• On Brexit and Gibraltar, good mood music but much to be done

    On Brexit and Gibraltar, good mood music but much to be done0

    Are we sleepwalking into a Brexit disaster? That was a question put to me by a reasonable, sensible person who follows politics closely and welcomed the optimism shown by the Gibraltar Government in the face of the uncertainty of withdrawal from the European Union, but who nonetheless could not dispel the niggling doubts. He was

  • The solid ties that bind us

    The solid ties that bind us0

    By Sir Alan Duncan, Minister for Europe & Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office If like me you’re in Gibraltar today, make sure you’re wearing red or white and are ready for a party. Shelve any plans for a quiet drink at a pavement café. Or indeed, any hope of finding a seat anywhere

  • #Miscellanea: El Conde de Orgaz0

    I arrive in Toledo on the day they are unveiling a statue to Federico Bahamontes, the 1959 Tour de France winner popularly known as the ‘Eagle of Toledo’. Because la Calle Real del Arrabal, the main road connecting the train station with el centro histórico, is thronged with cycling enthusiasts, the bus driver has to

  • #Miscellanea: Tierra de Santos

    #Miscellanea: Tierra de Santos0

    ‘Bienvenido, caballero, al museo del Convento de la Encarnación,’ the old man says in a quavering voice. ‘Por favor, sígame a través de esta puerta.’ I do as bidden and find myself in a spacious antechamber filled with antique furniture and statues of saints. I had been expecting to find other tourists gathered here for

  • ‘A Civil Service and Public Sector we can be Proud of’

    ‘A Civil Service and Public Sector we can be Proud of’0

    by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo Much is being said these days about the Public Sector and the Civil Service, particularly about my Government’s support for this central pillar of our civic and business communities. As Minister with responsibility for the Civil Service and as Chairman of the Gibraltar Development Corporation, I have a clear view

  • #Miscellanea: Spanglish

    #Miscellanea: Spanglish0

    It was ten in the morning and I was sitting in the hotel’s complimentary shuttle bus. I had about two and a half hours left before my train journey to Madrid, and I was hoping to squeeze in a last-minute visit to Toledo Cathedral. There were only three people in the mini-van apart from myself