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Oh to be a fly…

If ever I wanted to be a fly, I would have happily surrendered any one of my half dozen legs to be on the...

Happy New Year

Wouldn’t it be nice if just for once we could usher in a new year with a modicum of common sense? Ha! Dream on...

And so that was Christmas

SURROUNDED by family and friends, hopefully many of you will have once more enjoyed this special and much-loved occasion. I’m pretty sure most of...

Not ‘fun’ any more

AS an ol’ Bayswater lad of the 60’s, I can categorically state that Transgendering and diverse sexual preferences are not merely a phenomena of...

Merchants of Doom

WELL, that’s that. At last we can finally enjoy a smidgen of respite from pontificating politicians promising untold rewards for plonking a mere kiss...

Give us a break Greta

TO be quite honest, it does appear to me that the only way we can actually cut all carbon emissions and encourage the eco-protesting...

WANT A ‘THRILLING’ HOLIDAY HOT-SPOT’ THIS YEAR? READ ON!

ARE you considering somewhere different to go on holiday this year? Well, how about Syria? Russian tour operators have begun selling holidays there as the...

TERROR & TRIUMPH ON LONDON BRIDGE

THIS week I was planning to write about the comparative differences between the philosophies of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Schopenhauer. Quite brief. Provocative. And exciting....

JUST A FEW OF MY UNFAVOURITE THINGS

SOME of my bugbears of the 2010s? Well, let’s start with ‘woke’ culture (black American for woken or awakened). It’s the idea, like in the...

CAT-TITUDE AND PURR-FECT INDIFFERENCE

‘IF your cat doesn’t respond when you call, it’s not because it doesn’t recognise its name. It’s because it doesn’t respect you and instead...

RUFF JUSTICE FOR BULLDOGS IN TUTUS

DID you read about the two French bulldogs in tutus and their owners who were ejected from a Norwegian Air flight to the USA...

FAKE NEWS, HYPE AND PLAIN OLD LIES

FAKE news is all around us. We can’t escape it. It’s everywhere. First up, Trump’s own fake news - all his fake promises. Is there...

What’s in a name?

I found myself totally befuddled when a man next to me at the check out counter asked the shop assistant for ‘fechas.’  He seemed...

The party’s not over!

I THINK many of us make our New Year resolutions with the full intention of seeing them through.  This was certainly the case for...

Wishing on a star

It used to bother me that Spanish children did not receive their Christmas presents until the arrival of the Three Kings on January 6;...

Better Together

It’s amazing that we’ve just recorded the 244th episode of Marbella Now TV with RTV Marbella. It’s been five years and probably one of...

The ate days of Christmas

Leading up to Christmas there is just so much happening, so much festivity and so much food!  Festivities really began for me last week after...

Ignorance is bliss?

MY darling Darling is getting on and back in April she developed a severe heart and lung condition and I thought we’d lose her.  However,...

New Year, new you!

This week Celebrity Chef & Fellow Master Chef Steven Saunders, proprietor of The Little Geranium in La Cala shares some New Year tips to...

Recreating some great classics

This week Celebrity Chef & Fellow Master Chef Steven Saunders, proprietor of The Little Geranium in La Cala shares one of his Royal dishes...

Memory lane

This week Celebrity Chef from Ready Steady Cook & Fellow Master Chef Steven Saunders, proprietor of The Little Geranium in La Cala cooks home-made...

Christmas Leftovers!

This week Celebrity Chef from Ready Steady Cook & Fellow Master Chef Steven Saunders, proprietor of The Little Geranium in La Cala cooks home-made...

The Little Geranium is open again

This week Celebrity & Fellow Master Chef Steven Saunders, proprietor of The Little Geranium in La Cala gives us his final Top Tips for...

Happy (Official) Birthday Lorraine!

This week Celebrity & Fellow Master Chef Steven Saunders, proprietor of The Little Geranium in La Cala, cooks Lorraine Kelly’s official 60th birthday meal...

It’s safe to come out now

WELL I guess it’s safe to come out of hiding now all that merry Christmas stuff has gone. By the way, it’s the middle...

I’m still grumpy at Xmas

I TRY and avoid buffets like the plague but sometimes there is no choice. One of my reasons is that you stand in line -...

I wouldn’t even if i could

SO when you read this, people in the UK will be voting in a general election, presuming, of course, you are reading it on...

I am still ‘in the system’

I WAS 70 this year so my English driving licence ran out. I decided I’d kill two birds with one stone and get a...

Ah, it’s good to be back!

WOW that was an unpleasant couple of weeks. You may have noticed that my column has been missing. Unfortunately I wasn’t on holiday but was...

The strangest thing…

I WAS in the UK last week and, once again, was reminded why I love living here! Hour journeys taking two and a half...

T-junction ahead

THE PSOE Organisation secretary Jose Luis Abalos has no worries that the party’s voters might not turn out for a November election. Jose Luis Abalos...

Win or lose

PABLO IGLESIAS is backing a loser by pushing Spain’s moral obligation to accept the tragic migrants who prefer to risk their lives than stay...

No sun – no moon

THIS has nothing to do with ideology or voters' political orientation. If there is a November election because two groups of knowledgeable and - in...

Unheeded words

KING FELIPE’S speech following Cataluña’s unauthorised and illegal referendum on October 1 2018 wasn’t his best although his best are hardly stirring. His words sounded...

Ain’t what it used to be

THE Left can’t get it together and it’s not all that easy for the Right, especially Albert Rivera. He doesn’t want to be seen cosying...

The good old days

ANYONE who remembers Jose Maria Aznar's 'Leave, Sr Gonzalez' in the mid-1990s felt the cockles of their heart warming up at the sight of...

Tricky things, headlines

MINUTES after I hit the ‘publish’ button on completing a post for my Freethinker website, I realised that the heading - ‘Study finds atheists...

Drug your wife for a peaceful life

I'M often left flabbergasted by things I’ve seen on the Internet, but never to the point when I’ve had to vacate my chair and...

Charity shop treasures

EVER hear of Kansai Yamamoto? No? Well neither had I until I spotted a frightful garment languishing on a charity shop rail. It was...

Poop, ponies and peanuts

IN explaining the difference between an optimist and a pessimist, an old geezer once told me the tale of parents of twin sons, one...

Little things that annoy a lot

ALL of us, I guess, have been drenched when we’ve turned on a kitchen sink tap and been sprayed by water deflected upwards by...

Stop the world – I want to get off

THE title of that 1961 West End musical has been used to express frustration and disbelief countless times by folk reacting to events that...

Can he appeal tax bill?

Article 18 of the 2013 Tax Treaty between Spain and the UK is difficult to follow. My Government Pensions are taxable only in...

90-Day Limit Clarified

I read with interest your article regarding the 90-day tourist visit. I cannot find anywhere the ruling that the ‘calendar year’ provision means I...

More 90-day questions?

I had understood that an EU national could spend a maximum of three months continuously in Spain without registering. And that he could...

Can they reduce the noise?

My house backs on to an urbanisation where the gardeners seem to possess every noise-making garden tool known to mankind. Monday to Friday...

Can he repeat 90-day stay?

Could you clarify for me how soon after the end of one 90-day tourist stay, I can recommence another? I know that I...

Is Civil Service Pension Taxed?

I read your earlier articles about changes in the 2013 double taxation agreement between Spain and the UK which affect the treatment of...

Blue Monday – Things can only get better

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex still dominate the front pages of the newspapers here. The story graced with a new word “Megxit” ,...

Family Life Goes On

A new week and the New Year is still fresh. The buzz in London is not about Brexit or even a potential for a...

New Year a Wish

Another decade is drawing to a close. As is this year of 2019, as ever a glance back over the shoulder is almost inevitable....

Climate Change

Sunset is now before 4 PM in the afternoon with sunrise soon to be after 8 AM in the morning clearly winter is upon...

Countdowns

This has been the year of countdowns political sporting and social. The count down to the 31 March and what turned out as the...

A week in Politics

Its been raining rather a lot lately in the UK; though flooding has been mercifully light on the basis of the numbers of homes...

Cat Who Got the Cream

HAVE you ever wondered what a man who is said to have ‘got the cream’ actually looks like? I have. Its a very old...

Legendary Birthday

THERE are many luxury brands and all aspire for birthdays. Lots of them.The more birthdays they have the more they seem to have some...

Maybach-Mercedes revealed

Frankfurt, Paris, London, Detroit, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Frankfurt, Paris, London, Detroit, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Geneva has all at one time or another...

The Art of travel

In a year that has seen the iconic Thomas Cook travel organisation pretty much roll up its carpet it seems to be a most...

The Car for all Seasons

A landmark moment happened on November 20 in Beijing China, the reveal of the Aston Martin BDX.  As emphasised by the words of Aston Martin...

Shopping the Gift List

DO you lust for a glass of whisky? A winter warmer? One for the road? Then you may have considered bidding for a bottle of...

Talk about the hand that feeds you!

If you were discerning enough to read this column in last week’s Euro Weekly News you will know that I had climbed nimbly up...

Not the most welcome message…

IN 1928 the American gangster Al Capone was getting out of a car when a gun in his golf bag accidentally went off shooting...

I am never normally shy…

Last week I found myself in one of those late-night bar discussions where people held forth on one of the popular topics here on...

There is no need to act your age

There is a bar in Magaluf known locally as ‘Jurassic Park.’ I will refrain from revealing its real name (you quite possibly know it...

Too easy to blame the programme

It’s another summer of love in the ‘Love Island’ villa and even before the 69 (yes really) cameras started rolling Social Media was buzzing...

From Penn to paper

I have heard it all now! Apparently the latest on-point fashion pairing is sandals and ...wait for it ...socks! I was firmly of the belief...

I’d like to enjoy the changes

DEAR reader, A Happy New Year to you from the islands, where we’re happy with 2020 so far, despite general festive season excesses and, in...

Peace and Goodwill

DEAR readers, Christmas has crept up on us again. The festive season has been sneaked forward, in the hope that a twinkle of tinsel...

How you feel about it?

Dear reader, I trust all’s well with you, despite the floods? Since my last letter, I’ve been to Brexit-choked England and a People’s Vote march in...

Into September, fingers crossed

August’s wildfire in Gran Canaria, with 10,000 evacuated, destroyed 9,200 hectares of protected natural space, homes, livings, livestock, ways of life. It could happen...

At this no-news time of year

WHILST summer temperatures down here on the islands are normal, we’re still being bombarded with very high UV rays. It’s dropped to nine today,...

No real surprises at the local elections

DOWN here at latitude 28º, we’re endeavouring to come to terms with the results of recent local elections. At Canarian Autonomous Government level, there...

Laughing prolongs life 

Charlie Chaplin once said that a day without laughter is a day wasted. I suggest you read this again. Indeed. Not just try, but...

Loosen the grip

IN golf they teach you to hold your grip on your club loose. It is all about the swing. If you stress too much...

The power of a dog or cat

The power of cats and dogs towards us human beings is enormous! We can easily call them fantastic counsellors with fur. No? They can,...

Asking for help brings people closer

SOME days ago, I had a fantastic meal with a very good friend of mine. We were talking for hours. There was a lot...

Leap of faith

TAKING the leap of faith - what does it mean? For instance, the path you have been walking on until now in your life no...

Being honest will bring you peace

HONESTY. We can write hundreds of books about this one single word. We all want honesty, to be honest ourselves or other people to...

Inquest opens into death of professional sailor Zane Gills who drowned...

AN INQUEST has been opened into the death of a Hampshire sailor who died in Barcelona, Spain on December 27. The hearing at Winchester Coroner's Court was...

SUSSEX ROYAL BRAND BLOCKED BY AUSSIE DOCTOR: Trademark complaint could take...

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bid to trademark their Sussex Royal brand has been blocked following a complaint from an Australian Doctor, exactly why he launched...

FATHER AND SON JAILED FOR PEOPLE SMUGGLING: Immigrants paid €1,000 each...

Father and son Sergej and Erick Isaak, 49 and 26, were caught after the rented vehicle went through an X-ray at the Essex port...

Spain’s Andalucia Prepares For Monsoons Today As Yellow Alert Warning Issued...

Spain's Andalucia is preparing for monsoon weather today as heavy rains are due in in for at least the next 24 hours as the...

Jacket of Missing Brit, Ben Garland, Found Days After Being ‘Swept...

Jacket of missing Brit found days after he vanished as Storm Gloria battered Spain. Ben Garland, 25, disappeared on Tuesday in the Portinatx area of...

EXTRADITION REQUEST DENIED: Harry Dunn Family distraught and angry but not...

An extradition request for the US woman charged with causing the death of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn has been turned down by secretary of state Mike...

BRITISH WOMAND HELD ON MURDER CHARGE IN FINLAND: 35 Year old...

A British woman has admitted killing her toddler in Finland, police have said. Officers were called to a home in Espoo, 11 miles west of Helsinki, on Sunday. They...

Spain’s International Football Star Sergio Ramos And Wife Pilar Rubio Consider...

PILAR RUBIO, a Spanish presenter, actress and model, married to football star Sergio Ramos and pregnant with their fourth child has confessed that have...

CORONA VIRUS DEATH TOLL RISES TO 26: China locks down more...

WHO (World Health Organisation) chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the virus "may yet become" a "global health emergency". The death toll in China's corona...