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Marbella and Estepona hit by blazes

Two fires in less than a week highlighted the continuing high fire risk in the area as the end of August approaches. Estepona suffered the mind-blowingly stupid actions of a French tourist who decided to deal with a hornets’ next by setting light to it. Not satisfied with the progress, he then…

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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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Famous last words

As I hurtle towards my 50s like an out of control bobsleigh on the Cresta Run – less than a year to go now – I've been reflecting on my own mortality. When you have lived the kind of lifestyle that I have, which has included fast cars, late night escapades (and that's puting it mildly) and a succession of pissed off bartenders and bouncers, it's a wonder that I made it past 27 to be honest. So I…

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Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club play last home game

Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club will aim to mark a successful first season with a win at their last home game The Andalucian champions, who have proved that they have what it takes to compete at a national level and currently lie sixth in the Division de Honor B, Group C, will take on third placed C.R. Sanitas Alcobenas B. The match, at "Fortress Bahia", takes place on Sunday March 26 at 12.30, and…

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W Marbella or WTF Marbella?

A major hotel investment is due to bring both prestige, employment and huge controversy to Marbella. On a recent visit to Hong Kong, Marbella Mayor Jose Bernal announced plans for the creation of the W Marbella Hotel. Due to open in 2021, Bernal announced that "The  opening of W Marbella will mark the beginning of a new era for the city with a luxury 5-star hotel of environmental sustainability…

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Missing Brit Found Safe

The British tourist reported missing by police has been found safe and well Thomas Llyr Parry had not been seen or heard from since mid-February as he travelled across Europe British Police said that, following extensive enquiries and with the support of Mr Parry's family, the 36-year-old has been located in Algeciras.. In a statement posted on Facebook, North Wales Police said: "We are grateful…

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Appeal for missing Bolonia Brit

A man from Anglesey who has been travelling across Europe has been reported missing in Spain. 36-year-old Thomas Llyr Parry from Holyhead, has not contacted his family since February 8. The grey van he was travelling in was found today along with some of his belongings in Bolonia, near Tarifa. He is described as being between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in tall, of stocky build, with short straight brown…

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Eye (out) for the Tiger

They are one of the biggest pests of the summer and Marbella Town Hall has launched an information campaign against the tiger mosquito. The tiger mosquito is smaller than the common mosquito with white stripes on its head and body. It flies during the day, mainly in the afternoon and tends to bite legs and feet The tiger mosquito lives and breeds in urban areas, preferring to live in shady places…

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Ben Harper and The Pretenders to play Marbella

Versatile soul, reggae and blues folk rocker Ben Harper and New Wave legends The Pretenders are the latest acts to be confirmed for this year's Starlite Festival.   The Pretenders, fronted by the iconic Chrisse Hynde, and whose hits include "Brass in Pocket" and "Stand by You", will play Starlite on Wednesday, July 26. Ben Harper, who is best known for his "Diamonds on the Inside" album,…

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Unexpected Art – an occasional post

You might think that Marbella is a cultural wilderness, more concerned with the latest Bentley than a Francis Bacon. But if you look closely enough you'll find unexpected works of Art in unusul places. In the first of a random series of blogs, I'll be posting them as I find them. As I'm out in Elviria today, I thought that I'd kick off the series with this Henry Moore-esque sculpture, which is…

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Marbella on Orange Alert

After a warm spell, bad weather has returned to Spain, with weather warnings remaining in place across much of the country. Alicante bore the brunt of the heavy rains yesterday. Over 100 litres sqm of rain fell, causing severe flooding in places. Rain, wind, rough seas and even snow warnings remain in place across the south coast of Spain and also the Canaries. AEMET has posted Orange Alerts for…

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Thousands mark International Women’s Day

Thousands of women took part in gatherings across Spain to mark International Women’s Day yesterday, in support of an end to domestic violence. Forty four women in Spain were killed by their partners or former partners in 2016 and at least 16 women have been murdered so far this year     Marbella joined the celebration of the International Women's Day at the Teatro Cuidad de Marbella.…

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Pablo to be remembered in Marbella landmark

Over 160,000 people have signed a petition requesting that Marbella names a street after Pablo Ráez, the young athlete who raised awareness of bone marrow donations across Spain, and who died in February. Francisco José Molina, who organised the petition, delivered the signatures to Marbella mayor José Bernal. "These signatures will be added to those that have been collected to try to thank Pablo…

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Weather Alert halts Marbella Carnival

Strong winds and rains have forced the cancellation of today's Carnival Humour Parade The parade was due to start at 5.30pm from Marbella's Arroyo de la Represa Park, but the Yellow weather warning issued by AEMET, the Spanish Meteorological Office, has resulted in the event being called off. Manuel Garcia, Marbella's Councilor of Fiestas, confirmed that the Adult Costume Contest planned for the…

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Pablo Raez remembered in emotional ceremony

Pablo Raez, whose struggle against leukemia inspired Spain, was posthumously honoured in a ceremony in Marbella today Marbella mayor José Bernal awarded the 20-year-old, who passed away on Saturday, with a Medal of Marbella. In an emotional ceremony Pablo's father and sister accepted the medal on his behalf. The Town Hall had originally postponed the ceremony to mark two days of official…

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Marbella Mourns Brave Pablo

Pablo Raez, the 20-year-old from Marbella whose social media posts and videos brought his fight against leukemia to national attention and prompted a huge increase in blood and bone marrow donations, died at home on Saturday. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Hollywood star Antonio Banderas along with thousands on social media, paid tribute to Pablo, whose funeral took place in Marbella on…

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Marbella’s Bianca is Rookie of the Year!

Marbella based model Bianca Balti has been named Sports Illustrated's 2017 Rookie of the Year In a Facebook Live interview with People magazine, Italian Bianca talked about how she balanced motherhood and dealing with her post-baby body while working as a swimsuit model. “It is a challenge, but it’s also a pleasure, because we are lucky to have these problems! As soon as I gave birth I had like…

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