Media industry mourns death of popular journalist

The media industry on the Costa del Sol was shocked by the sudden death earlier this month of Kerry Jane ‘KJ’ Eldson.

The 57-year-old, who was Features Editor at Society Magazine and had also written for Essential and Absolute Marbella, passed away suddenly at her home in Pembroke, Wales. KJ supported her mother Val, in their flat above the shop where her late father Keith had once been an ironmonger.

In a death that the coroner described as ‘avoidable’ KJ's cousin,Tim Ricketts , said that she had been confined to the house due to cystitis but, despite repeated requests, the NHS receptionist at her local surgery had refused her request for a home visit by her GP. Her condition deteriorated rapidly and KJ died just a few short days later. Cause of death was confirmed by the coroner as urinary sepsis.

KJ herself harrowingly posted in Facebook about her situation. ‘ I currently have a debilitating complaint that is confining me to the house so, this morning, I phone the local surgery to request a home visit. Request denied. The best that I can do is to make an appointment at the emergency clinic this afternoon, book in at 15:30 and maybe not be seen for several hours. I ask them if they don’t understand that I can’t leave the house but the doctor point-blank refuses to grant a home visit to anyone who isn’t permanently disabled or a pensioner. I tell them again that I can’t leave the house. They ask me what I am going to do and I confess that I don’t have a clue. Deadlock. The caring, sharing NHS in action for you - and this from someone who has yet to consult a doctor, so they can scarcely have me pegged as a hypochondriac’.

An inquiry into the death is due to take place. In the meantime the family have launched a crowdfunding appeal for to help cover funeral costs

Lunch for David raises €3500

The ladies who lunch - and some rather fortunate men - were out in force for a good cause earlier this month. Holly Millard’s Elite Events company organised a charity lunch at La Sala for popular photographer David Toms, who suffered life changing injuries in a motorcycle accident.



Guests were treated to a fabulous meal, as well as live entertainment from talented young singer Albie Davis and sax supremo Leonardo. But the biggest round of applause came for David himself, who was able to attend the event.


The afternoon finished with a lively fashion show from international designer Julie Miles, who had flown in especially for the event. A charity raffle and auction, which included items such as nights at El Oceano and Nobu Hotels, signed football memorabilia and several restaurant and beauty treatment vouchers, rounded off the afternoon, with the event raising €3500 for David’s continued care.


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He’s back to move it!

Legendary DJ, music producer and record label owner Erick Morillo will be back in Marbella this summer.

As part of his relentless tour schedule, Morillo - best known for tracks such as “I like to move it” - will play Dreamers on August 19.

Make sure to catch what is sure to be one of the gigs of the summer!

James Arthur unplugged at La Sala by the Sea tonight

X Factor winner James Arthur will be appearing at La Sala by the Sea tonight.

The Impossible star is taking part in an exclusive, acoustic s performance for La Sala by the Sea Unplugged.

James Arthur will be performing a number of hits supported by La Sala favourites Rody Kin and Tony Capo. This one-off event is set to mark the opening of the evening restaurant, which sees the venue at sunset transformed into a Thai inspired haven featuring La Sala’s gourmet cuisine in a stunning, relaxed setting.

The show can be enjoyed whilst dining from the a la carte menu or by viewing from the bar area. The show, which starts at 9pm, is set at 25€ per person.

Join the acoustic vibe by booking a table for dinner now via email at or call 952 813 882.

Cristiano Ronaldo takes a Marbella break!

Superstar footballer Cristanio Ronaldo took a luxury time out in Marbella this weekend.

Flying in by private jet the Real Madrid player rented two luxury villas in the exclusive La Zagaletta development where he stayed with girlfriend Georgina. It was Ronaldo's second visit this year.

Recharging his batteries after his Champions League Final victory and ahead of captaining Portugal in the World Cup, which starts this month, Ronaldo was spotted at beach club Trocadero Arena as well as the Marbella Club Hotel and Hotel Puente Romano. Ronaldo also took a private yacht charter from Puerto Banus.

The couple later enjoyed a private meal prepared by Michelin chef Dani Garcia, and a team including waiter Kiran Subedi from TA-KUMI, were on hand to make sure Ronaldo left Marbella refreshed, recharged and ready for the World Cup.


Photo. Kiran Subedi

2SeasSessions Sundays - HBR

In the first of a regular series, 2SeasSessions profile some of their artists that appeared on their brilliant acoustic sessions.

Hassan Bin Rashid Al Khalifa (HBR) is a singer/songwriter from Bahrain, best known for being a member of the Royal Family but most also recognised for his musical talents.

When we invited Hassan to perform at our studio in Bahrain, there was every reason to expect a recording of the highest calibre.

After all, this was a proven artist and a credible musician with a very clear desire to succeed in the music industry. However, we could not have anticipated the seamless way in which he seemed to fit within our own direction and purpose at 2SeasSessions.

Focusing on a stripped-back acoustic sound, these sessions are intended to showcase the rawness of each artist, and when Hassan joined us, it was the very nature of the studio environment which allowed his performance to shine.

From the ensuing lyrics, it was also obvious that HBR is someone who uses the past to move forward in life and this was further recognized in the way he expresses these experiences through song.

Hassan now travels between Bahrain, Dubai, and London. Few musicians are privy to the same international touring for which he has experienced over the years, from touring with Beanstalk in the United States to recording in Peter Gabriel's famous Real World Studio in the UK

It may seem slightly irrelevant, but to the unknowing eye, there is surely an unexplicable relationship between Hassan and his final song in our 2SeasSessions. Recounting the flaws and inabilities inflicted upon most men, the sheer honesty of the song “All I know” rings true with every word. Furthermore, it is possibly the unmistakable vulnerability in this recording which enabled Hassan to make one of the most profound impacts to date on our 2SeasSessions.

However, individual style and vocal presence are very much central when it comes to the success of HBR, and this comes across beautifully in our recording at 2SeasSessions. Backed by Danny Cummins, Jamie Moses, Hamish Stewart and Melvin Duffy, this stripped- down acoustic session by HBR was an instant hit from start to finish. Along with four of his own songs, Hassan and his team performed an outstanding cover version of two incredible songs by Led Zeppelin and the Stone Temple Pilots.

Hassan is very proud regarding his heritage, and while the American influence is evident throughout his music, his mother tongue remains Arabic. His most recent album “A Better Yeah” was released in association with Charlie Casey, his musical partner, and this variety rings true in most of the songs.”.

“A Better Yeah” is a stunning album and having witnessed HBR performing a stripped back acoustic version of his finest work, we can certainly say that we witnessed “the real Hassan Bin Rashid” and we look forward to hearing a lot more from him in future.

“A Better Yeah” is the latest album from Hassan Bin Rashid and as part of 2SeasSessions, he performed the songs Interstate Love Song, Running, Black Dog, Souls, Slicksville, and All I know.

Listen to Interstate Love Song here

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Something for the Weekend's Book Review - History of Wolves

In the first of a regular series, Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop reviews Emily Fridlund's History of Wolves

History of Wolves is beautifully written, wonderfully descriptive and completely enthralling.

Fourteen-year-old Madeline (Linda) lives with her laid back, hippy parents on the grounds of their former commune in the woods of northern Minnesota. Linda, who is isolated at home and socially inept at school, becomes obsessed with attractive and enigmatic classmate Lily and their new history teacher Mr. Grierson. However, Mr Grierson is not at school for long, as he is accused of inappropriate behaviour.  The implications of his removal have a huge effect on Linda.

When the Gardner family moves in to a cabin across the lake Linda begins to babysit for their 4-year-old, Paul. As her relationships with Paul and his mother Petra develop, Linda finally feels the sense of belonging she has always craved. However, this is not the normal family Linda had hoped for. Paul has problems and his parents are deeply involved with Christian Science. During the course of the summer, Linda makes choices that reverberate throughout her life.

Told from the point of view of the Linda, aged 14, with reminiscences from her adult self, Fridlund has crafted a beautifully descriptive coming of age novel.

For more information on this book and other titles


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BREAKING NEWS. Pedro Sanchez becomes Spanish prime minister

Pedro Sanchez became Spanish prime minister this morning.

For the first time in Spain’s democratic history, a no-confidence motion removed Mariano Rajoy from power.

“Pedro Sanchez will be the prime minister of the government and I want to be the first to congratulate him” Mariano Rajoy said in Congress ahead of the vote that ousted him.

Deputies in the lower house cast 180 to remove the Partido Popular leader with 169 against and 1 abstention.

The PSOE leader is now expected to call a general election. Sanchez tweeted “A new era in Spanish politics is beginning… I hope that we are all up to the responsibilities that we have ahead of us.”

BREAKING NEWS. Rajoy loses vote of no confidence

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was sensationally ousted in a vote of no confidence this afternoon

Socialist Party challenger Pedro Sanchez gained enough votes to support the no confidence motion when key Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) backed him.

Rajoy chose not to attend the second session of the debate, and so far has refused to step down, as Sanchez has urged him to do.

Sanchez is widely expected to become PM tomorrow, ahead of a general election.


Always Time for Wine!

Oenophiles, charge your glasses!

A score of exclusive wines, including the finest vinos de pago, cavas de paraje and grandes de España, as well as a selection of gourmet gastronomic products, will participate in the first edition of Wine Time Marbella, a exhibition that will allow both professionals and the public to discover some of the world´s most exclusive wines, but also those wines of excellence that, for various reasons, are not normally available to the public.

The convention will be held between June 7-8 at the Hotel Villa Padierna. According to the event´s organisers, Wine Time Mabella´s technical director, Nobel Llera and the marketing director José Casales, the convention´s is a result following a positive response of their wine fair Wine Time Spain that was held in Alhaurín de la Torre in 2016 and 2017. Both saw a gap in the market and were eager to create an event exhibiting the most exclusive products for a more select audience.

"What better way than to exhibit the best, those who have triumphed, and those starting up," says Llera , "learn from the great wines for the smaller vineries and share success”

The reception among wine companies has been a success, "We had to say no to some wineries to safeguard the spirit of the meeting," explained Llera,

Wine Time Marbella will be the perfect meeting point for both worlds to come together in a fun public experience. The organisers have programmed a wide range of activities over the two days, around tastings of both wines and gourmet products, including several brands of the Sabor a Malaga label.

Thus, in addition to talks with prestigious experts such as Isabel Mijares, the first winery enologist in Spain "and one of the people who truly knows the world of wine," Wine Time
Marbella will host gastronomic exhibitions and tastings, always "looking for excellence". There will also be an art exhibition, displaying work by local artists and new artists from the area of

The entrance to the event will be by invitation only , as confirmed by the organisers, "in order to maintain that exclusive touch".

Doors  will be open from 10:00am until  7pm on both days

For your FREE INVITATION, simply complete the form online at -

For further information visit the website

Or call: (+34) 633 119 843