Crime

Last Orders at Dani García

It's the end of a foodie era in Marbella. Dani García's eponymous restaurant is due to serve its last meal this Saturday Dani García at Puente Romano, where the chef won his third Michelin star only last November, will close its doors on Saturday evening."The Last Supper", as it is being…

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Hannes d' Haese

Kempinski Hotel Bahía ends its Art Series 2019 on a high

Kempinski Hotel Bahía brings its Art Series 2019 to a close with an incredible exhibition of artists in conjunction with Global Gift Foundation and Dragon Art. Running from November 14 till the end of December,  three international artists - Anna Schellberg, San B and Hannes d’Haese  - will be on display in  hotel Art Foyer and Art Gallery. Hailing from Germany, Belgium and the UK, these artists…

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Marbella celebrity journalist jailed for child abuse

Marbella celebrity reporter Felix Ramos was sentenced to eight years in prison on Thursday after a Tangier judge found him guilty of statutory rape and indecent assault of two minors. The prison term came after one of Ramos’s victims filed a complaint against the Spanish national in June last year. Although the 20-year-old Moroccan withdrew his complaint in September this year,  prosecutors…

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Sunday mutterings – Crutch control

I’m still recovering from last month’s tumble when I managed to jangle most of the nerves in my left ankle. The face long sprawl down a friend’s steps and the resultant sprain meant that I have been hobbling around Marbella like an extra from “Pirates of the Caribbean” for the past few months – all crutches, bags and pouches about my person and frequently muffled oaths. As a writer – though…

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Panorama scoops top Prize

Panorama, Marbella’s longest established real estate agency, won the highest award in the category of Best Real Estate Agency Spain (Single Office) at the European Property Awards recently. Panorama won the 5-star classification of the award recognising the hard work and know-how of the company, led by Christopher Clover, founder and Managing Director of Panorama, who established the agency over…

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Kempinski Hotel Bahia takes international award

Kempinski Hotel Bahía was voted Best Hotel at the recent EURHODIP awards in Istanbul. Director of Human Resources, Pedro Hidalgo, receieved the award that recognises a the training of students internationally. More than 200 hotel and tourism education professionals from all over Europe were at the gala dinner organised by EURHODIP, the leading international association that focuses primarily on…

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British Ambassador addresses expat concerns

An open letter from HMA Hugh Elliott to British citizens living in Spain You will all have seen that the EU has agreed the UK’s request for a further extension. This means that the UK will not now be leaving the EU on the 31st of October. The extension sets a new deadline of the 31st of January 2020. I met with some of the citizens’ rights groups yesterday here in Madrid and we talked about…

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Outcry at Triple A “attacks”

The Marbella community has come together to show solidarity with animal charity Triple A after a series of recent articles in the Press made sensationalist claims about the organisation. Facebook almost melted with indignation, as Marbella residents showed their support for Triple A and voiced their condemnation of the erroneous articles Clickbait Journalism?. And other local newspapers couldn’t…

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Clickbait Journalism?

Popular Marbella animal charity Triple A hit the headlines once again at the beginning of the week. Several local papers reported that it had been found guilty of a variety of offenses, including the organised killing of animals in its care. One of the more sensational claims was that the charity cut out microchips from animals, and specifically selected out black cats for "sacrifice". The…

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Hype. are launching an exciting new collectiom with Specsavers

Do believe the HYPE.

HYPE., one of the UK’s most cutting edge streetwear brands, is bringing its trend-setting designs to Spain. An exclusive collaboration with Specsavers has seen the creation of an original range of  prescription glasses and sunglasses that channel HYPE.’s apparel collections. Distinctive prints, combined with future-focused shapes form the 16-piece #HYPExSpecsavers collection, with prices…

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On the road to recovery!

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 were out - and was walking back up towards my car when “BAMM!!!” I tripped over two very small steps…

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La Sala hosts Triple A event with celeb support

HOWL-O-WEEN Fundraiser in aid of local animal charity Triple-A

This Halloween, get ready for a spooktacular fundraising evening at La Sala for local animal shelter, Triple-A. Thursday's event features an incredible line up of entertainment, including  singer Steve Cline, a special guest appearance from Dutch guitarist Lennart Van Kampen, TV Comedy Hypnotist Stuart Ashing, as well as a charity raffle. The evening starts at 7.30pm in the Live Lounge at La Sala…

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Last of the summer wine at La Campana

The recently reformed Restaurante La Campana, Nueva Andalucia, held a busy and buzzing ‘End of Summer Party’  - although judging by the weather at the moment, the summer seems determined to stay! Guests were treated to mouth-watering menu appetizers hand-picked from their comprehensive international menu complimented by flutes of cava and a selection of their superb house wines, whilst being…

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A Sustainable View

Ambitious development The View Marbella has been one of the first developments on the coast to be awarded a Class A energy efficiency rating. The global warming crisis means that it is even more important to consider the future of the planet and adapt to the new direction of sustainability.   Conscious of this, Wilma Sierra Blanca, the German-Dutch developer based in Marbella, is making a…

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It’s Only Rock n Roll

Last year I wrote about my friend Fish’s visit from Washington, and the jam session that we had. During the 80s we had a band that consisted of various Marbella Rock n Roll types that went through several incantations. The first line up – ‘Medicine Show’ - consisted of myself, Fish and the fabulously named and sadly now departed to the Great Gig in the Sky Brenton Macbeth Blackwood. I left to…

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Leading environmentalist to visit Marbella

The environmental crisis has dominated world headlines over the past few months, and on October 14-15, Marbella students will get the chance to learn more. Towards Nature is a unique opportunity to get close to nature and  discover the ecological risks facing the Earth through the experiences of Johan Ernst Nilson. This will be an unforgettable opportunity to learn about the crisis facing the…

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Trick or Treat walked off with three awards at MIFF

“Trick or Treat” takes Best Feature at MIFF 2019

  Trick or Treat took an emotional Best Feature Film Award at the Marbella International Film Festival on Sunday. The glamorous awards ceremony, once again held at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel, marked the end of four intensive days of workshops, premieres and seminars. Marbella was the focus of the film world as directors, producers and actors from countries including China, Paraguay and the US…

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Eva Longoria was all class

Get the celebrity out of here!

It was J-Lo that started me pondering the nature of celebrity. Jennifer Lopez may have wowed her fans with her performance on the coast last month, but the singer certainly didn’t impress the Press. The star was playing her only gig in Spain this year, and journalists and photographers flocked to the concert from all over the country with their approved credentials. But 15 minutes before she was…

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Todd Terry plays Marbella tonight

It’s a beautiful day for a Chicnic!

Proof that the Weather Gods are House Music fans, the early morning mist has gone and the forecast for today's Chicnic couldn't be better! Taking place at the stunning Finca La Conception, one of Marbella's best kept secrets but only minutes from Puerto Banus, Chicnic is a heady combination of live music, DJs, gastronomy and drink, all in a picture perfect. Topping the bill is Grammy Award…

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Thomas Cook Hotels

British Ambassador reassures holiday makers Thomas Cook hotels will be paid

Following the collapse of Thomas Cook, some tourists who have travelled out from the UK on Thomas Cook package holidays have been asked to pay for their hotels. This should not be happening. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has sent a letter to every hotel that has an ATOL-protected passenger in it, guaranteeing the payment to the hotel from the date of arrival to the scheduled departure…

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San Pedro or San Porno?

Marbella Town Hall has made a high profile clampdown on people walking around without their shirts on recently. So we can hardly imagine what the reaction would have been if they had seen what was going on in San Pedro last week. In the video clip - shown on Spanish TV - a young woman (perhaps @lviroses) is shown naked "walking oiled in public" (her words, not ours) and happily posing for…

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