• #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

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  • #Miscellanea: On men and borders

    #Miscellanea: On men and borders0

    ‘Aquí lo que hay que seh,’ the bearded man half-shouted to his friend on the other side of Cathedral Square, ‘eh cerra la frontera una veh por toah.’ I’m not sure why the fellow came up with this remark, but his words made me think of ‘On the Border: Two Cities, Two Countries, Common Ground’,

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  • #Miscellanea: Surveillance and control

    #Miscellanea: Surveillance and control0

    Whenever I visit Gibraltar on holiday, I like to take a stroll through the Upper Town. It’s the neighbourhood where I grew up in and walking along its sharp-cornered ramps and passages is always a very nostalgic experience for me – almost like taking a dip in a bath brimming with childhood memories. Last time

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  • #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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