Something for the Weekend

‘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…

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Pet Poisoner Returns?

Dog owners were yesterday warned not to take their pets for walks in La Campana after at least five dogs were poisoned on the same day, with one dead. The news raised fears that the pet poisoner, who killed more than 15 dogs in Nueva Andalucia in 2017, is back. The alarm was raised by Borja, a vet at the UrVet clinic in Marbella, through the Facebook group "Animals lost and found in Marbella".…

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Support for Sarah

The case of Marbella youngster Sarah Almagro, who lost her hands and feet due to meningococcus, has seen the Marbella community rallying around her. There are number of fundraising projects and events to get her the prosthesis she needs to lead a full and normal life. Specsavers Ópticas in Marbella are stocking the special fundraising bracelets than can be picked up for a small donation of 2.50€…

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It’s Derby Day!

If all the 6 Nations action has you itching to see the real thing up close and personal, then don't miss Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club's match against CR Ciencias Sevilla this Sunday, February 24. Kicking of at 1.15pm, Marbella, currently sixth in the league with 46 points will have to pull off the performance of the season so far to beat CR Ciencias Sevilla, who have yet to lose a game and lead…

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Flamenco for CADI

Marbella charity CADI is holding a charity flamenco show tonight in Marbella The Teatro Cuidad de Marbella is the venue for the performance, part of the 2019 tour by Juan Delola. Dance students from the Rocío Guerrero Academy are also taking part, as well as mothers and children from CADI itself! With funds raised going to help pay for the therapies that the youngsters need, the event is sure to…

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Beach Blazes “Not Related”

The recent blazes that burnt out Bounty Beach and Playa Padre, were "not related". That is the opinion of Maria Gámez, goverment delegate in Malaga, who made the comment during a visit to Antequera yesterday. Despite the fact that the beach clubs were on the same beach, only a few hundred metres apart and caught fire within eight days of each other, Gámez said that the blazes "were not related,"…

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BREAKING NEW: Bounty Beach Burns!

Another Marbella beach bar has been burnt down Bounty Beach, located on Marbella's El Cable Beach, caught fire this afternoon. The fire takes place a week after the blaze that gutted Play Padre, also on El Cable Beach. In that case police believe the fire was started deliberately. More to follow

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Monday Motivation: Thin White Privilege by Ali Silver

Before I start this post, I want to be clear – I am not an expert on the subject of privilege and I do not claim to. I can’t claim to know what it is like living in a body that has been shamed, criticised and made into an ‘epidemic’ by the media. But I am well aware of my privilege and I’m learning. People cannot help their position, anymore than you or I can, but it was interesting to me how…

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The Boar Wars

Spring has sprung early in the campo. There is almond blossom everywhere as Nature goes into seasonal overdrive, and my garden was looking particularly splendid, a minor miracle considering that I’m now in charge of it since my gardener, maintenance man and all around “fixer”, the multi-talented Florin, has moved on. Luckily he pops back every few weeks to make sure that the place is still…

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Something for the Weekend? Book Review: “Moon Sister” by Lucinda Riley

Alicia Duggan at The Bookshop reviews the latest releases. Moon Sister is the eagerly awaited fifth volume in the Shadow Sisters series, however, the books can also be read as stand-alone novels. This novel follows one of Pa Salt’s adopted daughters, Tiggy. Tiggy takes a job caring for animals on the Scottish estate of Kinnaird where she meets Chilly, a gypsy, who informs her that she has a sixth…

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Nav aims to reign in Spain

MTK fighter Nav Mansouri is looking to start 2019 with a belt as he takes on Jorge Fortea for the IBF Interncontiental super-welterweight division title in Marbella tonight. Mansouri (19-1-2) faces Fortea (18-1-1) at the Palacio de Deportes Elena Benitez, San Pedro at 9pm , and he’s hoping to come out on top. The Rotherham-born fighter looked confident and relaxed at yesterday's weigh in, held…

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Police believe Playa Padre blaze started deliberately

Police investigating the blaze that destroyed trendy beach club Playa Padre this week now believe the fire was started deliberately. Three forensic experts from the Policia Nacional worked through the ruins of the beach club, co-owned by Eva Longoria's good friend Maria Bravo, yesterday. Early reports hinted that the blaze that completely gutted Playa Padre was deliberately started at several…

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Playa Padre reduced to ashes in beach blaze

Boho Beach Bar Playa Padre burnt to the ground in a spectacular fire yesterday afternoon. Fire ripped through the popular beach bar, located on El Cable beach, around 7pm. Local residents where quick to call the emergency services, who were on the scene within minutes, but little could be done to save the thatched establishment, which was closed at the time. One of the most fashionable beach…

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British Ambassador on Brexit: Get your paperwork in order

Outgoing British Ambassador Simon Manley urged anxious Brits without the proper paperwork to apply for their residencia ahead of the UK's scheduled departure from the EU. Ambassador Manley was speaking at the IV Brexit seminar held in Manilva earlier this week, as part of a visit that also saw him addressing Brexit concerns in Malaga, Gibraltar and Seville. The panel also included Mario Jimenez…

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Something for the Weekend? ‘Killing Commendatore’ by Haruki Murakami

Alicia Duggan of The Bookshop reviews Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami Murakami is back with a masterpiece of a novel. I will start by admitting that I am a huge Murakami fan and this novel did not disappoint. Written in his inimitable style it is beautifully mundane and tantalisingly surreal in equal measure. The story begins with a successful portrait artist whose wife has recently left…

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The Prince of Puerto Banus

The news flashed across my social media feed and I barely raised an eyebrow. Spanish Press were reporting the murder of a 49-year-old Spaniard who had businesses in Puerto Banus, gunned down outside his house in the early hours. Police were quoted as saying that the killing was a suspected ‘settling of scores’. ‘Here we go again’, I thought to myself, scanning the report and making notes for a…

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New York, London, Paris, Milan and, errrm, San Pedro???

Fashionistas!!! Grab your Gucci, pack your Prada and book that private jet to....San Pedro??? One of  the most unlikely stories to come out of this year's FITUR  (International Tourism Fair ) in Madrid, was the Press Release claiming that San Pedro was set to be the centre of the fashion world. That's right. San Pedro. You know. The building site masquerading as a town that still hasn't…

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Keep on running!

If you fancy a run for a good cause this Sunday, Centro Plaza shopping centre is hosting its annual charity race in aid of the Marbella Red Cross. Councillor of Sports, Javier Mérida, the Head of Emergency Services for the Marbella Red Cross, Alejandro Fernandez and the manager of Centro Plaza shopping centre, Carlos García presented the event earlier this week and pointed out the importance of…

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Tributes for slain Marco

Puerto Banus residents paid tribute to Marco Yaquot , the 49-year-old Marbella businessman who was killed in the early hours of Monday morning. Marco, who was involved in leading nightclub TIBU, Linekers bar and Portside, among others, was hit by two bursts of automatic weapons fire as he drove his Bentley outside his villa in San Pedro. Among the tributes was "Mummy Marbella" Lina Hodgkins, who…

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Fatal shooting in San Pedro

Marbella was in shock today after the latest gangland killing. Described as a "settling of scores", the 49-year-old victim, who was the well-known owner of a number of establishments in Puerto Banus, was gunned down in his Bentley as he drove up to his house in the Las Petunias area of San Pedro Alcantara at around 3.30am. Residents described hearing a number of shots, while Spanish Press carried…

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Protesting-With no Bull!

It is a fairly well known fact that I'm not one of those ‘New Year, New You’ type of people, as the hulking pile of unopened self help books gathering dust in the far corners of my bookshelves will verify. But despite myself, I have made a few small steps to becoming a better person in 2019. Before you all drop your morning Martinis in mirth, I must confess that I’m unlikely to have some ‘Road to…

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