• #ThinkingAllowed: ‘Ageing’ Casemates in need of a facelift

    #ThinkingAllowed: ‘Ageing’ Casemates in need of a facelift

    • March 9, 2018

    Don’t you find there are some people who always look the same and others who you suddenly think have aged? I tend to think the latter normally happens when you have not seen someone in a while. Just like when you see something day to day you miss it’s changing. It’s what has happened to

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  • #Miscellanea: Of Time and the City

    #Miscellanea: Of Time and the City

    • March 2, 2018

    ‘Every time a building is destroyed, you know that your memories are also being destroyed … and that a part of you will have gone with it.’ Sometimes, when I think about how much Gibraltar has changed in the last thirty or forty years, I feel a little like the narrator of Grant Gee’s wonderful

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  • Thinking the unthinkable

    Thinking the unthinkable

    • January 22, 2018

    by David Hughes Over the years, I’ve usually been happy to share my thoughts with Gibraltar’s newspaper-readers, and grateful to editors who’ve published my writings. Although male lawyers are hardly scarce in Gibraltar’s public and civic life – especially middle-aged ones, as I suppose I must now consider myself – I hope that the views

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  • GSD will be ‘natural home’ for moderate centre ground

    GSD will be ‘natural home’ for moderate centre ground

    • January 17, 2018

    New Year message by GSD Leader Keith Azopardi When I last spoke to you it was before Christmas and just after the GSD Leadership election. Then, I explained how I saw the task ahead in the context of the renewal and re-energising of the GSD. That work has started and I want to see a

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  • Gib needs ‘unequivocal’ Brexit commitment from UK

    Gib needs ‘unequivocal’ Brexit commitment from UK

    • January 10, 2018

    By Damon Bossino We have now had both leaders in Government giving us their assessments of what the political state of play is in their New Year messages. Brexit, as you can well imagine, has featured significantly. I don’t know about you but I continue to harbour very serious concerns about Gibraltar’s inclusion, as of

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  • 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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