• Chief Minister’s New Years Message 2018

    Chief Minister’s New Years Message 2018

    • January 9, 2018

    Good evening For many of us, today has been the first full day back at work. Our children are now back at school. And as we reflect on the year that has passed, most have once again in 2017 enjoyed a peaceful and plentiful Christmas feast. That is the fruit of the prosperity we all

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  • Christmas message from the Governor, Lieutenant General Edward Davis

    Christmas message from the Governor, Lieutenant General Edward Davis

    • December 27, 2017

    (This is the transcript of a Christmas message broadcast by GBC.) Merry Christmas Gibraltar. Lorraine and I trust that everybody watching, like us, is enjoying the unique spirit and pleasure of a Gibraltarian Christmas with family and friends. I say ‘trust’, rather than ‘hope’, because, typically, I am in no doubt that the People of

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  • Representing Gibraltarianness

    Representing Gibraltarianness

    • December 15, 2017

    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

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  • 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 history

    • December 4, 2017

    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

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  • The crisis in Catalonia

    The crisis in Catalonia

    • November 21, 2017

    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

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  • Wartime stories of Gibraltar and its people

    Wartime stories of Gibraltar and its people

    • November 14, 2017

    “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

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

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

    • October 19, 2017

    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

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  • #ThinkingAllowed: Hammond, a Gibraltarian music legend

    #ThinkingAllowed: Hammond, a Gibraltarian music legend

    • October 16, 2017

    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

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  • #Stephen’sNiche: Shellshocked

    #Stephen’sNiche: Shellshocked

    • October 16, 2017

    I felt rather sorry for the Chinese woman fined £100 this summer by the Magistrate’s Court for collecting three-quarters-of-a-kilo’s worth of an endangered species of limpet found in Gibraltar. She was probably looking forward to a tasty meal, but instead found herself under arrest by Environment Department officers for having breached the Nature Protection Act.

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  • In Perspective: It’s way more than just prosperity

    In Perspective: It’s way more than just prosperity

    • October 11, 2017

    The Spanish foreign minister, in a recent speech at a conference in Madrid, made an obvious yet controversial observation. In reflecting on his trip to the Campo area last month, he noted how he “understood” Gibraltar’s position, citing the comparative affluence of the Gibraltarians. He retorted, “Do you think they [Gibraltarians] want to be like

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  • The  National  Archives, Cinderella  of  culture

    The National Archives, Cinderella of culture

    • October 9, 2017

    By Humbert Hernandez I often ask myself what it is that makes governments, Left and Right, treat as Cinderella certain aspects of our cultural life, or at best, simply to pay lip-service to their existence. A case in point is our National Archives located where most people would consider the most awkward of places: within

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  • #FirstPerson: Bloody Sunday in Catalonia

    #FirstPerson: Bloody Sunday in Catalonia

    • October 7, 2017

    by Guillem Alsina Madrid has repeatedly asserted that Catalonia has no right to self-determination in international law. The argument is that this only applies to colonial territories whereas Catalonia is part of Spain in the same way as its other territories. Well, allow me to recount, dear Reader, that this is not what I saw

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