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.…

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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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More bad weather forecast for weekend

Marbella has been placed on yellow alert for storms and rain as more bad weather is due to hit over the next 24 hours The Spanish Meterological Office  - AEMET - has warned that showers and storms are expected to be frequent and intense overnight on the Costa del Sol, and there will also be a drop in temperature. Other regions of Spain, including the Pyrenees and Levante, will also be affected.…

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Todd Terry Headlines Chicnic

Something Different…Something New…Something Chic… If you think that all the the action and excitement has finished now that August is over and the summer crowds have left, think again. Chicnic brings a fresh, funky and fabulous attitude to Marbella in September. Taking place at the stunning Finca La Conception, one of Marbella's best kept secrets but only minutes from Puerto…

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Storm of the century

Last weeks storm's have been declared the worst in over a century, after the national meteorological agency – AEMET – released new data. More rain fell in one day than in a year on average in places, making it the worst storm since 1879. It’s believed the storm was caused as part of Hurricane Dorian, rather than climate change. Six people died, and two remain missing, after torrential rains…

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Heavy Rains hit Marbella

Marbella was on Orange Alert for more rain this morning after storms lashed the region In the worst of the weather that hit in the early hours of this morning torrential downpours brought flash flooding to Alhaurin el Grande. With thunder and heavy rain overnight across the Malaga region/ Costa Del Sol the serious weather forced AEMET to issue a RED Advisory. Coín reported over 60mm in an hour.…

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Marbella International Film Festival

It’s Show Time! MIFF back from October 2-6

Jason Flemyng, (pictured below),  Kris Marshall, Frances Barber, Craig Kelly, Hugo Speer, are among the guests of Marbella International Film Festival, attending the red carpet,world premiere of the thriller Trick & Treat. The Marbella Heist (Rise of The Foot Soldier 4) which was shot in Marbella last year also has its world premiere and is expected to draw a lot of attention from both the…

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