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BREAKING NEWS. New poisoning scare on Istan lake

At least four dogs have been reported dead over the weekend in what appears to be a fresh outbreak of poisonings. The dogs all died close to the water's edge next to Zahara de Istan at kilometre 7 on the Istan road, which is one of the two access points to the reservoir. One witness said that a dog…

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More bad weather in Marbella

Marbella marked a wet and wild beginning to the May Bank Holiday Weekend, with much of the coast under Orange Alert Over 100 mm fell in 12 hours on Thursday night, and the Orange Alert is in place until midnight. Saturday sees more rain forecast and a Yellow Alert. Tonight's glitzy opening party at Ocean Club has been postponed until Saturday. Further up the coast in Benalmadena, a floating…

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Belt up!

It's a case of clunk click every trip. The Guardia Civil’s traffic department has brought online hundreds of cameras that will monitor seat belt use across the country. 225 cameras went live earlier this month, in an effort to reduce the number of people not wearing seatbelts in Spain.60% of the cameras are on standard roads, 40% on motorways. In 2015, 178 people died in road accidents as a…

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Marbella beaches devastated by storm

Work has continued over the weekend clearing up from the coastal storm that battered Marbella on Friday. Council workers worked to repair damaged pathways, and clear water and sand damage from public areas. The beach at La Fontanilla was among the worst to be affected, with the sea almost sweeping away the chringuitos. All the sand that was brought in just before Holy Week was washed away. The…

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No change for Expat voters

The British Government has confirmed that existing rules for expatriates will remain in place for the forthcoming snap General Election on the 8th June. That means that people who were resident and registered to vote in UK elections in the last 15 years are able to do so. However for residents who have been living in Spain for longer than 15 years, they will not be able to partake in the next…

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Strong Winds and Rough Seas Forecast

Marbella is bracing itself for a buffeting tonight. AEMET, the Spanish meteorological office, has forecast winds up to 70 km/h and waves of up to five metres The wind will drop tomorrow morning, with showers throughout the day. Brighter weather is forecast for Sunday

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Doing it for David

Hot Marbella magazine is organising a charity fashion show and lunch for popular photographer David Toms on Thursday April 27 Last July David suffered a horrific motorcycling accident that left him quadriplegic with motion in only three fingers. The prognosis is still undetermined and David has been undergoing a lengthy process of rehabilitation at a specialist hospital in Toledo Friends have…

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Rajoy summoned to court

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been summoned to give evidence in a huge corruption trial. Several members of the Partido Popular deny multiple charges - including organised crime and falsifying accounts. No date's been set for the PM's hearing.

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Time for Wine!

The number of people drinking wine in Spain has risen for the first time in decades. According to figures released by the Spanish Wine Market Observatory, consumption of wine has risen from between 2.5% and 4% compared to last year. Spain is the top ranking exporter of wine, shipping nearly 23 million hectolitres of red, white and rose to the world last year. The last time there was a rise in…

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Get yer Rock off!

Well, the week after Theresa May signed Article 50 with a rather stylish Mont Blanc pen and started the wheels going on the UK's exit from the EU was certainly interesting. I'm writing this blog from an office overlooking the Med and just popped my head out of the window to see if the Armada has just sailed past. Should it all kick off between the UK and Spain I'm sure the local Press will leap…

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Pasta Factory hits 30!

One of the best known and genuinely best loved restaurants in Puerto Banus celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. And to mark the momentous occasion, Pasta Factory has had a makeover. It only seems like yesterday that the three fresh faced Dalli Brothers - Simon, Marco and Nicki - opened the Pasta Factory. With its great value-for-money dishes and friendly service, the restaurant was an…

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Semana Santa in Marbella

Semana Santa is in full swing in Marbella, and tonight, viernes santo, is perhaps the most emotional procession of the week A series of floats, carried by Marbella's devout brotherhoods, will be carried through the centre of Marbella this evening. Viernes santo is the darkest of the processions, so expect what an art critic could describe as “Late Catholic Renaissance Suffering Style”, plenty of…

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Marbella ends bullfights

In a move certain to be warmly welcomed by animal rights activists (and anyone else living vaguely in the 21st century), Marbella has called time on bullfights in the town. Marbella Town Hall has announced its intention to take charge of the management of the Plaza de Toros de Marbella, after the current contract with El Toreo S.L., who have run the bullring since the Gil era. Marbella Town Hall…

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Semana Santa Kempinski Style

Easter week gets underway today Palm Sunday and finishes with Easter Sunday on April 16 and Estepona’s maze of white streets, decked with colourful pots brimming with flowers, is the perfect backdrop for the wonderful Easter processions. The Kempinski Hotel Bahia just outside Estepona is also holding a number of special Easter events over Semana Santa. On Thursday April 13, there is flamenco…

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Costa robbery gang smashed

Seven people have been arrested by Policia Nacional in connection with a string of robberies. The crimes took place at luxury villas along  the Costa del Sol including Estepona, Marbella, Mijas and Fuengirola. The gang are believed to have been involved in over 40 burglaries, with jewelry, watches, cash and vehicles stolen. The suspects, all Algerian and Moroccan, have been remanded in custody…

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Getting hot on the Rock!

Spain's foreign minister says there's no need to 'lose tempers' over Gibraltar. Alfonso Dastis says his country's 'a little surprised by the tone' of comments coming from the UK. Former Tory Leader Lord Howard's been criticised over the weekend for suggesting Theresa May would be willing to go to war to defend the territory. Lord Howard was accused of making "inflammatory" remarks, which…

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Gotta give it up!

I'm thinking of chucking it all in. After the widespread cull of some of my favourite icons – Bowie, Prince, Ali – that was 2016, plus the Brexit and Trump votes, 2017 was supposed to be a belter of a year. Although in all fairness the run up and debrief to the European Referendum did mean that I became the darling of any passing TV or Radio crew who wanted five minutes of what expats thought,…

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Spain “prepared, calm and confident” as UK triggers Article 50

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has joined his European counterparts in issuing a series of statements following on from the UK’s triggering of Article 50, and the formal start of Brexit. In a series of tweets and during a press conference yesterday, Rajoy went on to say that Spain, as well as the rest of the EU is “prepared, calm and confident”. Later in the day, in a joint statement with…

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Nobu set to open first restaurant and hotel at Puente Romano

Marbella's luxury hotel industry receieved another boost this week with the news that Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and Nobu Hospitality a plan launch the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marbella at the five-star resort. Nobu Restaurant Marbella will launch in May 2017, and the opening of Nobu Hotel Marbella will follow in spring 2018. This new partnership between Nobu Hospitality and Puente…

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Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club win last game at home

Fortress Bahia lived up to its name on Sunday as Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club won their last game of the season. Facing third placed Sanitas Alcobendas B from Madrid, the home side showed more ambition in the first half, although the only points scored were penalties for both sides, going in at half time 3-3. The teams also marked a minutes silence before the start of the match for the victims…

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Mahiki in Marbella!

Mahiki, the number one celebrity destination in London, is coming to Marbella this summer Sala Group has connfirmed its collaboration with Mahiki and the opening of their first joint venture 'Mahiki by Sala' in 2017 The beautiful Polynesian and tiki themed venue that first opened on Dover Street in 2005 quickly became well known for its celebrity clientele. Since then it has grown to become one…

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