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Watch the skies! Mars, the Moon and Meteor Magic!

With the current heatwave making the average bedroom in Marbella the temperature of an oven on full blast, sleeping outside seems like a sensible option. And if you needed another excuse to bed down on the terrace for the next few days, there is a stargazing feast that starts on Saturday night!……

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Sunday Morning Mutterings – It’s all gone viral!

If you didn’t know, an earworm is the term for a song or, more annoyingly, single verse or line from a song, which somehow gets stuck in your subconscious and keeps repeating over and over again. In the past few days, I have been plagued by a persistent earworm featuring late 70s one-hit-wonders The Knack. But instead of playing the chorus to their sole success “My Sharona”, this particular…

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Drug Lord Busted at Brothel

The alleged ringleader of a cocaine trafficking group that expected to bank more than £1 million every month has been arrested in Marbella after more than six years on the run. Dominic McInally, 29, from Formby, Merseyside, was arrested when officers from the Spanish National Police staged a late night raid on the Casa Masa 'alternative club' in Marbella's luxurious Naguelles area. McInally was…

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Marbella Coronavirus latest. Two cases worked for Marbella bank, while international school takes measures.

Two of the three people reported to be Marbella's first coronavirus cases worked for the same bank The Junta de Andalucia issued a statement that the two men, aged 42 and 53, had attended a banking conference in Malaga at the end of January. One of the supporting events was a flamenco performance in Marbella, where it is believed that the two men came into contact with people visiting from…

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BREAKING NEWS: Three coronavirus cases confirmed in Marbella

Coronavirus has reached Marbella. The Junta de Andalucia today confirmed three cases of the coronavirus Two of the victims are males of 42 and 52 years, while the third is an 81-year-old woman. Authorites reportedly believe the latter may have contracted the virus at a Flamenco performance in Marbella that was attended by a couple from Shanghai, while one of the men had contact with an Asian…

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Malaga coronavirus cases cleared but 1,000 quarentined in Tenerife

Two people admitted to hospital in Malaga have tested negative for the Covid-19 coronavirus. In a statement issued by the hospital, they said the pair – who were in isolation since being admitted – did not have the virus, but that  they did have a strain of flu. The news came on the same day that the Ministry of Health held a meeting to discuss the sudden increase in infections in northern Italy,…

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Sunday morning mutterings – Freshening up for Feb

This February I decided that I had to tweak a few working habits. While most people complain that January in Spain drags on interminably, it’s one of my busiest times as I try and prepare for the year ahead. Don’t get me wrong - I’m not one of those “New Year, New Me” types - but the pressing combination of sorting various bits of paperwork out and some new projects on the horizon mean that I’m…

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Tyler’s coming to Town!

Welsh power ballad songstress Bonnie Tyler is set to play Marbella this summer. The singer, whose hits include the iconic ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, which sold 9 million copies worldwide, will perform at Starlite Catalana Occidente on Monday, July 13. The 80s icon is the latest international act to be confirmed at Starlite, along with Nile Rodgers and Chic (July 22), Lionel Ritchie…

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Marbella Music Week launches at Marbella Arena

Dust off your Disco Balls!!! Rock Lounge, the most established concert promotor on the coast, recently announced Marbella Music Week 2020 with two great party concerts at the Marbella Arena in Puerto Banús The first, DISCO UNDER THE STARS-  takes place on Friday July 31. Shalamar will be opening the event with hits such as “A Night to Remember”, “The Second Time Around”. Main act Sister…

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Let’s get ready to rumble!

Did you know that apparently women make better investors than men?  BinckBank Spain part of Saxo Bank together with Talk Radio Europe have decided to put this concept to the test. Stay tuned for BOYS versus GIRLS Portfolio Talk on TRE every other Monday starting on February 17 at 11.45am when presenters Giles and Hannah take on the challenge of trading their portfolios and explaining why, with…

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Sunday Morning Mutterings – Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the water…

As my friends and family will readily agree, I’ve done some pretty foolish things in my time, usually late at night and undoubtedly with alcohol involved. Since my, ahem, ‘lifestyle change’ of a few years ago (You did Dry January? Welcome to my world) I've decided to ‘put something back’ whenever I can. This is why I usually say yes when I’m asked to get involved with charity events. Normally…

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Wuhan Zall see friendly matches cancelled on coronavirus fears

Chinese Super League side Wuhan Zall’s preseason plans in Spain have been left in ruins by the coronavirus, with European teams refusing to play them. The refusal has come despite the fact that the team have been nowhere near Wuhan, the city at the epicentre of the deadly virus, for several weeks. Instead, they have been training in Guangzhou since January 2 with their new coach, Jose Gonzalez.…

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La Liga Star joins Marbella FC in shock move

Marbella FC's quest for promotion to the Segunda received a major boost with the surprise signing of Espanyol star Esteban Granero during the January transfer window. The 32-year-old, who captained Espanyol, as well as playing for Real Madrid and Real Sociedad, made his debut for Marbella in Saturday's 0-0 draw away at Merida. 'El Pirata' will be officially presented to the fans at the stadium…

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Sunday Morning Mutterings – a bad case of the Marbella Blues

It was my birthday last month. Not a milestone event like my Rock n Roll 50th two years ago – and if you are good with numbers you will have worked out how old I am – but just an “early to mid fifties” day. Back in the day, of course, my birthdays were rather liquid affairs. As Spain celebrates Christmas until Three Kings on January 6 and my birthday is on January 19, I tended to single-handedly…

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Something for the Weekend? Art in Action

Grab your paints and pencils! The Creative Arts event of the year takes place in Benahavis this Sunday. On  February 2 the Gran Hotel Benahavis opens its doors to host the annual Art Exhibition organised by The Arts Society Benahavis. Now in its eighth year the display area will move from the ballroom to the spacious foyer and courtyard walkways, allowing spectators to see the artwork with fresh…

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Wuhan Zall FC arrives on the coast

While the world anxiously monitors the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, the city's football team Wuhan Zall arrived in Malaga today ahead of a three week training camp. The First Division team, whose coach is the former Malaga manager  José González, arrived without showing any “virus-related symptoms”, according to a statement by the Board of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucia.…

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Brexit update from British Consul

British Consul Charmaine Arbouin today updated UK Nationals on the latest developments ahead of the UK leaving the EU on Friday. "The Withdrawal Agreement which sets out how the UK leaves the EU has now passed into UK law, which, once the European Parliament has ratified it this week, means that the UK is leaving the EU with a deal on January 31. This is very positive news for UK nationals who…

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Lightning strike near Diana Park

Marbella still on Orange Alert as rains continue

Dramatic overnight storms along the Costa del Sol last night brought chaos to many towns Unprecedented hail storms caused the closure of several major and minor roads, including the main Fuengirola to Mijas route, as well as several in Bello Horizonte in Marbella. Marbella's fire service responded to 20 emergency calls overnight as the storm raged, with driving conditions described by one…

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BREAKING NEWS: Marbella on Orange alert for rain tonight

The bad weather that has caused widespread destruction and at least 13 deaths across Spain continues, with Marbella placed on Orange Alert tonight. The warning, issued by Spanish Meterological Office AEMET, has forecast 100mm of rain failing tonight across the whole of Malaga province. Malaga city itself was blanketed in white after heavy hail falls struck overnight, and there was flooding in…

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Surprise fall in British tourist numbers

Is the decades long British love affair with Spain starting to turn sour? Tourism figures for November saw a sharp increase in the number of tourists, according to the latest data from the INE, making it the first month of growth since June. 4.7 million international tourists visited Spain in November, 2.8% more than at the same time in 2018. The number of tourists from the UK, whilst still the…

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“Rebellious luxury” planned for Sotogrande

"Just say SO". Sotogrande is about to undergo a revolution. Accor's luxury, lifestyle brand SO/ Hotels & Resorts, together with Sotogrande SA, have signed a management agreement to open the first SO/ project in Spain. SO/ Sotogrande Resort & Spa will reflect the brand's "rebellious luxury", blending exclusivity with the brand's commitment to dynamic gastronomy and upbeat vibrant…

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