Spanish Life

Dangerous Dining

Last month saw me in Gibraltar for a Fawlty Towers dining experience. No, that’s not me using the classic 70s British comedy series as a metaphor-that by the way,  which contained one of my favourite characters of all time, ranking just below Uncle Monty, the Major – sample line “I must have liked…

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Horse makes good recovery

The horse that collapsed through heat exhaustion in the Albarizas area of Marbella is recovering well. Despite rumours that the animal had died and that its death was being covered up by the authorites, the Guardia Civil unit responsible for environment protection (SEPRONA) has been caring for the animal at a Marbella shelter. The dramatic pictures at over the weekend caused outrage among the…

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Marbella sees Weekend of Bullfighting Protests

A weekend of peaceful protests against bullfighting ended in violence in Marbella's bullring on Sunday evening. Two anti bullfighting protesters leapt into the ring after the death of the third bull, killed by Morante de la Puebla. A scuffle broke out as Morante and others involved in the corrida tackled the men. Morante attacked protester Pedro Torres with a series of kicks that owed more to…

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Horrific horse heatwave collapse sparks outrage

The plight of horses working in the current heatwave was horrifically illustrated yesterday. A horse pulling a tourist carriage collapsed through heat exhaustion in the Albarizas area of Marbella. Police, officers from the Guardia Civil unit responsible for environment protection (SEPRONA) and the fire service were quickly on the scene and treated the stricken animal by hosing it with water. The…

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Car hits pedestrians outside busy restaurant

A car crash near Puerto Banus left three people injured this afternoon. First reports indicate that a car went out of control outside La Sala restaurant and ploughed into a family on the pavement, trapping a child's buggy underneath it. Miraculously the child was not inside at the time. The accident caused traffic chaos outside Banus, on one of the busiest days of the summer. Traffic was already…

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Play Ball!

It’s the definitive summer sport. Beach Volleyball comes to San Pedro today and tomorrow with the tournament organised by Volleyball Club Deportivo San Pedro. The aim of the tournament, now in its eighth year,  is to promote the sport among young people. Beach volleyball has become incredibly popular in the past decade and is now one of the most watched Olympic events. The fact that at Olympic…

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Beat the Beach!

  It's the middle of summer, so here are a few survival tips and tricks to make sure you don't muck up on the beach this season. The first thing to consider is what kind of beach it is that you want. To the uninitiated it may just seem like a simple strip of sand, but on the coast the beach is so much more than that. Which beach you hang out at is as important as which restaurant you eat at, car…

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No more Bull!

Marbella Town Hall has added its voice to the growing movement across Spain against bullfighting. Miguel Diaz, head of communications for the Town Hall, has announced that Radio Television Marbella (RTVM), the official radio and television station for the town, will no longer report on, promote or take advertising from any bullfights both in Marbella or nationally. Diaz explained that the new…

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Something for the Weekend? – Wild Wild West!

Don't dispair if you are stuck with the kids this summer and are running out of things to do that won't severely dent your wallet.  Two events over the weekend should keep the little darlings entertained over the weekend and give you a bit of a break. And the even better news is that entrance is free! The Plaza del Mar Commercial Centre in Marbella is holding a "Semana Fantastica Infantil" until…

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Pumpin’ on your radio!

Planet Marbella makes its radio debut today on Talk Radio Europe.  I'm going to be on the other side of the desk for a change and appearing on Dave Hodgson's show The Daily at 5.20 CET. You can listen live on www.talkradioeurope.com or download the Talk Radio Europe App from Google Play or iTunes. Or listen in the old school way on 91.9FM!    

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Ant Man! But no Dec, man…

If you fancy catching a film in Marbella, then Wednesday is the best value day to do it. The Cine Teatro Goya in Puerto Banus has improved its selection of English language films (known as V.S.O.E) and is also a much more comfortable viewing experience. The new staff even smile at you, which is a pleasant surprise to the old Soviet Union-style greeting and service that you got from the previous…

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On your bikes!

The Vuelta de España, Spain's biggest cycle race and some would say a tougher test than the more famous Tour de France, gets underway In Marbella this August. For the first time the three-week-long race will start in the town, with competitors arriving in Puerto Banus via boat and then racing along the seafront to finish on the beach in Marbella. Although the start of the event will get huge…

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Last Chance to view Art/Marbella

Today is the last day of Art/Marbella, the town's first international art fair at the Palacio de Ferias, Congresos y Exposiciones de Marbella. This international art fair has seen nearly 40 galeries exhibiting, including names such as Baró Galeria from Brazil, FL Gallery from Italy, Narrative Projects from London, Filomena Soares from Portugal, as well as some of the most important galleries…

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“Our Cilla”

Cilla Black, who passed away at her holiday home in El Paraiso on Saturday night, was a regular visitor to Marbella. Championed by The Beatles and the only female artist signed by their manager Brian Epstein, Liverpudlian Cilla had a series of hits during the 60s including "Step Inside Love" and "Anyone who had a Heart". In the 80s Cilla became the queen of Saturday night TV in the UK with…

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Something for the Weekend? – David Guetta

Like him or loathe him (and I can hear several DJs shuddering at the mention of his name) David Guetta will be playing a packed show in Marbella tonight. Some may complain that the Frenchman represents everything that's wrong with European Dance Music, and his shows have no spontaneity, but you can't deny that Guetta is the biggest and most commercially successful  DJ on the planet right now, as…

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Gio’s – Just great grub!

If you are looking for a family friendly restaurant that offers a welcoming atmosphere, value for money and delicious food,  you'll have trouble finding anywhere better than Gio's restaurant in Nueva Andalucia. Situated the corner just across from the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel, Gio's attracts a mixed crowd of locals popping in for a coffee as well as tourists from the hotel, normally looking for…

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Know before you go

British nationals took and incredible 60 million trips overseas in 2014. Most of these trips passed without incident, but British Consular Staff handled over 470,000 enquires from around the world in 2014, dealing with everything from issuing emergency travel documents to helping those in hospital and providing a list of local lawyers, interpreters and doctors. Foreign and Commonwealth Office…

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The great Alonso love in…

It's the middle of the summer sporting calendar in Spain. But the bad news means that we be subjected to one of my pet hates. Spanish sports commentators Perhaps it is because I grew up during a golden age of commentators during the 70s, people like David Coleman, Peter Allis, Dan Makil, David Vine, Harry Carpenter and of course the peerless Murray Walker. They had the gift of making you feel…

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Something for the Weekend? – Minions

The story of the Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters - from T. rex to Napoleon - the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he -…

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Sartorial Summer Suffering

Summertime is the cruelest season for the fashion conscious British male on the coast. While the fairer sex can simply throw on a beach cover up over their bikinis while women’s magazines are packed full of style tips of what to wear on the sand. Meanwhile, our continental counterparts look effortlessly stylish with a combination of polo shirts, preppy shorts or cool linen suits. But for your…

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It’s life Jim, but not as we know it…

The launch of a Marbella based reality TV series, ‘Life on Marbs’ (and ten out of ten for the title by the way) has resulted in the usual anguished cries from ordinary expats. Although I use the word –‘ordinary’, advisedly. Most of the expats that I’ve met in my thirty years or so of living on the coast have been anything but ordinary. In case you didn’t know ‘Life on Marbs’ takes an ‘Only Way is…

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