• #Miscellanea: Smugglers and Beauty Queens

    #Miscellanea: Smugglers and Beauty Queens0

    Lately, there has been considerable discussion in the local media about beauty pageants and whether we should be giving them the sort of prominence they receive in Gibraltar. I do not wish to contribute directly to this debate, but I have a little anecdote of my own which I’d like to share with the CHRONICLE’s

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  • #Miscellanea: Other Gibraltars

    #Miscellanea: Other Gibraltars0

    What do a farm in the Lake District, a pizzeria in Auckland, a doctor’s clinic in Nice, a pub in central Oxfordshire, a garage in Neuchâtel and a glitzy nightclub in Milan all have in common? The answer is simple – they are all places which I have encountered in my travels and which have

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  • #Miscellanea: Sod’s law0

    I had waited almost four years to welcome Professor Esterino Adami to the Rock. Esterino and I had tried to organise the visit several times in the past, but our respective commitments kept getting in the way and scuppering our plans. Finally, last summer we managed to find a window of opportunity and the professor

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  • #Miscellanea: Cultural Cringe

    #Miscellanea: Cultural Cringe0

    It was 2005 and I found myself in Mumbai. I had only been in India for a few weeks and I was still grappling with a bad case of culture shock. One evening I attended a function at the British Deputy High Commission and I was introduced to a British Asian guy. We were talking

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  • #Miscellanea: Llanitos in Oxford Street

    #Miscellanea: Llanitos in Oxford Street0

    I was walking down Oxford Street in London a few days ago when I suddenly heard the words ring out behind me: Que frio hace no, Charlie? No dihieron ayé en el televishon que hoy no iva ze tanto frio? Instantly, without a moment’s hesitation, I knew that the person speaking those words had to

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  • #Miscellanea: Of Time and the City

    #Miscellanea: Of Time and the City0

    ‘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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