I feel so passionate and strongly about this ongoing debate in response to the upcoming referendum. Crazy, right? That I could feel such indignation that my freedom and rights are being challenged? I feel compelled to write this. These are...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

Choose a Better Gibraltar

Stephanie Yeo You can hardly open a newspaper or listen to a news report on the upcoming referendum on abortion without hearing a mention of the importance of “choice”. We are told that choice, and particularly the choices of women, lie at the heart of the referendum. The proposals are being framed as a compassionate...

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James Neish

Opinion & Analysis

‘Ten minutes’ in London

When local actor Kaigan Garcia took to the stage in London on Sunday there seemed to be a huge sense of pride by the Gibraltarians present – and even among those not there. This was a Gibraltarian actor. In a play written by a Gibraltarian. In London. And our collective sense of pride was palpable....

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

An impossibly onerous choice

By Eric Ellul Walking along Main Street last Saturday, I came across the pro-abortion group at the Piazza and later the anti-abortion group outside the Cathedral. I spent some time discussing matters with both. The Current Law From all that I heard and had read since the abortion debate began, there seems to be some...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

'The scandalous state of Gibraltar’s housing'

By Jackie Anderson I used to think that Gibraltar’s housing system was dysfunctional. This, I thought, must be why there are hundreds of homes lying empty while so many Gibraltarians live in overcrowded, squalid conditions, or over the border in Spain. Gibraltarians, I add, whose lives are blighted by the stress, anxiety and sense of...

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Guest Contributor

Opinion & Analysis

A frontier worker challenge?

By Robert Vasquez It is surprising to find concessions given to frontier workers by the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement that gives them greater rights than to others. Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, has blandly posted on social media that nothing has been agreed that will give any group of persons preferential rights to cross the frontier ahead...