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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…

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Freaky Feria!

Not a lot surprises us here at Planet Marbella, where we are used to seeing all sorts of photos and pictures landing on the newsdesk. But the photo from the crowning of the queens and ladies for the forthcoming San Pedro Alcantara feria really made us double take. Normally the photos from these kind of ceremony are rather boring affairs, with the participants in traditional outfits, all flamenco…

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EXCLUSIVE Astral Bar hits back at “slander” of Quirke drink spiking claims.

The owners of the bar that Irish actor Andy Quirke claimed his girlfriend had her drink spiked in have reacted furiously to his claims. Quirke, best known for playing playing Damo Whelan and Ivor Itchdaddy in the RTE Two show Damo and Ivor, posted on Facebook that his girlfriend was drugged in the Astral bar by two men while the couple were being distracted by a magician and a clown. He also…

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Something for the Weekend? – A Guitar to Heaven

"A Guitar to Heaven', is the name of the performance of the Maribel Urbano Dance School at the Adolfo Suarez Congress Hall this Sunday, August 30 at 21.00. The show will raise funds for the Marbella Voluntaria association. Maribel Urban,explained that "the show will be a tribute to the artist Paco de Lucia" and stressed that "we have eight months preparing for this show and hope that everyone…

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Who gets what – Marbella puts wages on web!

Ever wonder how much Marbella’s mayor gets paid? Well know you can find out – online! Marbella Town Hall took another step in its commitment to transparency with the publication of the wages, training and personal tax declarations members of the administration on the website www.marbella.es. It also listed the responsibilities of various councillors. "It's important that people know with…

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Sisters in La Sala!

Joni and Debbie from disco legends Sister Sledge were spotted dining in La Sala Banus this week. Due to play their first ever concert in Gibraltar this weekend they commented on how excited they were to be playing on The Rock for the first time. Joni and Debbie also revealed a sweet tooth 'We love the La Sala Brownie!" they laughed "No, not only that, we love the atmosphere, great food and…

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Town Hall announces team to tackle traffic

In a move bound to please motorists, Marbella Town Hall has set up a team to tackle the continuing delays to traffic on the stretch of road leading into the new tunnel in San Pedro Alcantara and the Ronda road. The teamwill urge the Ministry of Development to take steps to solve the traffic jams that occur on the A -7 , in the section between Puerto Banus and San Pedro Alcantara and to improve…

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Marbella the winner says Mayor

Marbella mayor, José Bernal , said today that the first stage of the Vuelta 2015, which started on Saturday from Puerto Banus,  was "a great success for the international promotion of tourism in Marbella ". The mayor, accompanied by the Councillor for Works and Infrastructure , Blanca Fernandez,  stressed that the event was able to show Marbella to 190 countries with a potential audience of 330…

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Dramatic Benahavis Blaze!

Emergency services are currently tackling a fire that has apparently leapt the A7 motorway, as this dramatic picture shows. The blaze started on waste ground across from the Mercadona supermarket on the Benahavis road and, fanned by strong winds, has made its way up a dry riverbed. Emergency services, including several helicopters, are currently tackling the fire, which can be seen from nearby…

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Picture Perfect start for the Vuelta

It may have counted for little in the overall standings, but Marbella was the winner on the opening stage of the Vuelta de España yesterday. Thousands of spectators flocked to the 7.4km route, which for the first time in the event's history, saw riders racing along a jetty and across the beach, before finishing on Marbella's paseo. United States team BMC Racing won the neutralised team time…

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Keep it Clean!

SUMMER up at the Casita means more visitors. I don’t just mean my guests who, in the style of Hotel California, check out any time they like but never leave. The recent jellyfish invasion of the coast also meant that more people than normal have been coming up to swim in the lake, along with the usual Eastern European fishermen. While I don’t have any problem with people enjoying nature (and the…

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Actor claims girlfriend victim of drink spiking in Banus

Irish funnyman Andy Quirke,  best known for playing Damo Whelan and Ivor Itchdaddy in the RTE Two show Damo and Ivor, posted on Facebook yesterday that his girlfriend was drugged in Puerto Banus. "I just want to pass on a warning to all my friends that maybe in and around Puerto Banús Marbella. Last night whilst out with friends my girlfriend was drugged with a opiate based drug. We were in a bar…

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Vuelta starts in Puerto Banus today

After yesterday's controversy  the Vuelta 2015, will finally start today South African team MTN-QHUBEKA has the honour of being first out at 18.48 and the 22 teams competing will leave at five minute intervals with the last, Katusha, heading out at at 20:33. National TV station TVE will broadcast the event for neraly two hours from 19:00, using seven helicopters for the coverage. This year marks…

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Vuelta Skelter

It looks like causing traffic chaos tomorrow in Marbella, San Pedro and Puerto Banus, and has already been criticised for disrupting business on Marbella's paseo. And today the organisers of the Vuelta de España, caused red faces all round when they declared that the opening time trial, starting in Puerto Banus tomorrow afternoon, will not count towards the final result as the route is in an…

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To cut a long story short, Spandau Ballet cancel Marbella show

Spandau Ballet have been forced to cancel their concert due take place at the Hotel Puente Romano Tennis Club this Friday August 21. John Keeble, drummer for the iconic 80s band has been taken ill and forced the cancellation of shows scheduled in Marbella, Sant Feliu de Guixois and Ibiza. Promotors Musiserv have advised that any tickets purchased for the Marbella show will be refunded at the…

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San Pedro goes Pop!

If you want to catch up with the hottest bands and singers in the Spanish charts, then San Pedro on Wednesday will be the place to be The 40 Hot Mix Tour of 40 Principales, the national Spanish Pop radio station, will feature liveperformances by Calum, Dasoul, (pictured),  Lucy Paradise , Amelia , Carlos Jean, Mario Jefferson and Paula Rubio and many others . Hosted by  DJ Oscar Martinez ,the…

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Blazes sweep the Coast

Two large wildfires swept the Coast and were clearly visible from Marbella over the weekend. A huge fire in the Campo de Gibraltar forced the evacuation of some residents in Torreguadiaro area and also threatened luxury properties in the exclusive Sotogrande area. Roads were closed and fire fighting 'planes and helicoters dramatically scooped water from Mediterranean as they tackled the blaze,…

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The Planet Marbella Summer Survival Guide

As the summer silly season hits its height over the next few weeks, stay cool with Planet Marbella's suggestions to avoid the madding, not to mention maddening crowds “Summertime and the living is easy” – and while this may have been true for Janis Joplin (and after her usual two bottles of Jack Daniels she normally was pretty easy) for those of us living on the Coast the days from now until…

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Bullfighting protests continue

In the latest in a growing number of anti-bullfighting protests Marbella-based animal activist Virginia Ruiz leapt into the Malagueta bullring on Friday to comfort a dying bull. Ruiz ran between the bullfighter and the stricken animal, despite having insults thrown at her and being spat on by the crowd. She was eventually led away from the ring and the bull was killed. Although entrance to the…

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Marbella outlines LGBT diversity plan

Marbella Town Hall has announced that it will  develop an "innovative and ambitious" plan of LGBT diversity. Different municipal offices will work together to ensure the rights and well-being of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexuals in the municipality. At a press conference mayor of Marbella, José Bernal,  said that the plan was based on the principle of equality and would  be co-ordinated by…

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It’s Not Funny

The giant inflatable Coke can has been one of the most recognisable images in Marbella, and its go karting track has inspired the dreams of thousands of would be Fernando Alonsos over three decades, but yesterday Marbella Town Hall closed one of the most popular beaches for families when it locked the gates of Funny Beach. Marbella Town Hall claims that owner Horacio Helmann has been violating…

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