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Spring cleaning’s a danger to health

AS the season of Lent takes hold I start looking forward to Easter. The nagging voice at the back of my mind though says it’s time to at least consider spring cleaning. Not that I am eager to spring clean far from it though de-cluttering...

Where is everybody?

THE rush hour traffic in the towns and cities of the UK have been much eased by half term, the schools have taken a week or two off and the great weight of 4x4’s or 'Chelsea tractors' has been suddenly lifted. Mothers and their children...

Decolonisation of Europe

A VIDEO has emerged of former American Vice President Joe Biden disclosing that the US had to browbeat Europe’s leaders into imposing economic sanctions on Moscow in 2014. Following the referendum that returned Crimea to Russia, America’s economic war badly hit the pockets of...

There’ll be bluebirds over . . .

LIKE a lot of children, I had visions of growing up to be famous, but the image I held in my head that encapsulated this dream, was not of a big house or flashy cars, or being accosted in the street by adoring fans....

1881 – A great year for corned beef lovers … and sceptics

THE security geezer at Gatwick Airport was utterly nonplussed when he found six tins of Fray Bentos steak and kidney pies in my hand luggage. “I’m not sure if these are allowed on a plane,” adding: “In all the years I’ve been here I have...

The tricky path to enlightenment

AT one time or another, most of us have cause to stop and reflect on our lives and asked that age old question: What’s it all about? We look back and realise that perhaps we should have done things differently and experienced much more of...

Who’s laughing now

WHERE mass demonstrations failed and insurrection found wanting many a regime was brought crashing to the ground by ridicule. The royal houses of Britain could shrug off criticism by the bucketful but what the ruling elite fear most is ridicule. Making fun of the Soviet system...

Fake sales and the Six Nations rugby

WELL, that’s January out of the way. An odd month in London where the focus in conversations and the media whether it’s TV, newspapers, magazines or social conversations online, as well as face to face, revolves around health. Following the binge and blow out of Christmas...

Hi-tech heaven or hell?

Just by way of an exercise this week, I decided to conduct my own survey on the use of mobile phones in public places. It was all extremely scientific . . . I did a head count. Without going into the actual figures, I...

Pot calls kettle black

THE United States has a luckless habit of firing from the lip. President Trump’s offhand remark about s***hole countries was a classic. Many who should know better are under the illusion that the U.S. is Utopia. In truth there is many a Third World country...

Clouds now with sunshine on the way in London

YOU will be pleased to note that the weather here in London is as dull as dishwater, then again perhaps not. Contrast the brighter skies of the Costas with the grey low clouds, occasional drizzle, short days and little warmth in the midwinter sun. Then again...

Trash or treasure?

Sitting trembling in my doctor’s waiting room recently – I’m as comfortable with medical check-ups as Trump is with Mexicans – I spotted a photograph in an old Spanish magazine that accompanied an article about folk who collect perfume bottles. It was a picture of...

Not so cool cats

MONDAY morning and it was the time of year that I dread and Ozzy and Woody, our two rescued felines, positively hate. It was the day for their annual booster shots. Not that they have any awareness of dates, but as soon as they catch...

Tourism winners and losers

TOURISM in Greece, Germany, France and Turkey has been ravaged by the refugee crisis. These countries have endured lethal terrorist attacks that have damaged a crucial source of taxes. Off-the-beaten-path locations like Bulgaria and Croatia are raking in travel revenues. Poland and Hungary, along...

Russia Remembers

IN sombre mood Russia reflects on the centenary of a coup that presaged a bloodbath that claimed the lives of up to 70 million martyrs. There’s hardly a village library let alone city museum that isn’t marking the tragedy that in 1917 befell Imperial Russia. Before...

The way I see it…

The way I see it…
THAT was the year that was? So, what else is new? looking back 2017 was an unremarkable year,world leaders come and went,nothing different there. Mugabe’s reign fizzled out, without nothing more than a whimper. Mugabe had been in charge of Zimbabwe for almost four decades, but...

The comfort of our illusions

the comfort of our illusions
I OFTEN look back and consider the insanity of endless wars. Then I realise that by being in denial we simply prefer the comfort of our illusions to the truth. There are many people who actually like war. Winston Churchill’s hand must have trembled when...

The day I met my first ligger

The day I met my first ligger
ONCE upon a time a demented woman who ruled a faraway land convinced her subjects that greed was good, that trade unions were bad and that an unbridled market economy and privatisation would benefit all. Many – as easily played for imbeciles then as those...

Black days are good too

Black days are good too
THERE wasn’t much about 2017 that brought a feel good factor. I waited 12 months for mine, which I hope isn’t misplaced. Grinning broadly, I watched ecstatic Africans welcoming the first White farmer to return to the ranch Mugabe’s regime had ousted him from....

Here’s to the next one

Here’s to the next one
ANOTHER Christmas comes to an end, and a new year beckons. As the beggars carry on their daily vigils for a few tourist euros outside the Vatican City walls, some without limbs and all without hope, the Pope gives his Christmas blessings to the world...

Bought and souled

Bought and souled
AS many go about their daily routine censorship they little realise that censorship and, political correctness is snuffing out the candles of free expression. Let Robbie Burns explain: “He's bought and sold, for Yankee gold, such a parcel of rogues in a nation.” His words immediately...

The Spirit of Christmas Past

The Spirit of Christmas Past
CHRISTMAS EVE The one night of the year when climbing the stairs to bed was accomplished with enthusiasm and without the need of encouragement from parents.  Yet here I was tucked up securely, bursting with excited anticipation but still with not a hint of tiredness. I...

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Iconic Marbella hotel gets €64.5 million makeover

MARBELLA COUNCIL has given the green light to Magna Hotels and Resorts, to renovate the iconic Don Miguel Hotel at a cost of €64.5...

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RTN Newspaper – Costa del Sol Edition Issue #042

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NATIONAL POLICE based in Benidorm have arrested a man on the run from the UK. The so-far unnamed man – aged 59 - is wanted...

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Spring cleaning’s a danger to health

AS the season of Lent takes hold I start looking forward to Easter. The nagging voice at the back of my mind though says it’s...

Costa Blanca beach bars to open for Easter this year

TO avoid a repeat of the situation last year, the Cartagena City Council is in the process of speeding up the awarding of the...

Costa Blanca clamps down on ‘boat parks’

PEOPLE planning to drop anchor on their small boats off part of the busy northern Costa Blanca will shortly be facing restrictions. The Ministry of...

Jobs boost in Costa Blanca as shopping centre opens

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Davis Cup is a smash hit for Marbella tourism

MARBELLA COUNCIL estimates that the promotional impact of the recent Davis Cup tie between Spain and Great Britain led to net revenues of around...

Javea road tragedy speeds council into action

THE RTN reported back in early January  on an accident at a pedestrian crossing in Javea that saw a Russian woman and her dog...

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