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DAYS on from The Wedding is hardly the moment to reflect on how that marriage is progressing. Enough to suggest that we all wish them well. We wish all newlyweds…
YOU have the yacht in the harbour, the supercar at the kerb and personal jet waiting on the apron for you at the airport, but you feel something is lacking.…
ETA has voluntarily disintegrated but the Spanish government made it clear that the extinct terrorist organisation must still pay for its crimes. There will be no concessions to prisoners and they are unlikely to be moved nearer the Basque region. ETA killed 854 people, maimed thousands more - including Eduardo…
I’M GETTING on a bit and I know a lot of my readers seem to be in my age group too. So I’m guessing there are a few who might…
DURING his recent visit to Australia, French President Emmanuel Macron was ridiculed on social media for calling PM Malcolm Turnbull’s wife Lucy ‘delicious.’ Some think Mr Macron’s words simply got lost in translation. The French for delicious - délicieux - also translates as ‘delightful,’ even if it’s slightly sexist. But…
TO all of you waiting with bated breath for the conclusion of my kangaroo spotting adventure... I’ve decided not to tell you! I jest, I jest! Assuming there are still some of you interested in the outcome of my Australian saga, I promise to polish it off in this edition.…
THE world-famous Cannes film festival runs this May 8-19 with several controversies, one of which is the ongoing feud with streaming video giant Netflix. At issue is the Cannes rule…
Q. My partner and I have lived in Spain for seven years. We have lifetime residency and NIE. We live on our pensions and do not pay tax in the…
AN over-praised and narcissistic generation of university students is persistently trying to negotiate better grades - or ‘grade grubbing’ as it’s called - academics recently reported. When university education was free, most students were grateful for what they got and wouldn’t have considered complaining. But now students have to pay…
SO, there he stood. Rick the Roo Boy, 6.30am, outside my hotel room, dangling some bewhiskered rodent up to the spy hole and asking ‘if I was ready?’ For those who missed last week’s introduction to this Australian saga, I was touring the great ‘down under’ and while appearing in…
THE centre-piece of the Bentley Home collection presented at the Salon International del Mobile, Milan April 2018 was the kitchen. An idealised expression of the focal point of modern family…
WE don’t have to go and look for help, it’s already here. For two years we have joined together at the United Nationalities of Marbella Summits to discuss the issues…
CIUDADANOS have invited a former French prime minister to be their candidate for Barcelona mayoral elections next May. The separatists, needless to say, can’t see the funny side of it although Manuel Valls, prime minister between 2014 and 2016 has a Catalan father and was born in Barcelona. Catalans were…
THE EU’s made it patently clear that it’s not interested in a mutually beneficial relationship with the UK. Repeated reassurances by British ministers that they intend to be the EU’s closest friend have been rebuffed. Brexit negotiations had seemed to be progressing well enough. Officials had apparently finally come to…
MAY 1, 2018 will probably pass without much fanfare in Spain. Yet to those who remember, this date marks the 120th anniversary of her naval loss at the Battle of…
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