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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.…

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The Return of The Godfather

My Godaughter flew over from the UK to visit this Christmas. I suspect that several jaws amongst you hqve already dropped open at the thought of yours truely being a Godfather – the respected adult figure whose role is to guide the aforementioned impressionable child in the ways of spiritul matters and rightiousness. I will have to admit that with a CV like mine, Godfather does seem an unlikely…

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Snow hits Marbella

The cold snap that hit Spain on Wednesday brought snow to Marbella's emblematic La Concha mountain for the first time in years. The sharp drop in temperature saw a low of 3.7 degrees, and snow in Ojen, Juanar and the peak of La Concha, a huge contrast to the 20 degrees recorded on Tuesday Friday's forecast from AEMET has a low of 4 and a high of 11 as the cold weather continues. Wrap up warm!

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Let it snow!

The cold snap forecast by AEMET has well and truly arrived, with temperatures tumbling overnight. Snowfall was reported as close as Monda, Estepona and Coin, where one budding weather reporter observed on social media " Cat shot out of back door and skidded a metre when trying to stop and looked very bemused." The town of Antequera recorded -4 last night, and Malaga is expected to recieve some…

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Cold Snap forecast for Spain

Dig out your thermals. Spanish meteorological agency AEMET has issued a weather warning across most of Spain for cold weather. The cold front sweeping Europe has entered Spain through the northeast, bringing lower temperatures, rain, wind and snow to the peninsula.  Snowfall is forecast for Thursday in Valencia and in the North African Spanish city of Ceuta, which has not seen snow since 1993.…

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That awkward keyboard slip moment…

During the post Christmas pre New Year lull I decided to take in a movie at my local cinema. My choices for a no brains blockbuster over the festive season where the new Stars Wars film Rogue One, Assasins Creed (a bloody awful film, based on a video game. I'm eagerly awaiting Sonic The Hedgehog:The Movie in that case) and the new JK Rowling Film, Fabulous Beasts and Where to Find them. And it…

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Cause of Marbella kindergarden death unknown

The death of a two-year-old boy, four days after being admitted to hospital after an innocuous fall, has caused consternation in Marbella. The boy, who has not been named, suffered a fall while at a municipal kindergarten on Monday. The child was taken to hospital with what was suspected to be a fractured leg and tragically died of unexplained causes. An autopsy is due to take place to determine…

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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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