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Sunday Mutterings – I can’t stand up for falling down

Autumn is upon us. The season of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ that comes as a welcome relief after the summer madness. Americans call this time of year Fall. Which is somewhat appropriate as that is exactly what I did last week, with painful consequences. I had just left a friend’s house – they…

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Street Art in San Pedro!

The magical and unusual world of street art performance takes place in San Pedro this week. Art Fest 2017 brings  14 street theatre companies from around Spain and beyond to the streets and squares of San Pedro for the first time. The free festival, which runs until August 7 includes music, street theatre, magic, puppets and dance, including the "Big Dancers" of El Carramato, (pictured) on…

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Happy Birthday to us!

Planet Marbella turns two today! So this is just a little post to say thank you to all the companies and indivuals that have given me encouragement and support over the past 24 months. Here's to reporting on the good, the bad and the sometimes very ugly in Marbella Thanks to everyone Giles

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Art/Marbella back for a third year

Art/Marbella , Marbella's modern and contemporary art fair, is currently under way. The event that allows collectors, artists, curators and art lovers to appreciate, enjoy, educate themselves, and acquire art works of exceptional quality. Now in it's third year, Art/Marbella has over 45 exhibitors, making it an increasingly important date on  the international cultural calendar This edition's…

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Arte Sano in San Pedro this weekend

One of the most popular free festivals takes place in San Pedro this weekend. Arte Sano, which takes place on the paseo in San Pedro ,  is the largest alternative free festival on the coast and has established itself as a contemporary showcase of natural health, artistic expression, movement, dance and personal development. Sprinkled with a liberal mix of live music, activities, workshops,…

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Pablo Raez gets Marbella memorial

In a fitting gesture, Marbella Town Hall has announced that Buelvar de Arroyo Primero, currently under construction, will be named after marbellí Pablo Ráez in recognition of his memory and legacy. In a ceremony at the Town Hall Marbella mayor, José Bernal recieved the Gold Medal of the Province of Malaga that was awarded to Pablo Raéz fron his father, Francisco Ráez. "Pablo's family has made  a…

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Ambassador writes Brexit brief

The British Ambassador to Spain has written an open letter to British citizens living here on the subject of citizens rights as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. In his letter, Simon Manley talks about the successful state visit of King Felipe in the UK earlier this month, and goes on to talk about the work the consular teams have undertaken across the country, and the proposals made…

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George Benson gives Marbella THE night

We were promised an unforgettable night on Friday and the legend that is George Benson more than kept his promise. A packed Puente Romano Tenis Club saw the 74-year-old in smooth and sublime style, as he treated an adoring audience to a masterclass of midsummer magic. Classics such as “Never Give Up On A Good Thing”, “Love Times Love” and “Give Me The Night” had the crowd on its feet from the…

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Marbellisima – Fraser Dodge

Fraser Dodge - owner of El Grifo, Marbella's great new craft beer bar - picks out his 10 favourite things about Marbella. Best View It's difficult to narrow this down to a top 10, let alone the best. One which I find appealing is the descent from Ojen, when Gibraltar is visible beyond the looping coastline and Banus. The other is the remote mountain views on the dirt road between Tolox and Istan…

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Benson’s Back!

Get ready for the smoothest night of the summer! George Benson plays the Puente Romano Tenis Club this Friday night, and if you haven't seen this legendary performer live before, make sure that you don't miss this chance. Multi Grammy award winner, George will perform his catalogue of hits including "20/20", “On Broadway”, “Give me the Night” and “Lady Love Me”. A big fan of Marbella  - he was…

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Best Boss Ever Picks Marbella!

Possibly the best boss in the UK picked Marbella to celebrate his company's 20th anniversary. Managing director Ian Lucas brought  his entire workforce of 42 to Marbella to celebrate for three days, where they enjoyed beach days at Mahiki Beach and La Sala by the sea. Mr Lucas  said his team at Red7 were ‘the beating heart’ of the firm based in Brighton and deserved to be rewarded for their hard…

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Wine tasting and cocktail classes at Kempinski

Throughout summer, the Kempinski Hotel Bahia in Estepona are running weekly wine tastings and cocktail classes. On Wednesdays, there is a one-hour cocktail masterclass down at the luxurious and exclusive Pool by Moet. The Kempinski’s mixologist will teach guests how to make two delicious cocktails, perfectly blending the ingredients and balancing the flavours. After the masterclass, guests can…

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Atalaya Views Launches

Atalaya Views launched at a stunning contemporary villa in Benahavis this month. The launch party  showcased Atalaya View´s impressive panoramic views of the ocean, the golf course and high specification design. Aguilene Benicio, Managing Director of Elite Estates, who hosted the event said; “We´re incredibly excited to bring to the market Atalaya Views. It is a spectacular off-plan property and…

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More hot weather on the way!

It's going to be a hot one. Again. Weather agency Aemet has issued weather warnings for much of the country this week, with temperatures expected to rise to above 40ºC in places.     Much of southern Spain, specifically between Andalucia, Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha have been warned to expect high temperatures of 42ºC in the daytime, and lows of 22ºC in the evening.  Most of the…

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Minsters Slam Brits over False Claims

Ministers have steped  in to tackle the sickness claims culture which is damaging Britain’s reputation overseas  The move follows concerns from the travel industry that more and more suspected false insurance claims for gastric illnesses like food poisoning are being brought by British holidaymakers, partly fuelled by touts operating in European resorts. Advice from the travel industry shows the…

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Cleaning up my Act

In which I try to cleanse my sins...and how an ill-advised word starts a Social Media storm So Noche de San Juan has been and gone. The night where you dress up in virginal white, leap over a blazing bonfire and then take a midnight dip in the Mediterranean to cleanse you of your sins. You have to give it to the Catholic Church that only they could take this most pagan of celebrations and stick a…

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Pioneering water park opens in Marbella

Marbella mayor José Bernal, yesterday opened a public park that is the first in Andalucia to feature a water games zone. The mayor,  accompanied by the Councilor for Works, Blanca Fernández, and the Councilor for  Parks and Gardens, Francisco Garcia, stressed that the regeneration of the park "was very necessary due to the state of deterioration and have modernised it to offer a unique space to…

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Marbella goes Crazy 80s!

Billy Ocean , Right Said Fred and M People's Heather Small rolled back the years last night at the Crazy 80s party. The concert, held in the intimate venue of the Puente Romano Tennis Club, kicked off with the enthusiastic Paul “The Piano Man” Maxwell, before Right Said Fred took the stage. Proudly bald singer Richard Fairbrass raised a few eyebrows in his choice of attire for the evening – but…

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Crazy 80s Live!

Dig out the shoulder pads and dust off the leggings - the 80s are back! For one night only Crazy Music Productions has brought together some of the biggest names of the 80 and 90s. Crazy 80s Live, headlined by Billy Ocean along with live sets from M People's explosive singer Heather Small and the bald and and brilliant Right Said Fred, takes place at the Puente Romano Tennis Club on Thursday July…

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God Bless America!

It would be all too easy to knock America. If fact knocking America seems to be flavour of the week in certain places, although those places are usually downtown Tehran. But let’s face it. Any nation that has given your humble correspondent Angelina Jolie, Poker, the Martini, the complete works of Lynyrd Skynyrd and  the bedevilled and frequently befuddled brilliance that was Hunter S Thompson…

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Supermarket sweep!

It's July and summer is officially here. And how do we know this? No, it isn't due to any official decree from the Marbella Town Hall, or the fact that The Only Way is Essex is due to start filming its Marbella episodes any day now. It's not even the fact that Social Media is continuing to get itself in a Right Royal Froth about the fact that bikini wearing blitzed Brits have been photographed…

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