Gigs and Concerts

Hugh the Man!

We have a new Man in Madrid! Hugh Elliott, a member of the UK’s Diplomatic Service since 1989, succeeds Simon Manley as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain and non-resident Ambassador to Andorra. The Ambassador takes up this new role having previously been Director of Communications in the Department…

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Something for the Weekend? – Book Review “A Holiday to Die For” By Marion Leigh

Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop reviews A Holiday to Die For by Marion Leigh Petra Minx is back. This time the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Marine Unit sergeant is on the holiday of a lifetime in South Africa with her Italian friend, Interpol officer Carlo. They are there to attend Carlo’s cousin’s wedding and to take in a safari in the world famous Erosha National Park. However, her suspicions…

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An open letter from HMA Simon Manley to British citizens living in Spain

As many of you are no doubt aware, this autumn will be an important period in the ongoing Brexit negotiations, leading up to the European Council meeting on October 18. Ahead of that, you might have seen that the Government has published a series of technical notices on a range of areas, to help businesses and citizens prepare in the unlikely event of a no deal Brexit. Firstly, let me reassure…

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Impending Rains trigger Orange Alert for Marbella

Get your brollies ready! The Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has activated an orange alert for heavy rains starting at midnight tonight and lasting most of Saturday for Marbella. Rainfall is forecast at 30mm. The good weather is set to return on Sunday.  

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Oak Garden and Grill – Passionate Perfection

One of the rare pleasures of Marbella is dining under the stars. Living here year round, we can get blasé about just how fabulous enjoying great food in a beautiful setting can be. So if you are feeling that Marbella has lost some of its sparkle, an evening at Oak Garden and Grill will remind you just how lucky we are to live here. Oak Garden and Grill is now firmly established as a “must do”…

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Remembering Mel

As a rule of thumb, I don’t answer the phone after 11pm. That’s normally on the grounds that whoever is calling me is either bearing the type of news that will keep me up worrying all night, is a little ‘over refreshed’ and drunk dialing, has sat on the phone and is dialing by mistake, or a cunning combination of all of the above. So when my mobile buzzed at 12.30am on a Thursday with a call from…

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Something for the Weekend – Book Review – How to Fall in Love with a Man Who Lives in a Bush, by Emmy Abrahamson

Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop reviews How to Fall in Love with a Man Who Lives in a Bush by Emmy Abrahamson Part fiction, part autobiography, How to Fall in Love with a Man Who Lives in a Bush is a witty romantic comedy with a twist. Julia is single, late twenties woman, living in Vienna and teaching English in a language school. Following a failed relationship and a succession of disastrous…

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It’s the Vuelta Rant!

Stuck in traffic chaos caused by the Vuelta de España today, I reached for the smartphone...    

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Tour de Farce!!!

It was last Monday that was the final straw. Granted most Monday mornings can prove to be the last straw, especially when I am running late, again, for my radio show and only on my second coffee of the morning. Three café solos are normally needed to get me even near to a functional level. Having bumped up the track that leads from the Casita to the main road, I was thundering down towards the…

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Vuelta de España to affect traffic Sunday-Monday

Just when you thought it was safe to venture out. Spain's biggest cycle race, the Vuelta Ciclista a España, will run through Marbella and San Pedro Alcántara on Sunday and Monday, and motorists are being advised of traffic restrictions ahead of the event The fun and games starts on Sunday. The stage tomorrow starts at 13.25 from Plaza Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra (Copper Tower). The Town Hall has…

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The Hottest, Koolest Concert of the summer!

Disco legends Kool and the Gang are set to turn the Tennis Club Puente Romano into the hottest party of the year tonight. The group, whose hits include Celebration, Fresh and Get Down On It, are playing the only gig at Puente Romano this summer, and the venue is almost sold out. The concert is the second of the summer from promotors Rock Lounge, following a fabulous night with UB40 at Estepona's…

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Arson attack guts Banus “Brothel”

A Puerto Banus restaurant was destroyed in an arson attack yesterday morning Two armed and masked men burst into Wallace Restautant, located in the Puerta de Banus Commercial Centre at 2.30am and started a fire that completely gutted the local. Police are investigating the theory that the blaze was the result of a settling of scores between criminal gangs and that the restaurant, that stayed…

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Something for the Weekend – Book Review – “The Hate U Give” By Angie Thomas

Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop reviews The Hate U Give  by Angie Thomas The Hate U Give is a heart-breaking novel set against the backdrop of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement in America. It provides insight in to the discrimination black people face simply for the colour of their skin. This novel tells the story of Starr, a young black girl living in the “ghetto” and attending a private school,…

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BREAKING NEWS: BANUS CAR EXPLOSION

Puerto Banus was rocked by an explosion this evening.     The incident happened at around 8.30pm, between the entrance to the Port and Salduba. The vehicle, an Audi Q7, was completely destroyed by the explosion and the fire that followed. Emergency services have reported that despite the severity of the fire, no injuries had been reported. They also took to Social Media to advise the…

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Milady Town Hall?

Well it's certainly different... In previous posts I have been writing about what I call the "Dubai-ification" of certain parts of Marbella, in particular San Pedro, where the ruling OSP party seem intent on ripping up the traditional street layout and replacing it with bland, souless pedestrianised areas. They have already dealt a death blow to San P's once bustling main street and are now…

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Age of average high end buyer falls, says Engel & Völkers

The Marbella luxury property market is attracting younger buyers who want modern houses. That's the message from leading real estate agency Engel & Völkers at the launch of 'The Collection' last week. “The Golden Mile has always been the most prestigious address for a second home for the European clientele" explained Smadar Kahana, CEO of Engel & Völkers Marbella "In recent years,however,…

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Something for the Weekend – The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris

Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop reviews  Sarah J. Harris' The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder is a crime mystery with a twist. The protagonist is 13-year-old Jasper who falls somewhere on the autistic spectrum, has face blindness and a condition called Synaesthesia which means Jasper sees sounds as colours. The only way he can identify people is by the unique…

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Red alert in Spain and Portugal as Europe nears all-time heat record

Scorching temperatures in Portugal and southern Spain aided by a wave of heat from North Africa are expected to rise even further this weekend. Portugal's heatwave is expected to bring temperatures close to Europe's record of 48C (118F). Eight places across the centre, south and east of the country have already broken their local temperature records in the unprecedented hot weather. Temperatures…

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Heatwave on the way

If you can't stand the heat... Weather agency AEMET has issued a series of weather warnings across the country as temperatures start to rise. Amber and yellow warnings are in place across much of Spain for today, as the thermometer looks set to rise in places above 40°C with the Ebro, Tajo, Guadiana and Guadalquivir valleys reaching 44C. It’s expected that the heat-wave will last into next week.…

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Brace yourself: Tourists are coming…

The tourism sector is gearing up for another record breaking year. Reyes Maroto, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, said forecasts point to Spain receiving 30.4 million
 tourists between July and September, almost 2.3% more than in the same period of 2017. Its expected that tourism will bring €3.4bn into the Spanish economy, an increase of 4.1%. If the forecasts end up correct,
it will…

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VIP art at the Urbano Galindo Exhibition

Artist Urbano Galindo, famed for his paintings of the aristocracy and VIPs, launched his latest exhibition at the Kempinski Hotel Bahía last week. More than 100 guests enjoyed the work of this celebrated artist, including Mayor of Estepona Jose Maria Garcia Urbano, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Culture Blas Ruzafa and the Councillor for Tourism Ana Velasco. The Mayor highlighted Estepona Town…

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