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Donation of Audiology Equipment to the GHA by the Guardian Angel Foundation THE GHA has said it is "delighted" to have received a donation of audiology equipment from the Guardian Angel Foundation. The equipment donated to the audiology department will contribute to the development of a comprehensive paediatric service within Gibraltar. The AD629 audiometer and the Titan DPOAEs will enable the department to perform some of the testing required for paediatric audiology.

by Mr Julian Danino, Consultant Rhinologist and Paediatric ENT Surgeon and Ms Michelle Quinn, Audiologist, to the Committee members of the Guardian Angel Foundation Mr Kevin Hook and Mr Tyrone Vinet. The Guardian Angel Foundation’s Tyrone Vinet said: “It’s an absolute privilege to partner with the Government of Gibraltar to improve the facilities available for children. We look forward to continue to work closely together in the future”.

The new audiometer will allow for standard hearing testing for all patients within the audiology clinic. It is also small and portable so will be taken into schools and used for the new school hearing screening program. The Titan Distortion Product Oto-Acoustic Emissions (DPOAEs) provides an objective test of hearing and inner ear function and can be easily and quickly measured in young children. This equipment now enables

Minister for Health, the Hon Samantha Sacramento MP, said: “My sincere thanks to the Guardian Angel Foundation for their continued generosity once again, in supporting the provision of paediatric services. The donation of this equipment enables the repatriation of services and children and their families will no longer have to travel to the UK for this test. This is particularly important in these COVID-19 times”.


the GHA to offer further services in the treatment of children, which had previously been undertaken in the UK. A demonstration of the equipment was made


A look at the new 2020 Rolex Submariner two-tone 126613LB Article by Jordan Ferro (Watch & Bullion)

AT THE TIME OF writing, it has been exactly three weeks since the release of the Submariner, and I feel that after this time I have gathered enough information in order to be able to properly access the


new release; the responses to the updated submariner where, inevitably as I may add, a mixed bag. Some people talked about how the new model changed everything, while others cried over the lack of creativity that

has defined this model since 1953. In my own opinion, it is a little bit of both, there are aspects that I like and some that I fail to understand to this day. In

order to fully explain what has changed I want to undertake the act of making a comparison between two generations of the most legendary dive-watch ever created. In order to not be a repeat of every single other blog


out there, the variations of the watch I want to focus on are the two-tone yellow gold versions with the blue dial, also referred to by the incredibly creative name “bluesy”. The first thing I want to touch on is the new case which has received the most attention. Yes, it is 1mm larger in diameter which is a change in formula that has persisted as long as the name submariner has. If I have to be honest I would have rather if Rolex kept the original sizing, which would not have worked with the other changes made. These other changes are much more significant than the diameter, because they are the reason that despite this watch being objectively larger, it still does not wear any bigger. This has been achieved through a few visual tricks which make the Submariner seem almost smaller than its predecessor. The lugs have been slimmed down, the bezel widened, and the dial given more room to 10 GLOBE MAGAZINE

breathe. Beyond facts and figures stand the vibe that the new submariner gives you while wearing it. The old version feels chunky, over-engineered, with crumple zones like a Volvo that will forgive more polishing than you can reasonably want in a life-time. The new version on the other hand hasn’t lost any of that heft, and yet feels less top

heavy, sleeker, and stands out less as a piece of edgy metal on your wrist, a feature I welcome a lot on the more dressy two-tone. The flattening, or should I say flattering (sorry), effect has also been helped with the new bracelet. At 21mm it will unfortunately not fit with many third-party bracelets, however,

when owning the two-tone version there really is not a single reason I could think of where you would want to change the strap in the first place anyway. What’s more the links on the outside of the bracelet have been widened which ends up being less taxing on the eyes as the added steel helps smoothen out the bling of the solid gold centre link. The watch movement inside this new two-tone model is the same as can be found in the stainlesssteel variant, or in fact most other modern date Rolex. Caliber 3235 is the third generation of the 3X35 series and has a lot of perks that are attractive to the modern watch geek. 14 patents bless this marvel of technology, and with the new “chronergy” escapement, a reworked gear train, and a more efficient barrel the power reserve has been increased to 70 hours. If your watch is a daily wearer you might argue that this is rather pointless for you, but for most two-tone wearers this is not their only watch, meaning they


to highlight just how small the details are that can differentiate between a dial that works, and one that just doesn’t.

can store it on the weekend and return to their Submariner still happily ticking away. There is one feature though that I personally find more important than the lugs, diameter, or movement. It is the thing that you look at every single day: the dial. In my mind no feature is as important as this one. A bad dial can ruin a perfectly good watch, and a good dial can save a watch that you otherwise would have not granted a second look. There is no better watch than the Bluesy


Now keep in mind that these observations on colour choice are a highly personal matter, unlike power reserve for example there is no objective decision as to what watch is better. Now concerning the old bluesy it was a watch that has always left me somewhat cold. I couldn’t put my finger on exactly why that was the case, but after seeing the new version it immediately became obvious to me: it was the Lettering, that’s all there was to it. While the old model had a golden text, logo, and branding this was switched out to a contrast-rich white which is now the standard for every single Submariner available. Alright, I may be overdoing it a bit with the hyperboles. All of these changes are not major in their magnitude. Would I choose this watch if what I really wanted was a stainless steel one? No. Would I get this watch if I already had the old one? No, I would not. But, if I was in the market for a two-tone professional model, would I now consider the 126613LB as one of the best offerings available? Yes, I one hundred percent would.



Winter's coming… with a difference! Text by Richard Cartwright

There are those, who yearn to live in yearlong, sunshine destinations such as the Caribbean where tee shirts, shorts and sandals are the order of the day – everyday! But aren’t the change of seasons a welcome and pleasant experience, shifting from summer to winter, with spring and autumn thrown-in between to spice up the gradual progression? So winter’s next, when it gets cold and rainy...and comfortably warm inside!

I OFTEN HEAR INDIVIDUALS down town – especially women – comment after National Day, in particular, on how they are fed up with summer, going to the beach with all on board and feel it’s time for a change and look forward to winter, although it has to be said however, the opposite is highlighted come the end of February/

beginning of March when the same voices have had it with the cold and rain and longing for beach weather, loose clothes and flip-flops...it’s that ‘human being thing’ in us, I suppose! But yes, winter’s next and more comments are to be heard claiming, ‘the streets get a

good clean,’ and the rain is welcome also because ‘it keeps the air fresh and healthy’ and (the women again), ‘it’s nice to dress up and put away all those summer clothes.’ Well it’s here now – winter has arrived and men too, I’m certain, enjoy coffee in the warmth of their favourite cafe and yes, wearing more of a variety of clothing with jumpers, jackets, GLOBE MAGAZINE 15

warmer trousers, socks and shoes (as opposed to slip-on footwear). Days are shorter but I don’t see that as an issue of concern for us on the Rock. In the UK or other Northern European countries, the commuting issue comes in to play meaning you leave home in the dark and get back home 16 GLOBE MAGAZINE

in the dark. Not to mention the possibility of having to drive in the wind, rain, snow or all three, often for long distances...But this year we will probably be in for a, ‘winter with a difference scenario!’ This winter the Covid beast looms! The likelihood being, we’ll experience a

potentially unwelcome change, bearing in mind it’s during these months that much of the entertainment calendar is taken up with shows and performances and ‘get together-s’ such as works and family Christmas dinners and parties taking place during the weeks leading up to the ‘Big Day,’ not to mention the customary after-work drinks with your

colleagues on Christmas Eve, which tend to get going at about midday. Then we have, the Drama Festival, the Literary Festival, pantomime, magic and Casemates shows and other pre-Christmas presentations normally staged by the Gibraltar Cultural Services, GAMPA and all the other dance academies, which will, as things stand, not see the light of day. Will the traditional carol singing performed by our choirs at the Cathedrals and churches go ahead, not to mention the yuletide congregations therein, will they be limited? Then there’s The Three King’s Cavalcade in the New Year – that’ll be missed, especially by the very young. Clearly - you may have guessed – Covid comes into play. It may be that the virus threat has minimised by then and some of these events may be able to go ahead, but it’s not as simple as that. Events take time and effort to organise: venues to book, rehearsals to take place with participants making themselves available at what would probably be short notice not expecting to be called having made other arrangements...hopefully some events may

materialise, but threatening spikes in the Covid beast are a real possibility so some organisers would probably decide not to chance it. One Christmassy, wintery event that hopefully will take up a street corner or at the boulevard is the guy selling warm chestnuts, whether or not the Christmas market stalls will be allowed to set up and sell their wares there this yuletide.

shine, hot or cold and as far as seasonal choices are concerned, it really is horses for courses: some of us prefer winter, others summer and you often hear Main Street users say they like spring and autumn weather because it’s not too hot and not too cold. Some of us like the idea of winter also because there are not many tourists in our narrow streets making it a little easier to get around. However this summer, because of the infamous Corona virus, our streets have not been very busy allowing us more space to move around with greater ease. The bottom line has to be, come autumn, winter, spring or summer it’s whatever ‘rocks your boat.’ During this time however, enjoy the aroma of roasting chestnuts wafting in the atmosphere of the coldest season: WINTER...and keep warm!!

One way or another, it certainly will be a winter with a difference come rain or


Remembering 'The Eternal' Diego Maradona Text by Timothy Fava

DIEGO ARMANDO MARADONA was born on the 30th of October 1960 in Lanus, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. He spent his early years in a shantytown on the outskirts of Buenos Aires called Villa Fiorito with his five sisters and two brothers. Diego was just three when he first put his hands on a football and was quick to fall in love with playing the sport and learning the skills. It did not take long before he was making waves on the local football scene, at the ripe age of 8 a 18 GLOBE MAGAZINE

talent scout from Los Cebollitas, the youth side that was affiliated with Buenos Aires’ club Argentinos Juniors, offered him a place on their squad. Maradona became a crucial part of the youth side and began to catch the eye of fans of the senior squad during half time intervals of Argentinos Juniors games. The then 12 year old ball boy drew attention from the stands with his unbelievable ball skills and flare, something that was rare to see in such a young player. The fans however, would not

have to wait long to see this incredibly talented kid step onto a football pitch for the first time. At the age of just 16, Diego Maradona made his Argentinos Juniors debut and initiated one of the most storied professional careers in the history of the beautiful game. Maradona’s impact was immediate and his stats were eye popping. Over his five seasons playing with Argentinos, he racked up a total of 116 goals in 161 appearances. His play earned

him a transfer away from his boyhood club to Boca Juniors, where he spent an individual season where he captured a league title, before taking his game to Europe. In Europe at the time there was talk of this wonderkid out in Argentina that could dribble around anyone and score whenever he liked. Catalan giants Barcelona decided to take a closer look at him and in 1982, brought Maradona and his talents to Spain for what was at the time a world record £5 million. His stay at Barcelona was short but in the two full seasons he played at Camp Nou he managed to win the Spanish cup, League cup and Super cup. Maradona had squashed any doubt that his game would not translate into a tougher European league and confirmed his place among the best players in the world. It was not until his second world

record transfer fee to Napoli however, that he established himself as possibly the best player to ever grace a football pitch. £6.9 million pounds is what it cost Napoli to acquire the services of Maradona in 1984, making the Argentinian the first player in history to break the transfer record twice. A move to southern Italy was questionable at the time. It was the clubs in the north of the country that had been the dominant sides of the era in Italian football. Napoli had not won domestic silverware for almost a decade, and were putting all their chips on the table when they brought Maradona in from Spain. It paid off. Maradona won 5 trophies in his 7 year stint in Naples, including the clubs only ever UEFA Cup win as well as the clubs only

two Serie A league titles. The Argentinian finished as Napoli’s all time leading scorer with 115 goals in all competitions. His ability to lift his team with less talent around him past some of Europe’s biggest clubs on both Italian soil and in continental competition cemented his place in the history of club football. With all of these accomplishments it is hard to imagine Maradona’s legend being able to grow, and yet, Maradona will be best remembered for his performances playing for Argentina, where his legend hit heights nobody had ever seen. Maradona will always be remembered for his “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup. In a way by using his hand to score that goal he cheated himself out of GLOBE MAGAZINE 19

the memory of what he did for the rest of that tournament. His 5 goals and 5 assists over the course of that competition and leading Argentina to their second ever World Cup win should be placed in the annals of footballing history for all of the right reasons. The “Hand of God” has become more iconic than the other goal he scored in that game, in which he made half of the England side look like they did not belong on the same pitch as him. But then again, anyone who religiously watched Maradona would tell you that there wasn’t a man that could stay in front of him in the first place. Maradona is the first player that was a technically perfect football player. There was not a thing that anyone had done on a football pitch before and has done since Maradona that he could not have done 20 GLOBE MAGAZINE

himself. His vision, precision, and ability to play any pass made him the perfect creative, attacking midfielder. His strength, balance, acceleration, and ability to dribble around anyone and score from almost anywhere made him a lethal forward in any position. In fact defences needed to be on their toes the moment Diego picked up the ball anywhere around the halfway line. That iconic World Cup game against England is essentially a microcosm of Diego Maradona’s career. A man that was no stranger to controversy, but a man that could produce moments of such incredible, hair raising magic at any given moment with a football at his feet. Maradona has always been a love or hate figure, but whatever side you fall on in

that discussion, no one will be able to deny the fact that Maradona made every ticket that ever got bought to go and see him play, worth every penny. No wonder he is revered as a God in Argentina, he was a man that could do no wrong on a football pitch, and brought them one of their biggest successes in 86’. He is what every modern forward aims to be. He is the model to which today’s superstars aim to mould themselves into. In his death, we get to relive the various moments of genius that he provided over the course of his illustrious career. As the two best players of this generation, Ronaldo and Messi, bid farewell to their idol, they both used a word that summed up what Diego Maradona was, and always will be to the game of football. Eternal.


A Nation, a Team Text by Julian Valverde / Photography by Neil Wilson

AS I TAKE MY SEAT IN THE journalist area forty five minutes from kick off, the Gibraltar boys are out on the pitch warming up. I am one of the lucky few to be able to watch this match live from the Victoria Stadium. It is a privilege to be here, to see if Gibraltar can get a result, win the group and make it a historic night. The fans outside in the bars surrounding the stadium can be heard from the stands, a drum is beating rhythmically, and the chants  of ‘GFA,GFA,GFA’ reverberate into the mild Gibraltar autumnal night . The team warming up is focused, there is no joking around, the intensity in their routine is committed. Five minutes to go and the team is led out 22 GLOBE MAGAZINE

by Captain Roy Chipolina, the music starts playing and the team’s line-up for the national anthems. Lichtenstein is the first to play and the music of ‘God Save The Queen’ is played. It is quite ironic that this tune is the very same we use to celebrate our British status. Then comes the Gibraltar national anthem and all the players and staff turn to face our rock, standing proud the team join in and sing. Julio Cesar Ribas , the man born in Rivera, Uruguay and who’s football destiny has brought him to our shores, stands with open arms and a fierce passion on his face immerses himself on the anthem. He knows that this occasion might not come again and he translates this to the team moments before they walked out onto the pitch with awe

inspiring words “I have received a number of letters from some of your Mum’s, but this one in particular asks me to tell you , that you are all warriors that you make the whole family so proud by the way you give everything on the field .... Leichenstein have come to our home to spoil the party but we won’t let them. It wasn’t meant for us to win the group in San Marino, history is to be made tonight to be celebrated here in our Rock with our families, we will win it here, let’s go warriors!” and with those words still ringing in their ears, the Gibraltar players confront their moment of destiny. It was a defensive masterclass by Gibraltar, who controlled the game well for long periods; but we needed a goal to settle us even more and it came on the seventeenth

minute. A through ball to Tjay De Barr, who had been giving the opposition defence a real run for their money ended with a defender’s deflection for a corner kick. Liam Walker stepped up to take the corner, the ball in was superb, powerful, and curling. Two deflections later and the ball was in the back of the net. The celebrations could be heard from the Tower Blocks and across the Laguna Housing Estate. Gibraltar kept keeping possession well and were commanding the game but against the run of play, Leichenstein equalized on the stroke of halftime. A free kick halfway in from the Gibraltar half was met by Frick, who steered the ball towards goal. Coleing was able to parry the first shot but Frick followed it up with a right footed shot at close range.   The game was evenly poised as the second half kicked off. Gibraltar through grit,

and a Dream determination and masterful defending were able to keep the opposition at bay. When they countered it was always through Tjay De Barr, who seemed resilient and steadfast on the ball. His darting runs and quick feet made the opposition tremble. Every player wearing the Gibraltar shirt deserves a mention, they epitomised the meaning of the word ‘Team’.     As the final whistle blew, a huge sigh of relief overwhelms me, the players and staff jump in joy, the few GFA representatives in the stands shout in triumph. The players huddle in the middle of the pitch hugging, some shouting in delight, others in complete disbelief, a few tears are shed. Amongst the midst of all this, the Liechtenstein players are all congregated around their bench area in desolation watching the jubilant scenes in front of them. A lonely figure starts walking towards them, my definite man of the match, TJ De Barr walks over to one of the players, who is lying on the ground beside his bench GLOBE MAGAZINE 23


The Goal and offers his hand and consoles him. He then walks over to the other players and staff on the bench and does the same. Slowly, other GFA players do the same, the feeling of despair, failure, which little Gibraltar has experienced during their relatively short tenure as a UEFA member can only but ground us, as we feel for the opposing team members.

The Nations League campaign has been a great success; a triumph beyond our wildest dreams. Only seven years ago almost to the day on November 17th 2013, we played our first international as a UEFA member, a 0-0 draw with Slovakia in Faro, we have punched above our weight in a very short time. The Gibraltar Football Association, we’re spot on in appointing Julio Ribas as manager.

His passion for the game, man to man management and world football experience reflects on the players and this is translated on the field of play with remarkable performances. We now look forward to the World Cup draw in Zurich on the 7th December 2020 and to more historic Victoria Stadium nights.


Niah Guiling wins Miss Teen Gibraltar Photography by Danny Bosio

NIAH GUILING is the new "Miss Teen Gibraltar Winner". She was crowned by Shania Ballester in a gala performance held at the Inces Hall Theatre with no audience and following COVID guidelines and regulations.

beautiful contestants for the title. At the end votes were added and this determined the winner of this contest where scores were awarded not only for beauty, presence and personality but also charity work. Organisers say the Miss Teen Gibraltar Pageant is “increasing in Choreography was by Kelvin level year after year.” Hewitt (Nº1 Models Gibraltar). Organisers say it was a “very Presented by No1 Models complicated decision” for the director Kelvin Hewitt and Miss judges to choose among the 10 Teen Gibraltar 2016 Shyanne 26 GLOBE MAGAZINE

McIntosh, the event was agile and entertaining, with up to five different sections of the contestants (Opening Number, Miss Individuality, Miss Creative, Miss Catwalk and Miss Elegance punctuating the different prizes that were selected on the night (Individual, Creative Look, Catwalk and Elegance.) With the presence of Mediterranean Dance School, Singer EM and the amazing Shania Ballester singing

the song she sang whe she won the talent round in Miss Teen Model Universe 2019. After two hours, the winner was Niah Guiling, Niah was also awarded Miss Photogenic, Miss Social Network and the ‘Beauty With A Purpose Award’, 1st Princess was Shania Machin who also won Miss Friendship and 2nd Princess was awarded to Hannah Duo who also won Miss


Individuality. The Miss Elegance and the No1 Models Award was given to Zyanne Gracia, Anjali Alwani won Miss Creative Look


and Miss Catwalk. Kelvin Hewitt Director of No1 Models would like to thank once again everyone who made the show possible especially

Saray NuĂąez for helping with rehearsals, Tamara Hewitt, Demi Perera and Jaqueline Lozano for helping backstage, it was again

another sold out show with great feedback from the public. Makeup: Rafa Anaya & Amy Gavito. Hair: Daniella Lima





Ghana Queen "Help me learn Africa"

THE CHARITY ‘HELP ME LEARN AFRICA’ provides volunteering programs that help support children’s education in developing countries. Through their volunteer programs, they raise funds in order to provide educational resources and infrastructure to villages with little or no access to education. They offer group building programs, as well as, teaching and nursing/medical programs that promote health education in local hospitals and schools.

With over seven years experience, the charity founder, Louise Barea, a local staff nurse, has established projects in Ghana and Kenya with views to expand to Uganda and Ethiopia. She not only manages all projects and local fundraisers but often takes part in some of her volunteering programs. Her vision is to continue expanding ‘help me learn Africa’ by providing access to education to as many children as possible.

Earlier this year, the Gibraltar Football Association nominated the charity for the UEFA charity award and confirmation was received last month that the UEFA Foundation Board of Trustees had decided to award this year’s 50,000€ award to Help Me Learn Africa. An elated Louise commented on hearing the news, “This will be life changing for the kids,” Louise says excitedly. “Imagine the amount that I can do with €50,000 when I managed to build a library with €20,000 – it is going to be GLOBE MAGAZINE 33

crazy.” Louise takes up the story herself in an interview for Globe Magazine: Tell us about yourself and your journey into charity work and volunteering? My name is Louise Barea, I am the founder of ‘helpmelearnafrica’ and also a GHA staff nurse. I started volunteering almost ten years ago now; it started when I took a trip to the Cheshire homes in Tangiers with the Youth.


It really made me view things differently and gave me an insight as to what giving back was like. Before I knew it a few years later, I spent months in Ghana building a school. Why Ghana? Ghana happened by accident really. There is no specific reason as to why Ghana, but it just so happened that there was a group of people volunteering with a UK based

charity organisation, who were going to build two classrooms there and I jumped at the opportunity. Was it difficult to set up your own Charity? I think difficult is an understatement. I never imagined the amount of work and deception I encountered (from some, who would want to take advantage from a charity). I really struggled at first, I felt I had no idea what

I was doing, but luckily, I had help from professionals, who guided me. What are the aims of the Charity? The charity’s aims are to provide education to as many children living below the poverty line as possible. Before Covid, the plan was to expand to another two African countries but that’s on hold now. We provide projects in Ghana but we are looking into finally commencing projects in Kenya as the charity is currently supporting a school and orphanage there in the Kibera slums. What would you say have been your main accomplishments so far? I think everything that we have achieved so far is an accomplishment. I say we because although I am the driving force and the founder of the charity, I have a team of people in Ghana and in Gibraltar, who help me; without them nothing would be possible. Although I am happy at how fast the charity is growing and how much we’ve done so far, we have only just begun. This year has been a little different for us since projects got cancelled and we had to focus on feeding over 3,000 kids a day for eight weeks during Covid lockdown in both Ghana and Kenya. Something I never imagined we would need to do. How can people support or get involved in your charity? Sign up and Volunteer! I Am always encouraging people to get involved in volunteering as I believe everyone needs to experience first-hand how it feels to have such a large impact on other people’s lives. I also feel it’s important for people to experience different cultures and see what life is like when you hop on a plane a few hours away. I want people to understand how lucky they are to live the way they live. I also always need a lot of help with fund raising so any ideas and help is always welcome. Many volunteers have supported your project. For those reading, what is required to become a volunteer on your project? Simply sign up! Projects are announced on our social media platforms once or twice a year. Then, myself and the team guide you from there. GLOBE MAGAZINE 35

Describe a day in the life of a volunteer, who has travelled to Ghana for one of your projects. Volunteers work hard during projects whether they are teaching projects, building or medical projects they are required to give it their all and make the most of their experience. They need to be ready to be surrounded by children 24/7 and adapt to new cultures and surroundings. They need to learn how to ‘rough it’. We eat, sleep and live like the locals there and this sometimes might mean, not showering, eating a lot of rice, and limited electricity. But please don’t be discouraged, trust me… this doesn’t mean we don’t have fun. We enjoy Bonfire nights with plenty of dancing, travelling to waterfalls, hiking and more. Weekends are for leisure and we make the most of it. More recently you have been Queened. Tell us about your reaction when you were told? Utter shock. I am still in awe of what 36 GLOBE MAGAZINE

happened. I feel so privileged to have an official Ghanaian title, which will give me so much freedom to continue my work; its an honour to have my work recognized by the community.

and needed to drink from a royal cup as a sign of purity. I was blessed and then it became a huge ceremony of dancing where all villages watched and joined and took pictures with me.

What is your Queen name? Queen Louise Dugbaki

What is the vision for the future of your Charity? To continue to develop education and expand; I want more and more people to volunteer and support ‘helpmelearnafrica’ to grow.

What does this title mean? It basically means freedom for me. I own land, and rights and can continue to do as many projects as I want without having issues I’ve encountered in the past. I am now recognized and can evolve. Tell us about your Queen ceremony and the symbolism of your outfit? I was dressed and painted by 8 women, who wrapped me up in ‘royal’ clothes. I was made to look ‘Voluptuous’ as big is beautiful in Ghana. I was painted with symbols of respect and loyalty on my arms and legs. I was washed

Is there anything else you would like to tell the Globe Magazine readers? I would like to express my gratitude to everyone in Gibraltar for the continuous support, and to all readers…sign up for future projects. Help make a difference! Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/helpmelearnafrica Instagram: @helpmelearnafrica Website: www.helpmelearnafrica.com


Behind the scenes at the Ghana Queen Photoshoot Photography By The Gibraltar Youth Production Team (GYPT) PHOTOGRAPHERS Jodie Ferrar, Bradley Durante, Charlene Busuttil, Diexter Thomas, Joelle Ferrar & Romina Chipolina · WORKERS Charlene Figueras & Aroa Nuñez · MUA Nyree Chipolina MODEL Louise Barea (Queen Louise Dugbaki), founder of 'Help me learn Africa' Charity



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47th Gibraltar International Art Exhibition 2020

THE GIBRALTAR International Art Exhibition, organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture was being held at the Gustavo


Bacarisas Gallery. Artists from Gibraltar, Republic of Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom submitted a total of one hundred and fifty-nine works.

The Minister for Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change, Heritage and Culture, The Hon Prof. John Cortes MP officially opened the Exhibition and

presented the awards on the Wednesday 4th November 2020. Ms Mercedes Corbacho Rodriguez, Director of the Cruz Herrera Museum in La Linea de la Concep-

cion, carried out the adjudication. Retribution’  • Nathan Parody ‘Window to   Our Salvation’ & ‘Clothing ExThe Prize winners were:  pedition’ Raluca Piper ‘Urban The Gustavo Bacarisas Prize: Fer- Composition’  min Garcia Villaescusa ‘Vieja de • Aaron Soleci ‘Wild Bill and Rosetta’  la Plaza’ 1st Prize  The Jacobo Azagury Prize: Javier • Karl Ullger ‘Los Glacis’  Plata ‘Mareorama 53’ 2nd Prize  • Willa Vasquez ‘Fiesta’ & ‘Maniquins Party’  The Leni Mifsud Prize: Lucia Pal- • Pepe Baena Nieto ‘Romancero ma Sarmiento ‘Tormenta Galác- Gaditano’    tica’ 3rd Prize   Commenting at the Official OpeThe Rudesindo Mannia Prize: ning of the International Art Francisco Luna Galvan ‘Marina Exhibition, the Hon Prof. John Cortes said: “This competition II’  provides an opportunity for artists Best Gibraltar Theme - The Ma- from Gibraltar and abroad to comrio Finlayson Prize: Zulaika Va- pete and exhibit side by side. This llance ‘History of A typical Re- both enriches us culturally and promotes our art outside our borpresentation’ Best Young Artist ders. The following received ‘Highly I thank all the artists, who have participated and who contribute Commended’ Certificates:  so much to developing Culture in • Ambrose Avellano ‘Life Jacket’  Gibraltar; my thanks too to Gibral• Lorraine Buhagiar ‘Mario Fin- tar Cultural Services for their work in making this exhibition possilayson National Art Gallery’  • Paul Francis Cosquieri ‘Abs- ble. I am very pleased to welcome Mercedes Corbacho Rodriguez, our tract Popism No.34’  • Leslie Gaduzo ‘Library Street’ & Adjudicator, and to thank her for carrying out the difficult task of se‘White Robe’  • Juan Gomez Macias ‘Interior lecting the winning pieces.”   Landscape’  • Javier Machimbarrena ‘Valor – The Exhibition was open to the public until Saturday 14th NovCourage’  • Mark Montovio ‘Apostle XI’ & ember 2020


What’s Happening Down Town? 1. Mark Montovio interviewed by Sonia Golt 2. Gibraltar University celebrates Its First Graduation Ceremony. 3. ISOLAS Announces New Associates, Katrina Isola and James Castle. 4. Patrick Canessa and Richard Martinez at the ‘Catedral de Cadiz’. 5. Local Poet Songwriter based in London, Gabriel Moreno. 6. Blast from the Bast, The Invincible Gibraltar Utd Team of the 1959-60 Season. 7. His Excellency the Governor officially opened the 55th annual Photographic Exhibition at the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery together with Minister Cortes and CEO Seamus Byrne. 1









The Best Recipes of our Cuisine Christmas Turkey Serves: 8 • Preparation: 1 hour 30 minutes • Cooking: 4 hours 35 minutes to 5 hours 5 minutes Rest: 45 minutes INGREDIENTS 5.4Kg (12lb) oven-ready turkey with giblets, thawed if frozen - 2 onions, 1 chopped and 1 quartered - 75g butter - 450g premium sausagemeat - 225g cooked chestnuts, chopped - 1 ripe pear - 100g fresh white breadcrumbs - 1 egg, size 3, beaten - 100g craisins - 6 cloves - 4 bay leaves - 325g rindless smoked streaky bacon - 325g Lincolnshire chipolata sausages - 100g ready-to-eat apricots chop reserved turkey liver and add to

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Dad's Kitchen Arroz Caldoso Text and Photography by Mark Montovio

Mark Montovio shares some of his much loved local and world recipes opening up possibilities for making each dish to suit a variety of families, different tastes and particular dietary needs. Combining his love of different cultures and world cuisine he is also committed to preparing meals which are nutritious, tasty and good to look at, with minimum waste and using seasonal produce

but also because of how stunningly beautiful it is when presented at the table. Simple to prepare using a basic sofrito, the traditional tomato sauce, and a good fumet, which is basically fish stock (you can buy this in packs or easily make it yourself using fish heads and prawns). I love using the rice which is the equivalent to Arborio, in Italy and that is arroz bomba. A glass where you can measure 80gr is perfect per person. The first step really is to start cooking the lobster in a few spoonfuls of olive oil. You can The recipe this month is arroz caldoso with use frozen lobogavante, European lobster, and it is definitely one of my favourite rice dishes, not just because of its amazing flavour THERE IS NO DOUBT that rice is an important feature of Spanish cuisine and it is always a celebratory dish, ranging from the traditional paella, to rice with a variety of meats, vegetables, seafood, or black squid ink. There are three types of textures: caldoso, where the sauce is runny, meloso, where the consistency is creamier and slightly sweeter, and seco, where the rice is cooked to perfection but there is no sauce at all.


bster if you are not ok to get a live one and it is up to you how you cut it. I like to cut it in half and that serves two. Once it has started to change colour, it practically goes bright red, you can start making the sofrito as you prefer but adding onion is not a good idea as it does change the consistency of the rice. As soon as the sauce starts to thicken I add some saffron threads I’ve been soaking in a glass of white wine, a bayleaf, parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Normally you would seal off the rice a little before you start to add the

stock but for this dish it is not necessary. For four people, you would need two lobsters cut in half, the four measures of rice and about a litre and half of the fumet (stock).

It really is very simple and I like to cook it over a low to medium heat, making sure it doesn’t stick, stirring or shaking it occasionally, and more importantly ensuring that there is always more than

enough liquid. It should not really take more than 20 to 25 minutes for the rice to cook. This dish needs to be served within 5 to 10 minutes or else

it will become meloso as the rice continues to soak up more of the liquid, but again that is up to individual preference. However you have it, you wont regret it.


Cultural Awards 2020 artists from London, Singapore and Indonesia. This Award is a discretionary award given by the Board, who felt Jake’s vision, imagination, and generosity needed to be recognised and applauded.

GIBRALTAR CULTURAL Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture have announced the results of the 2nd Cultural Awards. This year the winners were presented with their awards at a pre-recorded event at the Sunborn Hotel, to ensure adherence with all the current public health guidelines relating to COVID-19. The recorded show announcing the winners was subsequently shown on GBC and GCS social media platform. The Awards aim to celebrate the best of Gibraltar’s arts and culture, looking at the achievements and successes of individuals and groups between July 2019 and June 2020. These awards recognise and highlight cultural potential, ability, talent and achievement, whilst at the same time supporting the community’s cultural development. The selection process included an open invitation to the public for nominations, which led to a shortlist approved by the Cultural Awards Board. The public were then invited to be part of the process and vote for the shortlisted nominees via a telephone vote supported by Gibtelecom. This year the Board also decided to introduce two new awards as a result of the impact of COVID-19 and it also exclusively chose some of the recipients. 50 GLOBE MAGAZINE

Following this process, the Award winners are as follows: CULTURAL AWARDS BOARD OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT - awarded to JAKE TORRES Inspired during lockdown, 8-year old Jake wrote and illustrated a book on the Corona Virus which sold 1200 copies and

raised over £7,500 for children’s charities. Positively received on social media in Gibraltar, ‘Corona Travel’ also travelled around the world. This led to Jake’s involvement in a global collaboration book about Mother Nature and the environment entitled ‘Am I Finally Free’, with other young authors and

JUNIOR AWARD for Under 15’s - awarded to ADITYA DHANWANI This pianist won the 2020 Gibraltar Young Musician of the Year award for an accomplished performance. Adi also provided piano recitals during lockdown, as part of the virtual musical concerts hosted on social media by GAMPA, and was selected for the Parasol Foundation's scholarship for "Promising and Potential student", which he coshared. He is described as an engaging performer with an impressive work ethic. YOUTH AWARD for Under 25’s - awarded to AMY WINK This dancer made podium claiming a Silver medal at the 2019 Dance World Cup in the junior, modern and contemporary solo categories, a competition featuring 6000 dancers. Here, Amy was also awarded three scholarships, two in Madrid in recognition of her modern, lyrical and contemporary work and one in Paris for her ballet presentation. The 15-year-old also took the Best


Female Dancer award at the 2020 Gibraltar International Dance Festival. SENIOR AWARD for Over 25’s - awarded to MARIBEL MATTHEWS This artist has had a busy year exhibiting both locally and abroad, raising awareness of climate change and the environment through her art. Maribel received the ‘Artist of the Year’ award from a New York magazine and was also acknowledged in Florence by Efeccto Arte. Maribel was one of 20 artists that received the ‘Michelangelo International Prize’ in Rome, with her work then published in a couple of magazines. BEST EDUCATIONAL PROJECT - awarded to the GIBRALTAR YOUTH SERVICE Led by Senior Youth Worker Charlene Figueras, the ‘Find Your Brave’ photography exhibition and project raised awareness of mental health. The project aimed to build the confidence and self-esteem of young people, by encouraging them to appreciate their individual attributes. The Gibraltar Youth Production Team (GYPT) developed their production skills by taking a photographic set to 4 youth clubs 52 GLOBE MAGAZINE

and GAMPA to capture original portraits. Around 70 participants were involved, resulting in a photo exhibition at the GEMA Gallery to coincide with the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Week. CULTURAL AMBASSADOR award - presented to MARK SANCHEZ This year’s award goes to a man who has written over a dozen publications broaching

on Gibraltarian culture and promoting the Rock’s identity traits. Mark Sanchez’s body of work includes novels, short stories, essays, memoirs, journals and historical studies, and form the basis of discussion on radio programmes and at numerous top European universities. As interest in Gibraltar continues to grow, Mark’s work is referenced and discussed in many top scholarly journals. This year Mark was one of 22 authors participating in a publication focusing on the

Mediterranean. Mark uses an autobiographical element in his writing, often recalling childhood experiences and memories. He endeavors to promote Gibraltar thorough his varied projects and strongly believes Gibraltar needs its own national literature COVID AWARD presented by GCS CEO Seamus Byrne to NOLAN FRENDO and DION MIFSUD for FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE Bringing together musicians of all ages to entertain Gibraltar during a period of uncertainty, the recipients of this award demonstrated the uniqueness of Gibraltar’s community spirit. Led by Dion Mifsud and Nolan Frendo, the initiative saw special collaborations by former groups working together, and musicians joining forces to demonstrate their love and passion for creating. Their talents also extended into areas of sound and vision with brilliant recordings produced and edited, placing our musicians and artists frontline. The Friday Night Live concept was celebrated with hundreds taking to their sofas every Friday to enjoy hours of local entertainment featuring some special themed productions as the weeks progressed. A great example of how music has the power to unite. This one-time


award is presented to Dion and Nolan, but it also recognizes all those artists who gave of their time and talent to contribute to this innovative and worthy project. THE GIBRALTAR CULTURAL SERVICES AWARD for extraordinary achievement was presented to KAREL MARK CHICHON This award recognises an exceptional individual that has already achieved international recognition and success. For his distinguished career with numerous accolades and plenty of highlights, Karel Chichon was a natural choice. His biography is impressive, describing him as thrilling audiences with his temperament, passion and musicianship. His services to music and achievements within the profession have already been recognised at the highest level, with an OBE in 2012, and his election as a Fellow of the Royal Academy in 2016. Karel is an innovator and ambassador influencing both in his homeland and abroad. THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD was presented by the 54 GLOBE MAGAZINE

Minister for Culture Prof. Dr John Cortes MBE MP to ARTHUR HARPER The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises Arthur Harper’s dedication, commitment, innovation and services to photography in Gibraltar. Arthur, or Arturo, as he is known to his friends, is described as a humble and unassuming man who has worked tirelessly over the years to raise the profile of photography within the arts in Gibraltar. Elected Chairman of

the Photographic Society in 1977, a post he held for 36 years, he drove the group and introduced changes and initiatives that still exist today. Serving as a friend and mentor too many, he was instrumental in securing premises for the group and developed it into the dynamic club that exists today. Personal accomplishments include the rediscovery of the Gibraltar Campion (together with Leslie Linares & John Cortes), and co-authoring of the ‘The Flowers of Gibraltar, a field guide

to Gibraltar’s flora’. Now aged 92, he has certainly paved the way for future photographers on the Rock. Minister for Culture, the Hon Prof Dr John Cortes MBE MP said: “The Cultural Awards are a recognition, not just of the achievements of those who receive it, but of the richness and standard of Culture in our community, and the calibre of all its players. I want to thank all who have taken the trouble to nominate, all who have voted, and the panel itself for supporting the Awards and in this way supporting Culture. Gibraltarian Culture continues todevelop an identity of its own, clearly demonstrated by its resilience through COVID times, and by how it has continued to be at the heart of the community throughout this time. I congratulate all nominees, and in particular the winners, and if I may be permitted to specifically mention the winner of the Ministry for Culture Lifetime Achievement Award, Arthur Harper, at the young age of 92. His lifetime dedication to the Art and Science of Photography, and to the knowledge and conservation of plants in Gibraltar have been exemplary and are an inspiration to young and old alike."


Remembrance Sunday was Marked with Closed Events

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY this year was marked with a series of restricted ceremonies with only invited wreath layers taking part. The traditional Remembrance Sunday Parade did not take place and members of the public were asked not to attend any of the events. Admittance was strictly controlled by the Royal Gibraltar Police. The occasion was marked at the


British War Memorial with a short but significant wreath-laying event where only the invited Wreath Layers took part. This was followed by an even further reduced wreath-laying event at the American War Memorial. There was no Act of Worship at either event. Incumbents of the Table of Precedence, representatives of the Essential Services and other Organisations and Associations


layed their wreaths and paid their respects at the Cross of Sacrifice at the North Front, at specifically


timed slots, complying with the number of people, who could gather at any one place and also

observing social distancing rules. Guests and spectators were not allowed at any event and any

members of the public who congregated around these areas were asked to move away.


Review: Notas de amor… con fe venezolana Text by Eva Cant

IN ALL MY TIME observing the inspiring ability of others to move, though the written word, it is always a pleasure to appraise literary talent. A work such as this allows us all a personal VIP entry into such a fascinating world, where word, emotion and reality fuse into a symphony that renews passions for such artistry. This poignant book is a vivid example of a doorway into such experiences, and one which affected me on many levels so as to render it an unforgettable literary and emotional memory.

The tangible cloth that these poems and words are formed on, creates connections and opens difficult doors – doors and openings that the writer has embedded into all of these works, to allow us insight and a vivid understanding of his struggles and his passions.

This series of intimate poems and messages capture that rare essence of truly real moments lived via the peaks and troughs of a love that could not, or worse still -would not be. A pulsing love and desire so tangible, that the tortured poet seems almost naked when eloquently portraying the most tender of episodes, then twisting and escalating to the most frustrating moments of this epic love story… ‘Desnudo me entrego a ti…’ The poet touchingly achieves exactly this through his brave and unashamedly open delivery, and explicit exposition of his wounded soul.

There was clearly a chemistry like no other and the memories keep resurging in words that are exquisitely embroidered onto the swiftly turning pages, each perfect verse, poignant line, sculpted word, seasoned with rich imagery.

The despair, the tangible taste of moments lost and times misunderstood, touch the riveted souls that avidly read on, amid unanswered questions, open memories and passionate ‘what ifs’…’Porque?’ This honest exposition is painful yet cathartic. Was it written in an 60 GLOBE MAGAZINE

Wearing one’s heart and soul on tattered sleeves, is by no means an easy task. The candidness and the resolute loyalty to love with all its perils, are heart breaking but also refreshing.

The reader is left to interpret the personalised lyrics and emotive rhetoric that nestle like opening doors into the mind of another, whose passion and efforts linger in ‘su fe venezolana’.

of blissfully requited love, whilst always keeping his emotional muscles toned for potential future hurt and rejection. The reader follows this journey hoping like him, urging like him, disappointed like him. The reader is left, in ‘Ese Rincon,’ sorrowfully conscious that this story is a dying one; one that is now only relived through the art of poetry and memory.

The writer smoothly sails stormy seas of varying, unsteady states

I consider it an honour to have been asked to review this work.

effort to assuage pains, frustrations and lonely drum beats that still echo in Papi’s mind, soul, heart, lips and loins?

Mark Montovio

I felt sorrow and hurt for his lamenting heart, as he questions all and ponders, "Simplemente te recuerdo.” One wishes for the constant poet, that such ‘cuentos de hadas’ could revive and heal this pain and the torn feelings that separate such perfectly matched souls. However, ‘ilusiones’ or illusions - similar sounding, but radically different in meaning- clearly carry similar weight in the strings of this melodically and finely tuned piece of Spanish poetry. This is not just a book about love, but it is a series of poems which speaks to everyone who has been loved, or lost love, and reassures us that ‘todo pasa por algo.”


Discover Gibraltar with gibraltar.com Text and Photography courtesy of www.gibraltar.com

The Moorish Castle THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE history of Gibraltar, it seems that the Rock has been particularly significant to various people at varying times and that they were willing to go to great lengths to secure it throughout the ages that it has stood. Visitors or occupants to Gibraltar have been, over time, Neanderthals, Moors, Spanish and British, and each people, who occupied the grounds of this small dominion, went to great trouble to secure and protect it. The Moorish Castle Complex is made up of some diverse buildings, multiple numbers of gates, more than just a few fortified walls and its most striking attributes, those of the Tower of Homage and The Gate House. The Tower of Homage is a very impressive, nearly an awe inspiring site even today. How much more so would it have been, when it was new, in the height of its power and magnificence. Although it is often said that the Moorish Castle at Gibraltar was begun in the 8th century, there is no real way of knowing exactly when it was begun or when it was completed, since the records of those things are long since passed out of time. What is known is that in about 1068, according to records, the Governor of Algeciras, which was the city on the western side of the bay, an Arab, ordered that they build a fort on Jebel Tarik, (what is now known as Gibraltar) in order that they might guard the area and watch the events playing out on the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar. 62 GLOBE MAGAZINE

It is believed by many that this may well have been the roots of the castle, the present day Tower of Homage since there does appear to have been a castle on this site, and from that, it is believed that the original walled town grew. The frightened townspeople would certainly have withdrawn into that walled city when times grew less secure.

INTERESTING FACT The Castle that the Moors built here holds the highest tower of any other castle built during the Islamic era on the Iberian Peninsula, and the castles Qasbah (walledfortification) and Keep, the largest that is known in the area. This castle too, played its out part in the history of the Arabian conquests in the Iberian Peninsula

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With certainty it is known that the Castle was rebuilt to what it now is during the 14th century, and stands on the soil of the actual site where the first Moors fortifications were built on the soils of Europe. In time it became the main fortress on the Rock of Jebel, and holds the distinction of being the tallest tower and the largest keep in the entirety of the Iberian Peninsula. The walls of this important fortress closed in a large area, sweeping down from the upper aspect of the Rock of Gibraltar, down nearly to the sea, with what must have been the most interesting and well seen parts of the castle being some of those, which still remain there today, notably, The Tower of Homage, the battlements and the enormous Gate House, along with the cupola roof. The occupation of the Moors was the longest in the recorded history of Gibraltar, and lasted from about 700 through 1309, and then when retaken in 1350, their occupation of Gibraltar lasted a further hundred odd years, until 1462. The total time of the Moors on Gibraltar was about 700 years, give or take a few and their contributions to the culture, the atmosphere and the economy of Gibraltar are certainly well documented.

The importance that Gibraltar held for them is attested to by the fact that their occupation of it began in 711 and lasted till the final recapturing of it by the Spanish, with the Moors fighting to hold the rock every step of the way. Led by Tarik ibn Ziyad and Musa ibn Nasayr, the attempts to conquer Spain by the Moors began at Gibraltar and the Rock was viewed as what might be called a stepping stone toward bigger and better things.

important role in the conquest that took place on the Iberian Peninsula, a conquest that led to dominion of the Arabs in a portion of Europe for more than seven centuries, so the castle is not merely significant as a part of Gibraltar’s history, but that of all of Europe.

The Moorish castle begins at the highest point within the tower of Homage, which lies at the eastern most point. Surrounding the Tower of Homage is the Inner Keep, and the Outer Keep. lying West of the Keeps is the Qasbah, What can only be considered an amazing feat, which houses the famed Gate House. took no more than twenty years, and twenty years at a time when no vast weaponry or great Down the Rock rests the Old Town, and from there to La Barcina, the Original dockyard, mechanics were available to the Moors. where stood the Sea Gates, at the sites of the The Moorish Castle itself had its own very present casemates Gate. Entire lengths of

these amazing fortifications, gates and walls remain standing offering silent examples of the wondrous architectures of the Islamic period of Gibraltar. The Gibraltar Heritage Trust, at this point is faced with the challenge to protect and shield these remnants, these silent story tellers, so that they may endure for future generations to see and study, and restoring them to former glories with the same materials that were used in the original buildings. When you travel to Gibraltar, make it a point to visit this piece of enduring history of Gibraltar. Visit the Moorish Castle and marvel at what could be done, using only strength of hands and sheer determination.


John Lennon remembered John Lennon's death sent shockwaves around the world on December 8th 1980 when Mark Chapman shot the Beatles singer dead on the doorstep of his New York home

December 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the tragic death of John Winston Ono Lennon, who would have been 80 this year. The murder of the Beatles singer and one of the most famous celebrities on the planet in New York was something that resonated with so many people, in a way that had not been felt since John F Kennedy’s death nearly 20 years previously. He was born in Liverpool as war was raging across Europe and brought up by his Aunt Mimi after family circumstances forced his mother Julia to give him up. Mother and son remained in touch until she was tragically killed by a drunk driver when John was 17. Her loss deeply affected him but friend Paul McCartney could empathize as he had lost his own mother to breast cancer. It was an early brush with tragedy that would forever mark the life of John Lennon. He grew up to be one half of a legendary songwriting partnership. And that's not all; he was a singer, poet, actor, guitarist, political activist, artist, actor and author. In this Globe Magazine Music special, we pay tribute to the man, who was affectionately known as 'the Smart Beatle'. IN THE BEGINNING... John Lennon is recognized as one of the greatest musical icons of the 20th century. He met Paul McCartney at a church fête in 1957. Lennon was performing with his skiffle band, The Quarry Men, and Paul McCartney joined them soon afterwards, playing guitar alongside Lennon. In 1958, guitarist George Harrison also became a member and Stuart Sutcliffe 64 GLOBE MAGAZINE

Ringo Starr (real name Richard Starkey) joined as the group's permanent drummer in August 1962, finally completing The Beatles' famous line-up. They released their debut single, 'Love Me Do' in October 1962; it reached No 17 in the UK charts. But the 1963 follow-up, 'Please Please Me' got to No 2. It was the start of 'Beatlemania'... In 1966, after filming a minor role in the film 'How I Won the War', a visit to an art exhibit changed John Lennon's life. A Japanese artist named Yoko Ono was showing work. They began a love affair, which endured until his assassination in 1980. Yoko was constantly seen at John's side; they even used the publicity from their 1969 marriage in Gibraltar to promote peace via a 'bed-in'. During their honeymoon, the pair invited the world's press joined as a bass player in 1960. After several into their hotel bedroom every day to promote variations, the band changed its name to their anti-war stance. The Beatles and, accompanied by drummer Pete Best, journeyed to Hamburg where they Lennon had been working on musical projects played a series of arduous club dates. It was in prior to the break-up of The Beatles. The this demanding environment that they honed 1968 album 'Unfinished Music No.1—Two their musical skills and got their hair cut by Virgins' was recorded with Yoko Ono, its cover Stuart Sutcliffe's girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr; (featuring the two naked) provoked outrage she gave them their iconic 'moptop' hairstyle. and the experimental music didn't go down too well either. BEATLEMANIA A Stuart Sutcliffe double-blow devastated LIFE ‘AFTER THE BEATLES’ John; first his friend left the band in 1961 and Lennon's subsequent career involved his tragically, not long afterwards, the talented support of various causes, but was always artist died from a cerebral haemorrhage. underpinned by his adeptness at writing The band ploughed on with Paul McCartney great songs. He changed his middle name changing to bass guitar and by the time local from Winston to Ono in 1969 and that same businessman Brian Epstein saw them in year released, 'Cold Turkey' and 'Give Peace A Liverpool's Cavern Club, they were already Chance' (a protest against the Vietnam War, building up a very enthusiastic following. He which has now become a global anthem). became their manager and secured a deal with In addition, he sent back his MBE to Queen Elizabeth II citing Britain's involvement in Parlophone in June 1962.


the Biafran War, the Vietnam War and adding as a joke, "as well as 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts", an apt demonstration of the cutting wit he was renowned for. The 1970 album 'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band' was influenced by his experiences with primal scream therapy; it's memorable for his public mourning of his mother's death. But it was the release of 'Imagine' the following year which many consider the best and most musically consistent album of his post-Beatles career. Today, the title track is an inspiration to a wide range of people: from those wishing for a utopian, peaceful world to followers of tolerance in general. The song's haunting piano, solemn vocal delivery and the memorable video film that accompanied

Beatles involvement, John Lennon missed out on the childhood years of first-born son Julian. His wish for history to not repeat itself led to a period of semi-retirement which lasted five years. He returned with the wellreceived album 'Double Fantasy' in 1980. It's a cruel irony that just as Lennon's professional and private life was the best it had been in a long while, he was shot dead by mentally disturbed fan Mark Chapman outside his New York apartment building on December 8th, 1980. WORKING CLASS HERO In 2005, in the year that would have been John Lennon's 65th birthday, the best of his work was to be found on a new double CD called 'Working Class Hero - The Definitive Lennon'.

it (white piano, white blinds, John and Yoko This release was the pivot for a large number dressed in white clothes) continues to resonate of events remembering John Lennon. These included a major documentary to screened by with anyone who comes across it. the BBC, the reissue of two further albums in In 1973, John and Yoko split up but Yoko the John Lennon catalogue and various tribute arranged a 'companion' for him, their concerts. Inspiring bands and artists as diverse personal assistant May Pang. John and May as Oasis and Ozzy Osbourne, Lennon's voice moved from New York to Los Angeles, a continued to be heard. period dubbed his 'lost weekend' due to his documented struggle with drugs and alcohol. In 2005, Yoko Ono said, "Once he was honoured The 'lost weekend' lasted until Lennon's guest as 'The Man Of The Decade'. That was 35 years appearance at Elton John's Thanksgiving ago. Now he is a man of the century and the 1974 concert. Yoko was in the audience and future. His work inspires all people, and his surprised him backstage. Their reconciliation voice reaches the whole planet. I miss him a lot. was sealed by the birth of son Sean, born We all miss him. His songs are now our songs, on John Lennon's 35th birthday. Due to his our love and our life." 66 GLOBE MAGAZINE


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