• The Anatomy of Pain

    The Anatomy of Pain

    • October 21, 2018

    The head is drooping and encased in a vicious tangle of thorns, the trunk emaciated and pierced with tiny feathered barbs, the feet twisted out of shape by fractured metatarsals, the fingers gangrenous and tautly outstretched, as if pleading for a merciful coup de grâce. Of all the paintings I have seen of Christ’s crucifixion,

  • On the cusp of a deal

    On the cusp of a deal

    • October 16, 2018

    Gibraltar appears poised on the cusp of an agreement that could lay the foundations for a stable, prosperous future outside the European Union – not just for the Rock but for the neighbouring region too. Leaving the EU was not something we wanted, but this is a nimble, resilient community that knew how to pull

  • #Miscellanea: Old doors

    #Miscellanea: Old doors

    • October 7, 2018

    The Belarusian Noble prize winner Svetlana Alexievich relates a curious story in her book Chernobyl Prayer. She talks about a Ukrainian man called Nikolai who, in the spring of 1988, entered the Chernobyl exclusion zone on a motorbike and rode up to his old house in the abandoned town of Pripyat. On the way there, he

  • The worst kind of isolation

    The worst kind of isolation

    • September 30, 2018

    This article was first published in print in November, 2017 I received an anonymous letter recently, typed out and addressed to me personally but otherwise unmarked. It was posted to our newsroom in Casemates. The Chronicle has a policy of not publishing anonymous letters. We read them, naturally, but nine out of 10 end up

  • #Miscellanea: Franco’s bones

    #Miscellanea: Franco’s bones

    • September 29, 2018

    In a tin of keepsakes which I inherited from my grandmother, there is an old photograph of my father standing together with his mum at el Valle de los Caídos. It must have been taken by my grandfather in 1966 or 1967, when the family of three went on a coach tour of Spain. My

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

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

    • September 17, 2018

    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 us

    • September 10, 2018

    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 Orgaz

    • August 10, 2018

    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 Santos

    • August 10, 2018

    ‘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’

    • August 6, 2018

    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: Spanglish

    • July 3, 2018

    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

  • Chief Minister budget speech

    Chief Minister budget speech

    • July 2, 2018

      Mr Speaker, I have the honour to move that the Bill now be read a second time. Introduction 1. Mr Speaker, this is my fifteenth budget address as a Member of this Parliament. 2. It is my seventh budget address as Chief Minister. 3. And in delivering it, Mr Speaker, I am already facing