Do we think he's sexy? Rod Stewart on the Coast!

Ageless rocker Rod Stewart will be live in concert on the Coast next summer.

The 73-year-old Scot, whose hits include "Sailing", "Baby Jane" and of course "Do you think I'm sexy?", will perform at the Marenostrum Castle Park in Fuengirola on Wednesday July 3.

It's the first time that Rod, who was a regular vistor to Marbella and had a villa in Estepona in the 80s,  has played on the Coast since his 2005 concert at the Mjias Hipodromo.

Tickets - with prices from 65 euros - will go on sale on November 23.

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Marbellisima - Ali Silver

Non-diet Nutrition and Intuitive Eating coach Ali Silver picks out her favourite places in Marbella!

Best View:

The best view for me is when I’m walking down the beach, and can see the sea, mountains and forest all at once. Where else in the world can you see such a view?

Best Place for Coffee:

I am the opposite of a coffee snob; I like it milky and sweet and not strong at all. My only rule is that it has to be under 2 euros! For me the best places are the churrerias and 'workmen's’ coffee bars. Great coffee and they always remember your order.

Best for Eating:

I recently went to Puente Romano’s Sea Grill and was blown away by the meal there. It’s a little pricey but the tandoori monkfish is seriously worth it. My go-to restaurant when I really want to feed is the Golden Dragon. It’s classic Chinese, without MSG or added salt, and the food is really fresh.


Best for showing visitors the real Marbella: 

Definitely Old Town Marbella, around Orange Square. Walking up and down all the cobbled streets is great for people to explore, and the independent shops are a treat to wander in.

Best for quiet moments:

It seems crazy to say that Puerto Banus could have a quiet moment, but at the lighthouse at the end of the pier is a bench and it is very peaceful. All you can see is the seas and then you turn around and have the full impact of the mountains. Tourists aren’t one for doing the walk to get to the lighthouse, so you’re sure to have a moment to yourself.

Best for lively ones:

Dolce Vita Beach Bar is always vibrant with music and events!

I couldn't live without:

It’s a cliché, but my sunrise beach run has become my favourite thing. It’s so quiet and the weather is just perfect for running. I also love seeing the Spaniards out doing their power walking – staying social and active seems to be the way of life here and I totally love it.

Best Shopping:

This is a toughie. I would have said La Canada, but the recent refurb at El Cortes Ingles has made me think twice. They’ve covered all bases with their shoe and clothes department.

Best Beach:

I am biased but for me it has to be Rio Real, which is where I live. It’s wide enough to walk, never too busy, and no influx of jellyfish either!

Personal Best

There are so many reasons Marbella is special, but for me it is the people. Coming from London, where everyone is so stressed and busy, it is hard to make connections with people. In Marbella, people here have time to chat with you, they are more open to new people and to fostering friendships with them.


Listen in to Ali interviewed by Selina McKenzie on the Lifestyle show on Talk Radio Europe this Monday at 2.15pm

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The Russians are coming. To La Concha

One of the things that I have noticed about the many Russians that I have met - mainly fishing on the lake - is their love of nature.

Growing up in the Soviet-era 80s, we thought that the Russians all lived in drab, grey brutalist tower blocks, and were chomping at the bit to destroy the imperialist West.

In fact the Russians that I encounter love spending time in the countyside, normally with a guitar and, rumour has it, the odd bottle of vodka.

This love of nature hasn't affected all Russians however, as hikers on La Concha were shocked to find a large Russian flag painted near the top Marbella's emblematic mountain earlier this week.

The fact that it is located close to bench for Butterfly Children charity DEBRA that was carried up to the top by Marbella firemen sent Social Media into a frenzy. "The mountaineer's philosophy is to leave mountain just as we found it, so any alteration of the territory is always in bad taste. There should not be any flag". said one.

It's not the first time Russians have run into trouble on the mountian. Two years ago a lone, lost Russian teenager started a large blaze when he lit a fire to keep him warm. Perhaps he should have stuck to the vodka...



Something for the Weekend? - Book Review - The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop reviews The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Groundhog Day meets Agatha Christie in this quirky debut novel by Stuart Turton. Set in the 1920s and told in the style of a locked room mystery, guests are summoned to Blackheath Manor house for a party. By the end of the night Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered. However, unless Aiden, one of the guests, can solve the murder, the day will repeat itself.

Aiden has eight days to solve the murder and each day is a repetition on the last except for one thing. Each day when Aiden wakes up he inhabits the body of a different party guest. If he fails to solve the murder, the whole week resets and Aiden must begin again without any memory of what went before.

This is an intriguing and fast paced whodunnit with plenty of twists and turns. It is fun, dark, clever and engaging.

Can You Feel It? - The Jacksons to play Marbella!

You'll be able to blame it on the sunshine, moonlight, good times and the boogie next summer.

The Jacksons, the most famous family in music history, are coming to Puente Romano Club de Tennis, Marbella, on Thursday August 8 2019.

As they celebrate the life of Michael Jackson, ten years after his passing, and the 50th anniversary of The Jackson 5, original members Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson and Marlon Jackson will be performing live in concert, with a show that includes all their mega-hits including ABC, I want you back, Got to be there and Can you Feel it,

With Five  No 1 Albums and 18 No 1 Hits, and a concert full of the dance moves and costume changes that made them one of the great Motown groups The Jacksons will be THE concert of the summer!


Tickets, that start at €49, are available at or call (0034) 638 422 445


Wave of support for brave Sarah

Marbella residents have set up an appeal for a local teenager who has suffered a life changing illness.

Sarah Almargo, 18, suffered a a sepsis attack this summer caused by meningococcal and bacteria, which triggered a multi organ collapse. After spending 10 days in a coma, Sarah had to undergo several life saving operations, including the amputation of both her hands and feet. Although still in hospital, and undergoing grafts and dialysis brave Sarah is grateful to be alive and is looking forward to a positive future.

An active tennis player and surfer, the next stage of Sarah's recovery is rehabilitation, including the prosthesis she needs to be able to continue her life. Because of this her family have created a charity, Somos Tu Ola, to raise money and awareness not only for Sarah, but also for other children in the same situation, and to provide information and experience to families who are going through similar situations.

Sarah commented "I am grateful because this disease has a 93% mortality rate", adding "With my prosthesis, no one will stop me going forward in life!"

If you would like more information about this cause, please visit

Teen's harrowing Social Media post before death plunge

The girlfriend of a British teenager who jumped to his death from the roof of El Corte Ingles posted an Instagram message on the morning of the tragedy which said: “It’s a dirty world that I don’t want to live in anymore.”

The 14-year-old added ‘I’m Sorry’: “To anyone who has ever loved/known or supported me, thank you, I love you and I will miss you.”

Her 16-year-old companion and fellow student at Aloha College, messaged friends saying they were on their way to El Corte Ingles.

Sources close to the ongoing investigation into the tragedy told how the mother of one of their alarmed friends phoned the department store to warn them while they launched their own frantic search for them in the streets around the building.

A security guard spotted the pair on the roof on store cameras - before a colleague was able to grab the girl on a tiny raised roof platform seconds after her boyfriend plunged to his death shortly before midday on Friday. Spanish Press have reported that the girl then asked the stunned security to take a photograph for Social Media.

Although police initially said he was 14 and his friend 16, official sources on Saturday confirmed he was 16 and she is 14.He is the son of a Brazilian mum and British dad now thought to spend part of his time in the UK. Police have declined to name the pair as they are minors.

The boy plunged to his death at 11.42am on Friday - less than 20 minutes after the couple entered the store.

CCTV footage police have been given shows him appearing to push the teenage girl away from the edge of the roof towards safety after she experienced a “split-second” of doubt, before he leapt.He hit a tree and street sign before smashing onto the pavement 65ft below.

A well-placed source said: “Several calls went into to the department store from people who said they had published social media messages warning what they were going to do.
Another source close to the police investigation added: “Officers are still going through the CCTV but the boy can be seen pushing the girl backwards away from the edge.

Police have declined to comment on the reasons that led the couple to take their drastic action
Friends and well-wishers have left flowers and candles at the spot where Richard died.
One, signed Giulia and Deborah, said: “You will always be in our hearts, forever love you and we hope you find peace now. Love and kisses.”

Another, written on a piece of brown paper left under a lit candle, added: “Rest in paradise. I hope you’re not struggling wherever you are now. You will forever be missed.”


Photo: Solarpix

Fawlty Towers in Gibraltar!

Officially the world’s longest running dining experience, this one-of-a-kind original has made its international mark as an ‘outrageously funny’ night out 

Bragging sell-out shows all over the world – including Sydney Opera House and London’s West End – it’s now coming for the first time to Gibraltar, for two shows only on 3-4 November.

A top attraction of London’s theatre scene since 2012 and worldwide since 1997, this immersive show uses fantastic actors to put audiences right at the heart of the action.

Basil’s rude, Manuel confused, and Sybil cracks the whip… all the while dishing up plenty of
laughs and a 3-course meal. It’s an irrepressible, irresistible blend of top-flight improvisation
and tight theatrical script, where ‘chaos’ reigns right from the start. Expect the unexpected in
the show that’s 70% improvised!

With over 21 years of continuous critical and audience acclaim and close on a million seats
sold around the world, this is officially the world’s most sought-after tribute to the BBC’s
Fawlty Towers and the most successful interactive comedy show of its kind – perfect for
anyone and everyone keen for an unforgettable night out.

Venue: Sunborn Gibraltar, 35 Ocean Village Promenade
Dates: 3-4 November
Saturday 3 Nov: 7:30pm (doors open 7:00pm).
Sunday 4 Nov: 1:30pm (doors open 1:00pm).
Tickets – all tickets include a welcome drink, 3-course meal and 2-hour show: £50.00.
Bookings & enquiries: +350 2001 6500 |

Marbella in shock after El Corte Ingles tragedy

A day after the tragedy at El Corte Ingles yesterday, Marbella is still in shock.

As the facts behind the death of a 14-year-old boy, who leapt to his death from the roof of the building become clearer, many are wondering if anything could have been done to prevent it.

What makes this more shocking is that victim’s girlfriend posted on Social Media that she and her boyfriend were about to commit suicide from the roof of El Corte Ingles, and friends that read the posts called the department store. Security rushed to the roof and found the teenagers. The boy jumped while the girl apparently hesitated and was prevented from leaping.

Onlookers I spoke to said that the boy fell “in a flying motion”. He hit the trees at the corner of El Cortes Ingles next to the pedestrian crossing by the roundabout. Reports suggest that he did not die instantly.

Harrowingly, it was a busy Friday early afternoon, with many families shopping during the British Half Term Holidays. Both youngsters attended a well know International School in Nueva Andalucia and I was told that the boy was recognised by some of his school friends that were out shopping with their mother . They thought at first that he was sleeping on the pavement, before the awful realisation hit them.

I was in Banus at the time and drove past as they were loading the body, covered in a white sheet on a stretcher, into the ambulance. My original thought was there had been a fatal accident at the pedestrian crossing, and it was only after I talked to witnesses that I found out what had happened.

Working in the local and international media, I have seen various theories into what has happened and who was involved, and again, until the facts become more clear, it is not wise to speculate.

What has become clear, however, is that the tragedy of teenage suicide has come to Marbella and yesterday’s events will have a devastating effect on many families and individuals and colleges for years to come. According to the INE (instituto Nacional Estadísticas) in Spain in 2016, 259 people under the age of 30 committed suicide.

Yesterday’s tragic events have made many parents realise that the complex issues and pressures that face their children as they turn into young adults, now need to be addressed. Even in Marbella.

Samaritans Spain: 900 525 100

BREAKING NEWS: Youth dies in horror plunge in Puerto Banus

Lunchtime Shoppers were left shocked and horrified today as a young man fell to his death from the sixth floor of El Corte Ingles in Puerto Banus

Eyewitness describe the teenager, who has not been named, as falling "in a flying position", while two teenage boys nearby wept openly.

Police were quickly on the scene, but nothing could be done to save the victim, who is described by sources as European.