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JUNE ISSUE EDITOR’S NOTE …We’ve gone green! We’ve scaled the magazine down to ‘digest’ size for the summer, perfect for beach bags – and the environment. But don’t fret, it’s still chock-a-block with the same amount of gripping articles and fun features.


To start us off we have not one but two articles on the unavoidable business of Blockchain (p. 23). Did you know it is estimated that less than 10% of the money in circulation is now physical cash? Jamie takes us back to basics and explains just how blockchain works, and Denise highlights the importance of partnerships within the blockchain community (p. 26). Continuing from where he left off last issue, we return to the important conversation between Iain and ‘Roger’ on his mental health struggles (p. 40). On the same topic, Elaine writes about the current taboo topic of abortion, and how mental wellbeing is paramount before and after life changing decisions (p. 42). After undergoing restoration, ‘el jungle’ is now better known for being the important heritage site that it is. Mark takes us up the Rock to the Northern Defences (p. 48), as history comes alive. It doesn’t end there; Reg is back with the fascinating story of Operation Snatch (p. 45). As usual, our contributors have been busy running around town to get you some great interviews. Molly sits down with headteacher Michelle Barabich (p. 32), Richard sits down with Henry Pinna (p. 34) – he of many hats, and in a spot of role reversal, Marcus gets sat down by his doctor, who has some unfortunate news for him (p. 38). (Or fortunate, if his goal was to accumulate enough iron in his blood to set off every metal detector in the vicinity.) June is set to be a scorcher for entertainment: the Gibraltar World Music Festival (p. 56), ArtDance International Platform’s 2nd festival (p. 58), and ghost whisperer Derek Acorah returns to the Rock. I called him up for a chinwag and asked him the questions you’re dying to know (p. 53). And finally, the event that reunites friends and brings together families for just one night; Miss Gibraltar 2018 (p. 61). Enjoy the issue!



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content 8 Hello There: What are you most looking forward to this Summer?



10 News 20 Around Town

BUSINESS 23 GFSC: In Blockchain We Trust 26 Startup Grind: Blockchain Innovation 28 How Smart Is Your Building? 30 How To Become a Builder




32 A Woman’s Work: Michelle Barabich

84 Recipes: Black Chickpea Balls & 4 Ingredient Ice Cream

34 A Chat with Henry Pinna

86 Guides and Information

38 Iron Man: Marcus’ Health Scare

91 #GibsGems

40 Mental Health: Breaking Barriers (part two)

92 Olympian Gods: The Gods tackle jargon, Facebook and Trump

42 Abortion Distortion

94 Schedules

45 Operation Snatch: Missing in action

97 Coffee Time

48 The Northern Defences 50 A Ban on bluefin tuna

SCENE 53 Derek Acorah: Love, Life, Laughter 56 GWMF: Exploring Borders 58 ArtDance International Platform 61 Pageants: Our Crowning Glory?



65 Travel: Nepal 75 Fashion: Summer Solstice 80 Bow Ties and Boating 82 A Summer’s Day in Burgundy

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Sandra Coelho, 26 Primary School Teacher

Cristina Cavilla, 27 Chief Reporter at the Gibraltar Chronicle The amount of money I’m going to save on fake tan!

Jack Milton, 26 Broker at BitQuin

I’m looking forward to the sun making a reappearance and spending time with my friends and family, soaking up the rays and relaxing on the beach… and maybe squeeze in a spot of exotic travels.

I am most looking forward to beach activities with my good friend Nick Isola, who is also a beach activity enthusiast.

Julia Coelho, 25 Marketing & Social Media Manager at A. Abecasis Gonzalez Ltd.

Chester, 150 Professional Lettuce Taster Theres nothing I look forward to more in the summer months than basking in some sunshine and eating never ending amounts of greens after hibernation.


Albert Loddo, 32 Police Sergeant at Royal Gibraltar Police The beers and the BBQs!

The trips to some of my favourite beach spots up the coast, and endless days staying out late after work with a drink, watching the sunset. I also love the buzz that the World Cup brings, so that’ll be exciting too.



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Art Exhibition by Westside School  Fine Arts Gallery, Casemates, 10:00–18:00 For further information please contact telephone 20052126 or email: EVERY SATURDAY Arts and Craft Market  Casemates Square, 10:00–15:00

MONDAY 4TH JUNE Miss International Elite 2018  Alameda Open Air Theatre, 20:30 Tickets priced at £20 For ticket information and further details please contact No.1 Models Production on mobile 54028980 THURSDAY 7TH JUNE Garden Tours of the Botanic Gardens  Alameda Gardens, 17:30–19:00 Gibraltar Horticultural Society Guided Tour of Gardens and exsitu propagation programme

Arts & Crafts Market every Saturday during May & June

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 Main Street, 12:00 Re-enactment Society march along Main Street to Casemates Square

PDC 6th Gibraltar Darts Trophy  Tercentenary Sports Hall, Victoria Stadium


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Gibraltar International Song Festival 2018

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 Tercentenary Sports Hall Tickets priced at £35 from For further information please visit Sandpits’ Charity Family Fun Day  Sandpits, 08:30–19:30 £5 per activity. Food, refreshments and live music. The Amy Winehouse Experience  Sunborn Hotel, Ocean Village, 20:00–23:30 Featuring the talented Emma Wright as Amy Winehouse 10

A Fashion Show Through The Music Era  Alameda Open Air Theatre, 21:00 Tickets priced at £15 For further information please contact mobile: 54028980 THURSDAY 14TH JUNE GHS Annual Supper Convivial gathering for an evening of fine food and conversation.

For further information please contact email: THURSDAY 14TH JUNE TO FRIDAY 29TH JUNE ‘....Still DANCING UNDER THE SHADOWS’  Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery, 11:00–19:00 A multi-media Fine Art Exhibition by Ambrose Avellano. For further information please contact email: THURSDAY 14TH JUNE TO SATURDAY 16TH JUNE THE DOMINO EFFECT  GADA Studio, 312 Main Street, Gibraltar (under Ince’s Hall Theatre), 20:00 ‘THE DOMINO EFFECT’ by Fin Kennedy organised by White Light Theatre Group’s youth actors. Tickets at £10 available online at For further information contact Jackie Villa on 54024957 or check our White Light Theatre Facebook group. SATURDAY 16TH JUNE Miss Gibraltar 2018 St Andrews Craft & Collectors Fair  St Andrews Church, Governors Parade, 10:00 There will be a variety of stalls offering vintage and antique items, bric-a-bac and collectables. Entrance £1. For further information please call 54023166


what’s on TUESDAY 19TH JUNE TO THURSDAY 21ST JUNE Gibraltar World Music Festival 2018  Various Locations Organised by Brightmed

 Alameda Open Air Theatre, 21:45 Organised by Mediterranean Dance School Alameda Open Air Theatre Tickets priced at £15

Tickets priced at £40

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Students and Senior Citizen tickets priced at £35


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Derek Acorah – Love Life Laughter Tour 2018

Ince’s Hall, Leisure Cinemas, St Michael’s Cave

WEDNESDAY 20TH JUNE TO THURSDAY 21ST JUNE STAGE IT  John Mackintosh Hall theatre, 20:00 Organised by Transitions Dance Academy John Mackintosh Hall Theatre Tickets priced at £10 For further information and ticket sales please contact mobile: 54014395 WEDNESDAY 20TH JUNE TO FRIDAY 22ND JUNE Moana - Beyond the Sea

 Ince’s Hall Theatre, 19:30 Tickets priced at £28 and VIP tickets at £55 For further information please contact 0034722570200 SATURDAY 23RD JUNE Calpe Band  Lobby of Parliament, Main Street, 11:00 Tickets priced at £28 and VIP tickets at £55

Parade, 10:00–14:00 Price: adult £5.00, children free. Guided tour of the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, The Alameda. For further information contact: +350 20041235 Calentita Night 2018  Casemates Square, 18:30–01:00 A food and street party festival celebrating Gibraltars MultiCultural Community. For further information please call: 20067236 or visit our email: THURSDAY 28TH JUNE TO FRIDAY 29TH JUNE ArtDance  John Mackintosh Hall, 19:00 Tickets £15, available from


Garden Tours of the Botanic Gardens  George Don Gates, at the south end of Grand



news NEW SHOP IN SUPPORT OF LOCAL CHARITY The Kishin Alwani Foundation’s recently opened charity shop sells new and good condition clothing and gift items. The aim of the project is to help as many people in the community as possible. It does this by providing affordable goods and by raising money for all local charities. The public are encouraged to donate their unused and good quality items to the shop. The first three months of the project’s proceeds are being donated to Childline Gibraltar. Located at 4 John Mackintosh Square, the shop’s opening hours are Monday to Friday from 11am to 4pm. Mr Alwani said: “Whether it is by donating things, giving your time, or spending money in this new store, doing your bit for charity will always bring good luck, happiness and blessings.”

IMPROVEMENTS TO EUROPA FORESHORE Europa Point Foreshore is the narrow strip of land that slopes into the sea immediately below the walls and cliffs at Europa Point. This component of the Reserve has become one of the few remaining natural stretches of limestone coastline on Gibraltar’s western shoreline. It is an area rich in plant species, particularly showy this year following abundant rain and with no recent eastern gales that tend to burn out the vegetation. More than 125 plant species have so far been recorded in this area by the Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society’s (GONHS) Botanical Section, including a


regional endemic; the Gibraltar Sea Lavender. Europa foreshore is also a good location to spot seabirds such as the Ruddy Turnstone, Oystercatcher and the Common Sandpiper. Invertebrates also thrive at Europa Foreshore, with recent research focusing on ants, beetles, snails and butterflies. Reptiles are also common, in particular the Andalusian Wall Lizard and the Moorish Gecko. The Department of Heritage, Environment and Climate Change is wanting to open up more areas of Gibraltar for the enjoyment of nature, and has a number of other sites earmarked for this treatment. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

news GHA BOOST SURGICAL SERVICES The GHA has recently completed the recruitment of a number of health professionals as part of the policy to repatriate clinical services and to further improve the delivery of surgical services in Gibraltar. Ms Christina Macano, from the specialist Breast Team at the Royal Marsden Hospital, was contracted in January 2018 by the Gibraltar Health Authority to support the expansion and development of breast surgery services. Ms Macano completed a three month Fellowship at the Royal Marsden Hospital, with whom she maintains an honorary contract, prior to her engagement with the GHA. Mr Denes Kovacs has been contracted to support the visiting vascular surgery team. Straightforward vascular operations such as varicose veins will now be carried out at the hospital, meaning that patients will not need to travel abroad. The orthopaedic team has also been bolstered by the permanent appointment of Mr Marius Negru, a dedicated upper limb specialist, and Mr George

Chami, a lower limb specialist. Mr Kamil Baczynski has been appointed as an associate specialist in Orthopaedics and his main area of responsibility will be the spinal clinic and coordination of the visiting orthopaedic super-specialists in scoliosis, spinal surgery and paediatric orthopaedics. The measures taken to improve inpatient bed availability and reduction of the joint replacement waiting list has seen over four times as many knee and hip replacements performed this year than last. Patients receiving joint replacements in the GHA will soon benefit from our new enhanced orthopaedic recovery programme. A new tier of resident anaesthetic junior doctors, 6 in total, has made it possible to operate on more urgent cases over weekends and reduce waiting times for injuries such as broken hips. The urology surgery team has also been augmented with an associate specialist, resulting in increased numbers and types of urological surgeries carried out locally.

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news NEW MENTAL HEALTH ACT AND NEW LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY ACT COMMENCED The new Mental Health Act is primarily concerned with the circumstances in which a person with a mental health condition can be detained for treatment. It sets out the processes that must be followed and the safeguards for patients to ensure that they are not inappropriately detained or treated. The Act ensures that people with serious mental conditions, which threaten their health or safety or the safety of the public, can be treated where it is necessary to prevent them from harming themselves or others. Some of the main changes are: • Creating a new independent Mental Health Board whose function is primarily to review and monitor treatment of patients and generally to represent the interests of the patient. • The introduction of Community Treatment Orders for patients following a period of detention in hospital to assist in their transition back into the community. • An overhaul of the Mental Health Review Tribunal by

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giving greater access to the patient. The patient now has a right to legal representation before the Tribunal and the Tribunal now has greater powers to review the case of a patient and to order their discharge where appropriate. The Lasting Powers of Attorney and Capacity Act builds on the new Mental Health Act by making provision to allow persons who anticipate they may lack capacity in future to manage their health, welfare, property and financial affairs: • To confer authority on individuals to make certain decisions on their behalf and to allow for the creation and safeguards and registrations of Lasting Powers of Attorney. • To make provision for a person to be able to decide about specific treatment they may not want to receive in future, known as ‘Advanced Decisions’. The Acts came into being following representations from, and consultations with, local mental health professionals.

Place on the site of the Former Spanish Consulate in 2011 and rebuilt Tarik Views in 2013 (a redevelopment of 21 apartments in the Upper Town, which attempted to recuperate the diversity of the area’s traditional colours and facades) and most recently


news AUTOMATED TELEPHONE SERVICE The Gibraltar Health Authority is pleased to announce the launch of an automated digital telephone appointment line for bookings of routine appointments at the Primary Care Centre (PCC). This will mean no more waiting in a telephone queue for a clerk, or for appointments to be released once a month. This service will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with an option to cancel an appointment through the telephone service or by replying “CANCEL” to the confirmation text message. Cancelling an appointment will immediately free up that time for someone else to book, so reducing wasted appointments and making better use of clinic times. The option to speak to a clerk will always be offered during the administration

desk working hours of 0815 to 1530, and a patient will always be able to speak to an operator directly without having to use the automated service if they prefer. Dr Krishna Rawal, Director of Primary Care added: “Technology is an integral part of the extensive series of reforms that we are introducing. Waiting in a telephone queue to book an appointment is hugely frustrating, and it has been one of my key aims to resolve this. I am hopeful that everyone will benefit from this service. I am keen to take this opportunity to thank all the PCC staff who have adapted so seamlessly to all the changes introduced and who provide outstanding care and attention to our community every day.”

SUMMER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME The CYE-CYL Summer Challenge is launching on July 2nd. It is a 3-week summer development programme for 16-20 year olds to enjoy outdoor activities, make a difference in the local community and bring out the inner entrepreneur. Moreso, we will spend some time helping you to discover how to become free from negative self-perceptions and continue to live life with confidence, drive and ambition. Cost is £50 for the entire 3 weeks. We cover the rest! For further information, please visit, or email

delivered The Arches, comprising approximately 55,000sq ft across 48 apartments with parking, piazzas and retail space. The project was fully pre-sold in 2015 through Savills and BFA. CIMCO Partners the developer


have also made several important contributions to the neighbourhood, with two publicly accessible Piazzas where we can expect to see a nice cafe with outdoor seating area in the future. They have built a new public access pavement starting from Frasers

Ramp, and continuing along Castle road, improving access and safety for neighbourhood residents making their way to the local schools and they have installed a new electrical feeder pillar which will serve the neighbourhood.



GII ANNUAL BOWLING EVENT The Annual GII Bowling event was held last month at Kingsbowl. The event was a sell out and was attended by 63 GII members who played 2 rounds of bowling and had some tasty bites to eat after the game. The winning team was Artex Risk Solutions followed by Callaghan Insurance Brokers and in third place Collingwood Insurance Company Limited. A trophy and bottle of cava was handed to the winning team by GII President David Evans.

To support new services and improve the provision of intensive care treatment, the Intensive Care and Anaesthetics Department have appointed 5 new registrars/hospital grade doctors, doubling the medical staffing of the Intensive Care Unit and creating a second tier of on call cover. This has allowed the GHA to deal with multiple emergencies more effectively and was invaluable during the recent Influenza outbreak where multiple cases needed Intensive care support at the same time. Furthermore, the Intensive Care Unit has seen an increase in nursing staff, and has arranged a ‘Clinical Placement Programme’ with a major teaching hospital in the north of England that enables locally trained nurses to gain experience of ICU care in a major centre and complete

a Masters’ Degree in Intensive Care Nursing. In addition, our ICU nurses have received training in the latest emergency renal replacement therapy from external trainers. This service, previously carried out by external contractors, is now being delivered by GHA staff using the most up to date techniques. To ensure all GHA patients benefit from these improvements in critical care delivery, our new, modern matrons have launched an outreach service, which will identify critically unwell patients on the wards as early as possible. Patients who have required prolonged complex treatment on intensive care will now be followed up in the ICU follow up clinic, to ensure their recovery is progressing well after being discharged from hospital.

‘HIDDEN HEROES’: RAF GIBRALTARIAN STORIES Last month, the Royal Air Force Museum and Royal Air Force Gibraltar presented a celebratory event of the RAF Centenary at RAF Gibraltar, followed by a presentation and drinks aboard the Sunborn Hotel. In attendance was His Excellency the Governor of Gibraltar and Her Worship the Mayor.


The RAF Museum brought its showcase event to the Rock in celebration of the centenary of the RAF in a tribute to the Hidden Heroes of RAF Gibraltar - the RAF’s oldest still operational airbase, after ‘aviation’ began in Gibraltar in 1903 with an air balloon.


news FURTHER TRAINING ON LEARNING DISABILITIES AND AUTISM Due to popular demand, the Ministry of Equality organised a repeat of the seminar titled “Learning Disabilities and Autism”.

which currently do not have members with disabilities also wanted to learn so as to be ready to expand their membership.

This training is specific for volunteers of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and community groups and leaders of sporting and cultural groups. The objective of this introductory training is to learn and understand more about autism, learning disabilities and mental health in order for the volunteer groups to be better prepared when working with their members who have learning disabilities and for those

The training was once again delivered by Colin Smith, who had previously delivered this particular training on the 11th November 2017 and on the 20th January 2018. Colin Smith, RMNH, DipMHS, BSc (Hons) is an Independent Consultant within Learning Disabilities, Autism, Mental Health and Positive Behaviour. Colin is the Managing Director, Trainer and Speaker at Care and Support (UK).

The training provided focused on the following points: • Understanding learning disabilities, autism and mental health • Causes associated with these diagnoses • Understanding links between certain conditions • Understanding behaviour within these conditions • Positive approaches to working with people with learning disabilities. Any volunteers or members of community groups interested in attending future sessions should register their interest with the Ministry of Equality at

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news ISOLAS - FIRST LOCAL LAW FIRM TO BECOME A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY ORGANISATION ISOLAS LLP and The Fiduciary Group hosted a Lunch & Learn event at the end of April for their employees delivered by the Gibraltar Alzheimer’s & Dementia Society (‘GADS’) chairperson Daphne Alcantara. GADS is working towards making Gibraltar a dementia friendly community and targeting business and associations to support, by delivering these sessions. ISOLAS is the first local law firm to become a Dementia Friendly Organisation (‘DFO’) in Gibraltar. The Fiduciary Group joins the growing list of local DFOs as a result of the Lunch & Learn initiative. During the event, Daphne touched on some important points about the importance of changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia, about tackling the stigma and raising awareness of what it’s like to live with the condition, by promoting understanding

and awareness, and by talking about how we apply this awareness in the workplace and beyond. The PJI Foundation has always been committed to supporting GADS and together with Sapphire Networks and Europort International Holdings, has made donations to support the opening of the Day Care Centre back in 2015 by sponsoring the hairdressing salon and three reminiscing rooms at the facility. Peter Isola said: “Dementia has become a major health concern in Gibraltar and GADS has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the dementia issue as well as to provide support to sufferers and their families. We are delighted to continue to support GADS in their efforts. I would like to thank our employees for their participation and enthusiasm in promoting Dementia Friends in the Workplace”.

GIBRALTAR WILL NOT GIVE AN INCH ON SOVEREIGNTY GARCIA TELLS CONGRESSMEN The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia has told Members of the United States Congress that Gibraltar will not cede an inch of its sovereignty, jurisdiction and control as we prepare to leave the European


Union. Moreover, he has pointed to the danger of Spain challenging the status quo by redrawing the borders of Europe at a time of so much uncertainty and instability on the Continent.


news THE 27TH GREAT GIBRALTAR BEACH CLEAN The 27th Great Gibraltar Beach Clean took place last month at Catalan Bay. 240 kg of rubbish was removed from the beach by a fantastic group of volunteers (including Her Worship the Mayor and her family) who generously gave their time. Over 25 bags of plastic debris was retrieved and as per usual, sorted and recycled by Metalrok. Aquagib kindly provided

the water bowser for volunteers to be able to refill their reusable bottles. A generous donation of spades, rakes and gloves were received from the Viagas & Aldorino family. The community’s support in these cleans is paramount and each and every volunteer that participates is valued!

THE SUPERCARS TROPHY The champion of the day, winner of the Supercars Trophy and a 60€ Med Golf voucher was Chris Warren (handicap 8.4) with 32 points beating David Campbell (handicap 9.0) also with 32 points, on handicap. The best gross score winner was Sandy Casofski with a score of 83. Sandy was also the Category 1 runner up and won a nearest to the pin prize. The best gross score on the par 3s was won by Javi Hunter with a score of one over par and the longest drive was won by Lulu Poroulis striking a blow for the ladies. Our handicap category prizes were won as follows: Category 1 (handicaps 0 to 12): David Campbell with 32 points and Sandy Casofski with 31 points. Category 2 (handicaps 13 to 22): Jordan Brown with 29 points and Sam Broderick with 28 points.

In response to questions about the impact of Brexit, Dr Garcia has explained that as the UK prepares to leave the European Union, it is engaged in discussions with a number of Member States, including Spain, about Gibraltar. The Government of Gibraltar is directly involved in those meetings that are relevant to Gibraltar, and have been positively seeking solutions which do not cross our red lines.


“It remains to be seen whether Spain can find the political goodwill to move forward with solutions that do not impact on sovereignty. We welcome such solutions but we will not give an inch on sovereignty, jurisdiction and control. It is clearly not just about sovereignty but about the attributes of sovereignty as well,” Dr Garcia has reiterated.

Category 3 (handicap 23 and above): Nicholas Farr with 29 points. The runner up was Alexei Abramov with 25 points. Nearest the pin winners were: Paul Mosen, Sandy Casofski, Stuart Ferguson and Edmond Edmonds, nearest the pin in 2 on a par 4 was Steve Munns and John Hunter was winner of nearest the pin in 3 on a par 5.


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THE GII WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT AND HOSTS ANNUAL DINNER On Thursday 17th May 2018, the Gibraltar Insurance Institute (GII) hosted its 10th Annual Dinner. The event was held at the Sunborn Hotel and hosted 178 guests from multiple industries. The GII is now is in its 11th year and welcomes David Evans as President and Fabian Garcia as Vice-President. The Institute was honoured to receive Sian Fisher, CEO of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), as guest speaker and Suchit Desai, the President of the Manchester Insurance Institute. Each year the GII selects a local charity and supports their efforts through fundraising and improving awareness of the important work they do. This year’s nominated charity is Childline Gibraltar, for whom the GII raised a remarkable £2,360 at this year’s Annual Dinner. The Annual Dinner serves as a platform to share important information and council objectives with members of the Institute, it also provides the opportunity to recognise special achievements within the insurance industry.


Suchit Desai, President of the Manchester Insurance Institute & Karen Fothergill, Chartered Insurance Institute. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

around town ©Daniela Caballero David Evans - President of the Gibraltar Insurance Institute

David Evans and Sian Fisher


Sian Fisher, CEO of the Chartered Insurance Institute


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The technology transforming financial services and beyond


e live in an increasingly digital world, where more and more relationships are developed and maintained through modern technology. Emails, pictures, voice and video calls and instant messages travel directly between individuals, allowing them to maintain dialogue and trust, no matter how far apart they are. The global economy has also moved into the digital age over the last decades, and it is estimated that less than 10% of the money in circulation around the globe is now physical cash. However, people generally have to rely on a third party in order to be able to complete a transaction. Consider the last time you made a transfer to a friend, or made an online purchase – money was


used maths and cryptography to authenticate and protect transactions of value, without the need for any trusted third parties such as banks. Bitcoin, and the many virtual currencies which have since been devised, are all built using Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), or A blockchain blockchain technolois a type of database that gy, as it is commonly referred to.

transferred from one account to another, without either party ever actually seeing or touching it; the transaction was essentially a series of entries on the ledgers of the banks through which the payments were processed.

However, the global financial crisis of 20072008 engendered a steep decline in the is replicatpublic’s trust of the ed over a Put simply, a blockchain traditional financial network of is a type of database institutions on which that is replicated over a the global economy had computers. network of computers, come to rely so heavily. which uses software code to enIn the wake of this worldwide sure that each participant’s view economic collapse, and many of the shared database matches believe in response to it, a whitethe view of all the other participaper was published in 2008 by pants. Blockchains store informaa mysterious individual (or group tion in batches, called ‘blocks’ that of individuals) under the pseudare linked together in a chronologonym Satoshi Nakamoto. The ical fashion to form a continuous paper described a peer to peer line: metaphorically, a chain of electronic currency system that 23

technology blocks. If you make a change to the information recorded in a particular block, you don’t rewrite it. Instead, the change is recorded in a new block, showing that ‘X’ changed to ‘Y’ at a particular date and time. Before a block is added to the chain, a few things have to happen. A cryptographic puzzle must be solved, thus creating the block. Whilst some of the best minds in The computer that the world continue to solves the puzzle shares devise new applications Gibraltar’s the solution to all the for this technology, and approach other computers on the to reshape business has been to network, and the netmodels in the financial produce an work verifies this comsector and beyond, outcomes-fo- governments have been puter’s proof-of-work. If correct, the block will be unsure of how to bring cused, prinadded to the chain. The regulatory oversight to ciples-based combination of these the DLT space, without framework. complex maths puzzles, stifling innovation. and verification by many computers, reduces the ability for Gibraltar has been the first data tampering, and ensures that jurisdiction in the world to step we can trust each and every block forward and introduce a legal and on the chain. The ability of any regulatory framework, specifically participant in the network to trust designed for companies (‘DLT in the data itself is one of the key Providers’) that use DLT to store value propositions of this techor transmit value belonging to nology, as it removes the need others. for trusted intermediaries such as banks or lawyers. Recognising that this technology is still evolving, Gibraltar’s approach Governments, institutions and has been to produce an outexperts around the world have comes-focused, principles-based recognised that the applications framework, which sets out 9 prinof this technology can extend far ciples which DLT Providers must beyond those of virtual currenfollow, without being prescriptive cies: blockchains, or DLT, can be as to the manner in which they programmed to record and track do so. The DLT Regulations are anything of value. Indeed, many designed to provide DLT Providers expect that within the with regulatory certainty next decade, DLT will without limiting their DLT will be used to track land innovation, whilst also become titles, collect taxes, providing safeguards for a global, allow immigrants to send consumers and protectdecentralised ing Gibraltar’s reputamoney back to countries source of with limited access to tion and integrity. trust. financial institutions, and significantly reduce DLT Providers based financial fraud. in Gibraltar will be regulated by 24

the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, and will be expected to operate to the same high standards as more traditional financial services companies. Virtual currencies have received a lot of adverse media attention, largely due to their price volatility, their association with cyber theft and the possibility of using them for illicit purposes in unregulated environments. Nevertheless, a consensus is growing among thought leaders worldwide that DLT, the technology which underpins these currencies, will become a global, decentralised source of trust. Indeed, it is hoped that new DLT-based networks will evolve to meet society’s needs more cheaply, efficiently and securely than is possible through traditional systems where intermediaries are so heavily relied upon, and that regulatory frameworks such as Gibraltar’s will help bring about these expansive and exciting possibilities.

JAMIE TRIAY-CLARENCE DLT Team at The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission


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STARTUP GRIND AND BLOCKCHAIN INNOVATION The importance of community within the start-up and blockchain industries



Grind as the largest independent hen a mission is start-up community, actively edso aligned in a ucating, inspiring, and connecting small community 1,000,000 entrepreneurs in over like ours, it is only 350 cities. They nurture startlogical to create partnerships up ecosystems in 120 countries with others who understand the through events, media, value of a professional and partnerships with endeavour. After working We hope organizations like Google closely with them on to inspire, for Entrepreneurs. The various occasions, Nick motivate global community works Cowan CEO of the and amplify remotely with Chapter Gibraltar Stock Exchange the aspiraDirectors in each city (GSX) and the Gibraltar who are responsible for Blockchain Exchange tions of the (GBX) made an ancommunity in hosting monthly events featuring successful local nouncement coincidGibraltar. founders, innovators, ing with the February educators and investors Startup Grind event, who share lessons learned on the that Startup Grind Gibraltar is now road to building great companies. an official partner of their own community project the Blockchain The BIC’s mission is to create and Innovation Centre (BIC). support an industry workforce in Gibraltar for the new digital era, Coincidentally the guest speaker working in partnerships to execute was professional basketball legend the local vision of facilitating Ferran Martinez, who at presbreakthroughs within the globent is the founder of the Sports al blockchain community. The Blockchain Revolution business partnership with Startup Grind He has just Gibraltar is the first step in bringing launched Startup Grind Andorra together the community; deliveras the Chapter Director. This ing events featuring inspirational once again is a testament to the thought leaders and industry extended family that is Startup


experts from across the globe. By sharing their knowledge and experience we hope to inspire, motivate and amplify the aspirations of the community in Gibraltar. There is a global shortage of talent within blockchain as an industry. Gibraltar has become the natural home for businesses using the technology and now needs to help bridge the gap by becoming a catalyst for educational programmes and there was never a better moment now that we have our very own university. The BIC is setting its sights on offering developer and non-developer based re-education spanning the age divide. We want to connect Gibraltar to the world of blockchain technology, striking up partnerships with local and international start-up hubs, universities and industry associations from Europe to Asia, USA and Australia using the current network available to them through GSX & GBX. Stay tuned at for all available updates with the Blockchain Innovation Summit announced in January now being moved to September with GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

start-up the new developments making it an even bigger project than initially thought. Working together developing a partnership that establishes strong communication and momentum with key elements in place to form a solid foundation and a core engine of innovation for growth. What sets us apart from the rest of the world in such a The start-up small state is our cultural characteristics, the enphenomenon trepreneurial spirit that has been built has brought us through on a blank the ages with the ability traditional corporate canvas. to act on our agility and structures and where resilience. ideas and passion become the lifeline to providing So naturally this is a time to solutions with social purpose. encourage a community that Thanks to these breakthroughs embraces start-ups across all we should also embrace another industries. Venture Capital, private opportunity that could play a vital investment and funding were role in assisting Gibraltar’s tech almost at a standstill here in the workforce - remote work. In a blog past decade and more needs to by they describe simply: be done to channel benefits to“This phenomenon is spreading In a fast changing world expertise wards the investment in start-ups across the globe because it can be is a term loosely used. Is it really and technology industries. The beneficial to both businesses and possible to become an expert in opposite of this is a culture that their employees. You can observe industries that have emerged so downplays innovation, rejects risk a productivity increase among your recently? Just to be sure, there and change resulting in actively workers, they are happier because will be a whole range of BIC preventing economic development not only do they get to spend more activities, adding to the monthly through innovation. If a market time with their families but they’re ‘Fireside Chat’ events that will grows overall this will directly pave also less prone to stress. provide further knowlthe way towards other companies While you can save a edge, education and Is it really being able to sell their products lot of money on office continued professional possible to and provide their services so there lease and get access to development. become an is also a need to establish collaboa wider talent pool.” It expert in inration between companies. This is is predicted the number Startup Grind hosts dustries that actively happening with GSX, GBX of remote workers will two yearly internationand BIC as a group prime examples grow to 1.87 billion by have emerged al conferences Global of the type of industries that have 2022. Senior Editor of Conference in Redwood so recently? increased shared benefits globally Laura Shin City, Silicon Valley and are within; cryptocurrencies, blockhas also written on the success of Europe Conference in London chain, augmented reality (AR), and remote businesses in various onCentral Hall, Westminster this virtual reality (VR). line articles; she is now dedicated month; once again Gibraltar has a full time to her podcast on crypto presence there. The start-up phenomenon has ‘Unconfirmed: Insights and analysis been built on a blank canvas, from the top minds in Crypto.’ You For more information visit seeing failure and success become can find it on natural partners, doing away with GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018




Gibraltar is currently experiencing a construction boom with several large residential developments being built, particularly for the middle to top end of the market, including projects such as MidTown, the new phases of King’s Wharf (Quay 29 & 31), Ocean Village Spa Plaza, West One, the forthcoming EuroCity development and more.


o say that developers are getting creative with the design would be an understatement. In the quest to create the coolest or most unique buildings, we’ve seen a host of ostentatious building amenities such as rooftop pool lounges, spas, glass atriums, vertical gardens and other resort-like features being created. But the savviest building owners are making strategic investments in upgrades that more broadly and consistently benefit both the owner and the tenant. Leaders throughout the commercial and residential real estate world are tuning in ever more closely to smart building trends. The term “smart building” is loosely tossed around a lot, but it generally refers to network-enabled building management systems that help automate building 28

types of technologies into buildings. Depending on the size of the buildings or the number of units that they contain, the upfront investment could be too much or just not worth the pain. To overcome the cost issue, many The benefits of smart buildings developers (internationally) are are many: From smart energy starting to offer technology in consumption and cost-savings a percentage of their units and to smart fire extinguishers, charging higher rates for smart locks and smart these upgraded units. lighting - smart building The savviest technology is making a building own- This upgrade concept has been used for many difference. ers are makyears in the residential ing strategic sector with things like According to the investments upgraded countertops Continental Automated in upgrades. or closets, but using Buildings Association’s tech as an upgrade is a (CABA), cost, far and more recent development, driven above all other factors, is the by younger owners’ and tenants’ biggest barrier to adoption by affinity for connectivity as well as owners, operators and developthe proliferation of smartphones ers, followed by occupant privacy and tablets. concerns. The main challenge is the upfront investment that’s Another major concern that required to incorporate these operations. These technologies, once considered revolutionary, are steadily becoming the norm in today’s premier office and apartment buildings.



Benefits for a building owner

Commercial and residential tenants that are measurably happier with their living/working environment drive the risk associated with empty spaces by as much as 75% according to studies. Benefits for a service provider A smart building demonstrates the actual needs for services based on historical prediction and on real-time awareness to eliminate guesswork from service provision. Smart buildings are empowered to negotiate for the best service and the best price which opens up opportunities to displace incumbent providers and expand those service vendors with efficient operations.

Benefits for a tenant Once instrumented and activatA smart building is an active ed, a smart building can operate partner in optimising your daily self-sufficiently without the interactions, whether need for a large staff they involve working, to manage operations. Where is shopping or living within A small set of expert that data its walls. The smart trouble-shooters and going, who is building uses real-time auditors can replace it used by and knowledge to tune the army of managers do the resithe environment and and low-skilled supdents want manage costs which will port staff that typically maximise your experioperate conventional that data to ence. It allows you to facilities. These experts be ported plan for your needs and can ensure that the out? optimise your expenses. smart building operates effectively and efficiently and help At Benefit Business Solutions we to manage extraordinary needs have been working with a number that might arise. Moreover, pride of smart building technology in the environment is the stronproviders looking to enter the gest predictor of lease renewal. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018


building owners and managers must contend with is the issue of data privacy. Intelligent lighting, smart thermostats, smart locks etc all gather intelligence that is measuring what the people are doing in their homes. But where is that data going, who is it used by and do the residents want that data to be ported out? According to the CABA report, if suppliers can prove that tenants’ personal devices and data are safe from external attacks, users would be more willing to share that data with suppliers in exchange for more personalised, higher value services. Indeed, there are embedded security chips that can be implanted inside a fire extinguisher or light bulbs that can add some really strong security features that make it and its communication with the cloud very secure. When it comes to security, building owners need to ask their vendors whether the data from these connected devices is encrypted because, ultimately, it’s all about the data.

local market and beyond. We can certainly say that smart buildings go far beyond saving energy and contributing to sustainability goals. They extend capital equipment life and also impact the security and safety of all resources – both human and capital. They enable innovation by creating a platform for accessible information. They turn buildings into data power houses that can command over service providers. They are a key component of a future where information technology and human ingenuity combine to produce the robust, low-carbon economy envisioned for the future.

ERAN SHAY, Managing Director & AYELET MAMO SHAY, Business Development Director of Benefit Business Solutions Ltd. (+350) 200 73669




Gibraltar has a small but very active property market and there are many old houses, flats, shops and buildings in severe need of major restoration work. Whilst most property developers use subcontractors to pursue their developments and restoration work, the truth is that builders themselves can make excellent developers. The art of buying and selling property, becoming a master in property wheeling and dealing, renovating and all that involves property is often learnt by building yourself.


he building trade like any other trade requires skills and apprenticeship which takes a considerable amount of time. But it can be learnt and it certainly pays handsome dividends to those who master this never better said constructive trade. One of the major problems of this trade is labour. Building trade craftsmen can be and are indeed a mercenary lot, and it is easy to overpay for badly executed work. A good way to start if the laws allow you to do so is to hire self-employed labourers and to pay them by the day. In this way you will immediately spot the goods ones and the not so good. You just have to keep the efficient workers and get rid of the lazy ones. The good ones can often recommend some other good professionals and you will end up having a good and reliable team. This is an essential part of 30

into Gibraltar across the borthe construction business. Before der, plus the simple but relevant too long you will have bricklayers, paperwork. The correct approach plasterers, carpenters, electricians would be to spend time marketing and the whole team. You can around; Algeciras is much larger also look into the possibility of than La Linea and could have employing trained workers for the good options as far as sources of evenings and weekends. These workers are normally employed by supply are concerned. Do some shopping around is the correct large companies and are happy to answer. It will pay you make some extra money back, I guarantee that. by working part time for It is easy to you. Building workers overpay for By getting involved in have become rather badly execut- building, one surely expensive in Gibraltar, ed work. learns some very posnormally considerably itive aspects of propmore costly than across erty. Amongst others, one will the border, so make sure you know how to spot good quality pick up the efficient lot. Other work from not so good quality, good points to bear in mind are ideal cost of work, correct cost your sources of supply. Most well of materials and where to get priced outlets building stores are located across the border and VAT them and very importantly how to hire, manage and organize men is duly paid in situ and recoverable to do the perfect job. And if you as you export the goods. Customs are good and honest you will be should be accounted for as well booked months ahead so much as transport from the warehouse GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018


Most wellpriced building outlets are located across the border.

can afford if you are the is the demand for well priced developer as well as the and timely builders. Another builder, to pay that little good point to bear in mind is that extra and obtain the when you become a builder you deal because you count will learn how to deal with local on having more margin planning authorities and departments, public health requirements, to play with. Another formula widely used in most countries is and the district surveyors. You to join forces with a developer will also meet architects, decoand work on a basis that you bear rators and to some extent most the construction costs whilst movers and shakers in this highly the developer supplies the land interesting trade. And by running and planning permission and you your own building company you agree on the split of future profit make an extra profit - the one the according to an agreed formula. builder would have made out of you had you subcontracted the The least you will gain from being job - and you have total control a builder is to fully understand of your project. This is, on its own the cost of developments and well worth doing. I personally the structure of the business and know, having been a developer naturally of buildings. You will for many years, the worst side of gain experience of the property development cost of land in your area, is the building side Sacrifice, the amount of time to because it is virtually dedication renovate an old historic impossible to control and hard building, the extra cost 100%. As as most develwork are the that lack of a proper opers would agree, more access may produce and often than not it can end order of the an endless list of things up in nasty fall-outs and day. that you would have having to start looking never come across had you not for a new builder. Another good become a proper builder. Nothing, point is that if you are ever to buy I am afraid to admit, is easy. via tender offer for example, you GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

Competition out there is fierce to say the very least, and you must be prepared to reduce margins if you are to obtain a large building contract. The hours of a professional builder are long, far too long in some cases, even if the money can be excellent. Sacrifice, dedication and hard work are, let me assure you, the order of the day but to some extent like any other manufacturing trade. And it is not as profitable perhaps as investing your time and money on the lookout for large property deals.

JORGE V.REIN PARLADE MBA Business Consultant +350 54045282




Our monthly spotlight on the women carving out their own spaces on the Rock, and how they did it. The “sunken” playground, the dodgy PA system, hilarious Christmas concerts, tikka rolls at break time, that awful maroon kilt, and the dreaded wait for your exam to begin in the lunch hall are all memories I hold from Westside School. Every Gibraltarian girl who has gone through the ranks has their own; fond memories, stressful ones, difficult teenage moments, and of course the memories of the teachers that guided you through those years.



ichelle Barabich has I chose this career because… had what she would I qualified as a teacher in 1978, and call the privilege of for me there was never an option shaping the school careally, that was always what I wantreers of a large sum of the last 40 ed to do. I didn’t necessarily aspire years’ intake across both Westside to become head teacher, but I think and Bayside. Starting her career I’ve always had healthy ambition. as an English teacher at Bayside in From very early on what 1978, she then moved I did realise was that I en“For me at to the senior managejoyed the pastoral side of the end of ment team at Westside being a teacher. For me in 2005. Always known the day it’s at the end of the day it’s to students as a force always about always about whether I to be reckoned with, made a difference, made whether but equally a friendly, progress in supporting, I made a approachable teacher leading, and guiding difference” in her various pastoral students. roles, Barabich became headteacher to over 1000 teenage girls three years ago.  A typical day looks like… I visited her office (and tried not to call her “Miss”) this month, to find out what managing the majority of the teenage female population of Gibraltar is like.  32

I don’t have one, and that’s why I still get a buzz. At school I cannot expect to come in and close the door and just get on with what I need to do, and anyway what I really enjoy is the interaction of

people coming in, students coming in. I like to be proactive, but a lot of my job is also reactive, because we are really the first port of call. For me it’s always important to be surrounded by students, so if they’re coming to see me I give them priority. Then I have to go back to the work that I need to do, which is maybe the boring stuff, and I get that done at whatever hour. I sleep very little so in the quiet, early hours of the morning I usually get a lot of the work and writing side done. My career-defining moment is… I suppose the most defining moment is when you start to come up the leadership ladder and you think you’ve got the job, it’s awesome. But it’s always at every stage that you get a job that you say, so now this is it, I’ve got to make it happen, GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

a woman’s work I’ve got to be successful, I’ve got them and I can be that person who to prove myself, I’ve got to rise up can facilitate, that’s how I see my to those expectations. I suppose at role for them. every stage I’ve always set myself challenges, so as you go up and as The worst part of my job is… you’re given more responsibility you think I’ve done it, this is me, The challenging side is that there’s this is what I’ve achieved. And I nearly 1,100 students in the school, suppose the epitome of and the responsibility that would be getting the lies with the leaders who “We really headteacher job. have to take the right decan’t get it cision that is going to inwrong befluence the lives of those The best part cause it will students. So whether it of my job is… influence the open to ideas, you have to be prebe an academic decision pared that it is a learning curve. future of so My comfort zone is the or a pastoral decision, pastoral side of being you need to make the many young When we are dealing with young a teacher. Unless you right call. You don’t want people.” people they challenge you every get the pastoral support to take a decision or put day, they have different needs so right, you cannot begin to work in place something that will have a what you’ve got to be is empaprimarily on the academic side detrimental effect on the students thetic, you have to relate to them, effectively. That is how I feel that and the weight of that responsiyou have to sometimes fit yourself students make most progress.  bility, that is always the pressure in their shoes, and look at it from that one has. We really can’t get it their perspective. I started with At the beginning of my career there wrong because it will influence the my degree, and then I became an was a very clear divide between future of so many young people advanced skills teacher for dyslexia, the pastoral and academic routes who are not in a position to take then I did my masters, and having in schools and of course you have those decisions, we have to take to work and study also gave me an to have your subject leaders, them for them. insight to the pressure that young but I think that people in senior people have when they’re working; leadership and management roles If I could be anything else when they have to subneed to have that balance between I would be… mit work electronically, the pastoral and the academic side “I didn’t if you lose work – which of how the organisation functions It was always teaching even think to I’ve done! – it’s the worst and the needs of students. To be for me. You see, I come be honest, I feeling, and you can able to support them in a way in from a line of teachers, never consid- empathise. So learning which you can be influential and my mum was a teacher, ered anything and studying and being a to get them to perform you’ve got my uncle was a teacher. mum, and now a grandelse.” to know about their problems or I didn’t even think to be ma, and trying to do all their anxieties. I had very good honest, I never considof that makes me understand the pastoral mentors and through their ered anything else. pressure that many other young guidance and with them I think we people go through.  made good teams. My advice for anyone looking to go into a similar career… You’ve also got to like what you That was always my preference do because if you don’t like young and it’s definitely a big priority of One of the most significant things people, if you’re not ready to listen the headteacher role. Sometimes that still gives me a buzz is learning to them, you’re not ready to put students will say, “Miss, you’re not from young people and young yourself in a situation where you scary at all”, and I think thank God! teachers, because they’re teachcan have a positive influence on Because for me that is what makes ing me every day. My advice is to them where they can look up to a difference. If they can come to listen, to always be part of a team, you and you can look up to them me and I can be productive and I to know who you can trust in your too. can help them. And if I can listen to work environment, to always be GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018




There are those who, depending how the wind blows, drift from one ideology or creed to another as and when it suits. Others genuinely ‘see the light’ and gravitate towards their newly chosen doctrine... and then we have the exceptional few for whom the seed is sown very early on and remain anchored to an unwavering set of social principles and moral values for life.



or any number of reasons, some of us never moved on to higher education and left school at 15 with no qualifications and set about looking for a job. Henry Pinna was one such person, and was offered the opportunity to join dad’s business selling postcards and souvenirs. Clearly a life in the tourism trade was not on the cards for Henry: “I eventually moved on to administration, working for the stevedoring companies and port activities on the North Mole and very soon got involved in the day to day concerns that affected the working man. Very early on, I became aware of political, social and economic issues.” Henry joined the Young Christian Workers (YCW) soon after leaving school and credits Father Bernard Linares – as he was known then – as a big influence in his life: “That’s right he was a big influence. He’d just


for the uncoupling of the union from the Governing party, the AACR, “Of course, how could you properly run a union that was so closely linked to the government? I became chairman of the Private Sector and was quite involved in the General Strike of 1972 when we fought for higher wages It was 1966 and Henry started which the government, in the end, to put pen to paper and helped accepted.” Forever the launch a left wing warrior in defence of the periodical called `Social It was a Action,’ which ran up to newspaper in underdog, where justified, Mr Pinna was also 1975, every single issue which all our at the helm for the, `end of which Henry proudly ills and dirty to military conscription’ owns and is the only full washing were campaign, “Yes, I wasn’t collection in Gib. It was one of the unfortunate a newspaper in which exposed, all our ills and dirty warts and all! ones who went to prison but we fought it and washing were exposed, won in the end. By around `71 or warts and all! To quote Henry, `72 compulsory conscription end“it was educating and enriching”. ed.” Yours truly returned to the Never one for standing by and let Rock in early `72 and thankfully unfairness, bias and wrong doings was spared the inconvenience of prevail, Henry joined the TGWU donning a khaki uniform. and assisted in the campaign come back from Rome and he got me interested in reading history, political science philosophy and so forth and that brought with it a radical change and shift in me from what my YCW teachings had been until then.”


biography the Environmental Safety Group However, for Henry, the degree (ESG). Also to his credit he’s of involvement intended to better been a trustee of Bruce’s Farm, improve the social structure of our society wherever possible, has Chairman of the Police Complaints always been and still is ethics driv- Board and a member of the Housing Allocation Committee en, high on his conscience, and for 16 years, and some pushing him to naturally may wonder surprisingly get involved. Action The Spanish perhaps, why he’s never for Housing was next language, been involved in, or in 1981, set up to help as well as associated with, any pothose who are badly in English, is litical party on the Rock. need of a home. “That important for “I have been approached one is an ongoing issue. a number of times by To this day there are still our children different groupings but not enough flats being to learn. I’ve always built for rent. We’ve declined. It’s because of been calling for more with every “I would find my conscience. I would administration and the issue has it very diffifind it very difficult to still not been properly addressed. cult to tow always have to tow the Not everyone can afford to buy a the party line party line regardless flat. We’ve also been asking for a of whatever issue may halfway house for men for a numregardless ber of years now and still we don’t arise. I prefer to make and in years to come of whatever my own mistakes and have one. Many may not know we will have a stronger issue may not those of others. I’m there are a number of men who community still, with the arise.” not in favour of one are homeless and they’ve got nodifferent nationalities where to go. The Sunrise Hotel for party or another I can slowly making Gibraltar appreciate and denigrate both Moroccan workers and others on their home adding to our melting systems.” That is why no political Devil’s Tower Road is over-subpot.” party in Gibraltar is mistrusting scribed and we’re asking for two or three beds to be made available or wary of Henry Pinna; he nails Meanwhile Henry - he of many his colours to the mast as he sees for these men. We still hold our caps - Pinna is thankful to those fit without fear or favour, hence weekly clinics on Mondays at the who, during the decades, have the unspoken admiration shown John Mackintosh Hall where we assisted in his endeavours. “I have towards him. try to help our clients in whichevto say I’m indebted to all those er way we can.” who, during all these years, have Sticking with politics and believed and put their trust in me our omnipresent political in everything I’ve been involved in No resting on his laurels “I wasn’t one situation with our neighfor Henry, clearly and I’m grateful for that.” With all of the unforbours, Henry thinks that `the cause’ steers him he’s been involved in during that tunate ones a Federal Europe could on from concern to time, a lesser known fact about who went to go some way towards discrimination to issue Henry is his creative side. Just prison but we solving much of the and in 1982 he joined before leaving his home he proudfought it and problem. “I remember the Campaign for ly showed me a large collection the late Douglas Henrich of plasticine figures handmade Nuclear Disarmament won in the used to say, `nothing (CND), also involved in from scratch. Even the finishing end.” stays as is forever!’ I say, the setting up of the `paint job’ is not paint, that too is we must not shy away from the Alameda Tenants Association, plasticine. two cultures that are the make-up joined the Self Determination for of most of us here. The Spanish Gibraltar Group (SDDG) in 1993, So here’s another feather for his language, as well as English, is became our first Ombudsman in already short of space cap... This important for our children to 1999 - a position he held for four one goes for Henry the sculptor! learn and benefits our community years - and is presently active in GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018





A note from the association: Any groups or individuals interested in getting involved, please phone the Senior Citizens Association on 20078282 or email to get the ball rolling. We have successfully organised and founded two very important groups in our community, there is no reason why we cannot do it again and organise another.

he Gibraltar Senior someone had the marvellous idea Citizens Association has of organising low key tea parties been in existence for over for the elderly. Twelve volunteers 18 years. During this time, would take it in turn to provide tea, they have spoken to and have biscuits and a chance of company heard the concerns and anxieties once a month. No great sacrifice of literally hundreds of senior citiinvolved, and a number of senior zens. Unquestionably, loneliness is citizens all look forward to their the most common and most aggratea and biscuits with people of Give us a call, vating situation which most widtheir age group. Can we organise together we can and shall ows and widowers face and dread something similar - or totally differlook after our elderly! each day. The vast majority agree ent - for our elderly, on a regular that mornings are not so bad as basis? The Care Agency does a most go out and meet people over fantastic job and fill up their centre committee which we chaired. A a cup of coffee, or simply meet in with seniors, but they cannot cope few meetings later, the association Main Street. The hours seem to with the many elderly people in left the group in the very capable fade quicker and life is somewhat our community, and these lonely hands of their own committee who more tolerable. Unquestionably, people need extra support. are very successfully looking after ladies organise themselves much patients, organising awareness better than men and we This association organevents and offering advice. see and know of groups ised an exercise group The silent of ladies who meet years back and originally hours seem A note from the association: Any and enjoy each other’s only a small number without end. groups or individuals interested company during regular of ladies attended and in getting involved, please phone coffee mornings. a sprinkling of men who soon the Senior Citizens Association withdrew. In next to no time the on 20078282 or email They tell us that afternoons and group grew and grew gibseniors@gibtelecom. evenings become endless in comuntil eventually the Can we net to get the ball rolling. plete solitude with no one to speak association was pleased organise We have successfully to; no one to exchange ideas or to hand the venture to something organised and foundreminisce of days gone by. Some a committee which the similar for our ed two very important tell us they dread going to bed earladies formed themselves elderly? groups in our community, ly, as they wake up in the middle of into and are still active there is no reason why the night regretting having retired years later. we cannot do it again and organise so early as the silent hours seem another. without end. Similarly the association felt the need for a prostate cancer support Give us a call, together we can and Watching Channel 5 over a group and without much ado, shall look after our elderly! few weeks we learnt that in UK asked for volunteers to form a 36


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You’ve heard of the Ironman Triathlon, but how about Stinky Family Blood? Marcus fills us in on buying leeches off Amazon, the perils of Weetabix, and why Popeye is a liar.



t therefore came as little surbe told your results. Normally you prise that, in my mid-fifties, my are contacted by their receptionist temple began to show visible and asked to fix an appointment at signs of neglect. In particusome distant date. He rang me. He lar my consumption of antacid had a surprised note in his voice. tablets had grown in frequency and their active ingredients had He broke the good news first. grown in strength. I demurred Apparently, against the odds, my at seeing medical help on the glucose and cholesterol levels simple principle that I was pretty were remarkable in their normality. sure what I would be told to stop Furthermore, even if I live to be a doing, reduce doing, or start doing. hundred my kidneys will still fetch Having to pay someone to tell me a decent price on the open market. what I already knew, but Then came the bad. I possibly in a patronising had heard of anaemia He or condescending voice, but it had never heard of rang me. lacked appeal. its evil opposite. It was He had a sur- this that the phone call prised note in was about. However, I was eventuhis voice. ally persuaded to attend a surgery to see a GP I It appears I have was reliably informed had a perHemachromatosis. Nope, me fect bedside (desk side?) manner. neither. Not a clue. Apparently it I attended and he was everything comes from the Greek. “Hema” as he was claimed to be. Advice in “Hemoglobin” meaning blood, was given and a blood test taken, “Chrom” as in “Chromosome” although we both knew what the meaning I inherited it and it is results would be. They weren’t. therefore my parents fault, and “Tosis” as in “Halitosis” meaning There is something slightly unnerv- stinky. I therefore have Stinky ing about being rung by your GP to Family Blood. 38

My liver stores, and therefore my blood carries, far too much iron. Not a bit too much, but way too much. Enough that I shouldn’t go out in the rain in case I rust. Enough to be nearly magnetic. Enough to set off sensitive metal detectors at airports. I have a lot of iron. According to Google the iron doesn’t simply wander around the blood system like tiny little girders, it settles in various parts of the body. One place it finds conducive are the testes. At least that explains the clanking noise I occasionally heard when I was walking… Although the idea of letting the matter rest and seeing if I could move metal objects from a distance appealed, the doctor was rather insistent that this was a bad idea. Lack of treatment does have some unfortunate long term consequences - death being one of them. Presumably this is as a result of eventual liver failure rather than the impotence it is also supposed GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

life Even the diet was less easy than I My mother, showing her usual would have thought. Steak and livlevel of sympathy, accepted reer pate were clearly off the menu, There are no pills for stinky blood, sponsibility but not blame. I appear but spinach remains Ok. Popeye is the treatment is twofold: avoid to have had a great aunt who my a liar. Condemned to a more vegiron in the diet, and regular blood mother remembers suffering from etarian-style diet I began to check donations. Yes, the medieval “something a bit weird that soundwhat else may cause an uplift in quacks were right, there is someed a bit like that”. Thanks Mum. It my natural magnetism. I never thing bloodletting is actually good subsequently transpired my cousin like IronBru so no-lose there, but for. Donations were to be at the was diagnosed five years ago. Weetabix! I thought that rate of twice a month for OK, he now lives in Australia but I was safe but no, some a few months, dropping think email does work from there. At least health nut decided to to once a month for Thanks “mate”. that explains fortify a wheat based ever. That is a pint on the clanking breakfast cereal with each occasion. As Tony Meanwhile, my father, safe in noise I occa75% of your recomHancock once said: “A the knowledge that it hadn’t sionally heard mended daily allowance pint! That’s very nearly come from his side of the family, when of iron. Given my RDA is an armful!”. resumed watching the TV at a a minus number, the advolume that allows my mother to I was vert “I bet you can’t eat I enquired whether my watch the same channel on her walking… three” is entirely correct. precious blood would TV, on mute, two rooms away. I If I am to use up my precise ration then be disposed of or used. I had love my parents. of iron consumption, it assumed the former but it appears will be on shellfish (anthat my donation is the blood I was going to end this “It’s the other no-no), not bloody equivalent of super unleaded to short health slot with a Weetabix. an anaemic. Their pale faces will description of my first genes not be replaced by a rosy glow as trip to donate and my the gin”, I A further visit to my they bounce out of the clinic with unexpectedly brave atexplained. GP was friendly, if not a new found vigour. How could I titude. However, having entirely reassuring. deny them this? rung the hospital and Having relaxed me by saying that been told the blood clinic opens the condition is not uncommon he Quite simply, I am not good a at 8am, I duly arrived to find that then ruined the moment by saying donating blood. I have tried to time in the morning was for withmine was the highest level he had give blood twice in my life before drawals from the bank, and that seen in years. He even gave me and fainted on both occasions. I the paying-in only began at 12.30. a letter to produce at the blood am not frightened by the sight of Not wishing to give up so easily, I donor clinic to reassure them that blood, but by the thought of the reappeared at 1pm to find a sign my regular attendance was not as sight of it flowing freely into the on the door saying the machine a result of some bizarre cup or whatever else was broken. A charming nurse told fetish. Like a kind of they use to collect it. me that the part was on order and I have tried Münchausen syndrome Try as I might to think it might be delivered next week. to give blood by plasma. of something else, my Next week! I could be a ferrous twice before brain drags my thoughts rod by then. and faintI emailed my parents to back to what is actually ed on both break the news and to happening and the world So I write, full of blood, with no begin the blame process. goes all hazy. leeches and a broken machine. occasions. This was, after all, inherApparently there used to be a ited and therefore some warning As an alternative I suggested third option but Buffy seems to would have been nice. I also wantleeches instead, apparently have put a stop to that. Anyway, ed to point out that any damage to they are not available on the my blood would probably have my liver was clearly their fault, not GHA. Someone suggested played havoc with the fillings in as they had repeatedly warned me, their teeth. I will lay off the garlic trying Amazon, I tried, no hits. my own. “It’s the genes not the Apparently it was a different though, just in case. gin”, I explained. Amazon they were referring to. to cause. So treatment it was.





A 2014 study by Stanford Anthropologist, Tanya Luhrmann, highlighted a fact which may have far-reaching consequences in the approach to issues of mental health. In it, diagnosed schizophrenics from different countries (USA, India and Ghana) were interviewed about their auditory hallucinations - the ‘voices’ they heard in their heads. The most striking difference between the responders was that, while many of the African and Asian participants reported predominantly positive experiences and friendly ‘relationships’ with the voices, not a single American did.



hile many of the Ghanaians and Indians attributed the voices to a god, to their ancestors or to talking, disembodied spirits – features of phenomena which were widely accepted in their cultures – the Americans were more likely to view the voices as intrusive and harsh; as violations. Accordingly, the Ghanaian and Indian voices would often offer direction and comfort, while the American voices dispensed threats and hate. Luhrmann concluded that it was the notion of normality and acceptance in the mind of each participant which dictated the relative tone


of what is a reality for the individuals of the voices they heard, which is having this experience. to say that the Americans – and by extension, the rest of the West The analogy with physical injuries – could benefit similarly without may have its limitations, but it any need to validate claims of serves a purpose here: if you sprain the supernatural. There is every your ankle, it does no reason to believe that good whatsoever to act an environment in which You don’t as if nothing is the matter. individuals feels safe from walk it off. You don’t walk it off. You reproach and ostracism You don’t try don’t try and pretend it not only makes their and preisn’t happening. You don’t experience of an episode tend it isn’t tell your friends that, yea, far more bearable, but of course you’re up for also facilitates the treathappening. playing football tomorrow. ment of their disorder. You strap it up, elevate it and keep Modern approaches to treatment your weight off as best you can. of schizophrenics can now involve giving names to voices; engaging But what if you felt obliged to keep with, rather than resisting them; acyour sprained ankle a secret? What knowledgement, rather than denial GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

health third was the most worrying. That one came with paranoid beliefs and the thought that I was going to die ... that I was going to be killed.” The ensuing tale The question of why the He told me could fill several pages. stigma surrounding menabout the Shapeshifters and past tal illness exists can likely lows – the lives; murderous Germans be stripped down to that enveloping and paedophile rings; high most human of qualities: speed chases and a sense fear of the unknown. cloud of of impending danger The sometimes sudden lethargy, that loomed round every onset of symptoms, such the crippling corner. I’m fascinated by as irrational behaviour self-conthe whirlwind narrative, or a distinct change sciousness. by the stranger-than-ficin personality, can be tion plot that would put difficult to make sense of Hollywood screenplays to shame. and challenging to deal with. But, as But whatever academic interest I tends to be the case in other conhave is checked by the thought of texts, the most effective antidote how easily things might have gone to ignorance is education; the best wrong. It would be disingenuous for we can do is learn more about that me to say I didn’t understand why which we don’t understand. so many people still elect to hide their issues, and a thought occurs to **** me. Is the only difference between Roger and those who slip through I look back across the table at what the cracks, their support network? was fast becoming my primary Were it not for his family, fighting source on the subject of bipofor him when it mattered, would he lar disorder. I’ve read up on the be in the position he is now? The subject previously and come across balance Roger currently enjoys in personal accounts online. I’ve even his life is in large part to his personal witnessed what was later diagnosed merit – his intelligence and candour as having been a manic episode greatly facilitate his healing process first hand, and yet, none of this had – but there is no doubt that positive really illuminated the matter for me circumstances also worked in his quite like Roger’s retelling of his favour. own experiences. He has just told me about the lows – the envelopBut what happens when one ing cloud of lethargy, the crippling doesn’t have this self-consciousness – and combination of factors now I want to hear about, Some for lack of a better term, problems will working in their favour? When nobody catches the highs. pass, some the early warning signs, problems will or there’s nobody around “The first two manic linger; others who cares? A look at the phases I experienced prevalence of mental were probably similar will snowball health issues amongst to John’s (we had been homeless populations seems to discussing the recent episode of shed some light on this question, another, mutual friend), smoking in what is a damning indictment joints all day long, hanging around of our collective failure to provide with whoever was out, the confiadequate care and support to all dence that went with it… but the if you were isolated and confused by your injury and couldn’t explain it to anyone, let alone seek treatment?


those who need it. And this care and support begins with a little conversation. A gentle reminder that you understand when someone is having trouble; or even if you don’t understand, that you accept it. Some problems will pass, some problems will linger; others will snowball and need outside intervention. People with mental health issues have different needs in different situations: whether it’s time, space, conversation, medication or a combination thereof. The last thing they need is the added stress and anxiety of having to keep it all a secret for fear of people responding negatively. The diagnosis of mental illness is a nascent science which we are only now beginning to understand aspects of, but at this dimly lit juncture, let’s make the effort to be a small source of light for those who might be faced with this struggle. If you would like to share your experience with mental health issues – positive or negative, openly or anonymously – please get in touch with an organisation, friend, or family member. This is a topic which we need to keep open and current, at all times. If you need support or would like more information on mental health issues, please get in contact: Gibraltar Samaritans: 116123 / Gibraltar Mental Welfare Society: 54710000 / Childline: 8008 / Author:



ABORTION DISTORTION Mental health issues surrounding the maternal debate



recently quoted in The Guardian he Maternal Mental saying the period during pregHealth Alliance has been nancy or just after birth is when campaigning for increases women are most likely to develop in availability of services a mental health problem. He also in the UK for years, pointing to said that this is a time statistics around the when women can be heightened incidence Women can afflicted with feelings of of emergence of mental be afflicted guilt and of course need health conditions around with guilt opportunities to talk and maternity. and need to be heard without feeling and be heard judged. Considering how, in without feelthe past, it was not In this recent process uncommon for women ing judged. where members of to die from physical our community have asked for complications in childbirth, I a review of the legislation on found it shocking to hear in a abortion, the question of how recent news report that suicide is terminations affect mental health currently a leading cause of death has been posed to me. This among women in the UK who question initially threw me off as I are pregnant or who have given have been practising talking therabirth in the last year. A GP was 42

pies for 10 years and it’s never emerged in any of my clients as an issue which needed addressing in a clinical setting, so I thought that my response would be that abortion in itself isn’t something that appears to lead to severe or long-lasting mental distress. Then I found the following from an online educational resource, “Research shows that although many women experience feelings of guilt, sadness, or loss after choosing to have an abortion, these emotions are typically short-lived, and they are often overcome without professional help. However, feelings of shame and guilt may be exacerbatGIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

health ed by a community where abortion is stigmatized, and feelings of loss or depression may be worse in cases where one felt pressured into having an abortion.”

if she feels unable to talk about something important that has happened to her.

Recently, the international media has questioned our community’s respect for human rights in view of our anachronistic To me it seems that abortion is legislation which makes obviously more difficult life imprisonment the for those whose beliefs Common penalty for breaching our are at odds with the examples abortion laws. According concept. The same are; lack of to the UN’s committee resource provides support from on the Elimination of evidence to back up the would-be Discrimination Against my observations: “... father, an Women, the criminalizadistress is more likely tion of health services to occur in those who abusive that only women require, believe the foetus is a relationship, including abortion, is a baby before it is born or the lack form of discrimination or who have other of socio-ecoagainst women. In 2014, religious beliefs that nomic cirthe committee requested conflict with abortion.” cumstances. states to “remove punitive measures for women Abortion in Gibraltar who undergo abortion.” Abortions don’t take place in Gibraltar. Local women have their Good mental health terminations in other jurisdictions In Gibraltar we are still not genand then continue their lives back erally familiar with the practice in a community where there is of psychotherapy. It seems to plenty of shame surrounding the me that many people think that issue. psychotherapy is for people who are unwell, although the reality is In my modality of psychotherathat people need to be functionpy, we talk about the integration ing well enough to make use of of experiences into the psyche. psychotherapy. In my When we feel OK approach to my work, I about something, it Local womavoid pathologising and I is described as an en have their see clients as people who integrated experience. terminations wish to undertake a form When we think that and then of self-development. something isn’t OK and struggle to come to continue their One of my objectives terms with it, the exlives back in is to empower clients perience is thought to a community and one of the ways of be requiring integration where there is empowering people is to in order for psychoshame. give them options in how logical health to be to address their problems. restored. It is difficult Feeling forced into important for an individual to feel OK about decisions or feeling stuck without a decision she has had to make if a choice in matters of huge imshe is susceptible to opinions that portance is disempowering. For abhor her actions and especially GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

example, a woman in a situation who feels forced to terminate a pregnancy is obviously more likely to feel upset than one who does so with the full conviction that an abortion is the best option for her. The most difficult situations for a caring therapist are when a pregnancy occurs and there is a desire to have a baby but circumstances do not allow. Common examples are; lack of support from the would-be father, an abusive relationship, or the lack of socio-economic circumstances to bring up a child in the way deemed to be good enough. A UK trained psychotherapist’s role is to support the client to meet their needs without interference of their own personal beliefs. Support in our community As well as working with individuals, I have in the past run support groups for post natal depression. Due to demand I will be organising a new group for mothers this month and if a need is identified, I am also happy to run a support group for women who would like a safe space to talk about their experiences of abortion. Please get in touch.

ELAINE CAETANO Trainee Psychotherapist and Executive Coach Tel/WhatsApp 54001238 CaetanoPsychotherapy


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OPERATION SNATCH: MISSING IN ACTION Gibraltarians should have a close look at any old videos stored away. If they happen to have a copy of the movie Operation Snatch they could be on to a good little earner…



peration Snatch was filmed on the Rock in 1962 and starred Terry-Thomas, George Sanders, and Jocelyn ‘Jackie’ Lane. The black and white film was released in 1962 and I watched it at the Oak Bay Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia. I was lucky to be born and grow up in the Canadian seaside city which is popular with Americans because of its Britishness. Often described in tourist brochures as ‘a little bit of old England’, Union flags abound among hanging flower baskets, red-double decker buses and the prestigious Empress Hotel, which GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

revolves around the legend that opened in 1908 and is named in if the Barbary Apes (macaque honour of Queen Victoria, and monkeys) disappeared from where a specialty is afternoon the Rock the British would lose tea. Oak Bay situated behind the Gibraltar. Terry-Thomas plays Lt. mythical ‘Tweed Curtain’, is the ‘Piggy’ Wigg who during most British of the four the Second World War Victoria municipalities If the so naturally the Oak Barbary Apes is responsible for the care and well-being of Bay Theatre specialized disappeared the Apes. When the last in British films and I from the Rock male monkey dies and grew up on a cinematic the British Lt. Wigg realises that diet of Ealing comedies, the females are pining the Carry-On gang, and would lose away, he hatches a plan just about everything Gibraltar. to lift the spirits of the produced by Pinewood monkeys and the morale of the Studios. troops by going behind German lines to kidnap a replacement The plot for Operation Snatch 45

life ences in Gibraltar. I did hear a story some years back that TerryThomas would take a taxi back to his hotel and then tip the driver by squeezing what felt like bills into one hand and saying, “Have a drink on me”. The ‘bills’ would inevitably turn out to be tea bags. This may be an apocryphal story because I have heard it said about other actors but then maybe it was common practice in the fraternity of The ‘bills’ comedians. would inev-

male. With the assistance of a character named Evans, played by Lionel Jeffries, Lt. Wigg manages to kidnap a monkey from a German circus performing in Zurich, Switzerland. As a result, Lt. Wigg is given a promotion, and he and Evans are put in charge of watching over the Ravens at the Tower of London.

I could find no mention of Jocelyn Lane in Gibraltar but TerryThomas, Sanders, and Lane all ended up living in Spain. TerryThomas and his second wife, South African born actress Ida Patlanski, designed and built their dream home in Ibiza. Sanders and the aforementioned Benita owned a home in Majorca while Lane ended up with a grand view of the Rock from her home on the Costa del Sol.

The movie is a humorous take on reality. In 1942 when the Barbary After filming Operation Snatch, Ape population on itably turn The only mention of Lane travelled to America and Gibraltar dropped to out to be tea Gibraltar in Sanders’ co-starred with Elvis in a typical a mere seven, Prime bags. memoirs came in a Presley musical vehicle titled Minister Winston letter written by his wife Tickle Me. The beautiful dancer, Churchill ordered that Benita to fellow actor and friend actress and model - born Jocelyn additional apes be imported to Brian Aherne: “We can’t come Lane Bolton on May 16th, 1937 prevent the Germans using the back yet, but I figure the end of in Austria to British parents diminishing of the pack for proMarch will do it and then it would later married Spanish-born Prinz paganda purposes. But there was be lovely if you could come down Alfonso von Und Hohenlohen nothing so dramatic as an excurto Gibraltar and do a little mousLangenborg. He was a major sion behind enemy lines. Sensibly, developer on the Costa and the the new apes were simply brought ing with us.” newlyweds moved into a house over from Algeria and Morocco The one actor with something in Marbella. It was an unhappy which by then were under Allied to say in his autobiography marriage but lasted 12 years until occupation. was Ronnie Corbett, co-star their divorce in 1985. Alfonso with Ronnie Barker of the Two died, aged 79, at Marbella in 2003 Despite the established qualiRonnies. He was walking and as far as I could ty of the actors and the usual down a London street discern at press time high standard of the lead writer, Corbett was when Terry-Thomas Jocelyn is living on the Alan Hackney (I’m All Right Jack, disappointed hailed him from a cab French Riviera. Privates’ Progress), the movie was to learn that and told him he had not well received by reviewers. he had been some work for him in The Russian-born One critic described it as “A slight a movie being made in wartime comedy” and Bosley chosen for his Sanders was 65 when Gibraltar. Corbett was he committed suicide by Crowther, esteemed movie and small stature looking forward to a theatre critic of the New York and would be overdosing on sleeping substantial part but was pills in a Barcelona Hotel Times, wrote: “Even the comical dressing up as on April 25th, 1972. He disappointed to learn Terry-Thomas like Homer, may a monkey. that he had been chosen occasionally nod especially when left a note saying he for his small stature (5’1”, asked to do a man’s work with was bored with life, 155cm) and would be dressing a script barely written for a boy. but he was also depressed due up as a monkey. He remembered Such a script with which he wresto substantial financial losses having to wear the itchy outfit in tles in Operation Snatch a weak through bad investments. Sanders oppressive heat, and himself and British stab at slapstick humor.” had never fully recovered from others playing tennis while still the loss of his beloved Benita wearing their costumes. Despite Operation Snatch being who succumbed to cancer on filmed on the Rock and at Elstree November 1st, 1967 aged just 61. In the credits for the film Corbett Studios in London, the stars had is listed simply as “A soldier”. little to say about their experiTerry-Thomas, the quintessential 46


life upper-class Brit in the eyes of Americans, starred in dozens of movies as cads and bounders and was best known for his gaptoothed grin and catchphrase “You are an absolute shower”. He was born Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens at Finchley, London on July 14, 1911 and died on January 8, 1990 aged 78. Terry-Thomas was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1971 and spent his final years in a nursing home in Godalming, Surrey. As a 14-year-old I remember enjoying the film but then I liked anything Terry-Thomas did and have always felt that British character actors, even when playing minor roles, are the best in the world. For decades I have been trying to get my hands on a copy of Operation Snatch but


have not been able to find one. There is a brief clip on YouTube, but it only shows a promo picture of Terry-Thomas with an Ape on his shoulder. There are posters for sale on Amazon and eBay, but no videos or DVDs, and it is not available on Netflix. I did find a book titled Operation Snatch and because it was published in 1958, four years before the release of the film, I ordered it in the hope that the movie was based on the story within. Fortunately, I only invested a little over five pounds because the book, written by John Marsh*, has nothing to do with the movie or Gibraltar. Operation Snatch was produced by Keep Films, a company co-owned by American movie cameraman Jules Buck, who famously worked with director

John Huston, and Irish actor Peter O’Toole. One contributor on the internet claims that O’Toole owns the rights and refuses to release the film. But Buck died in 2001 and O’Toole resigned from Keep Films shortly before his death in December 2013. The company has not been active since November 2014. So, if anyone has a video of Operation Snatch they could probably make a few pounds transferring it to DVD and selling copies via the internet. I will be first in line, popcorn to hand. *Note: John Marsh was the pseudonym for authors Florence Shepherd and Herrington Hastings who co-wrote a series of detective novels between 1939 and 1962 featuring fictional characters Ray Felton and Simon Luck.



THE NORTHERN DEFENCES A treasure trove...



north side of the Rock block access n 2017 I had the distinct privHaving endured fourteen sieges from that direction. ilege of visiting the Northern since Gibraltar was first settled Defences with Victor Hermida in the 11th century, the Moors, Over the centuries, Gibraltar’s who kindly invited us on a the Spanish, and the British have successive occupants, Moors, site visit at the end of his lecture built successive layers of fortifiSpaniards and the British built an on them at the University of cations and defences including increasingly complex set of forGibraltar. I had been everywhere walls, bastions, casemates, gun tifications around, on top of and inin the Upper Rock in my youth; batteries, magazines, tunnels and corporating the Rock’s natural feamy mother had grown galleries. Field Marshal tures. The North Front Defences, up in Limerick and Sir John Chapple, a If I had still following the course laid out was all in favour of the known better, former Governor, by the Moors in the 11th centuoutdoor life. My father’s describes Gibraltar as I would not ry, are still substantially intact. A warnings not to go to being “probably the most have waited significant portion of the original the Northern Defences fought over and most 53 years for Spanish and Moorish walls can still or ‘the jungle’ as it was/ densely fortified place my first visit! be seen from the Grand Battery. is also known - were in Europe, and probably, Pedestrians can still walk over only heeded because therefore, in the world”. the wooden drawbridge over the it sounded like there was nothing The densest military fortifications North Front ditch to pass through worth seeing there. Oh if only I had are in the area where historically the Landport Gate into the city. known better, I would not have Gibraltar was under the greatest The Moorish Tower of Homage waited 53 years for my first visit! threat – at the northern end facing continues to stand above Of course a significant cleaning up the isthmus with Spain, the Grand Battery on the has been carried out by dedicated comprising of the only “The atmolower slopes of the Rock. individuals/voluntary societies with land access to Gibraltar sphere of the the support of HMGOG to make it was via a sandy isthmus, Great Siege The Northern Defences what it is today, and that was ceronly three metres (9.8 is vivid and are perhaps the best tainly money well spent. I decided feet) above sea level, evocative in illustration of this, and that ISOLAS LLP should invite its most of which is now the extreme.” because of their very clients to enjoy this experience this occupied by the Spanish location. They comprise time in the excellent company of town of La Línea de la of the King’s Lines, Queen’s Lines both Victor Hermida and also Carl Concepción. The heights of the and Prince’s Lines. They have been Viagas, who has been behind the Rock formed a natural barrier to described by John Harris of the restoration of so many important movement, and its rocky ledges Royal Institute of British Architects heritage sites in Gibraltar. provided natural platforms for gun as being “capable of providing one batteries. The sheer cliffs on the 48


heritage Landport Front defences then and now

The northern approach to Gibraltar as seen in 1567; in the 17th century the tall towers for archers were pulled down and replaced with bastions for cannon.

of the great architectural experiences in the western world … the atmosphere of the Great Siege is vivid and evocative in the extreme.” I could not agree more.

Rock. During the Second World War, numerous anti-aircraft positions/ defences were built in this area, including bunkers and pillboxes, many on top of the existing fortifications, and searchlights installed. A lot of these are still evident in the Northern Defences, and as they themselves now form part of the military heritage, have been left in place.

The most substantial development of these fortifications took place during the British occupation of Gibraltar by the British from 1704. The first serious improvements made by the British involved the marshy area in front of the Landport Gate being The presThe preservation of flooded and turned into ervation of Gibraltar’s military what became known as Gibraltar’s fortifications, and of “the Inundation”, a pearmilitary heriits rich architectural shaped body of brackish tage is of the military heritage, is of the water blocked with essence to essence to our identity palisades, underwater as Gibraltarians. The ditches and other hidden our identity. Northern Defences best obstacles to prevent exemplify this. Since Gibraltar’s passage. The Northern Defences capture in 1704 by a combined around the Grand Battery and the Anglo-Dutch force, the British have Landport were also strengthened. jealously guarded Gibraltar because More batteries and bastions were of its strategic value, leaving over constructed on the North Front, 300 years of British military history all the way up to the summit of embedded in this Rock of ours. the Rock. A series of galleries with Just ask any Royal Marine or Royal embrasures for guns at intervals, Engineers. Preserving that rich overlooking the isthmus, were built military heritage should be of parwhich could be used to bombard amount importance, leaving aside the enemy lines. By 1790 over the important social amenities of 4,000 feet (1,200 m) of tunnels having another open space/leisure had been excavated, providing area open to us-and free of traffic, bombproof communications routes and for that matter, any parking between the various lines and issues! batteries on the North Front of the GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

Landport Front defences as seen from the North Bastion in 1828

The Upper Galleries (now known as the Great Siege Tunnels), The Middle Galleries, where World War II tunnelling joins the original 18th century tunnels and The Lower Galleries contain many relics of their former military usage.

The Bombproof Barracks on the Prince’s Lines

The rusting remains of a World War II searchlight on the Northern Defences 49



Summer 2017 saw the tuna fishing season open, and within four weeks local anglers had landed 9 out of the 15.5 tonnes of the allocated quota. As it turns out this quota had been increased from 13 tonnes in 2016. These figures are not just plucked from the air, they are set by ICCAT and although Gibraltar is not officially a member, we follow the guidelines as if we were.



report that between 2009 to luefin tuna, Thunnus dramatic decrease in tonnes of 2014 ICCAT followed scientific thynnus, is listed as fish caught and definitely a step recommendations 88% of the endangered on the IUCN in the right direction. In spite of time; this figure dropped to Red List. The status this, Bluefin tuna is still listed as 43% between 2015 and 2016, given means that the species endangered. However, IUCN Red a worrying development. They “face a high risk of extinction in list reports that between 1985added “signs in the last the near future”. Other animals 2005 there was an two years indicate that at this endangered level include overall decrease in the Nine tonnes Asiatic elephants, Asiatic tigers Mediterranean bluefin in four weeks ICCAT is moving in the wrong direction” and by and whale sharks. Locally, we stock by 63%. Further, is not recextension, so are we! have protected spider crabs, the organisation reports reational almost every species of shark and that “there is no current fishing. But let me be clear on even the common octopus during indication that these a few things. Firstly, their breeding seasons, a pretty declines are slowing, one can have sympathy for the good track record. Yet, and strict management recreational fishermen within there appears to be a measures should be In spite of our community who go out for general reluctance to enforced”. this, Bluefin a bit of fun and land one or two offer this protection to tuna is still tuna in a season. What is harder tuna, despite their high Global Tuna listed as to understand is why it appears risk of extinction. Conservation, part of to be acceptable to do this to the Pew Charitable endangered. an endangered species; to adapt According to ICCAT’s Trusts, has acknowla well-known axiom, there are report spanning 1990-2014 edged that there are worrying plenty “other” fish in the sea. reported bluefin landing numbers signs that ICCAT is bowing to have dropped from around 53k economic and political presOn the other hand, what one tonnes to 15k tonnes. This is a sures to increase quotas. They



environment implications. If we were to lower cannot not sympathise with are the quota locally then that would the commercial levels of tuna not affect our neighbours across fishing which have been taking the border as they would still be place under the guise of “recrefollowing ICCAT recommendaational fishing”. Nine tonnes in tions. But ignoring the situation four weeks is not recreational and fishing tuna to fishing, especially when extinction cannot be it was confirmed last Previous lothe solution, surely two summer that the nine cal attempts wrongs don’t make a tonnes had been caught to tag and right. by about four boats.

release failed due to nefarious activities.

If you are simply in it for the thrill, then why not ‘tag and release’ the bluefin you catch and everyone is happy. But here, I’m afraid, is where the pro-quota arguments start to unravel a bit. Bluefin meat is worth a pretty penny and previous local attempts to tag and release failed due to nefarious activities. On the Tokyo market in 2014, a sushi restaurateur paid £43,000 for a 230 kg bluefin - and that is not even a high price. The same market sold a 222 kg bluefin for a record breaking £900,000 the year before. It becomes very clear what is motivating some people.

As a positive side effect, tuna are also a predator of jellyfish. The last year has seen massive increases in their numbers arriving on our shores and scientific predications paint a bleak picture for the upcoming summer 2018. Securing healthy tuna numbers is part of the solution to a jellyfish free summer!

Therefore, it seems logical that dropping the quota to zero might leave us on the moral high ground in defence of a species which is in imminent danger of disappearing altogether. Gibraltar can lead the charge, once again, in this conservation effort, and demonstrate that we understand Interestingly, in Trevor Norton’s the importance of safeguarding Underwater to Get Out of the our ecosystems and the positive Rain: A Love Affair with the Sea, effects this will have he is talking about an with respect to jellyfish old whaling station Securing numbers. That in itself that ceased working healthy tuna is worth some currendue to the collapse of numbers is cy. In time, this may the whale stocks. He part of the well open up new eco goes on to make the industries which will cute observation that solution to a generate more money historically practically jellyfish free than a single tuna ever all obsolete fisheries summer! could. have reached this state because of a collapse in One final thought comes from a the standing stock. A worrying Cree Indian prophecy which resthought indeed. onates strongly with this topic: “When the last tree is cut down, It seems clear that much more the last fish eaten and the last breathing room is required to stream poisoned, you will realise allow the stocks to replenish that you cannot eat money.” and that statement comes with GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

PHYLUM: Chordata

CLASS: Actinopterygii

HABITAT: Pelagic

DIET: Sardines, Mackerel, Herring, Jellyfish and Cephalopods

INTERESTING FACT: Atlantic bluefin tuna may exceed 450 kg in weight, and rival the black marlin, blue marlin and swordfish as the largest Perciformes.


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DEREK ACORAH Love, Life, Laughter



n June 22nd, Derek Acorah will be returning to the Rock after his successful Soul Reunion tour in 2016 to entertain us with a leg of his next sell out tour: Love, Life, Laughter. Derek is a spiritual medium famous for communicating with the other side on a number of television and radio shows, including Most Haunted and Antiques Ghost Show, and his career has gone from strength to strength since then. This month, I contacted him over the phone (I wonder whether he was expecting that?) to talk about inappropriate spirits, making it into the Celebrity Big Brother final, and what he has to say to his sceptics. What do you think of Gibraltar? Are you happy to return? I loved it! I loved the people of Gibraltar; they were so giving on GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

My first apparition came to me at the age of six in my grandma’s house. It turned out it was my grandfather who had died 2 or 3 years before I was born. He was a seafarer who had a How would you terrible accidentin the “I’m a describe your job/skill? engine room of a ship spiritual crossing the Indian I’m a spiritual clairvoyant clairvoyant Ocean. Septicaemia set medium - that means I medium into his wounds before connect with the dead. he got to shore. When My belief is we all go that means I first saw him I didn’t to the spiritual world I connect know who he was – he after our physical life with the was so tangible and ends. Some people call dead.” real – I could see the it heaven. I’m privileged clothes he was wearing. to be able to service the He showed himself to me and told worries and thoughts of people me that I should go down and tell who have lost loved ones by makGrandma and Mum that Richard ing that connection. It means so was here, and that he was glad I much to people, and to me. could see him. the evening last time I came over. I like to think they all enjoyed it and I’ve been looking forward to coming back ever since.

At what age did you notice you could commune with the dead? Can you switch it off?

When I mentioned all this to my grandmother she said: “You don’t know what I am, do you?”. She 53

scene to my home regulary. When Dad passed away, Mum came to live with us at the same time as my mother-in-law. They had two favourite bedrooms, and that’s where they visit. We get visitations from “He said, many people who have ‘You can see crossed over, sometimes me, can’t friends.

was a medium too and had passed her skills down to me. She saw that in me and coached me from thereon in. It helped me greatly. What was your oddest or most moving spiritual encounter?

Girls Aloud, amongst others] …I suppose you could liken it to a bad holiday. There were times where it was funny and times where the characters there were trying best to stay in. I didn’t change one iota - I stayed myself.

Do you get scared? What’s the I was having a holiday most scared you’ve been? you?’.” break with my wife [Gwen], cruising across I don’t get scared these days. I did What do you say if spirits the Caribbean. Just as we were a bit in my younger days when I have an inappropriate or dark getting into Barbados, I was lying first started doing Most Haunted comment? Would you pass it on? on a sundeck with my eyes closed, as I’d never dealt with negative Nope not at all. That when I felt a shadow come across spirits before. On a couhas been my absolute my face, blocking the sunshine. I ple of occasions they “There is so professionalism from opened my eyes and there was a were trying to injure me, much they a very early age. My man looking down on me. He said, tell their fam- and actually did on one gran said “If you haven’t “You can see me, can’t you?”. occasion, at a wine bar ily members. got something good or in Manchester. He got After all these close to me and showed helpful to say, say nowt He said he was on the ship to years it still at all! Make that your see his wife and tell her he was his true colours. It was code”, and that’s exactly okay. It turned out the man had too late to get him away takes me what I did. I don’t like or previously been diagnosed with from me immediately. aback.” believe stories from socancer at a very late stage and Once I did, I had to be called mediums telling someone passed within a matter of months. carried away in pitch darkness. It something negative. Could you He and his wife had booked the took hours for the feeling in my imagine a family member saying cruise before the diagnosis; she legs to come back – it taught me something bad? Never! had decided to go on the cruise a lesson. accompanied by her friends, as she believed that’s what her What was your experience on Tell us about your upcoming husband would have wanted (she Celebrity Big Brother like? event this month. What would was right). you like to tell the people of They’d been asking me to go in Gibraltar? the house for the last 5 years I went to the ships purser who –I’d also been asked to go in the helped me track her down, and I’d like them to know they’re going jungle… they’re still asking! My I started telling her what had to come to an evening with so wife would sooner see happened up on the much energy they’ve previously “We get me go into the jungle deck, how her husband never seen before. They’re going of Big Brother, so I did. just wanted to tell her to find themselves happy and full visitations It was an experience he was fine and with of laughter. There will be emotions from many I’ve never had before, so many people - even and tears of course, as loved ones people who cohabiting with 14 her mother! It was will be coming through. It’s gone have crossed other people. I enjoyed very touching, very very well since we started; the over, somegetting to know them… emotional. audience have been tremendous – times Shaun Williamson, I’m bringing that over to Gibraltar! Helen Lederer, Chad friends.” Do you interact with Johnson [also in this On the evening, loved ones who your own friends/ series was Sam Thompson from have passed over might come family who have passed? Made in Chelsea, Brandi Glanville ‘across the veil’, as we call it, to from Real Housewives of Beverly Oh yes I do! Both my mum and say hello and tell their family and Hills, and Sarah Harding from dad, and my in-laws. They come friends how they are, who they’re 54


scene with and how they’re doing in the world of spirits. There is so much they tell their family members. After all these years it still takes me aback. What would you say to sceptics? They can believe what they want to believe. It doesn’t bother me, doesn’t hurt my feelings. What I know is the truth. There have been sceptics since the beginning of time and they will be around until the end of time. It’s silly to take on board the things they’ve said about me or others. To them I say: why don’t you come along? What’s next for Derek Acorah? Next I’m off to different parts of England as part of the tour. Each Tuesday evening I host the Derek Acorah Radio Show from 19:30 to 21:30pm [UK time] with guests who are experts in different fields in which I work and am interested in: the paranormal, healing, and spiritual. Tonight [15th May] my dear friend David Icke will be joining me. I’ve also done a few recordings which could turn into a television show… the network is looking at the pilots. I’m very busy at the moment, a lot of things going on. I’m still completing my autobiography which will be ready in two months. It’s going to surprise and shock a lot of people.

Liverpool, a lady came along on a Friday afternoon and I told her I could see a huge money coming her way. The She said: And finally... can I have lottery had only been in “I won the the numbers for next force for 2 years then. week’s EuroMillions? lottery! A month later, the same 3.4 million I have been asked that lady turns up unexpectso many times. pounds!” edly with large box of chocolates, flowers, [Uh-oh.] and a cheque. She said: “I won the lottery! 3.4 million pounds!” I Actually, I have a story about couldn’t accept it of course. We that. Many years ago when I was gave it to a hospital that treats doing readings from an office in children for cancer. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

*** And with that, I bid the charming Derek adieu. … And head straight out to buy a lottery ticket. Catch Derek on his Love, Life, Laughter tour on the 22nd June, 19:30 at Ince’s Hall Theatre. Tickets can be purchased from or by calling +34 722570200. 55



Following the outstanding success of the 2017 edition, Gibraltar is proud to be hosting the 2018 BrightMed and Gibraltar World Music Festival (GWMF) from 19th to 21st June. This three-day festival will welcome a diverse international group of musicians, artists and thinkers to the Rock, brought together by a theme as exciting as it is controversial: Borders.


iven the uncertainties raised by Brexit, the theme of borders is of course hugely relevant to the denizens of Gibraltar, being a British overseas territory located at the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula. Just as it is for an uncertain world at large, where notions of migration are a constant in public discourse; and where borders - political, physical, digital – may rise or be reinforced by war, politics, bureaucracy and technology. Dedicated to actions for peace, to bridging souls and lands, this seventh edition of BrightMed and GWMF embraces music, film and visual art, along with workshops and seminars. The inaugural BrightMed Jazz strand features major artists from the UK, among them Orphy Robinson and the Voicestra Polyphonic Collective 56

a 17-strong group commissioned by GWMF to highlight the legacy and vitality of black British music and the diversity of influences within and on the British Isles. An iconic vibraphonist and multi-instrumentalist, Robinson – this year’s GWMF Artistic Director - has created a unique production that features such respected names as Carleen Anderson, the multi-award- winning Americanborn soul and jazz singer; and Cleveland Watkiss MBE, a vocalist memorably described by the London Evening Standard as ‘the best jazz singer in Britain’. With them are the best British- based jazz musicians, cherry-picked for the occasion: guitarist Tony Remy. Flautist Rowland Sutherland. Cuba-born violinist Omar Puente, Italian-born percussionist Cosimo Cadore, academy trained harmonica player Philip Achille and many more. From Ireland

comes vocalist and composer Christine Tobin, lauded as much for her ability to improvise as for her eleven acclaimed albums, Scottish-born singer Mae McKenna and Welsh-born singer Llio Millward. The BrightMed Art Exhibition will showcase work by young local artists on the theme of borders, organised in conjunction with Kitchen Studios Association and hosted at Space 92, one of several GWMF venues. A day of jazz workshops and masterclasses will be staged at Ince’s Hall and hosted by Orphy Robinson, Cleveland Watkiss, Mae McKenna, Tony Remy and Rowland Sutherland. More than 250 students have confirmed their attendance. The BrightMed Film Festival will screen four documentaries under the aegis of borders: Stranger in Paradise (2016, Guido Hendrikx), GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

Wallay (2017, Berni Goldblat) and the short films Tête a Tête and Poles Apart, which won a BAFTA for British Short Animation and is set to music by Gibraltarian composer Hollie Buhagiar. Q&A sessions will take place after the screenings. Also at Ince’s Hall, the BrightMed Talks will feature inspirational speakers from around the world, each of them discussing their success and the borders they needed to knock down to achieve it. This year the famous GWMF Street Party will take place on Castle Street - Calle Comedia - one of the most historic streets in the territory, with the stage located at the top of the steps, as was the practice in the 18th century. The line-up will include bands, choirs and dance academies – and some site-specific surprises. Curated by the organisation Peacebeam and its founder, Jane Murray - a lawyer passionate about using technology to build a world that works for everyone – the BrightMed International Seminar will welcome the Sages of the Med: eminent speakers who will present their take on the impact of new technologies, on our Borders and on our future. A highlight of the BrightMed and Gibraltar World Music Festival are the concerts in the famed subterranean auditorium that is St. Michael’s Cave, which this year host to multi-cultural roots ensemble Quarter to Africa, whose fusion of Arabic scales, African rhythms and all-stopsout jazz and funk grooves, moves and leaps Borders. For more informatio visit GibraltarWorldMusicFestival / or email GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018




ArtDance International Platform host their 2nd Festival a feast for the eyes and ears involving photography, music, and visual arts.



t gives me great pleasure to announce the 2nd edition of Gibraltar ArtDance International Platform. After a successful launch of the festival last year, 2018 gets bigger and better! This year the festival has expanded with numerous events starting with professional workshops with artists from last year’s event. Marso Riviere (France) and Southern Kids Crew (Spain) were invited to Gibraltar in April to deliver various educational workshops. The workshops were well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all students. ArtDance will be offering further workshops in June, including by a full professional company Iron Skulls Co (Barcelona), who will also be performing at this year’s ArtDance. Visual Arts Gallery This year ArtDance expands to


photography, music and visual arts will be open for the continuation of the week. with the launch of our ArtDance Visual Arts Gallery with the grand opening on Monday 25th June at James Wilton Dance Co 7pm at the John Mackintosh Hall The 28th June will see for the first exhibition rooms. Various events have been organised through time a professional dance comthe year inviting artists and pany perform a full production at photographers to attend and get the John Mackintosh Hall at 7pm. creative with dancers providing ArtDance is proud to announce artistic stimulus. Works James Wilton Dance selected in these events Company performing Leviathan will be exhibited at our Leviathan an adaptation will have you gallery. The gallery will of the famous Moby on the edge showcase new works Dick novel. James of your seat from local artists such Wilton Dance has and gasping as Paul Cosquieri, toured extensively to for air. Alan Perez, and Naomi critical acclaim, winMartinez amongst ning numerous awards others. There will also be a display including the Sadler’s Wells by local photographers includGlobal Dance Contest. Featuring ing photographs from last year’s a cast of 6 men and 1 woman, platform by Mark Galliano. There their trademark blend of athletic will be art films including Nathan dance, martial arts and partner Conroy’s latest work including work, Leviathan will have you on live music by GAMPA and live the edge of your seat and gasping performance by Zoe Bishop. The for air under the sheer ferocity gallery is free of admission and of movement, accompanied by a GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

scene powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul. International Variety Gala Night We draw the festival to a close with our international variety gala night on Friday 29th June. Here there will be a welcoming by GAMPA followed by local dance schools Art In Movement, DANZA Academy, Gibraltar Academy of Dance, Innovations and ShowDance Company showcasing their work alongside world famous international acts.

leave their footprint on our very own Rock. An inspiring event not to be missed by dancers, artists and theatregoers! We take pride in hosting an event that is not competitive but educational and thought provoking in an environment that celebrates the arts.

We are proud to announce the eagerly sought after Humanhood’ (UK) will be taking to our stage with their ‘Zero’ ground-breaking piece explores the ‘Zero’, which explores complex the complex relationship relationship between memory and between time. The most famous breakdancer in the memory and World, Red Bull BC One time. Champion Bboy Neguin (Brazil) will be sharing a new film with us. Iron Skulls Co (Barcelona) will be bringing their entire company with them this year and performing their piece Sinestesia a performance of urban dance, hiphop and contemporary dance, which they have been touring the World with. Proyecto Larrua (Spain) will be performing an allmale dance duo, which merges together physical language and emotional landscapes within the different ways of movement and performance. Professional circus act aerialist and contortionist and runner up in Italy’s Got Talent, Marco Motta (Salvador) will leave you breathless with his unique movement style. These international artists are used to touring around the world performing at major festivals, theatres and on television, and this year they will GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

Tickets: Artistic Director/Producer: Nathan Conroy Co-Producer: Joelle Montegriffo Facebook: ArtDance Gibraltar International Platform Main Sponsor: Casais 25th June 7pm opening of visual arts gallery: John Mac Hall 28th June 7pm James Wilton Dance Co: John Mac Hall 29th June 7pm International Variety Gala: John Mac Hall


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It’s probably the last week in June or first week in July, it’s Saturday night, and after much calculation and planning, your Hungry Monkey order has come through the door just in time. The pizza is flowing, there’s a bottle or two of rosé on the coffee table, and the TV is blasting the opening credits on GBC. Around 10 of your closest female friends/family members/neighbours (and perhaps a couple of intrigued men) are splayed on your sofas in ‘la sala’ as the starting line-up is revealed. Bright lights, bouncy hair and bronzed to the nines, it could only be Miss Gibraltar.



will still take place in June. The ome call it the highlight poor turnout has called into quesof the Gibraltarian social tion a number of issues people calendar, and before the have with the pageant, which has Gibraltar Music Festival run uninterrupted since 1964. blessed our Victoria Stadium in 2012, it probably was the Do beauty pageants still hold standout annual cultural event. And yes, people deny such scenes a place in 2018? The demand isn’t there this year from young as I’ve described, but according women, and of the last to Instagram/Snapchat 10 Miss Gibraltar shows, stories and all the “What’s the Facebook likes each difference be- eight have required year, I’m going to go tween getting entry deadline extensions because of lack ahead and guess that criticised on of initial interest from a fair few of you are stage and on contestants. Women telling porkies. Instagram or need more convincing, often through tags on This year however, Facebook?” Facebook posts about the tradition will be the impending deadline, with broken as the pageant will not messages like “what are you waitbe televised. After two deadline ing for?!” and “tu si que vale!” from extensions only three contestants well-meaning friends and family.  have signed up and, although we won’t be able to sit and enjoy (or Maybe women are less keen criticise) the whole affair from the because many of those in the comfort of our sofas, the show


Miss Gibraltar age bracket (17 to 24 years old) are studying abroad. Maybe it’s because of social media pressures which have become much more a part of the process. Show producers now use Facebook to promote the pageant, posting images of the contestants in matching outfits, head shots and swimwear, adding to public engagement as photos score hundreds of likes and comments. Local pageant organiser and former beauty queen Bianca Zammit says this pressure may play a part, but won’t have been the deciding factor for women. She says: “Social media is a popularity contest – what’s the difference between getting criticised on stage and on Instagram or Facebook?” Former contestants may disagree though, as online comments can feel a more personal attack than 61


“We as society still expect ‘la mas guapa’ to win.”

any off-hand observation made by your Instagram followers behind closed doors. Miss Gibraltar 2013, Shyanne Azzopardi experienced the brunt of this following her win, as online trolling (all centred around her looks) highlighted the Gibraltarian audience’s nasty side.

Former producer of the show, James Neish, says point systems now place more emphasis on speaking rounds: “The interview will upset you from the top spot or push you into the top spot. You have to have other qualities as well, but it does play a huge role.” Unfortunately, as much as the pageant’s criteria evolves viewers aren’t buying it, and Neish says this is a reflection of audiences, not pageant culture: “We as society still expect ‘la mas guapa’ to win.” Zammit fulfils this societal stereotype, saying, “It’s not just about looks, because believe me there are ugly girls who have won Miss Gib”. Contestants raise thousands for charity, develop as speakers, teammates, and performers – but we still obsess over the colour of their dress. She and Neish agree 62

that perhaps that says more about viewers than about the show itself.

It still remains that only three women thought entering was worthwhile this year. Many competitions on the Rock go ahead with dwindling participants because of our limited population, so you may wonder what the difference between this and an athletics race with only three entrants is. Nothing, except the £50,000 annual government funding.

But maybe we need to cut the audience a bit of slack. It’s difficult to get past the beauty element when the premise of the show has always pitted women against each other based on their physical attributes (which, some need to be reminded, is entirely subjective) and it is called To put £50,000 into a show a beauty pageant. How can you annually gives the pageant a expect nearly 60 years of cultural government-backed importance perception to evolve if we don’t that perhaps isn’t appropriate for even see the contestants being a show which ultimately judges interviewed – save the women based on beauYou may token “I want to be a ty. The Miss England good ambassador for wonder what pageant is funded Gibraltar” rehearsed the difference through sponsorship, one-line stage answer? as are many the world is. Nothing, A couple of attempts over. If Miss Gibraltar except the were made to introduce is truly supported by £50,000 anan on-stage presentathe community then nual governtion round a few years surely sponsorship ago, but have vanished ment funding. would be easy to come since. If organisers of by. Though this year pageants are intent on building the sum is expected to be smaller reputations as skill developers because of the shrunken size beyond looks (which I don’t doubt of the event, the government’s benefits contestants immensely), involvement in a niche practice then why not show audiences which only a handful of women these progressions, instead of participate in each year seems keeping them hidden? excessive. 


scene Neish defends the cost of the event, citing the other participants involved: “Miss Gibraltar is much more than just a beauty pageant, it fills a cultural need. When else do stage designers, managers, presenters, and performers really get a proper sense of a live Gibraltar TV show?”

they are using this as a platform to go into the fashion industry or to travel.

18-year-olds) and Miss Cover Girl (9 to 13-year-olds) organised by No1 Models.

“And how enriching is it to be in a pageant like Miss World where you’re meeting 117 people from other cultures to exchange experiences with? It’s a massive opportunity.”

But perhaps this demand speaks volumes not of how positive the practice is, but rather at how young girls perceive themselves, due in part to social media pressures to look a certain way, After organising 40 pagthe age-old importance placed Zammit says naysayers eants at the same venon looks in traditional media and, “Miss trying to defend the ues through sponsorundoubtedly in Gibraltar, the Gibraltar is rights of women are ship, Zammit disagrees, institutional prevalence of Miss much more actually underestimatsaying it “doesn’t need Gibraltar as the supposed Holy than just ing those who enter: to get taxpayer funding Grail of achievements for women. a beauty “You know what you’re at all”. Zammit estimates After all, the government funds pageant, it getting yourself into.” that £10,000 could it, Miss World 2010 got an actual easily serve organisers, parade down Main Street, and the fills a cultural They’re absolutely right, adding: “If they gave winner’s picture is splayed across need.“ as those who enter are me £50,000 to put on magazines, newspapers and social adults. The difficulty arises when a Miss Gib, my contestants would media for all to admire during her you look at the child and teen come flying down in rockets.” reign. Of course girls are going to pageant culture that has be affected by this, and boomed in Gibraltar for Beyond personal opinions and to suggest they fully unThere should decades. Zammit, who funding squabbles, the theories derstand the influences be no place has organised pageants surrounding the issue echo that at play is to overestifor child for girls as young as 10, of the recent banning of grid girls mate the awareness of and teen says her contestants are from Formula 1. The models, children and teens. pageants in fully aware of what they who formerly held up pre-race 2018. are getting themselves number placards on the track, In any case, it’s creepy into, as much as their were banned by F1 organisers as for adult judges to parents who sign consent forms the practice was deemed “at odds score and compare underage girls are: “I have a meeting with both with modern day societal norms”. based on their looks, and to do the mums and contestants, and The decision was met with jubiit on a stage and then publicise I say, ‘This is a beauty pageant, lation by many feminist commenit online and in the media is just only one girl will win’ – I make it tators, but grid girls argued their wrong, even if their parents gave very clear to the girls role wasn’t demeaning, consent. There should be no and it’s up to them.”  and that feigned poplace for child and teen pageants Some femlitical correctness was in 2018. inist arguShe says in her 16 years’ removing opportunities ments can be experience girls have they worked hard for,  But what of Miss Gibraltar? I’m perceived as always benefitted from leaving them out of a sure there will be those who miss competing in her pagjob. the fun of watching this year, and judgmental eants, even re-entering also those who are glad about rather than year upon year. And You could argue that the the reduced publicity the pageant helpful. the demand definitely same be said for pagwill receive. And even if the show seems to be there – eants. Neish says some sees a renaissance in 2019, at as Zammit’s Dream Girl (10 to so-called feminist arguments can least the contestant controverbe perceived as judgmental rather 15-year-olds) and Miss Glamour sy this year has sparked (some) (16 to 21-year-olds) have run con- meaningful conversations about than helpful: “Are you saying that sistently since 2003, and there’s the girl entering can’t choose for government funding and the roles also Miss Teen Gibraltar (14 to herself? It’s insulting as maybe available to women in Gibraltar. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018




River deep, mountain high, forest green



China that stretches across the op of the world’: make Himalaya range, and includes this state of mind your the world’s highest mountains, next holiday destination i.e. Mount Everest and the and follow the dream Annapurna Massif, inhospitable of mountainous subtropical blizzard-swept peaks sloping climate, with its lush valleys on down gently through the monthe backdrop of snow-capped soon forests, towards green hills peaks. Not just for climbers and patiently terraced by centuries of trekkers, the Himalaya and its agriculture to yield rice harvest foothills unlock their treasure of staple food to the popcolours and flavours to ulation of hamlets and the discerning tourist The country metropolises dotting chasing the legend of is still recovthe plateau. Shangri-La, the fabled ering from a city of long-lasting youth civil war and and the land where Kathmandu a dark politiearth and sky touch and cal climate. For its geographical the gods dwell. location, the Nepalese capital Kathmandu in the shadow And if you cannot find Shangri-La of the Langtang National Park is on Google Maps, book your plane your first port of call when landticket to Nepal, the next best ing with European flights, before thing! proceeding to climbing expeditions, or exploring the several Nepal is the landlocked country conservation parks that bless this sandwiched between India and ‘

newborn federal republic that celebrated its tenth anniversary in May and a new constitution in 2015. The country is still recovering from a civil war and a dark political climate responsible for thousands of deaths, including the royal family massacre in 2001, leading to a failed attempt to restore absolute power to the crown and eventually ending Nepal’s status as Hindu Kingdom and declaring it a secular federal republic in 2015. However, on 25th April 2015 a devastating earthquake reduced the capital’s eponymous landmark Kasthamandap (meaning ‘shelter of wood’) to a pile of rubble. The three-storey pagoda was built entirely out of timber from a single tree at the end of the 16th century, and some say, without 65

travel using any nails. The capital is also known as Kantipur, city of light, because of its lumiThe capital nous sky, or simply is also known Mahanagar, grand as Kantipur, capital.

city of light, because of its luminous sky.

The florid bowlshaped valley where Kathmandu sits once was, according to legend, a huge snake-infested swamp until the wisdom Bodhisattva Manjushree brandished his flaming sword and drained all water to establish his kingdom of Manjupattan. Irreparably damaged by the earthquake, Durbar (Royal Palace) Square still deserves a visit to soak in the atmosphere of Hindu devotion, to admire the flourished ornamentation of architecture and sculpture and the seething of a varied population, with its scents and flavours, of incense and spice, tea, and street food. Durbar Square hosts about fifty edifices dedicated to civic or religious use. Indulge in gazing at the Kumari Ghar, residence of Kumari Devi, a divinity venerated in South-East Asia in the persona of rigorously selected toddler girls who are believed to be the visible vessel of female energy and the incarnation of the goddess. The girls enjoy a privileged yet isolated childhood until their menarche or until illness or severe loss of blood reverts them to ordinary mortal status. With its elevation of 1,400 metres, one would expect that the rarefied oxygen is an effect of altitude but, in this modern city pulsating with a diverse lifestyle, the poor air quality is actually due to traffic and pollution. Steer clear


from the main arteries and follow the winding lanes into markets and artisan shop where you can find silver jewellery, silk and woollen patchwork. With most women still donning the traditional apparel, countless saris of exquisite facture, either embroidered or printed, are readily available as a top-market souvenir - keep in mind that 7-8 metres of hand-spun hand-woven hand-dyed hand-embroidered top-quality silk ‘don’t come cheap’, though. Glass and silver bangles, votive statuettes and flags are sold at the entrance of all temples, for tourists and local consumption alike; the brightly-coloured prayer-inscribed triangular flags are believed to carry your prayers to heaven as they flap in the crisp wind. Windactivated prayers are a constant of Buddhist monasteries, whether in the form of ragged flags or large copper cylinders pivoted along the foreyards: as devotees give them an energetic spin on their way into the temple, the versets inscribed reverberate in the ether and soar to Buddha’s ears. The old city pullulates with coppersmiths who craft votive statuettes of Hindu gods and Buddhist bodhisattvas. Since they break the mould after each solid metal casting, the statues are all different and original artwork, and even more precious because they are individually encrusted with coral, turquoise and other opaque stones, while their faces are gold plated and their facial features are hand painted. Lord Shiva is regarded as the country’s guardian deity in his benevolent or fierce form so you’ll find several statuettes of Shiva, GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

travel sitting or standing on the iconic lotus flower, readily available in artisans’ shops. Shiva’s fierce form is surely attractive from an artistic point of view for a Westerner, but dainty renditions of Tara, goddess of dance, also make a popular souvenir. These are quite reasonably priced, in the region of $100-$300 depending on size, gold-plated surfacing and bejewelled detail. Should you be short of change, you can still take home the fierce features of Nepal in a mask, made of hand-carved wood and brightly hand-painted with the colours of earth, sky, snow and vegetation. Knotted carpets are a fine Nepalese export and so are wooden sculptures, especially the characteristic bas-relief used for frames and tableaux, with intricate detail of flowers and forests as background to svelte figurines crafted from a single piece of wood. A word of advice: Nepal exercises tight controls on cooper exportation, so if you purchase any sizeable copper bangle or statuette, remember to The brightdeclare it at the airport ly-coloured before going through prayer-insecurity. Pashupatinath

scribed triangular flags are believed to carry your prayers to heaven.

Considered the head of the twelve Indian shrines of the radiance of Shiva, and one of his holy abodes, this UNESCO World Heritage Site temple is where the one-metre high four-faced linga (mukhalinga) is venerated in an inner sanctum to which only four priests can gain access. The compound stands not far from Kathmandu, on the banks of River Bagmati, GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018


travel where ashes are dispersed after ritual cremations. The traditional pagoda pattern is repeated with original variations here, in a constellation of stupas of all sizes, some with simple roofs and others topped with ornate metal pointed knobs. Beside the architecture, it is the human show that makes a trip here all worthwhile as you mix with pilgrims, sadhus and ascetic beggars, whose naked haggard body is often covered in ground limestone, The festiand their forehead val of Maha marked in vivacious Shivaratri colours.

attracts almost a million pilgrims to celebrate the arrival of spring.

The festival of Maha Shivaratri (Great Shiva’s night) attracts almost a million pilgrims to the temple in late winter, to celebrate the arrival of spring, and spiritually the overcoming of the darkness caused by ignorance. Pilgrims perform rites of meditation, prayer, fasting, yoga, and asking and dispensing forgiveness. Lumbini Believed to be the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, later known as Buddha, this complex (whose name means ‘lovely’) features a large temple on the site where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to the Enlightened, and the holy pond where she dipped and where she washed the newborn prince. Lumbini can be reached from Kathmandu by plane, landing at Bhairahawa’s airport and enduring a thirty-minute drive. Swayambhunath You cannot say you have visited



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travel Nepal if you don’t ascend the Swayamhu hillock (but perhaps not on your knees as pilgrims do) via the stairway topped by a large vajra, the double-headOn foot, ed diamond sceptre and guarded by two step after stone lions. As pilgrims step, it is reach the top before indeed an dawn, they continue enlightening their ritual journey with path. circumambulations! On foot, step after step, it is indeed an enlightening path towards the ‘self-created’ – this is the meaning of its name, with reference to the inextinguishable flame that flickered there to mark the location where the temple had to be built.

strings of colourful flags tied to it to reach diagonally the poles of lower stupas on the square. Around the main stupa flourish several shrines, a monastery, a library and of course restaurants and hostels. Holy monkeys inhabit the temple, fabled to be the former dwellers of Manjushree’s mane. The 1,500-year old stupa was re-gilded in 2010 with twenty kilos of gold, but Pratapur Temple was damaged by lightning and the entire complex suffered damage in the 2015 quake, with the central stupa miraculously unaffected. Kali Gandaki Gorge

Nepal is a land of dramatic Never fear: an asphalted road on altitude contrasts and if it can the other side of the hill allows boast the highest peak, it also motorised access, after you have has the deepest gorge, although negotiated your way through the the record is disputed because of swarm of brightly attired young different measurement criteria. ladies selling an array of knickKali Gandaki Gorge used to be knacks – and alas T-shirts with a trade route between India all-guise reproductions of the and Tibet, and now it stupa’s iconic swirly is a popular trekking eyes, complementHoly monpath in the Annapurna ed by equally swirly keys inhabit conservation park. The devanagari captions, the temple, river yields black fossils translating something fabled to be trapped in the tectonic cheesy like ‘watch your plates when the Indian step!’ or ‘look me in the the former subcontinent plaque eye’ – the permutations dwellers of of consumerism are Manjushree’s pushed its way north into Asia (as it still does). endless. mane. These spiral shells are considered the abstract One of the most sacred representation of Vishnu and are pilgrimage spots for Buddhists often carried by devotees. and to a lesser extent for Hindus, the site is towered by the splendid domed and stupa, topped Bhaktapur Durbar Square by a gilded cube painted with Most visitors trek to this city, Buddha’s eyes and eyebrows also known as Bhadgaon, to (joined by a bright red bindi) to admire the erotic carvings on its look over the four directions, Shiva and Parvati temple, human and between them the number and elephant alike, but the main one in devanagari script stands attraction remains Lu Dhowka. The for a nose. Above the eyes, a golden gate, richly sculpted and ribbed spire juts skywards, with 70


travel topped with statues of Kali and Garuda, closely followed in fine artistry by the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows, and the Lions’ Gate so is astonishingly perfect that legend tells how the hands of the sculptors who realised it were cut off after completion, to stop them from replicating it for another king. Lalitpur Historically called Patan, it is traditionally a Buddhist city but also congenial to Hinduism. It is the third largest city in Nepal and arguably the one with the richest artistic heritage, although partly destroyed by the earthquake.

Everest, known in Nepal as Sagarmatha, and Chomolungma in Tibetan.

Designed in the shape of the dharma chakra, the street plan is packed with religious monuments and ornate palaces, converging on Durbar Square, one of the largest in Nepal and a masterpiece of Newar style. The main temple is dedicated to Krishna, while Bhimsen temple, dedicated to the god of business and trade, is renowned for its golden windows and for not allowing tourists inside its walls – never mind, the view from outside is breathtaking enough! Brave the queues and visit the Royal Palace whose main feature are the courtyards, an oasis of green and ponds within the brickwork, precious with golden statues, stone friezes and bas-relief. Don’t stop at Durbar Square, though: other landmarks are the Pim Bahal Pokhari, a lake with its pavilion, and the ruins of an almost millenary whitewashed GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018


travel stupa damaged by Muslim invaders. The second most important Nepalese Kumari has her official residence in the Ha Baha; and the only zoo in the entire country is also found in Patan. Nepal is famous for its base camps for mountaineering the Annapurna, named after the goddess of provisions, and Everest, known in Nepal as Sagarmatha, and Chomolungma in Tibetan. Base camps cater for the most sophisticated alpinist supplies and experienced guides, but the climb remains dire even if approached from the easier south face, because of sudden storms and avalanches which have caused countless fatalities, many of which were never recovered. The sensible thing to do is to revere the mountain from afar acknowledging the divine dwelling, or perhaps fly over it on your way to Lhasa! You can still experience the thrill of altitude by exploring the Himalaya’s southernNepalese most slopes, thick with vegetation, veined with cuisine is waterfalls and shroudvaried and ed in mist, following influenced the dusty truck in the by Indian comfort of a modas much as ern 4x4. The villages Tibetan. scattered along the way offer basic shelter for the pilgrims on their way to and from Tibet – and the wild banana tree with its tiny but flavoursome fruit is a giveaway that Shangri-La cannot be too remote. Cuisine Nepalese cuisine is varied and influenced by Indian as much as Tibetan, the first favouring vegetarian spicy dishes, the second based on barley, dairy products and roots, while Newar recipes make the most of buffalo meat, 72

cooked or raw. Parallel to the European saying that the only disposable part of the pig is the oink, every last piece of buffalo is consumed, down to the famous stuffed lungs locally named swan puka. Dal-bhat-tarkari is the best known dish, an elaborately served soup of lentils with rice or barley and a variety of condiments. Alcohol is not very popular, unless it is chhaang, akin to beer but aromatised with herbs – and quite inebriating for Western taste. The most popular drink remains tea and it is etiquette to pour it from as high as possible, because the resulting froth in the cup bestows honour to the guest. Traffic tips Kathmandu and other cities are safe places to wander around on your own, although a guide may be advisable if you don’t want to run around in circles, especially if caught in one of the early evening summer downpours: taxies are cheap albeit slow in rush-hour crazy traffic, and they remain the most convenient way to be shuttled around tourist spots without wasting time in the crowded commute. Public transport is reliable and picturesque, and street signs almost always feature English script. Wi-Fi is readily available, so there shouldn’t be any trouble in accessing Google Maps! Most Nepalese speak English quite fluently and you’ll have no quandaries in communicating, despite their unfamiliarity with labio-dental fricatives, so don’t be surprised should your ‘pive o’clock tea’ sets you back of the improbable sum of ‘pipty rupees’. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018







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If bucket hats aren’t up your alley, you can keep it chic with a classy beret, or take it back to basics with a good old baseball cap. Either way, there are plenty of hat trends to top off your look with this season.

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Fashion is a fast-moving world, which brings with it an unrealistic expectation to keep up with ever-changing trends. If your budget doesn’t allow for a whole load of new purchases, simply try and see your already existing wardrobe in a different light: mix and match daring prints, dig up some old and forgotten favourites, add some fun accessories, and make little alterations here and there. You’ll be beach ready in no time!

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years, only the late Momy Levy ow ties are not worn Street) I should avoid the use of and I wore the bow daily. But since they are flaunted,” so said public lavatories if wearing a bow, leaving a brace of editorial chairs a former editor and bow for it was a badge of the - then ilwhere I felt - as many lawyers and tie aficionado some 60 legal - status of being ‘gay’. In fact, chartered accountants still do years ago as he viewed my first I should never wear a bow while some sort of tie was de rigueur, attempts at tying what is little more under the age of 60, he advised, I’ve become sartorially lazy and than a rather large shoelace knot and I should also shave my beard, prefer open-necked comfort, save - though with a wide as this was too bohemian for very special occasions. Which ribbon that enlarges at - even for Fleet Street. She crafted may be just as well. Other than the both ends. In conserit from the clip-on or pre-tied bows - which vative Cape Town the I took his advice on the elderly remare anathema to the true aficiobow was regarded as the beard and ignored that nant of fine nado - I would have to travel to affectation of wannabe about bow ties - in both silk dressMadrid or Barcelona for a new tie, aesthetes in the young, of which Colonel Hallam ing-gown. or so I was told by an up-market or the ultimate badge was proved wrong – men’s outfitter in Algeciras... and of fustiness in anyone something I should have then it probably would have an over 50. expected. For, if secrecy is a preadjustable neck-band, he added. requisite of a spy, he was not very I was neither; I happened to like good at his job - every journalist My first bow ties were hand-sewn the look of bow ties, and - as I reand politician in South Africa knew to measure, and though these marked to anyone whom I thought he was a spook. have long since passed their might have a sense of humour - a ‘worn-by date’, among the dozen bow tie could never accidentally In Fleet Street, several of my or so still draped on a special flop into one’s soup. As wit, the colleagues from the News Chronicle hanger in my wardrobe remark failed, and most of those (and, later, The Times) is a bow sewn for me who listened wrote me off as just wore bow ties, and, as This was too by my younger daughanother messy eater. far as I could tell, were bohemian ter more than 30 years not gay; nor were the even for Fleet ago. She crafted it from In London, or so I was warned bearded journalists and Street. the elderly remnant of by Col. Roger Hallam (an MI 6 photographers more bofine silk dressing-gown. ‘spook’ masquerading as a trade hemian than their shaven Though today’s bow ties are made representative on the UK High colleagues. in a variety of fabrics, from silk to Commissioner’s staff in South artificial fibres, their true ancestors Africa, when I set off for Fleet In Gibraltar, probably for several



leisure were of coarse linen - scarves worn by 17th century Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian War to hold together the openings of their shirts. Dubbed the cravat (derived from the French for “Croat”) the style was adopted by fashionable upper-class Parisians where it flourished among the fashion-conscious in the 18th and 19th centuries. Quite how it evolved as the bow tie which, in its hey-day was flaunted by Victorian gentlemen, is uncertain... and who cares, for evolve it did - most gloriously.

most limbless people in the world.

quarried for iron ore a thousand years earlier was quickly filled by the rains.

The numerous packs of hyenas in the NFD would attack Samburu herders The District Officer at With little sleeping in the open with the time was not only company, only a fire to protect more eccentric than District them from nocturnal most, but had been Officers tend- a keen yachtsman in prowlers. And a fire is ed to become his youth and saw this not enough to deter a eccentric. hungry hyena, whose sudden private ‘lake’ as a powerful jaws can snap great opportunity to go off a careless forearm of lower sailing again. Although he had no leg with one bite. The only clinic boat, there was a large tin bath in in the area was at Wajir, where in which he had his weekly scrub, and colonial days, a District Officer and with a couple of broomsticks for a dozen African askaries enforced “To its devotees, the bow tie a mast and a bed-sheet for a sail, the law and administered justice. suggests iconoclasm of an Old the D.O. launched his boat. The Those hyena victims lucky enough World sort, a fusty adherence to a entrance to his brick office block to survive an attack near contrarian point of view,” and living quarters he painted a Wajir were treated at so wrote a recent consign: The Wajir Yacht Club. ... and who the clinic, those attacked tributor to the New York cares, for further afield often didn’t Times. “It hints at intellecThe sudden rains had coincided evolve it make it. tualism, real or feigned, with a visit to East Africa by the did - most and is worn by magicians, then Prince of Wales whose tour gloriously. Wajir was probably one country doctors, lawyers included a hunting safari in the of the most remote placand professors, and by NFD, during which his party arrived es of administration in what then people hoping to look like the unannounced at Wajir, where they was still the British Empire and, above.” came upon the D.O. in his sailing with little company other than octub. The Prince, who was himself casional Samburu and a bi-monthly To this list he might have added a keen yachtsman, was so amused change of African clinic nurses, ‘Colonial District Officers’, for it (or so I was told) that he insisted District Officers tended to become is in the tradition set by one of on trying it out, and at dinner that eccentric. Apart from loneliness, these that each year the bow tie is night he promised the D.O. that they faced constant heat and lack flaunted at its finest. For - without he would be sent a patent giving a of rain where years could pass collar or shirt - it is central to the royal blessing to the club. Months without a single short shower. formal wear at the annual dinner later, the patent arrived... hence of the Royal Wajir Yacht Club. the name. But in the mid-1930s As unique as it is improbable, an abnormal change the RWYC meets in the heart of A colleague in Nairobi With a Kenya’s Northern Frontier District - of weather and winds who went there with a couple of somewhere in the Indian an outpost hundreds of kilometres television crew to film broomsticks Ocean brought weeks from the sea where there is neither what had become the for a mast of incessant rain to the lake nor river, and, in most years, club’s formal annual and a bedNFD; mud dams which the only water is pumped from a dinner told me that the sheet for a had been empty for desert borehole. framed Royal Warrant years overflowed, dry still hung in the main adsail, the D.O. gullies turned to streams The NFD is a wild, semi-desert ministration building, and launched his filling lower parts of the area on the border with Somalia that the compulsory dress boat. desert, and the land inhabited by nomadic Samburu - a for those at the dinner suddenly became a carpet of green tribe which, when I was there more was still as eccentric as the club’s vegetation. In Wajir, a sunken area than half a century ago, held the founder - a wrap-around kikoi, no that was thought to have been unenviable record in having the shirt... but a formal black bow tie. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018


A SUMMER’S DAY IN BURGUNDY We explore Burgundy and find its much smaller than we imagined, with pretty villages and famous vineyards around every corner.



which flowed too freely perhaps, ruce asked the men in our the heat) waited for Bruce who was of excellent quality, though it party not to wear short appeared promptly, and soon we never occurred to me to ask who trousers as it would be were on our way to the town hall the producer was. I suspect it was considered impolite. It a few minutes’ walk away. As we probably a cooperative wine. was July 14th and we had been approached through the deserted invited by the Mayor to their Fete street we could hear the inconBurgundy is small and complex Nationale, better known to us Brits gruous sound of a steel band. with its vineyards classified long as ‘Bastille Day’ - the anniversary Arriving, we were soon ushered ago into Village Wines, Premier of the storming of the Bastille into the large village hall where on Cru or Grand Cru. Each supposin 1789 which proved a stage stood the Mayor edly step up in quality from the a turning point in the wearing ludicrously On a stage previous level. I say supposedly French Revolution. skimpy shorts and stood the because, like chefs, some wineSince then it has been about to formally open Mayor wearmakers are better than others, celebrated throughout festivities. In fact, the ing ludicrous- men in our party were and when a great wine maker dies France as a public holily skimpy his son or daughter - assuming day and the reason for the only ones wearing they have managed to hold on to much celebration. long trousers, the source shorts. the vineyards in spite of France of much amusement inheritance taxes - may just not be amongst the French once wine We had met Bruce a few days as good as the old man or woman started to flow! We were made to before when we arrived at his was. Or perhaps not as hard workfeel very welcome with everyone large 19th-century house where, ing or committed. Of course, it can very friendly – a contrast indeed with his wife, he run a wonderful go the other way around and offto the cut and thrust of Paris or bed and breakfast. Bruce had spring, full of optimism, any other capital city for played cricket for New Zealand new ideas from wine that matter. It was obvibut had retired to France and Wines college and ambition ous that Bruce was held bought this classical French disappear could well turn out better in great esteem, perhaps property surrounded by several into private wines than their parents because his classy B&B acres of parkland. We had chosen cellars, never ever did. To add to the had placed Chaudenay Chaudenay both for its elegant to be heard of complexity, Burgundy is on the tourist map. The accommodation and for its central again. roughly split two areas: day turned out to be location allowing us to venture out Cote de Beaune, primarhugely enjoyable and each day and explore Burgundy’s ily producing white wines, and gave us a great opportunity to vineyards. Cote du Nuit where reds are the discuss the region’s wine, as most order of the day (but not always). people there were involved in its As instructed, several couples There are hundreds of vineyards production. I noted that the wine, (all smartly dressed in spite of



wine confused with the two above men- had not made an appointment in Burgundy, mostly small, some but we were well received by the tioned appellations as both Puligny tiny. Some vineyards have as many producer’s widow. It turns out that and Chassagne added Montrachet as 40 owners yet the quality and unbeknown to us the winemaker to their names long ago, price from each produchad died some years before. She and have been profiting er can vary enormously. To acquire showed us his cups and medals from the association If there is something a taste for won in wine competitions now simple about Burgundy Burgundy can ever since. Montrachet sadly tarnished. It was sad and itself is a Grand Cru is that for all intents and be regretful we felt rather sorry for the poor vineyard. By wine-geek purposes reds are made because good standards both Puligny woman who seemed lost without from Pinot Noir and Burgundy her husband. The wines we tasted and Chassagne can be whites from Chardonnay. were well past their best but we relatively affordable. Perhaps the best way of can never be bought some bottles anyway. Montrachet is never afunderstanding Burgundy cheap. fordable. Claude Arnoux is small producers makBack on the D974 we arrive at writing in 1728 said that he could ing small amounts of wine. It’s no Beaune the vinous capital of find no words in French or Latin wonder that wines, once released, Burgundy. It’s main tourist attracto describe its qualities but that it disappear into private cellars never tion is the Hospice de Beaune was very expensive and had to be to be heard of again. a former charitable alms house reserved a year in advance. founded in 1443. Here in the I like to think of Burgundy as third Sunday in November the A few minutes on and we see the the finest expressions of Pinot Meursault vineyards typically rising produce of vineyards from all over Noir and Chardonnay anywhere. Burgundy, donated by benefacfrom the road up the escarpment, Ethereal wines that after one’s tors over centuries, are auctioned stopped only be dense woodland. palate is trained one never looks off with all its proceeds going to This is mostly a white wine appelback. (Their whites are much eascharitable foundations. The prices lation making glorious, rich wines ier to understand than their reds.) fetched are normally in excess of and is associated with converting To acquire a taste for Burgundy commercial values. Many of the more wine drinkers into Burgundy can be regretful because good wines will be bottled under the lovers than any other. There are Burgundy can never be cheap, as several Premier Cru vineyards here Hospice de Beaune label. The wine yields, by necessity, need to be appellation of Beaune itself is conincluding Perriers, Genevrieres kept small or the wines will lack sidered good but not excellent and and Les Charmes. A typical label character and complexity. more red than white is produced from this area would simply say here. Meursault Les Genevrieres. We decide to drive the whole Sometimes 1r Cru will also appear length of Burgundy on our first Beaune has an interesting market on the label, but not always. day simply to get a feel for the in its centre and here we buy one area. This is easy to do as the drive of their famous blue The villages of Volnay takes less than an hour. After a legged chickens. Later and Pommard come satisfying breakfast - served by Beaune has that evening tired but next. Both known for Bruce on a wonderful wrought an interesting happy we make a Coq au the reds neither having iron and glass terrace - we set out market - here Vin as Bruce has made any Grand Cru vineyards taking the lesser D974 with the we buy one of available an ample kitchbut several Premier Crus. intention of making our first stop their famous en for the use of guests. Look out for Volnay at Beaune twenty minutes away. Cailleret or Pommard Shortly and to our right we pass blue legged Next month we complete Rugiens. Pommards tend the villages of Puligny-Montrachet chickens. our brief journey from to be more powerful and and Chassagne-Montrachet and Beaun to Fixin visiting the other tannic than its neighbour. their vineyards. Here, fine Premier half of the Burgundy escarpment Cru and Village Chardonnay wines known as the Cote du Nuit and its We leave the D974 as I had parare made. Some of the best in famous vineyards including Nuit St ticularly wanted to visit a producer the world. The star of the area is Georges, Gevrey- Chambertin and in Monthelie one of Burgundy’s however the Montrachet vineVosne-Romanee. lesser know appellations. We yard itself which should not be GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018



BLACK CHICKPEA BALLS with salad and Moroccan style flatbreads

Summer is coming and with it brings the heat and our love for light and tasty meals. These black chickpea balls have a slight nutty flavour and are somewhat crunchy. They can be enjoyed either hot or cold. Makes 8 Preparation time: 10 minutes Resting time for the mixture before baking: 1 hour Cooking time: 10-12 minutes INGREDIENTS FOR THE BLACK CHICKPEA BALLS 90g of dry black chickpeas (these need to soak overnight) 4 shallots ½ cup chopped mint 6 cloves of garlic 3 tbsp of chickpea flour 4 tsp of cumin 2 tsp of turmeric ½ tsp of cayenne pepper ¾ tsp of salt ½ t sp of fresh ground black pepper 2 tbsp of chia seeds (mixed with the equivalent of water to make the mixture bind) INGREDIENTS FOR THE SALAD Spinach, sweet red and orange peppers, cherry tomatoes, spring onions, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, pistachio nuts and pomegranate. 84

METHOD 1. Make sure the black chickpeas are soaked overnight, dry chickpeas are essential to these balls. 2. Add the black chickpeas to a food processor with the shallots, mint, garlic, chickpea flour, cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper, chia seeds mixed with the water, salt and pepper. Blend on low, you don’t want it to turn into a dip. Scrape the sides down and mix with a spoon if necessary.

3. When the mixture is blended well, remove from the processor and let it rest for an hour. 4. Scoop out some of the mixture and start forming the balls with your hands. 5. Place on a baking tray (with tin foil) and bake for 10-12 minutes at 200°C in a fan assisted oven. 6. Prepare the salad while the chickpea balls bake.


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restaurants, bars & pubs CASA PEPE



A delightful terrace, bar, restaurant on the prestigious Queensway Quay Marina. Wonderful location for business meetings, weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions. Specialising in fresh fish caught locally with daily specials including seabass, dorada, sole, and bream, plus a very comprehensive a la carte menu. Also available are tapas and raciones (double size tapas) to share (or not!) prior to a main course. Mixed paellas also available, as well as fish cooked in rock salt, whole suckling pig and baby lamb to order.

Nunos Italian Restaurant, overlooking the Mediterranean, is popular with hotel guests, tourists and local residents. This 2 rosette rated, AA restaurant is renowned for its eclectic interior, intimate atmosphere and fine cuisine. Savour a wide selection of freshly prepared Italian delicacies, including bread, pasta, meat and fish, followed by delicious desserts. In the summer months, the hotel offers alfresco dining for private parties in the Garden Grill. Sitting nestled in the colonial garden you can enjoy a mouth-watering menu of charcoal-grilled meats and freshly prepared salads in candlelit surroundings.

Modern Italian eatery set in lively Casemates square. Everything from chicory and crispy pancetta salad with walnuts, pears and blue cheese dressing, or king prawn, mozzarella and mango salad to pastas (eg: linguine with serrano ham, king prawns and rocket; smoked salmon and crayfish ravioli with saffron and spinach cream) to salads (eg: Vesuvio spicy beef, cherry tomatoes, roasted peppers and red onions; and Romana chorizo, black pudding, egg and pancetta) and pizzas (eg: Quatto Stagioni topped with mozzarella, ham, chicken, pepperoni and mushroom) and specialities such as salmon fishcakes, beef medallions and duck. Daily specials on blackboard. No smoking.

Open: Tues-Sat lunch & evening, Sunday lunch only, closed Mondays. Casa Pepe, 18 Queensway Quay Marina, Tel/Fax: 200 46967

Open: Mon-Sun 1-3pm lunch, 7–11pm dinner Nunos Italian Restaurant and Terrace Caleta Hotel, Catalan Bay Tel: 200 76501

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Stylish Lounge Gastro Bar on Queensway Quay Marina serving best quality food prepared by passionate, qualified chefs. Popular quiz on Sundays from 7pm and a relaxed friendly atmosphere. A separate Lounge Bar Area serving a wide range of hot drinks, wines, beers, spirits and cocktails at reasonable prices, with large TV’s for sports and events coverage.

Solo Bar and Grill is a stylish and modern eatery — perfect for business functions or lunches — and part of the popular Cafe Solo stable. Serving everything from Goats’ Cheese Salad, Mediterranean Pâté and Cajun Langoustines to Beer Battered John Dory, or Harissa Chicken, and Chargrilled Sirloin Steak. This is a delightful venue in Europort with a cosy mezzanine level and terrace seating. Well worth a visit, or two! Available for private functions and corporate events — call 200 62828 to book your function or event.

Next to the Law Courts, with a terrace seating area, Jury’s has a selection of Ciabattas, paninis, baguettes and wraps, plus popular sharing dishes, such as Your Honour’s platter. Jacket potatoes, main courses, pasta and some innocent salads too. For those with a sweet tooth, there are tantalising homemade desserts, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, as well as Lavazza coffees and frappes.

Open: 12-8pm. Solo Bar & Grill, Eurotowers Tel: 200 62828

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Open: 10am-late Mon - Sun Be sure to arrive early to ensure a seat! The Lounge, 17 Ragged Staff Wharf, Queensway Quay Marina Tel: 200 61118


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Located on the water’s edge, Ocean Village, just across the bridge from O’Reilly’s. This bar & grill is a fusion of an American themed menu with Tarifa chill out style. Open for breakfast from 9am serving healthy options, freshly squeezed orange juice and Italian Lavazza coffee. Try the spicy Caribbean rum ribs, southern fried chicken bucket, the popular Texas burger or a selection of tasty salads and homemade desser t s. London Pride, San Miguel & Carling beer on draught, live sports.

Traditional Irish bar with full HD spor t s coverage and Irish breakfast from 8am (Sunday from 9am). Guinness on draught. Food includes salads, jackets, beef & Guinness pie, Kildare chicken, chicken brochette, gourmet burgers, wraps, children menu, homemade desser t s, daily specials and more. And just like in Ireland there’s no smoking inside, so a great atmosphere for all.

Situated in the corner of Casemates Square, the bar is a celebration of the life of Lord Nelson. See the collection of nautical art & memorabilia, including a brass pin from HMS Victory itself. HMS crews’ breakfast served from 10am, full menu including steak & ale pie, traditional fish & chips & much more served all day until 10pm.

Bridge Bar & Grill Ocean Village Tel: 200 66446

O’Reilly’s Ocean Village. Tel: 200 67888

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Traditional pub in fashionable Casemates area. Named for the 18th century practise of locking gates to the city at night when the guard called ‘All’s Well’. All’s Well serves Bass beers, wine and spirits plus pub fare. English breakfast all day, hot meals such as pork in mushroom sauce, sausage & mash, cod & chips and steak & ale pie plus a range of salads and jacket potatoes. Large terrace. Karaoke Mondays and Wednesdays until late. Free tapas on a Friday 7pm.

Gibraltar’s oldest bar, just off Main St. Small cosy and famous for its full English breakfast from 8am (9am on Sunday). A full menu including fish & chips, until 10pm. The home of Star Coffee, draught beers include Heineken, Old Speckled Hen, Murphys and Strongbow cider. Managed by Hunter Twins from Stafford, England, also home to Med Golf & Tottenham Hotspur supporters club.

On Main Street opposite the cathedral, enjoy a meal, coffee or a cool beer on the terrace and watch the world go by! Bar decorated with rare military plaques from regiments and navy ships visiting Gibraltar. Full breakfast menu served from 7am, draught beers on tap include Old Speckled Hen bitter, Murphys Irish stout, Heineken lager and Strongbow cider.

All’s Well Casemates Square. Tel: 200 72987


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Gibraltar Public Holidays 2018

Registry Office Tel: 200 72289 It’s possible to get married within 48 hours. A fact taken advantage of by stars such as Sean Connery & John Lennon.

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Rock Tours by Taxi Tel: 200 70052 As well as offering normal fares, taxis provide Rock Tours taking in the Upper Rock, Europa Point etc.

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John Mackintosh Hall Tel: 200 75669 Includes cafeteria, theatre, exhibition rooms and library. 308 Main Street 9.30am - 11pm Mon-Fri.

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SUPPORT GROUPS ADHD Gibraltar Alcoholics Anonymous meet 7pm Tues & Thurs at Nazareth House Tel: 200 73774.

COPE Support group for people with Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Meetings at Catholic Community Centre Book Shop at 7.30pm first Thur of each month. Tel: 200 51469 Email:

A Step Forward support for single, separated, divorced/widowed people, meet 8pm Mon at St Andrew’s Church.

Dignity At Work Now Confidential support and advice for those who are being bullied at work. Tel: 57799000.

Mummy & Me Breastfeeding Support Group those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have breastfed to get together for coffee / support. Partners and older children welcome. Meets 1st Wed / month at Chilton Court Community Hall at 1.30pm. Enquiries and support 54014517.

Families Anonymous Support group for relatives and friends concerned about the use of drugs or related behavioural problems. Meet weekly on Thurs at 9pm at Gladys Perez Centre, 304A Main Street, Tel: 54007676 or 54014484.

Childline Gibraltar confidential phone line for children in need. Freephone 8008 - 7 days a week 5pm - 9pm Citizens’ Advice Bureau Open Mon-Thur 9:30am-4:00pm, Fri 9:30am- 3:30pm. Tel: 200 40006 Email: or visit at 10 Governor’s Lane. Free & confidential, impartial & independent advice and info.


Gibraltar Cardiac Rehabilitation and Support Group meets on the first Tues of every month at 8.30pm at John Mac Hall, except for Jul & Aug. Gibraltar Dyslexia Support Group 72 Prince Edwards Rd Tel: 200 78509 Mobile: 54007924 website: Gibraltar Marriage Care Free relationship counselling, including pre-marriage education (under auspices of Catholic Church, but open to all). Tel: 200 71717.

Gibraltar Society for the Visually Impaired Tel: 200 50111 (24hr answering service). Hope miscarriage support Tel: 200 41817. Mummy & Me Breastfeeding Support: Meets every Thursday 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous Tel: 200 70720 Parental Support Group helping parents and grandparents with restrictive access to their children and grandchildren. Tel: 200 46536, 200 76618, or 54019602. Psychological Support Group, PO Box 161, Nazareth House. Meet Tuesdays at 7pm, Fridays 8pm. Tel: Yolanda 54015553 With Dignity Gibraltar support for separated, divorced/widowed or single people. Meet Weds 9pm, Catholic Community Centre, Line Wall Rd. Outings/activities. Women in Need Voluntary organisation for all victims of domestic violence. Refuge available. Tel: 200 42581 (24 hrs).


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financial community - words his Donald Trump fellow like ‘pre-authorisation’, ‘upside’, is a mortal after my own ‘down-sizing’, ‘leverage’, and heart’. Zeus gestured phrases such as ‘distributed ledger at the giant TV screen technology’ – even if he did not filled with a close-up of the know what they meant. American President and Those And much of what he his trademark wagging said was now punctuatindex finger with thumb attending curled under it in the ed with bits of this new seemed shape of a figure six. jargon. mostly ‘For me, he ticks all the interested boxes,’ added the Father It was gleaned in the in ‘networkof the Gods, savouring meeting rooms in the ing’... another bowels of the so-called the clichéd phrase which he had added to his vomouth-water- ‘yacht hotel’; a former cruise ship moored less cabulary after hearing it ing piece of than a small thunderseveral times at a recent jargon. KPMG seminar. bolt’s throw from the penthouse flat into which the Olympians had moved He enjoyed the new words and a month previously. Seminars and phrases that attached themselves summits and meetings of various to any conversation or discussion acronymic business associations between members of Gibraltar’s ‘


were held there – usually accompanied by some form of food and drink. As with so many of these events, the KPMG seminar had been outside his ‘comfort zone’ – another new phrase to delight his ear and tongue, but was something to do with betting and bits of coin, he thought. However, the Father of the Gods lauded by Aristophanes and others as ‘all-knowing’ and ‘all-seeing’ - wasn’t there for the intellectual content or to expand his knowledge. He frequented the seminars and summits held on the Sunborn, attracted not by the financial topics which were discussed (tediously and interminably as he saw them) but by the spreads of GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018

satire croissants, Danish pastries, and muffins set out for the delegates as a mini-breakfast.

‘Isn’t Trump in some sort of trouble for having the Russians help him fiddle the election?’ Athena joined the conversation.

pictures. ‘And what about these plump ladies in bathing suits?’

‘And he like people dressed in red and white,’ said Ares. Early on he had found that if he appeared absorbed in any of the ‘Something to do with some documents lifted from piles at the firm that stole the secrets of 85 ‘Aah then, he wouldn’t vote for reception desks, no-one would million mortals,’ added Ares whose Trump – he would vote for Jeremy question his presence or discover fascination with mathematics Corbyn,’ Hera announced disrehis gate-crashing. And during the attracted him to any news item garding the fact that the Atlantic breaks between the that mentioned large Ocean separated two politicians tedium, those attending numbers or statistics. who would not compete with each ‘Something seemed mostly inter‘Something called other. ‘Let’s try someone else. The to do with Cambridge Analytica CM.’ ested in ‘networking’... some firm who used the details on another mouth-watering that stole Facebook to decide how ‘He’s another one who seems to piece of jargon. the secrets people would vote – and like to eat drink and be merry – of 85 million then how to influence lots of champers or cava… and he ‘Yes, Trump is a man that vote...’ likes to talk. Look at all the photos much in my mould,’ he mortals.’ of him talking.’ repeated as the tele‘Seem a bit far-fetched to me. vision screened flicked from the Don’t see how it could work.’ Zeus ‘All politicians like to talk… that’s picture of the US president to a rumbled, irked that his ‘conversapretty much all they do,’ said pneumatic lady with the improbaHebe. ble name of Stormy Rivers. tion’ had been interrupted – first by his wife, and then the children. ‘Well, there’s that blonde who Once they got the verbal bit beHera looked up from the Spanish has something to do with keeping tween their collective teeth it was cookery book she was trawling difficult to get a word in edgeways. the financial services in line,’ for new recipes, which she hoped said Artemis who had pulled up would wean her husband from his Facebook on her iPad. ‘She seems diet of fish, chips, harsh vinegar ‘Let’s try it. We can Google humore interested in open-air activand occasional marmalade, and mans we know and see if we can woo her brood from a regime of work out what their interests are., ities on beaches and in the mounfast-food burgers and pizzas to a nd from that whether they would tains, than those who seem to do healthy Mediterranean diet. ‘Yes,’ vote for Trump,’ Hebe enthused. nothing but eat and talk. There she thought. He IS very like you are even pictures of her making – a womanising liar with straying Athena flipped open hr Apple Mac. friends with an elephant.’ hands and a boorish attitude.’ ‘That must be the “elephant in the ‘Let’s try Sir Thingummy – you Although centuries had passed room” that people keep referring know the politician with a walrus since the Gods had last intervened to,’ observed Dionysus, moustache.’ Athena in the affairs of mortals – after whose attention had tapped the keyboard ‘Trump’s finally realising that mankind could been dragged away and, within seconds, had something create its own follies and crises from the wine column in pulled up the picture of an elewithout the help of any Olympian Gibraltar Magazine, by library on the Minister’s phant,’ said – they remained fascinated by huthe earlier mention of Facebook page. Hebe. ‘champers and cava’. man behaviour and, since settling The gods and goddessGibraltar and daily contact with ‘Trump’s something of an eleits multicultural population, had es peered over her shoulder as begun to take and interest in what she scrolled through photo after phant,’ said Hebe. was happening in the wider world photo. – at least part of which had once The gods fell silent as each menbeen their domain. ‘He seems to enjoy going out to tally pictured and elephant, and dinner,’ Athena pointed to several their minds boggled. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE JUNE 2018









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Basketball: Gibraltar Amateur Basketball Association (affiliated FIBA) leagues/ training for minis, passarelle, cadets, seniors and adults at a variety of levels. Tel: John 200 77253, Randy 200 40727. Boxing: Gibraltar Amateur Boxing Association (member IABA) gym on Rosia Rd. Over 13s welcome. Tuition with ex-pro boxer Ernest Victory. Tel: 56382000 or 20042788. Cheerleading: Gibraltar Cheerleading Association, girls and boys of all ages. Chearleading and street cheer/hip hop at Victoria Stadium. Recreational / competitive levels. Tel: 58008338. Canoeing: Gibraltar Canoeing Association. Tel: Nigel 200 52917 or Arturo 54025033. Cricket: Gibraltar Cricket, National Governing Body & Associate Member of ICC. Governs International & Domestic Men’s, Women’s, Boys’ & Girls’ cricketleague & cup competitions and in-school coaching., info@, Twitter: @Gibraltar_Crick Cycling: Gibraltar Cycling Association various cycling tours. Darts: Gibraltar Darts Association (full member of WDF & affiliate of BDO). We cater for men, ladies & youth who take part in leagues, competitions and a youth academy for the correct development of the sport. Tel: Darren 54027171 Secretary, Alex 54021672 Youth Rep, Justin 54022622 President. Email: info@ Football: Gibraltar Football Association leagues/competitions for all ages OctoberMay. Futsal in summer, Victoria Stadium. Tel: 20042941 Gaelic Football Club (Irish sport): Males any age welcome. Get fit, play sport, meet new friends, travel around Spain/Europe and play an exciting and competitive sport. Training every Wed on the MOD pitch on Devil’s Tower Road at 7pm. Andalucia League with Seville and Marbella to play matches home and away monthly. Visit www.gibraltargaels. com or Hockey: Gibraltar Hockey Association (members FIH & EHF) high standard competitions/training for adults/juniors. Tel: Eric 200 74156 or Peter 200 72730 for info. Iaido: teaches the Japanese sword (Katana), classes every week. Iwa Dojo, Kendo & Jujitsu: Classes every week, for kids/adults. Tel: 54529000 www. or Judo and Ju-jitsu: Gibraltar Budokai Judo Association UKMAF recognised instructors for all ages and levels at Budokai Martial Arts Centre, Wellington Front. Tel: Charlie 20043319. Ju-jitsu: Gibraltar Ju-jitsu Academy training and grading for juniors/seniors held during evening at 4 North Jumpers Bastion. Tel: 54011007. Karate-do Shotokai: Gibraltar Karate-do Shotokai Association - Karate training for junior & seniors at Clubhouse, Shotokai karate centre, 41H Town Range. Monday: 9:30 p.m. & Wednesday 9:45 p.m. Karate: Shotokan karate midday Mon beginners, other students 8.30pm. Thurs 8.30pm. In town at temporary dojo or privately by arrangement. Contact Frankie 54038127 or Motorboat Racing: Gibraltar Motorboat Racing Association Tel: Wayne 200 75211. Muay Thai and Muay Boran Club: Tues & Thur at Boyd’s Kings Bastion Leisure Centre at 6:30pm, Tel: John – 54024707 FB: Gibraltar Muay Thai Netball: Gibraltar Netball Association (affiliated FENA & IFNA) competitions through year, senior/junior leagues. Tel: 20041874. Petanque: Gibraltar Petanque Association. New members welcome. Tel: 54002652. Pilates: Intermediate Pilates: Tues & Fri 9.30am, beginners Pilates: Fri 10.50am at the Shotokai Centre, 41H Town Range. Tel: 54033465 or Gibraltar Pool Association: (Member of the EBA) home and away league played on Thurs through out the season, various tournaments played on a yearly basis both nationally and internationally, Tel: 56925000, Rhythmic Gymnastics: Gibraltar Rhythmic

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BY GRANDMASTER RAY KEENE OBE A player to watch is the Chinese prodigy Wei Yi. Victor of the second grandmaster group in Wijk aan Zee, Holland 2015, Wei proceeded immediately to the Tradewise tournament in Gibraltar. There he reeled off four straight wins in the opening rounds. Wei’s forte in Wijk aan Zee was aggression plus tactics but in Gibraltar he also showed that he can be steady under fire and pull in vital points when the opposition overreaches. In this sense he has learnt the lesson of heroic materialism which was a notable feature of the strategy of the great Bobby Fischer.

The favoured move in this position has been 13 Nxe5 sacrificing the white queen for two minor pieces and a ferocious attack. Perhaps the most illustrious example was the game Timman-Kramnik, Riga 1995 which continued 13 ... Bxd1 14 Bh6+ Kg8 15 Nxc6 Bxc2 16 Nc3 e6 17 Nxd8 Rxd8 18 Bg5 Kg7 19 Bxd8 Rxd8 20 Rac1 Bxd3 21 Red1 e5 22 Re1 Re8 23 b3 Nb5 and a draw was agreed. 13 h3 Bxf3 14 Qxf3 White prefers to offer a pawn in order to maintain his initiative, rather than going the whole hog and giving up his queen. 14 ... Bg7 15 Ng5 Qd5

White: Vladimir Prosviriakov Black: Wei Yi

CHESS PUZZLE 6 White to play. This position is from PrasannaSutovsky, Gibraltar 2015. The black king is very vulnerable, despite the reduced material on the board. How did White now find a clever way to exploit this factor?

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16 Re4 White chooses the wrong continuation for his attack. After 16 Qf4 he has full compensation for the pawn. 16 ... e5 17 c4 Qd7 18 Qe2 f6 19 Nf3 Rd8 20 g4 h6 21 b4 Qxd3 22 bxc5 bxc5 23 Kg2 f5 24 gxf5 gxf5 25 Qxd3 Rxd3 26 Re3 Rxe3 27 Bxe3 e4 28 Bxc5+ Kf7 29 Nd4 Ne6 30 Nxe6 Bxa1 31 Nf4 Be5 White resigns



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