• Representing Gibraltarianness

    Representing Gibraltarianness0

    by M. G. Sanchez 1. I’d like to start by telling you a few facts about myself. My name is Mark Sanchez and I write under the name M. G. Sanchez. I chose the initialised version of my name because there is a very famous American football player called Mark Sanchez – and it would

  • New discovery in Gibraltar: the site of the clandestine SOE wireless station that changed history

    New discovery in Gibraltar: the site of the clandestine SOE wireless station that changed history0

    Nicholas Rankin tells how local archaeologists helped him uncover a key wartime secret “When you were researching your book Defending the Rock,” the BBC man asked, “did you come across any interesting document with an untold story?” I remembered then a beige file in the National Archives at Kew in London, with a 24-page closely-typed

  • The crisis in Catalonia

    The crisis in Catalonia0

    Spain is living through the most serious constitutional crisis since the failed coup in 1981 against the restored democracy, following the death of the dictator Franco. Unlike that crisis, however, the one in Catalonia has no easy solution. These are sad times: all the stereotypes that Spaniards are incapable of living together, epitomised by its

  • Wartime stories of Gibraltar and its people

    Wartime stories of Gibraltar and its people0

    “Defending the Rock: How Gibraltar Defeated Hitler”, by Nicholas Rankin In early July 1940, a Royal Navy task force operating from Gibraltar bombarded French battleships in the naval base of Mers-el-Kébir, in the Algerian port of Oran. The British wanted to stop the French ships from joining the Vichy administration aligned with Nazi Germany, but

  • #Stephen’sNiche: Azopardi favourite to become GSD leader?

    #Stephen’sNiche: Azopardi favourite to become GSD leader?0

    Politics is a thankless business. Take, as an example, GSD leadership hopeful Roy Clinton. A successful chartered accountant and banker, he gave up his position as CEO of a locally based private bank two years ago to work full time with the Gibraltar Social Democrats, of which he’s been a member since 1990. He was

  • #ThinkingAllowed: Hammond, a Gibraltarian music legend

    #ThinkingAllowed: Hammond, a Gibraltarian music legend0

    I believe that Albert Hammond is a living legend. There’s no denying the singer/songwriter is an absolute genius. So, is it time we, as a community, more widely recognised his talent? Is it time we said loud and proud that Albert Hammond is one of the most talented Gibraltarians and one of the best when