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Through a glass darkly

Richard 1
History is a funny thing. It is often proclaimed that history will be the final arbiter and have the ultimate say in the actions taken by individuals today.  But there are famous figures from the past that still seem to be remembered for obscure and...

The way I see it…

The way I see it
A FEW days ago,Ministers from the Gibraltarian government arrived in London, the reason to discuss several questions that need urgent replies? this included the most important one of all Gibraltar after Brexit? A week before their arrival Gibraltar celebrated something called National Gibraltar Day, the...

Occupation by deception

occupation by deception
BRITIONS have long cherished the belief that they are a free people. Unlike their neighbours the British never experienced occupation. It is well then to remind ourselves of what happens after a country has been invaded and its truculent population repressed. Government is subordinate not...

The Costa del Sol Adventures – Part 4

Costa del Sol adventures Part 4
Costa del Sol, a lone shark swimming through the human seas in the south of Spain, has realised that not one but two people were involved in a recent high-profile mid-air robbery. Jack Levy was sitting outside Malaga cathedral with his wife when his phone...

Affluence before Freedom

Affluence before Freedom
WHY has life become so complicated within the thrall of the EU? How have we learned to make better livings, but not better lives, and why is it that materially, we are constantly dissatisfied and always expect more. How much is enough? I look back at old...

The way I see it…

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ON September 21 2017, Bill Speakman will raise a glass with fellow friends, some wearing scarlet and others blue uniforms, nicknamed the scarlet and blues, they are all colleagues at the Royal Chelsea hospital and home for military pensioners in London, the toast will...

Taken for fools

Taken for fools
THE $7 billion US-backed overthrow of Ukraine´s President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014 was not universally popular. Donbass, Ukraine´s most productive province, declared Unilateral Independence (UDI). Today, Ukraine is the poorest country in Europe and its Kiev regime Europe´s most unpopular. The expansionist NATO was denied...

The Costa del Sol Adventures – Part 3

James Hartley - PT3
COSTA DEL SOL, a lone shark swimming through human seas along the Spanish coast, is investigating the mid-air theft of a top Hollywood Producer´s jewels. Stopping halfway up the mountainside under the merciless, mid-morning sun, Costa turned to look back at the blue grin of...

Getting hitched, Gibraltar style

Getting hitched, Gibraltar style
A few months back, in one of my first columns for RTN, I announced that I was planning to marry my long-term partner, Marcus Robinson – and on Tuesday, September 5, the knot was tied at the registry office in Gibraltar. I explained that the...

All our fake news yesterdays

DURING the late 1980s millions caught up on world events by switching on BBC or ITV News. The term news is a misnomer as newsfeed was then dominated by events in apartheid South Africa. BBC anchor-man, Michael Buerk, covered so many stories in the region...

Golden age movers

The Bump
If you ask members of the Baby Boomer generation, what in their opinion was the greatest dance from their younger years, you would undoubtedly receive an assortment of answers, such was the number of dance crazes that came out of the 50’s, 60’s and...

The way I see it…

The way I see it
HOW was your August? For the remainders hot and sticky I guess? The summer inferno is too much for me so as always, I escaped back to London, and you can almost guarantee cool weather, with more than a splattering of rain, after all...

The Costa del Sol Adventures – Part 2

Costa del Sol Adventures Part Two - James Hartley
COSTA DEL SOL, a lone shark swimming the human seas on the Spanish coast, is about to be told of a mid-air robbery which has taken place high over Malaga. Costa del Sol was sitting on a terrace in Lagos with nothing but the flat...

Canalsidelife

Canal
IT was one of those days when you could sense the spring in your step and the feeling that: ‘Hey, it’s not such a bad old life after all.’ The sun was shining as usual, and there was a cooling breeze that was just enough...

Return of the witchfinders

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It is a myth that the Victorians were prudish. Their age was exciting, innovative and libertarian. For this reason, many great novels and poems, such as Rudyard Kipling verse, is now taboo. Scratch the surface of the mob and one is sure to find the...

Why I am so proud of Pride

Barry Duke Pride
I ONCE bit a policeman’s leg. It was the only way I could break his grip on my long, auburn locks. This was at London’s third LGBT march in 1974. It was much more of an angry rally than a celebration. We mobilised to declare...

The Costa del Sol Adventures – Part 1

Costa del Sol Adventures - Part 1
THE southern coast of Spain is a country within a country. Like London or New York, it exists alone, a law unto itself. It has its own rules and rhythm and its own way of doing things. On the morning of our story the coast...

It’s all in the name

The Beatles
I WAS watching Vintage TV recently and it featured music from the 60’s and 70’s as it often does on a Friday night, and I realised that although the Americans are really big in naming bands after actual locations in the US, the Brits...

The enemy within

Merkel
IT is beyond belief that within 24-hours of the latest terrorist outrages, two in Spain, the Merkel regime warns Libya that they must not obstruct the flow of illegal migrants to the shores of the European Union. If Britain declared war on Hitler’s Germany in...

Trendy old dude or mutton dressed as lamb?

barry
BACK IN 1993, author Stephen Fried, in his biography of supermodel Gia Carangi, coined the word “fashionista”. His wife loathed it, but the word quickly gained international currency and actually made it into the Oxford English Dictionary. Well, this month I decided to invent a...

High noon at the Town Hall

queue
SO I turn up at the office for the padron in the Ayuntamiento at 12 noon.  It was part of my cunning plan to avoid the long queue that I was convinced would be there if I arrived at the opening time of 9am. I...

What’s in YOUR medicine cabinet?

What’s in YOUR medicine cabinet
“OOOH,” grouched the other half who’d spent the best part of the afternoon on the beach turning himself the colour of a Christmas Island crab on one of the hottest days of August, “I’ve got a thumping headache.” “Well, I’m hardly surprised,” I shot back,...

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