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Keep the beach plastic free this Saturday

As a community lucky enough to live by the Mediterranean, each and every one of us has a responsibilty to look after our environment. Saturday December 15 sees the final Beach Clean Up of 2018, organised by Plastic Free Seas Worldwide Foundation, in collaboration with the Beach Department of the…

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Kempinski offers Five Star Fitness!

Determined to get in shape in 2017? The Kempinski Hotel Bahía Wellness & Beauty Centre features a-state-of-the art Fitness Centre including a Technogym Kinesis wall, a Finnish sauna, a steam bath and relaxation area. This January, anyone signing up for a year’s membership will get a free 10-day guest pass to give to friends or family. The six treatment rooms,  have different themes and are…

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Mortgage victory for Spanish home owners

The European Court of Justice has handed Spanish home owners a major victory against the country’s banks. It ruled that two million mortgage holders are entitled to additional refunds because they paid too much interest. The banks had not lowered their interest payments to match the  low benchmark rates set by the European Central Bank, as part of its measures to stimulate the eurozone economy.…

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Banus to get a bike lane!

Marbella Town Hall seems set on being the most environmentally and pedal power friendly place in Andalucia. Having rerouted traffic around the Skol Hotel area in Marbella to accomodate a bicycle lane that I've yet to see anyone using - plus wiping out a few hundred parking spaces into the bargain, Marbella Town Hall now faces its biggest challenge. A bicycle lane for Puerto Banus! The plan will…

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Festive No Man’s Land!

It's that merry time of year between Christmas Eve and Three Kings when you're not entirely sure what day it is Although to be honest, as a freelance journalist living in Marbella that applies pretty much to every other time of the year as well. This is also the time of year when it is socially acceptable to eat chocolate, scoff mince pies or finish off last night’s bottle first thing in the…

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2016 and the one that got away…

No doubt about it, 2016 was a brutal year After the appalling cull of celebrities in 2016, when turning on the radio each morning was akin to wondering which of your favourite characters was about to be killed off in Game of Thrones, I was struck by a sobering thought. Either Keith Richards has secretely been nuturing the Fountain of Eternal Life somewhere in his Rock Star mansion, or The Grim…

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SUR in English’s Liz Parry in New Year’s Honours List

Liz Parry, former Editor of SUR in English, has been recognised by H.R.H. The Queen in her New Year's Honours List and awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to British nationals living in Andalucia.   Having joined the SUR in English team in 1985 as a collaborator/translator, during her 30 years of service Liz Parry rose through the ranks at the paper, first to Assistant…

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Christmas Ham Crisis

Spain faces a Christmas Ham crisis, as stocks of its world-famous Iberico ham have hit a shortfall. Production has been stepped down in recent years due to the financial situation. As  Spain’s economy has started to recover, however, demand has hit a record high. A study by Kantar shows that Spaniards like to spend more than 20 percent of their Christmas budget on traditional food items like…

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Bah Humbug!

You can't escape Christmas on the coast. Or can you? For many people Christmas is a magical time of year. A time for family, feasting and merriment and the often forgotten reason of the celebration the birth of Jesus Christ. For a heathen such as myself it is a living hell. A grim travesty of fake bonhomie, mindless consumerism and gluttony, plus the inevitable reruns of Morcambe and Wise. And…

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Marbella’s Lottery Luck!

Lady Luck smiled on Marbella when the winning numbers of El Gordo were read out earlier today A total €381,000 were won tickets brought in the town, with the lottery office in Calle Galveston selling one lucky ticket and two others being sold in Avda General Lopez Dominguez. It looks like some families in Marbella are set to enjoy a very Merry Christmas!

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Malaga ups security after Berlin tragedy

Malaga City Council has announced that it will be improving security in public areas followingMonday’s terrorist attack in Berlin. Metal bollards are to be installed at the entrance to Calle Cortina del Muelle as well as at strategic points across the city. The works come after the department of the interior asked local municipalities to start installing protection against lorry attacks like…

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Ho Ho Ho! It’s Santa Maria

In case you hadn't noticed, Christmas is just around the corner and for the first time Marbella Town has picked a local personality to be Santa Claus. Or in this case Santa Maria, as Marbella Mayor Jose Bernal has announced that Global Gift founder Maria Bravo will be standing in for Santa on December 23. "We want to give more magic to Christmas in Marbella" said the mayot from (no doubt) a…

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Exiled Millionaire Judah Binstock dies at Marbella home

Controversial British millionaire Judah Binstock, the biggest landowner in Marbella, passed away last weekend in his mansion 'Las Magnolias', although his family has yet to confirm the report.  Binstock, who left the UK in the 1970s after a Department of Trade inquiry into one of his companies stated that he and his colleagues "appeared to have given more thought to their own enrichment than to…

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Manga Madness in Marbella!

The exciting world of Manga visits Marbella this weekend as Marbecon brings together Manga video games, comics and alternative culture that has enjoyed a massive surge in popularity. The exhibition features  entertainment, activities and fun for the whole family with  illustrators such as  Benzo Art, Alexandra Thöne, Pablo Burgos -  Cosplayers like Yurai, Noizi Nana, Lesciel, etc ... and…

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Flood Claim Follow Up

After the great response to his article on flood claims, Danni Worth of Op de Beeck & Worth, has more information on the Consorcio and results so far. It’s been almost two weeks since the disastrous storms and subsequent flooding in Malaga and Marbella, and for those of you who were unfortunate enough to be affected you are probably busy getting your homes, cars and businesses back to normal…

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Now Showing – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

If you can't hang on until the release of the next installment of Star Wars - due out in December 2017 - you can get your fill of all things Vader-ish with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and their ultimate weapon is nearly complete. Along with a team of rebel soldiers, former…

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Foreigner and George Benson to play Marbella in 2017

Marbella will finally get to know what love is when Foreigner play the Tennis Club Puente Romano next summer. Promoters Crazy Music Productions announced that the band will be live in Marbella on June 11. With ten muti-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, Foreigner's hits include Waiting for a Girl Like You and I Want to Know What Love Is. Also confirmed is legendary guitarist and well known…

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More rain alerts for Marbella

The Spanish Meteorological Office (AEMET) has issued a Yellow weather warning this evening AEMET forecasts 15 mm of rain to fall from 18.00 - midnight for the Costa del Sol and Guadalhorce No rain is forecast for Thursday although there is a further Yellow warning for Friday morning between midnight and 6.00 Marbella is still recovering from the heavy rains that struck at the beginning of…

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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble play Marbella

The funky and fabulous Hypnotic Brass Ensemble play Marbella on Wednesday night.  HBE are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago. They come from an extraordinary musical family - their father is Phil Cohran, founder of Sun Ra Arkestra and Earth Wind & Fire - and HBE has added elements of street smart Hip Hop, funk and afrobeat to traditional New Orleans brass band style. Together they…

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After the floods – who deals with the claims?

Dani Worth of Op de Beeck & Worth considers just how your insurance company will deal with your claim after the floods The heavy rains and flooding  have left many people wondering how their insurance policy will respond to the damages caused. The nature and intensity of the rainfall means that instead of being picked up by the insurance companies, the majority of the claims will be dealt…

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“Fortress Bahia” lives up to its name as Trocadero Marbella win again

TROCADERO MARBELLA R.C. 18  HELVETIA RUGBY (Sevilla) 10 Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club won their final home game of 2016 at "Fortress Bahia" 18-10 against Helvetia Rugby from Seville. In front of a noisy but good natured and always passionate crowd, Trocadero Marbella started strongly, dominating the first 15 minutes . A penalty from Marolla was followed by a try by Camarero that Marolla…

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