Politics

“Our Man in Madrid” bids farewell

Outgoing British Ambassador Simon Manley steps down from his post today and has written the following message to UK nationals in Spain "I leave my almost six years as HMA to Spain with a wealth of wonderful memories of this fantastic country. I understand why so many UK Nationals choose to live and…

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Polo on the Playa!

The action and excitement of polo came to the Kempinski Hotel Bahía this weekend, when the II Edition of the Costa del Sol Beach Polo Cup attracted the crème de la crème of Costa del Sol society, as well as over 1,000 spectators. International players including Patrons Niclas Johansson, Andrew Nolte, and Carlos Piñal the high level professionals Jamie Le Hardy, Douglas Thompson and Hernan Pieres…

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Beach Polo comes to the Kempinski

Sun, sand, sea and polo will delight the crowds on May 4 and 5 at Kempinski Hotel Bahia as the hotel will host “Sport of Kings” for the second time. During two days glamour and excitement will be at high as four international polo teams will compete for the second edition of the ‘Costa del Sol Beach Polo Cup 2019’ - a sought-after event that promises glamour and gourmet cuisine by the sea. The…

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Keyboard Warriors

Is it just me, or are people getting ruder? Perhaps it’s just a sign of my approaching decrepitude that we seem to be a more brusque, less polite society than 20 years ago. I may be developing a pair of rose tinted spectacles, in the same way that youngsters respected their elders, politicians knew what they were doing (insert your own Brexit comment here) and that pop music was good. Although as…

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La Catarina to Close!

One of Marbella's best live music venues, La Catarina, is set to close. In a post on the bar's Facebook page, La Catarina's management stated "We feel it is now the right time to announce that La Catarina will close at the end of May. All good things come to an end and we feel that this is the time for our beloved venue to complete its cycle. It's been 5 tough but beautiful  years fighting for…

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‘Meh’ bella Arena

The announcement that Marbella Arena – the former Bull Ring in Nueva Andalucia – was being reformed as an “international concert venue” had concert goers buzzing. So to say we were not impressed with the management is putting it mildly. First was the lack of invitations to the English media for the Press Conference when the line up of acts was unveiled. And then there was the line up itself.…

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The Cat’s Whiskers!

Hot new eatery Cat's Kitchen is set to officially open on Saturday. Located in the Agrojardin centre just past Cancelada, the laid back vibe and great food has already ensured a devoted group of regulars. Saturday promises to be a day full of great entertainment with lots of fantastic live music including  Colm Fitpatrick, legendary DJ Larry Jazz, live band The Cops and DJ Fadakata If that wasn't…

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Free Draw! Win a skydive simulator experience!

Fly4Real is bringing Spain’s first outdoor skydiving simulator to the Costa del Sol next month and have launched a competition to win the first 10 flights. All you have to do to enter is send them an email, or fill out the contact form on their website www.fly-4-real.com before April 26. A skydiving simulator allows visitors to fly on a column of air, without a parachute. It simulates the…

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Monday Motivation – Dieting and Teeth

In her latest column, Ali Silver discusses Dieting and Oral Health By now, you know that diets don’t work and they that seriously disrupt your relationship with food and your body. In the quest for weight loss, we often overlook our teeth and gums. However if you have ever had to have work done to your teeth, you’ll know it can be a painful and lengthy process! So how can dieting affect the…

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Something for the Weekend? Book Review Izzy + Tristan by Shannon Dunlap

Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop reviews the latest releases. This debut young adult novel by Shannon Dunlap is a modern take on the legend of Tristan and Iseult. As it says in the prologue, “This is not a novel. It’s a romance.” Izzy is a sixteen-year-old, bright and practical aspiring doctor who has grown up in comfortable affluence on the Lower East Side. When her hippy parents decide to move the…

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Top Tarta!

Marbella picked up another gastronomy award last month when Kava restaurant was declared the winner National Championship of Cheese Cakes. (No we didn’t know there was such as thing either. But we love the idea!). Fernando Alcala’s tarta de queso boasts a crisp, toasted outside and creamy centre. “The secret of our cheesecake” Alcala said as he picked up the award at the inaugural edition of the…

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Marbella councillor stresses need for English and computer programming skills

Cristóbal Garre, Councillor for the Department of Economic Development and SMEs and Employment for Marbella Town Hall stressed the the need for more learning opportunities as he opened the annual Helen Doron Franchise Conference at the Hotel Barcelo He welcomed the 200 Master Franchisors from 34 countries to Marbella and thanked them for choosing the city, while emphasising the need for…

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Marbella water safe to drink, insists Junta

After the Junta de Andalucia's decision to ban swimming, boating and all recreational activites on the La Concepción reservoir - after the discovery of the Phormidium cyanobacterium - they have been quick to assure the public that tap water is safe to drink. La Concepción reservoir provides drinking water for Marbella, and although the deaths of at least six dogs at the public access to the lake…

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Breaking News. Junta bans swimming and boating on Istan Lake

The Junta de Andalucia today  prohibited all activities on the Istan lake The ban comes after the sudden deaths of at least six dogs in this month. The document explains that tests have found a cyanbacteria from the Phomidium family that could be responsible for the deaths. (a division of microorganisms that are related to the bacteria but are capable of photosynthesis). The cyanbacteria…

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Obliterate San Pedro!

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I have a problem with San Pedro Alcantara. Before you all rush to form a mob and force me away with burning torches shouting, “kill the monster!” I hasten to add that I have nothing against the good people themselves. When I was living in Marbella in the 80s, the town gave me one of the funniest nightclub moments of the decade – and…

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Kalmyka debut gig at La Catarina. The Devolution Revolution Begins!!!

Drop everything on Saturday night and get down to Marbella's best live music venue La Catarina for the debut gig of Kalmyka. The new project of Nader Hamid and Darina Bady, Kalmyka's first album, Devolution, sees the talented duo bring a 70s Rock sensibilty to the vibe with standout tracks including Seen the Way, Do it All Again and title track Devolution Kalmyka are due on stage at 22.00 on…

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That Friday Feeling – Spain gets happier!

As the Marbella news seems to be dominated by Brexit and poisoned dogs at the moment, I thought that we'd get that Friday feeling going with a good news story. According to the latest United Nations report,  Spain’s position on the World Happiness Index has risen six points compared to last year. The country now ranks in 30th, up from 36th last year – its highest position since the survey began…

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I fought the law and the law won. Again.

It's a hard task being an ageing Wild Young Thing. It's bad enough that one of heroes that you used to rave to in the 90s passed away recently. 'Firestarter' was THE dance floor filler in my London days, although we amended the lyrics. One of the bunch of Marbella misfits that I partied with in London – we had all moved from the Coast en masse at the start of the decade – was from South America,…

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BREAKING NEWS. Access to Istan Lake closes

The Local Police of Istán, following instructions of the Delegate of Health, has sealed the access to the Istan Lake. The public access of Zahara de Istán and El Pinillo have been closed off to avoid the possiblility of the public coming into contact with posions after six dogs died in a week. Water samples from the lake are also under analysis and investigation

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Another Poison Death on Istan Lake

The horror continues in Istan with the death of another beloved pet by poisoning, the SIXTH in a week. The latest dog to die was Laila, whose owner Lars Walkler is a well-known figure in the area and who formerly ran an activity company based on the lake. The latest poisoning took place at the same location as the others, close to the water near Zahara de Istan, one of the two public access…

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To cut a long story short – Tony Hadley to play Marbella!

One of the most distinctive male singers of the 80s will be playing Marbella this summer. On Saturday, August 10, the legendary Tony Hadley, lead singer with Spandau Ballet will be performing all of his hits, including: “True”, “Gold”, “Through the Barricades” and many more. The concert is  part of Marbella Music Week at Puente Romano, organised by promotors Rock Lounge, which will also see The…

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