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The Big Day!

Walking in a Wedding Wonderland

Thus it came to pass that the Ziglet’s Big Day finally arrived. My Goddaughter Ziggy married Josh in August, and as “el padrino” I was invited to attend both the civil service at Chelsea and Westminster Registry Office and a celebration lunch near Glastonbury the following weekend. If you haven’t…

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OSP – ‘Obliterate San Pedro’ as palms uprooted

The 'Dubai-ification' of Marbella continues. The Tenencia de Alcaldia San Pedro Alcantara, under the leadership of Rafael Piña,  pushed forward its plans for the destruction of one of the last green areas in the town. Early this morning excavators began clearing the land at the entrance to San Pedro's main street. Palms that have stood for decades were dumped onto lorries and moved. The…

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Spain turns on Davis Cup magic in Marbella

Spain breezed past Great Britain at the Hotel Puente Romano Tenis Club this afternoon to book a place in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Albert Ramos Vinolas won his second rubber of the weekend, seeing off a plucky Cameron Norrie 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(4) 6-2. Norrie came through as a five-set winner on Friday but, in just his second competitive match on the red stuff, he didn’t quite have the strength to…

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GB stuns Spain to set up super Saturday

Great Britain's Davis Cup tennis team obviously haven't read the script. Five-time Davis Cup winners Spain finally got the chance to play in front of their home crowd after eight away ties, hosting Great Britain and clear favourites to reach the last 8. One of the hardest tasks in Davis Cup is to beat Spain on their home soil, which was last time achieved by Brazil in 1999, and Great Britain…

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San Pedro Trees for the Chop?

Marbella’s Green heritage is once again under threat In a move that has dismayed residents, the Tenencia de Alcaldia under the leadership of the OSP’s Rafael Piña Troyano, is pushing ahead with a scheme that will see some of San Pedro oldest palm trees uprooted. Piña wants to redevelop the area, at the entrance to the town’s now mainly pedestrianised main street, and replace the palms with a…

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BREAKING NEWS. Rebecca Muldoon’s husband jailed on European Arrest Warrant

Paul Muldoon, the husband of missing Marbella mum Rebecca, is behind bars for the second time in 15 days. Muldoon is wanted by the British authorities for financial crime, and was picked up on a European Arrest Warrant last night. He was arrested on January 1 on suspicion of domestic violence against Rebecca, but after she failed to show to press charges the following day, Paul Muldoon was…

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BREAKING NEWS. Marbella body – First autopsy rules out violence

The body that was found on a Marbella beach yesterday showed no signs of gender violence. The autopsy on the woman, aged between 35-40, is taking place in Granada, and the preliminary reports have ruled out gender violence as the cause of death. The body is widely thought to be that of Rebecca Muldoon, the 35-year-old British mother of two, (pictured) who went missing on January 2. Antonio Sanz,…

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2017 was Spain’s warmest year

2017 was the warmest year and second driest on record according to Meteorological agency AEMET. The annual average temperature was 16.2ºC – an average increase of 1.1% – whilst rainfall fell by over a quarter The country endured five heat waves last year, with only one major cold snap last January. With the mild weather forecast to continue through January, there is a real danger of Spain…

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BREAKING NEWS: Sources say body is missing mum

Spanish sources have hinted that the body found this morning on a Marbella beach is that of Rebecca Muldoon. The 35-year-old British mum-of-two had been missing since January 2, leaving her passport at home. The body was discovered on El Ancon de Marbella this morning. Emergency services commented that a white woman between the age of 35-40 was discovered on the beach at 9am and that she had no…

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BREAKING NEWS: Body found on Marbella beach

Police have discovered a body this morning on a Marbella beach The authorities were alerted at 10.45 by a member of the public, who discovered the body at El Ancón de Marbella, near Victor's Beach. It is not known at the moment whether the body is male or female. More to follow...

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Opps Olivia!!!

Marbella's self-styled "Queen of the Night" Olivia Valere ran over a pedestrian and crashed into a petrol pump in San Pedro on Thursday. The accident happened when Olivia, whose famous nightclub has attracted celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Prince Harry and Naomi Campbell, was driving away from the San Pedro petrol station in her blue Jaguar. Video shows the car accelerating and knocking over a…

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Search steps up for missing Marbella mum

The search for missing Marbella mum Rebecca Muldoon has intensified. On Thursday 46 Firefighters, Local Police, Civil Protection and members of the Emergencies Group of Andalusia (GREA) took part in combing the Camoján area of Marbella. The emergency services set up an Advanced Command Post on the Pinar road, as the search focused on the areas of Camoján and Nagüeles areas. This was mistaken as a…

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Snow and Rain put Malaga province on Orange alert

Marbella was put on a Yellow alert today as the long awaited rain finally arrived early this morning. Spanish meteorological office AEMET predicted that the rains will last in the region until midday on Wednesday. There was heavy snowfall on the road up to Ronda, with the town place on Orange Alert and buses apparently stopping at El Madronal until the road is cleared. Several roads in the Sierra…

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FOUND! Lost dogs safely back at home

Despite my reputation in some quarters as being darker than Darth Vader drinking a dark rum and coke, I do like a Good News story. So I am delighted to report that Latina and Morena, the two Shi Tzu type dogs that went missing from Guadalmina on New Year's Eve, are now both safely at home. Morena turned up at owners' Lynda and James Woodin's house on January 2 while older dog Morena was found…

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BREAKING NEWS: Pet Poisoner claims first victims of 2018

The Pet Poisoner has struck again, only a few days into the New Year. Residents of La Campana posted on Social Media on Thursday night that a ginger cat had been found poisoned the park. A black Labrador was also poisoned close to a school and another dog was being treated for the effects of poison. Last year over 15 animals were killed by the indiscriminate use of poison in Nueva Andalucia and a…

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New Nobu in Marbella!

Marbella is set to get a stylish addition to its hotel and restaurant scene.  Following the successful launch of Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH); Nobu Hotel Marbella is set to open at the end of March. The resort is the latest member of SLH, and will  bring the style and design of one of the world’s best-regarded hotel and restaurant groups to one of the…

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Marbella 2017 – A look back

It was the year that saw a former mayor return to power and Marbella vow to improve its image. In a shock move that might have come straight out of an episode of Game of Thrones, the PP's  Ángeles Muñoz was re-instated as Marbella mayor. The move came after the defection of the OSP party to the side of the Partido Popular, breaking up the left wing coalition that had been governing Marbella under…

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MISSING DOGS. Guadalmina Alta area

Residents in the Guadalmina area of Marbella were being urged to keep a look out for two small Shi Tzu dogs that went missing on New Year's Eve. The dogs, belonging to James and Lynda Woodin, vanished from the couple's home last night, and it's thought that they may have been frightened by fireworks. Please call 617 647 302 if you have any information

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Marbella gets its skates on this Christmas

Marbella's Municipal Market gets into the Christmas spirit this weekend. After a €40,000 rennovation project, Marbella Town Hall are eager to see the market become a hub of life in the town, especially this Christmas. This Saturday, December 23, Santa Claus will be at the market from 11.00 to greet and collect letters from children for their presents. From December 27 to 31, 'The Kingdom of Ice',…

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And the winner is…

The end of November and beginning of December is a period traditionally referred to by freelancers as ‘The Dead Zone’. It is little too early to start celebrating Christmas with company parties – they normally take place in the working week before December 25 – but most of the coast starts to wind down as the Festive Season approaches. If you are an autonomo, you will also know that is the time…

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Satan walks the Earth. And drives a Porsche

As a massive fan of all things with a motor, though I'll draw the line at Monster trucks (that line probably being Alabama, Louisiana or somewhere else in the backwaters of the Deep South),  I consider myself fortunate to be living in Marbella. I've had the opportunity to road test luxury cars for glossy Marbella magazines - the Spanish launch of the Bentley GTC in Barcelona being particularly…

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