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RITISH buyers in Spain have beaten pre-Brexit referendum records despite the doom and gloom, new figures have revealed. Shrugging off the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, the sale of homes to plucky Brits rose 12% in 2018 to 10,178 - beating the 2016 record of 10,156. While UK buyers declined significantly in the quarters after the referendum in June 2016, and by a massive 28% in the last quarter of 2016, they started recovering to increase by double-digits

The Brits have not stopped investing in Spanish property with a 12% rise in purchases last year

last year. It means the UK’s share of the foreign market has been steadily increasing from a low of 14% in the first quarter of 2017 to 17% at the end of 2018. Although this is not yet back to the levels prior to the referendum

due to other nationalities flooding the market, it is expected to rise again this year. According to property expert Mark Stucklin, of Spanish Property Insight, the weakness of Sterling against the Euro was the leading cause of the drop in demand. “Once the Pound stabilised at a lower level British demand also stabilised and then began to grow again,” he explained. Continues on Page III

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There is a ‘gender imbalance’ when it comes to running Gibraltar, claim female politicians GIBRALTAR’S echelons of power have been compared to those in Iran due to its lack of female representation. It comes after the Rock ranked 154th out of 191 countries in a study on women in power by the International Parliamentary Union. “The study says we are only slightly better than countries like Qatar, Congo and Iran,” said Together Gibraltar leader Marlene Hassan Nahon. “We look back over the last 50 years and there is only a handful of women that have graced Parliament with their presence. “As a result there is a void of female role models as we haven’t been there to add our perspective.” Speaking on International Women’s Day, Nahon also re-

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vealed she was once advised to ‘find a man’ to lead her new party. “For them, the visual is that a man has to lead,” she added during a debate at City Hall. “It’s all about awareness and changing these visuals.” Rival GSLP MP Samantha Sacramento agreed, saying there was ‘obviously’ a ‘gender imbalance’ on the Rock. “Overnight, I became minister for equality and I remember quite a hostile reaction when we first started celebrating International Women’s Day,” she said. “I had to explain that the reason we are raising awareness is not to give a particular advantage to women.

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Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay had told MPs the deal would deliver the protections they had asked for, including on the status of Gibraltar. In his closing remarks, Barclay said: “The PM has been clear that the government stands behind sovereignty for Gibraltar, and that will never change.” If MPs reject the no-deal option, there will be a further vote on a potential extension of Article 50 on Thursday. A total of 75 Conservative MPs rebelled against the deal whereas three Labour MPs rebelled against their leader by voting in favour. In a statement the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier said: “The impasse can only be solved in the UK. Our “no-deal” preparations are now more important than ever before.”

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Grounded THE EU has suspended the use of the new Boeing 737-MAX 8 planes, after nine Britons and two Spaniards were killed when an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed after taking off from Addis Ababa.

Crypto-facto SENIOR Gibraltar Finance Executive Paul Astengo said he went to a cryptocurrency summit at Georgetown University in Washington DC to “strengthen connections”.

Bay backup ROYAL Navy frigate HMS Argyll stopped in Gibraltar on March 9 on its return to Plymouth after fighting terrorists in the Indian Ocean.

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Tyre slash fury British plated vehicles could be targets for vandalism, Gibraltarian warns

A GIBRALTARIAN is sounding the alarm after his tyres were slashed in a ‘xenophobic attack’ on the Costa del Sol.The 49-yearold, and a friend, both had tyres slashed on their motorbikes after they parked them outside Marbella’s La Canada shopping centre last week.“We were targeted because our number plates are Gibraltarian as all the Spanish bikes were left untouched,” the local, who asked to remain

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anonymous, told the Olive Press this week.“One seemed to be done with a serrated nail and the other with a screw.“I think it’s a wider problem and people need to be made aware.” At least two other Gibraltarians claimed they had their tyres slashed across the border over the last month.One told the Olive Press how his rear tyre - also on a motorbike -

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was slashed in Algeciras. The Gibraltar Brit who had his tyres slashed in Marbella insisted that he was not trying to stir up ‘hate’ against the Spanish, thanking the locals

Maddie doc gearing up AN in-depth documentary on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is expected to be released this month. The Netflix series - which involved the Olive Press - will re-tell the harrowing story of the most famous missing persons case in European history. A series of interviews with dozens of investigators, journalists and friends of the family will piece together how the three-year-old went missing from her holiday home on the Algarve in 2007. The documentary, which started filming in

October 2017, is expected to be presented in up to eight parts. The Olive Press worked with the production company Pulse Films for a number of days, as its editor Jon Clarke was among the first journalists on the scene. The documentary has faced a big backlash from Maddie’s family, who claimed it ‘could hinder’ the continuing search effort for their daughter.

who helped him.“If it was done in hatred, well it didn’t work because we had Spanish people helping us afterwards who were equally aggrieved with the situation.“Of course they are not all the same but be careful where you park.”It comes as tensions between Spain and Gibraltar continue to flare over the Brexit fiasco and just months after farright party Vox - which is notoriously anti-Gibraltar - won 12 seats at the Andalucian parliament.When approached the centre apologised to the Brit in a statement, saying it ‘regretted’ the incident and would be launching an investigation.

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They also disbelieved that wounds to his body had been inflicted by his wife. With the only eye witness account being their daughter, Mr Lishman had tried to suggest he was attacked first, as he was later kept alive through life-saving surgery. The Home Office doctor said he had heard Lishman’s daughter say, ‘daddy stabbed mummy, then daddy stabbed himself’. The six-year-old ran from the house ‘covered in blood’ and ‘crying hysterically,’ following the incident, the court heard.

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THEY have famously fallen out on numerous occasions, often coming to blows. When it comes to rock rows, few run as deep as the one between Oasis’ Liam and Noel Gallagher. So it is intriguing - and somewhat incredible - that the pair will both be headlining festivals in Spain on the very same night this summer. But before the rumour-mongers get excited they are playing hundreds of miles apart, with Liam Gallagher playing at BBK in Bilbao on July 11 and brother Noel (below) playing at Mad Cool, in Madrid that night. And, as Liam said a couple of years ago: “I’d rather eat my own shit than be in a band with him again.”

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FROM the man who once claimed to have slept with 3,000 women comes a new vainglorious gloat: at the age of 75, Julio Iglesias ‘swims naked’ to keep fit. It is unknown if he sticks to his mantra of having sex every day, but the singer admitted his secret to staying fit while on his 50th anniversary tour included wine and ‘two to three hours’ of sport and aquatic liberation. Spain’s most successful singer kicked off his golden tour in Texas, where he introduced a pair of dancers, saying: “Tango is the

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TONY Hadley, Fatboy Slim and Elton John are just three of the amazing acts coming to Spain this summer. The British superstars are joined by Franz Ferdinand, Kings of León and New Order, who are set to headline the Low festival in Benidorm this summer. Meanwhile Iggy Pop, the Cure and the Chemical Brothers land in Madrid, while Oasis stars Noel Gallagher and

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NE of Spain’s top music festivals will pitch Liam Gallagher (left) against Damon Albarn for the first time in Spain. The British legends - who famously fought for the UK’s number one slot with their bands Oasis and Blur in the 1990s - are to headline BBK festival in Bilbao this summer. Fortunately on different nights, Liam Gallagher will play under his own name, while Albarn will perform with his new band The Good, the Bad & the Queen. And to add a bit of extra British sizzle to the mix, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke will be on hand to perform his new album Tomorrow's Modern Boxes.

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PENELOPE Cruz wowed in white at Chanel’s final fashion show directed by its late creative director Karl Lagerfeld. The Spanish actress blended in with the winter wonderland theme and snow-covered runway, donning a long-sleeve top with several ruffles, a furry skirt, statement belt and platform shoes. The stunning Madrileno shared pictures of the wintry scene at the Grand Palais in Paris, which became ‘Chalet Gardenia’, and included snow-covered mountains, log cabins and a snowy runway. “What an honour to walk the last Chanel show designed by Karl. What an emotional moment!” she wrote. Lagerfeld died on February 19 from a short illness at age 85.

CRUZ-ING: On-screen star Cruz takes to the catwalk MUSIC ROYALTY: Cook, Elton and Tony Hadley brother Liam play in the country ON THE VERY SAME DAY in July. Former Spandau Ballet frontman Hadley is to play at the Puente Romano Tennis Club on August 10. He will be joined during the Marbella Music Week by The Jacksons two days before. Other huge draws on the Costa del Sol this summer, include Rod Stewart and The Beach Boys. The California legends will be performing as part of Marbella’s Starlite Festival, while Stewart stars at Fuengirola’s Marenostrum Castle Park in July. Bob Dylan is also coming to Fuengirola as part of his Never Ending world tour. Meanwhile, Spain’s biggest music festival FIB has con-

firmed Fatboy Slim, Kings of León, The 1975 and Franz Ferdinand. The Benicassim festival has just added 12 other new acts for its 25th anniversary edition, including Kodaline, Lana del Rey and George Ezra. Other big names rocking out Spain this summer, include Elton John in Madrid on June 26 and Ed Sheeran, also in the capital, on June 11. Another exciting festival in Valencia, 4ever, has confirmed British favourites Keane and Tears for Fears will be playing alongside Spanish giants Los Planetas. Madrid’s Mad Cool festival has one of the best line ups to date featuring Bon Iver, The Chemical Brothers, Iggy Pop, the National and the Cure.

I’ll speak out more! A SPAIN-based Hollywood star faces eight year in jail in his native Egypt for speaking out against the regime. Amr Waked, who lives in

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Barcelona, has been sentenced by a military court for ‘publishing fake news and insulting the state institutions’ of President Sisi. It comes after the star of Syriana and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen tried to renew his passport in 2017 but was rejected by the Egyptian embassy in Spain. The 45-year old said: “I’m a civilian, I don’t know why I’m on military trial.” Waked has been outspoken on Sisi’s targeting of political opponents and believes the charges are an attempt to silence him. He said: “This will not stop me. On the contrary it will make me more vocal.”

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Cable plan shelved THE planned upgrade of Gibraltar’s cable cars has been put on hold for now. It comes after an outcry from taxi drivers, who believe the plans are ‘inadequate’. The cable car owner Blands claimed that the investment would bring an extra 100,000 visitors to the top of the Rock each year.

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But The Gibraltar Taxi Association (GTA) criticised the visitor management plan presented as ‘woefully inadequate’. Rock tours have become the staple of many Gibraltar taxis, even leading to complaints they do not service the town well enough.

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A BRITISH couple have returned to Blighty with 50 dogs and cats in tow. Fish and chip shop owners Jacqui and Tim Kerswell, 44, spent €15,000 to get their beloved pets home to the UK after making the decision to relocate. The pair, who ran Tim’s Fish & Chips, in Duquesa, have returned to their farm in Devon with 32 cats and

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18 dogs, over two legs and with a van completely full. “Pets are like children: if you can’t take care of them, then don’t have them,’’ Jacqui, told the Olive Press. The military operation took months to prepare, particularly as they had to

carefully place the pets in cages to avoid them fighting on the route. “Spain is a prime spot for abandoned dogs and cats, but many expats also abandon their pets because they don’t want to fork out for transport,” added Jacqui.

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‘Rowing Marine’ injured British veteran smashes atlantic rowing record after months training in Gibraltar A ROYAL Marine has set a new Atlantic rowing record after crossing solo and un-

supported, despite having lost a leg. Lee Spencer, 49, completed

Heart and sole A BRAVE Brit has set off on a BAREFOOT walk from Gibraltar to Scotland. Matthew Strange is attempting to break a world record with the 1,700 mile trek, which goes through five countries. “I am increasing both its difficulty and hopefully the funds raised,” said Strange, who set off on Monday. He claims it will be a new Guinness World Record for the longest barefoot journey ever made. Strange has already run a marathon and climbed to the top of Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain, barefoot. He is undertaking the feat for St Catherine’s Hospice Care. Visit www.justgiving.com/MrMatthewStrange.

ABLE: Record-breaker Lee Spencer on his boat the crossing in 60 days and He survived three tours of broke the able-bodies record Afghanistan before losing a by 36 days. leg in 2014, when he was hit The ‘Rowing Marine' spent by debris on the M3 while months in Gibraltar train- helping a motorist. ing for the 5,600km voyage The veteran told the BBC: which saw him row from “I didn’t get much sleep but Portimao, Portugal to Cay- I’ve done 24 years as a Royal enne in French Guiana. Marine, so I’m quite used to Spencer said: “If I can beat hardship. an able-bodied record as a “The hardest thing for me disabled man, and that’s the personally was being solo. reason why I wanted to do When you’re faced with a this, to prove that no one problem, or you’re a little bit should be defined by disabil- scared, my whole working ity. career has been as part of a “That’s been the driving force team, but being solo, I found behind the two and half years that quite difficult.” of putting this row together. Spencer undertook the chalAnd every day that I’ve been lenge to raise money for the rowing, that’s been going Royal Marines Charity and through my mind.” the Endeavour Fund.

Happy hackers! A TEAM of Gibraltar whizkids has won the UK’s Cyber Centurion finals. The group from Bayside school got on the podium twice, winning the under-14 event and coming third in the under 18s competition. The annual event held in London is the fifth to test how young programmers deal with computer security threats. Dedicated to the ‘innovators of the world’ this year the teams used a mixture of Ubuntu, Debian and Windows OS programmes. “I’m over the moon,” Bayside teacher Stewart Harrison told the Gibraltar Olive Press. “I am happy with the legacy Gibraltar is making and great to see our juniors are also proving themselves by winning their category. “We were the only school at these finals with teams in both categories.” He explained that the students have been undergoing training once a week for two hours after school, with help from the security team at Gibraltar-based betting company GVC.

Sovereignty row ANOTHER Spanish warship has encroached upon Gibraltar’s territorial waters, in a standoff with a tiny Royal Navy patrol boat. The Spanish vessel, ‘Infanta Cristina’ faced off with the British boat around a mile and a half off Gibraltar’s shore. the Olive Press understands this is the fifth such incident this year. Fears are now growing of a much more serious incident around the corner. Challenged HMS Sabre pursued the Spanish warship, which is armed with guns, torpedos and mortar weapons. A spokesperson for the UK Foreign Office said: “We can confirm an incursion by the Spanish navy occurred this morning. “As with all incursions, the Royal Navy challenged the vessel. “When challenged, the Spanish navy vessel left British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. “Incursions are a violation of sovereignty, not a threat to it. “We have no doubt about our sovereignty over Gibraltar.” This latest incident comes after a string of inflammatory moves by Spain off Gibraltar, which many have seen as attempts to question British sovereignty over the Rock.

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Julen case picked apart LAWYERS for the family of well victim Julen Rosello have appealed against a judge’s decision to reject evidence he could have been killed by a rescue worker’s pickaxe. Antonio Flores, from legal firm Lawbird, believes that little Julen’s fatal injury was caused from a pickaxe blow. His report, based on the preliminary autopsy, rules that at least four blows ‘penetrated at least 35cm’ into the earth covering Julen in the well. However, the judge in Malaga said the report was not based on the findings of an ‘expert’, as the final autopsy has not been presented. Lawbird is representing uncle David Serrano, who owned the land in the Axarquia on which the illegal well had been dug and is facing charges of ‘reckless homicide’. Serrano’s team responded insisting the report was made ‘in good faith’ and is also based on reports by the Guardia Civil. The report claimed that eight hairs from the minor were found on the end of the pick. Lawbird argues the judge’s decision to reject it puts Serrano at a ‘clear disadvantage’.


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OPINION Choosing choice THE election of Donald Trump as US President has been one of the biggest disappointments for women everywhere. But rather than snuff out the feminist struggle it has served to increase its relevance on a global scale. In Gibraltar, where women are woefully under-represented in society, the context should be the push for abortion which still carries a life sentence akin to murder. Finally, a group of young pro-choice women have taken on the challenge while the old guard tries to stifle their cries. But it is no longer the 1960s. Global opinion has changed. The UK requirement of needing two doctors to approve every abortion is looking antiquated and impractical in a small place like Gibraltar. If a change is made, it may as well be one that is upto-date. That is the opinion of three UK experts that came to Gibraltar recently.

Humiliation HUMILIATED by yet another heavy defeat on her brexit deal, Theresa May’s authority is now well and truly shattered. Her desperate pleas and bribes were not nearly enough to overturn the historic defeat she suffered in January. A route out of the latest Brexit disarray is for Parliament to wrestle back control by extending Article 50 in today’s vote. And then to order another referendum and, next time, for everyone to vote understanding the full implications, with no lies and spin. For expats, fearing the loss of their pensions and access to healthcare, anything to ward off the UK’s looming exit date now is worthy of pursuit. May’s attempts to run down the Brexit clock has backfired spectacularly forcing her to concede Tuesday’s vote and possibly over the coming days her premiership. Expats currently watching this pitiful climax to three years of work will hope that any time added on will usher in a renewed focus on their plight.

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Pylons in paradise In the heart of Spain’s Driving Over Lemons country, residents and celebrities are gearing up for a David and Goliath battle to stop a chain of mega pylons from wrecking their rural idyll By Tim McNulty, Charlie Smith & Joshua Parfitt

In the softening light of the afternoon I drove high up and found a spot where I could see the whole valley, green and lovely and apparently inaccessible.” That is the description of life in one quiet corner of Granada’s Alpujarras by one of the founding members of Genesis, Chris Stewart. Writing in his seminal book Driving Over Lemons, published in 1999, the ex-drummer extols the rolling beauty of the fertile hills that sit below the snow-capped Sierra Nevada. After buying his El Valero farm near Orgiva in 1988 with wife Ana, Stewart - like many other expats of the era - upped sticks and left the UK in search of a simpler life. But that paradise, home to thousands of

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A BRITISH expat couple are facing a ‘disaster’ after they learnt one of the ‘monstrous’ electricity masts (left) is to be built in their back garden. Steve Holdup, 62, and wife Karen, 61, who live on a self sufficient farm near Orgiva, could ironically even lose their sole source of power from solar panels, which are in the way. The retired teachers, who moved from Cumbria a decade ago, claim they have been kept in the dark by energy company REE, and only found out about the pylon from a friend. Steve told the Olive Press: “From having a fantastic house we rebuilt from scratch ten years ago, we’ve ended up with a disaster. “We put all of our life saving into it and now we face having to live with a 220 volt tower directly behind our home.” If built, the tower and adjoining service road will cut right through their field of 13 solar panels. “So somebody in Germany gets a load of electricity from Morocco as a result of putting a tower at the back of our house and we end up losing the little electricity we have for ourselves.” He added: “It has been done in the most chevalier fashion you could imagine.

above) join long, snaking protest against pylon project Over Lemons novel made the EXCLUSIVE gion famous - added his name toreWhile supposedly necessary to take By Tim McNulty growing collective of campaigninga electricity from Morocco to Europe, Howard, who has lived in the Lecrin expats battling the proposal. it is set to ruin the untouched beauty Valley for two decades, told the Olive Press: “The These include former 80s star Doc- again private financial interests are of the area, enjoyed by tens of thou- massive pylonsproject to take these tor Robert, from the Blow Monkeys, riding roughshod over the will and sands of nature lovers across our valley is each year. an abomination. It will have devasthe rights of the people, leaving, as The Di No A Las Torres (Say No To tating who li- ever, a wake consequences ves in the tion,” Stewart of heedless destruc- The Towers) group argues high vol- lly and economically. environmentatold the Olive Press, tage towers would have n e a r b y this week. a ‘devastating effect’ on tourism and agricul- “It’s a magical place, a ‘Vale Of HaL e c r i n “One day the ppiness’, as the Moors called it, V a l l e y , reasonable, tide will turn and more ture, as well as health. place of natural beauty and conser-a which is prevail; but sustainable ways will A petition has been launched, while vation. TM seemingly a not protest saw over a thousand peoyet; so... also set to it’s back to ple march near the village of Con- “These giant pylons will scar the be badly The outragethe barricades again.” landscape, could destroy the local a f f e c t e d vealed energycomes after it was re- char on Sunday. tourist businesses and ravage company Red Electri- The protest, which included the by the ca de España (REE) many environment. plans to install expats and children, is the start project. See pages 40 of “There are no benefits at all a network for local “ O n c e across the of some 211 giant pylons many to stop the scheme. two valleys. Blow Monkeys singer Robert people - we must fight to stop them.” Ecotourism is vital to the region, which was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2017, mainly for having some of the world’s oldest oli*Offer ends 30/11/18. Not ve groves. valid for renewals. Subjec t to conditions. Some 245 businesses work in UK BASED rural tourism and the valley which is set to have 109 of the pylons - receives an estimated 8,000 visitors every weekend. Reliable private hire transfer The figures for the Alpujarras, 2/8/18 17:01 for any services occasion which will see pylons stretfor Spanish • Luxury vehicles ching all the way to the Alme• Door to door service ria border, are certainly much residents • Airport collections higher. • Weddings transport Scottish expat Teresa Mcwww.globelink.co.uk See page 2 • Sightseeing day trips Keon, 49, who has been at the • Restaurant shuttles forefront of the campaign, told the Olive Press: “The whole Find out more at: 96 626 5000 place is going to be destroyed www.simply-shuttles.com it is just awful... it really is aw+44 (0) 1353 699082 tel: 951 279 117 ful.” www.eliteglasscurtains.com X-GENESIS drummer Chris Stewart has joined the fight against a ‘motorway’ of power lines planned for Andalucia’s iconic Alpujarras region. The British author - whose Driving

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PARADISE LOST: The beautiful vistas under threat from mega pylons and (above our front page last issue expats and locals alike, is now under threat. types of complaints against the plans was The Junta de Andalucia has given partially fortunately extended to March 7, such was state-owned company Red Electrica the the outpouring of rage. green light to install a netOne form alleges that the work of 362 giant electricity pylons would be damaging pylons across the Alpujarras for local business, includ“I think the and neighbouring Lecrin Valing tourism, while the other electricity ley. claims the unique flora and Stretching over more than fauna of the area would be company thought 100km of rural landscape, put at risk. the blueprints include towers it would be a big Michele Howard is one loup to 80m high, which has cal British expat who has walkover” campaigned against the enraged plans and has been gathFlight Risk lc oomcmau -l ering some of the 4,000 alegaciones (claim) forms sent to Grananities. More than 200 protected species could be The long, ugly line of da City Hall and other local councils by affected by the power lines, of which metal has no human residents. over half are birds. They include the logic, arriving as often The wife of Blow Monkeys singer Dr Robert on the peaks of hills as told the Olive Press that she and other camiconic Bonelli’s eagle which is unin the gardens of locals. paigners have been collecting a cardboard der threat of extinction. Thousands of people box full of forms every day, since they found The large bird of prey is undergoare affected and the about the infrastructure project last month. ing a serious decline in Spain proposed route, which “I think the electricity company thought it mostly due to electrocution, ilbegins in Fargue in the would be a big walkover,” she told us from legal shooting and habitat west and ends at Bena- her idyllic terrace, which looking down the destruction. hadux in the east, was lush Lecrin Valley, where numerous celebriJuan Manuel Pleguezuapproved back in 2015. ties, including Alexei Sayle and Peter CapalBut such is usually the di, of Doctor Who, and Blow Monkeys singer elos Zoology Professor at the University way in Spain, oppo- Dr Robert, have homes. of Granada said: “Spain is home to over nents of the plans, in- “These areas are very well-known interna75% of Europe’s Bonelli eagle population cluding many who are tionally and there has been a huge backand therefore holds the greatest responsiset to have pylons or lash. bility for its conservation.” access roads encroach- “It’s a paradise this place, it’s just ridiculous ing their land, claim what they are doing, to put pylons through they were not told until here will devastate the area socially and economically.” a month ago. The deadline for people Tour manager Michele is the organiser of to register two different protest group Di NO a las torres de alta ten-


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SOUTH OF GRANADA: Alpujarras on map of Spain sión en el Valle de Lecrín. The platform claims tourism is one of the ‘few remaining industries’ left in the area and Michele herself believes the pylons will risk leaving the valleys ‘impoverished’. Of Andalucia’s 30.5 million tourists in 2018, 15.3% visited Granada, including the area where the pylons are to be built. Along with hikers and cyclists, one of the most common types of visitors to the Alpujarras and the Lecrin Valley is the eco-tourist. And many of those who are after a ‘greener’ holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of the Costa del Sol, end up at British expat Rita Islip’s hillside cortijo just outside Orgiva, the spiritual heart of the Alpujarras. “I don’t have fences or a pool but people want that back-to-nature experience,” she tells us as we sample her cold-pressed olive oil, made at her home, which she rents out to weary backpackers chasing down what remains of the area’s Moorish history. “I am very successful in that and I am quite unique, I’m booked up from June to August. “It was a massive shock when I found out about the pylons after 36 years of living like

Business has been excellent over the last two years with tourism booming, explains estate Agent Martin Leenaars. “Buyers came here for nature and because they are put off by how busy the coast has become” he explains. But the 67-year-old is already seeing the power line project drive away potential buyers. “I had a couple from South Africa who wanted to buy a cortijo, but then heard about the project and pulled out. “Another couple lived here 20 years ago and wanted to come back, but they heard about the electricity posts and pulled out. We sell 4 or 5 houses a year, so that’s a significant part of our income.” Leenaars is clearly concerned: “I have some more viewings in the coming weeks so I don’t know what their reaction will be. But the project will definitely affect our business, I don’t know why they don’t go alongside the motorway, why cross our valleys?”

this, it’s going to be very harmful for tourism. “People come here from all over the world, meria. but they won’t want to come here anymore But the energy giant assured the Olive if its ugly and spoiled.” Press this week that it has ‘nothing to do And Rita is more affected than most, as she with taking electricity from Morocco’. points to where the pylons will run invasive- “It’s a project for a region that is not sufly, directly over her house. ficiently connected to the grid,” insisted Her anger is shared by neighspokesman Jose Montero. bour Ian who popped by with “It’s true that a number of architectural plans to show “Spain views the foreigners will be impacted, us how both their houses, but there are thousands of Alpujarras as and their other neighbour people in Granada demandDan’s, are not even recog- some backwards ing more energy.” nised by Red Electrica. But despite Red Electrica Pointing to the three blue place where the claiming they have been marks he has added to symdown to speak to local resiMoors lived” bolise their homes, you get a dents, the company’s plans sense of the scale of the fight do appear to show a lack of that residents of ‘Driving care for the area, its history Over Lemons’ country are up against. and its current populations. The situation is best described by Dr Robert, “I get the impression the rest of Spain views of the Blow Monkeys, who shares a house in the Alpujarras as some backwards place the hills with his wife Michele. where the Moors once lived,” Ian told us, “It’s a ‘David and Goliath’ situation,” he told referencing the last Sultan of Granada’s us. “The multina- banishment in 1492, before he rushed off tionals are moving down the valley to help Michele and the othFamous faces in the Lecrin valley and the Alpujarras in and everyone is ers file the last of the alegaciones forms besaying ‘no’.” Red fore the deadline. Robert and Michelle fell in love from 80s band Killing Joke), comeElectrica, Spain’s This is a view shared by most people who with the area 18 years ago and dian Alexei Sayle, and actor Peter main electricity live in the valleys - and none more so than see it’s eco-friendly culture as Capaldi (below) have also set up supplier, is a multi- Chris Stewart, whose arcadian escape now a microcosm of what the world base here. The sublime landscape national in the tru- seems destined to become an area many could be. But the Blow Monkeys also inspired the literary est sense. may want to flee from. frontman (below) and his wife are giants of the 1930 Rumours have “Once again private financial interests are not the only creatives to call the like the Bloomsbury been rife about riding roughshod over the will and the rights valley home. Record group’s Gerald Brewhy the €1.4 of the people, leaving as ever a wake of deproducer Martin nan (pictured) and billion-a-year com- struction,” he told the Olive Press. Glover (Youth Virginia Woolf. pany plans to in- Red Electrica remains firm that the route stall its electricity would not be moved, however admitted ‘mischeme. nor adjustments’ could be made. Local residents Either way, it confirmed that the thousands claim the pylons of alegaciones will now be studied and set to tear their more announcements will be made later lives apart are this year. transferring solar- In the meantime, the Olive Press has startgenerated electric- ed its first campaign of the year - putting a ity from Morocco stop to the pylons in the Lecrin Valley and to France, via Al- the Alpujarras.

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A STATUE of the king of Spain that the buyer ‘must burn’ has gone on sale for €200,000 in Madrid. Whoever buys the 4.5m-tall royal effigy will be forced to sign a contract committing them to burn it within 12 months. The piece, titled ‘Ninot’, is described as a ‘hyperealistic’ depiction of King Felipe VI of Spain. It is on display at Ifema for the duration of the capital’s 38th Contemporary Art Fair. The towering statue features the Spanish monarch in a blue suit and gallery staff even periodically spray it with Hugo Boss

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‘Dark Blue’ cologne. An internal structure of polyurethane, cardboard and fabric inside the king’s body will reveal a skull protected by fireproof material, once it is set alight. Once the burning is carried out, ‘in a private and legal place’ the owner will only get to keep the rights to the video of the event. Santiago Sierra and Eugenio Merino, both known for their controversial art, are behind

Ninot. Sierra said he intended to represent ‘what Trump lacks, his head’ with Ninot, and joked that he hoped his critics ‘would not hit him’. Previous edgy art by the pair includes a statue of General Franco in a Coca Cola fridge (Always Franco, Merino, 2012) and a video work of black and white people having anal sex (The Penetrated, Sierra, 2008).

“It is a fantastic opportunity for all our acting students to get involved in.” Another play, called PopStar, is a play about a TV talent show, written by local director and playwright Julian Felice. “It goes behind the scenes to show how the media tries to manipulate public opinion to suit its own purposes,” he explained. “However, things do not go as the producers hope, leading to an exciting conclusion where one is left to wonder

DIRECTOR: Santini just whom is being manipulated.” He added: “We are trying to give the impression of a live television programme, so we are using many different effects.” The main judge for this year’s festival is Cherry Stephenson.

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Calling again THE Gibraltar Music Festival is moving to Europa Point this year. The September bash is being held earlier than last year’s festival, which was the least popular on record. Taking place on September 7 and 8 university students will have the opportunity to attend in the lead up to National Day on September 10. Tickets will go on sale on April 15, with announcements of the first bands expected that week.

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Let the show begin A TOTAL of 13 plays will take place at Gibraltar’s annual Drama Festival in December. The Trafalgar Theatre Group will perform two plays while the Gibraltar Academy for the Performing Arts (Gampa) are putting on four shows. “We are entering a number of plays,” Gampa director Tanya Santini told the Olive Press. “We will have our youngest students to our eldest involved.

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Rumours suggest that Eels could be among the headliners, as well as Alice Cooper and the Jackson Brothers. What however is unclear is whether MTV will once again be working with the organisers. “Just doing the same thing every year is not to make the most of a brand as powerful as MTV,” said Chief Minister Fabian Picardo. “We think there are more strands in the MTV stable than we have been really making the most of in the younger bracket.” The Europa Point site will also have a bigger capacity.

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RITISH buyers in Spain have beaten pre-Brexit referendum records despite the doom and gloom, new figures have revealed. Shrugging off the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, the sale of homes to plucky Brits rose 12% in 2018 to 10,178 - beating the 2016 record of 10,156. While UK buyers declined significantly in the quarters after the referendum in June 2016, and by a massive 28% in the last quarter of 2016, they started recovering to increase by double-digits

The Brits have not stopped investing in Spanish property with a 12% rise in purchases last year

last year. It means the UK’s share of the foreign market has been steadily increasing from a low of 14% in the first quarter of 2017 to 17% at the end of 2018. Although this is not yet back to the levels prior to the referendum

due to other nationalities flooding the market, it is expected to rise again this year. According to property expert Mark Stucklin, of Spanish Property Insight, the weakness of Sterling against the Euro was the leading cause of the drop in demand. “Once the Pound stabilised at a lower level British demand also stabilised and then began to grow again,” he explained. Continues on Page III


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OREIGN demand for property in demand has come to an end, at least Spain is getting more diversified for now. Back in Q4 2017, foreign debut the overall number of buyers mand was growing at 20% per annum, did not grow last quarter for the whilst back in 2016 it was growing by more than 30% in some quarters. But first time in years. The Association of Spanish Land Regis- even though growth has fallen to zero trars has just published its Spanish prop- as of Q4 2018, foreign demand is still erty market report for the last quarter of around 13% of the Spanish property 2018 in which, amongst other things, it market, where it has been since 2014, breaks down demand by nationality. having risen from a low of 4% in 2009. The latest figures show the overall market was up 7% in Q4 to 120,199 home Who’s buying? sales inscribed in the Broken down by nationality the British are still Spanish Land Registry. number one with 2,524 That was the lowest level The German recorded purchases and of growth in the annualised quarterly figures market looks like 17% foreign market since the Spanish propshare in Q4 2018. They it’s overtaking erty market started to were followed by the recover back in 2014. Germans with 1,178 the French The growth was entirely purchases (8% market market driven by rising local share) and the French demand - up by 8.6% with 1,130 acquisitions to 104,982 home sales. (7% market share). The biggest group, with 6,863 purchase Foreign demand in Q4 2018 and 45% of the foreign market, was the The number of Spanish homes bought rest of the world, the sum of all other by foreign buyers in Q4 2018 was countries whose nationals have bought 15,217 - almost unchanged compared property in Spain. to the fourth quarter of 2017. So the British are still the single biggest Unchanged means that foreign de- group by far, despite all the uncertainty, mand did not grow at all in the last problems, and weaker pound brought quarter for the first time since 2010, on by Brexit. meaning the upward trend in foreign It’s also interesting to note that the Ger-

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mans were the second biggest group of buyers in three quarters out of four last year, whereas traditionally the French have been the second biggest group after the British. The German market looks like it’s overtaking the French market, with potentially positive implications for the Balearics, where the Germans mainly buy, and negative ones for Catalunya, where the French tend to buy. Looking at the annualised change in foreign demand by nationality we see more countries contracting than growing for the first time since the bust a decade ago. Important markets like Sweden (-29%) Norway (-16%) and Belgium (-15%) were heavily down. Were it not for growth in the two biggest sources of foreign demand – the UK (+6%) and the rest of the world (+13%) – overall foreign demand would have been significantly down in Q4 2018, with all key countries bar the UK in negative territory

(chart above). I assume the growth from the rest of the world group comes from an increasingly diversified number of countries providing a small number of buyers each (the Registrars don’t tell us). For the first time since they started publishing this data the US was a big enough market - with 144 buyers in the quarter - to be listed in its own right. What’s going on? Clearly, foreign demand for Spanish property is cooling down and each market will have its own story to tell. But the fact that so many key markets are going cool on Spain at the same time suggests part of the explanation lies in Spain itself. I guess part of the story is rising house prices that make Spanish property start to look expensive, or at least no longer a bargain. For quite a long time during and after the Spanish real estate crash

that started a decade ago, Spanish house prices looked like an absolute bargain to many foreign buyers. In retrospect it was a great time to buy. House prices have been steadily rising ever since in most areas that attract foreign investors. And at some point, rising prices combined with other reasons to be wary about investing in Spanish property are bound to give a growing number of foreign investors cold feet. Or maybe it’s just a temporary dip before the trend roars back up. Time will tell, but I have my doubts. I don’t expect foreign demand for Spanish property to go into a sharp decline but I wouldn’t be surprised if growth is weak, flat or even negative over the next few quarters. And once again, the British are holding up foreign demand. Brexit, just around the corner, could have a big impact, one way or another, though, nobody still seems to know what Brexit is or will be.


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He added that buyers at the bottom end of the market simply lowered their budgets, rather than abandoned altogether their intention to buy. “And at the high end of the market there has been little change in budgets, I’m told. People with money tend to be well diversified.” Other agents said the trend is likely to continue after Spain this month vowed to protect the rights of Brits living in the country.

Fiasco Conor Wilde, head of agency Found Valencia said: “Over the past four months we have been consistently showing more property to British buyers. “These buyers will revisit Spain once Brexit has settled. And since the news last week that the Spanish Government will safeguard the rights of British people living in Spain we have seen a dramatic increase in enquiries from the UK.” He added however: “We will not see a large scale sales change until this Brexit fiasco is over.”

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Up to €6,000 per metre squared, as prices of a new des res on the coast soar THE price of new property on the Costa del Sol has soared to upwards of €6,000 per square metre as demanding buyers drive up quality. Clients are now mostly wealthy foreigners who want a place for personal use rather than for investment, according to real estate consultants CB Richard Ellis (CBRE). The CBRE study also revealed new build properties are now of a higher quality with better design and communal services. “Before the crisis properties were

built without thinking of the client’s needs or quality because everything sold,” said CBRE valua-

Brilliant score PRICEY: Building in Mallorca and (right) Andy’s new pad

vate terrace overlooking the Plaza de las Tortugas where second division Real Mallorca RCD celebrates its victories. The property’s 2,500 square meters of floor space is divided into five homes, the most expen-

Formula Mallorca

lorca,. confirmed they saw the German racing legend arrive by dark blue helicopter on the Spanish island. It is believed that Schumacher was also at the property for New Year’s celebrations and his 50th birthday on January 3, though it is not known if he is living there permanently. Schumacher won 91 races in a record-breaking F1 career before suffering a traumatic

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THE president of Mallorca’s football club has brought an exclusive penthouse on top of the most expensive building in Palma. Andy Kohlberg snapped up the 500 square metre apartment in Palau Can Puig, a historical building on Palma’s prestigious Avenida Born, for almost €6 million. One of the penthouse’s many attractions is the pri-

MICHAEL Schumacher is reportedly spending winter at a luxury €30 million Mallorca mansion with roundthe-clock carers. A respected German magazine said the seven times Formula 1 Champion’s family celebrated Christmas at the mammoth property they purchased last year – swapping icy conditions at their home at Lake Geneva, Switzerland, for sunny skies in the Mediterranean. Neighbours of the Villa Yasmin, in Port d’Andratx, Mal-

sive of which was sold for 10 million euros. Former US tennis pro Kohlberg, is co-owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team and has been President of RCD Mallorca since September 2017.

tion director Andres Moreno. “Now a lot more care is being taken; everything is designed with the end

buyer in mind; it’s no longer a case of ‘anything goes’.” The most expensive properties are found in Nueva Andalucia, in Marbella, and Benahavis, which weigh in at €6,000 per square metre. Meanwhile, developments for sale in Torremolinos and Fuengirola go for prices above €4,000 per square metre. The report reveals the areas with the greatest property sales growth are Benahavis and Manilva, at around 40%. Growth in new home sales has grown in almost every Spanish region each month for the last two years, according to separate research by Lucas Fox. The average property prices in Madrid ended the year on €3,846 per square metre In the capital’s most sought-after districts of Chamartin, Chamberi and Salamanca housing went for €5,016 per square metre to €6,043 per square metre. Property prices are also on the up in Barcelona where a flat in the desirable district of Gracia goes for €4,346 per square metre.

brain injury in a skiing accident in 2013. He was reportedly receiving €50,000-aweek treatment from a team of 15 physicians and nurses at his Swiss home. Villa Yasmin previously belonged to Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, and boasts two swimming pools, a large manicured garden, a helipad and stunning western views over the Balearic Sea.

Betting on Madrid

CHAMPION British jockey Richard Dunwoody is on the hunt for a new home in Spain. The 55-year-old horseracing hero who won the Grand National in 1994 revealed to the Mail on Sunday that he has his sights set on buying a new pad in Spain and property hotspot Madrid is leading the field.

Crushed Dunwoody currently rents a home there with his wife Olivia, 46 and their three-year-old daughter Millie. “I like going out for breakfast here,” he said, “I will have a cafe latte and toast with crushed tomato in a cafe, and try to read what is going on with Brexit in the Spanish newspapers - I can read Spanish a lot better than I can speak it.” He added that it made sense to rent a place first before buying a home.

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APANESE master builder Arata Isozaki has won the architectural world’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. The 87-year-old maestro was crowned the winner of the 2019 Pritzker architecture prize for his decades of thought-provoking and original work. Regarded as a visionary who helped foster an architectural dialogue between east and west, Isozaki was behind several projects in Spain including the Palau Sant Jordi, still the largest indoor sports arena in Spain.

He created the 17,960-capacity complex for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, siting it partially below ground to draw focus to the surrounding hillside. He is also known for designing an inflatable concert hall in Japan. The jury for the Pritzker noted: “In his search for meaningful architecture, he created buildings of great quality that to this day defy categorisations.” Isozaki was born in Oita on the island of Kyushu, in 1931. The 1945 atomic bombing of

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nearby Hiroshima had a profound impact on him as a child. “I grew up on ground zero,” he recalled. “It was in complete ruins, and there was no architecture, no buildings and not even a city. “Only barracks

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STARchitect Spanish maestro’s five decades career celebrated as he turns 80

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ORIGINAL: (Top left and centre) Walden 7 building in Barcelona while (bottom left and inset) Obecni Dvur in Prague

NEW book has been published to honour one of Spain’s most successful architects in the year he turns 80. Ricardo Bofill: Visions of Architecture presents a collection of the maestro’s best works over 56 years. Born in Barcelona, Bofill has produced a massive range of thought-provoking building designs as well as landing huge glitzy commercial contracts - including the Desigual headquarters and Quingdao Airport in China. In Spain he is best known for La Fabrica in Catalonia, a cement factory which he transformed into his own luxury home and studio. A labour of love that took 40 years to complete, the brutalist grey concrete exterior - pictured in Olive Press property in 2017 - hides a sleek modern home covered in bright and alluring flora. ‘Bofill is a romantic’ explains respected architecture news website Wallpaper. ‘His work channels the mystic geometry of Giorgio de Chirico, the bright palette of Luis Barragán and the carefully controlled perspectives of Piranesi. ‘Ultimately, however, the artist at work is Bofill himself.’ Continues overleaf Take our photo tour of the starchitect’s best works.


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COLOUR BOMB: Pink and blue La Muralla Roja sits next to the green and abstract Xanadu - which houses 19 apartments - on the coast of Alicante

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Tourist trap

ONE in every seven euros paid into the Spanish economy comes from tourism, new figures have revealed. The stats, from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), revealed the industry is vital to the country’s economy as it overtook the US to become the world’s second-largest receiver of international tourists. The statistics showed Spain’s tourism sector grew by 2.4% and contributed a whopping €178 billion to the economy or 14.6% of the country’s GDP last year. It also accounted for 2.8 million jobs - 14.7% of all jobs in Spain.

Growth

Some 55% of tourists were from abroad, with 45% being domestic visitors, the figures also revealed. “In Spain, consumer spending experienced robust growth and the tourism sector performed well last year,” the WTTC said. “Spain has the potential to increase the size of its travel economy even further by growing the size of its business tourism sector. At present, business travellers account for only 12% of all spending in Spain against a European average of 21%. “It is fitting, then, that WTTC will be hosting its 2019 Global Summit in Sevilla this April, bringing together global leaders and sector experts to gather in the European hub of travel.” Spain was the fifth largest tourism economy in the EU and ninth in the world in terms of total contribution to GDP.

BASKING: Tourists on typical Spanish beach

Solar plan off the ground

POWER UP: Panels

SPAIN’S airport operator has announced ambitious plans to produce most of its own electricity using solar power. Aena, which manages 46 airports and two heliports across Spain, will invest €250 million in renewable energy to save on its electricity costs and cut carbon emissions. The board of directors announced the money would be used to install solar panels in half of its airports, cutting electricity bills from €75 million a year to €23 million. The move should also lower carbon emissions by 40% by 2025, and make Madrid and Barce-

lona’s airports carbon neutral by 2030. The 51% state-owned company owns vast tracts of empty land located near to their airports where the new panels will be installed. In addition to Madrid and Barcelona, plans are to install solar panels in 20 out of the remaining 46 airports in Spain - which in Andalucia include Malaga, Almeria, Granada-Jaen, Cordoba, Sevilla and Jerez. Aena also plans to introduce 2,300 charging stations for electric cars in its parking lots. The plans are intended to aid Spain in reaching the European Union’s objective to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

Not game over Gibraltar still has hope as an investment hub after Brexit INVESTMENTS could take a big hit in a no-deal Brexit scenario, an industry chief has warned. But James Lasry of the Gibraltar Funds and Investment Association (GFIA) believes the Rock could start to take on more business from the UK. “Investment managing will be affected by Brexit,” he said, adding that many fund managers had come to Gibraltar to be able to sell to countries in the EU. “About a dozen managers will have to go to Malta or Luxembourg but there won’t be a loss of tax.”

Lasry, who works at law firm Hassans, said the Gibraltar Government had ‘done a good job negotiating in an almost impossible position’. The silver lining to the Brexit cloud is the common market between Gibraltar and the UK, agreed by Westminster last year. “This could bring new opportunities because instead of paying London costs a UK company could set up in Gibraltar and only have a representative office over there.” He added that a delay to Brexit was only useful if it leads to another referen-

Record smashed

A RECORD breaking number of tourists visited Spain in January, figures have revealed. According to the National Statistics Institute (INE), nearly 4.2 million people visited the country in the first month of this year, a 2.2% rise from January 2018. The largest portion of tourists came from the UK with over 800,000 visitors, followed by Germany with over 500,000 and France with a little under 450,000. Just under 150,000 came from the US, representing a 25.5% year-on-year increase. The month also saw a record amount spent by tourists visiting Spain (including travel costs from their home countries) at €4.7 billion. The most popular destination was the Canary Islands - which boasts the warmest climate during winter - receiving 1.16 million visitors. They were followed by Catalunya with 910,000 and Madrid and Andalucia each with over 500,000.

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SPAIN and the UK have reached an agreement to fight tax fraud and money laundering in Gibraltar. The treaty, signed by David Lidington in London and Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell in Madrid, will set out stricter rules for determining the tax residency of individuals and businesses. Corporate entities are taxed at a top rate of 10% in Gibraltar, compared with 25% in Spain, and the territory has 55,000 businesses registered there despite having a population of just 30,000. The deal will require individuals who spend more than 183 days of the year in Spain, whose spouse or partner is a Spanish resident, who own a regular home in Spain, or who keep two thirds of their assets of Spanish territory, to pay taxes in Spain. Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: “What we have done – as we have long been offering to do – is reach an arrangement to resolve cases of dispute as to the residence of individuals and companies.

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Don’t bank on it Spain tops the health league but all is not well for expats, writes Michael Doherty (right), CEO of the Woodbrook Group

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WORLD health index has awarded Spain its top accolade. Last year the University of Washington’s Health Metrics Institute ranked the country second in its healthy nations league. Now another major rating agency, the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, has gone one better and declared Spain to be the healthiest country in the world. The index classifies nations according to variables such as life expectancy, tobacco use and obesity. Environmental factors,such as access to clean water and sanitation,are also taken into account. The index gives Spain the highest life expectancy at birth among European Union nations and forecasts that by 2040 it will have the world’s longest lifespan, at almost 86 years, followed by Japan, Singapore and Switzerland. Tobacco use is the only factor on which Spain does not score well. Its big plus appears to be its diet. Bloom-

berg quotes from a study by University of Navarra Medical School which concludes that eating habits are the key to the health levels enjoyed by Spain, and also Italy, placed second in the Bloomberg index. “Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts, had a lower rate of major cardiovascular events than those assigned to a reduced-fat diet,” said the study. Spain’s high health ranking may convince many British expats they have made a wise move. But the health bonus only kicks in if they are prepared to live a Spanish lifestyle. That much-vaunted diet includes a large amount of fish and a moderate intake of red wine. The lesson is: eat and drink like a Spaniard, just don’t smoke like one. Unfortunately, many Britons seem to do it the other way round, which may explain the UK’s ranking at No 19 on the list. Bloomberg praises Spain’s public health system but expats find that access to it is limited and Brexit may curtail that even further for British citizens, although it

seems likely that British expat rights will be preserved. Spain operates a combination of private and public health care, with public health care available on a contribution-based system, meaning that you have to pay into the social security system in order for you and your dependents to have access to free health care. Since more than half the hospitals in Spain are privately owned, most expats believe private health insurance is a wise precaution. In particular, those intending to retire in Spain need to plan for the possibility of deteriorating health. Most Spanish pensioners are looked after by their

own families. Unless you are fortunate enough to have family members close by, you may need to pay for care. Private nursing homes are expensive. Expect to pay between €2,000 to €5,000 a month for 24-hour care. Planning is the key to a successful expat life and health care should be budgeted for for as part of your wider financial planning. My advice to expats is to take good, impartial advice and make your plans as early as possible. A good financial adviser will help you set

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Farmers in southern Spain ‘terrified’ of no-deal Brexit impact on crop sales

THE prospect of a no-deal Brexit is striking fear into the hearts of Andalucia’s fruit and vegetable farmers. Large swathes of the region, particularly Almeria, make more than €100 million per year solely from the British market, which spends big on high quality produce like avocados and mangoes. It means the threat of UK import tariffs, volatiles exchange rates and a damaged British economy is sounding alarm bells among local growers. “The fruit and vegetable pro-

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Tesco, told The New European. Scores of other Spanish growers export their watermelons, cucumbers and lettuces to UK giants like Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer while northern Europe freezes in the EDIBLE flowers should be an integral to winer. cooking according to a Malaga company Almería dethat supplies one million flowers a year to livered almost Spain’s leading chefs. 285,000 metSabor y Salud boasts having the best chefs ric tons of farm in Spain as clients from the Roca brothers, produce last Juan Mari Arzak, Pedro Subijana, Dani year to EngGarcía, José Carlos García, Kisko García, land, Scotland Carme Ruscalleda and Ferran Adrià. and Northern The company grows more than 200 difIreland, makferent varieties of flowers at their 12,000 ing the UK square meters Axarquia facility. the province’s The newly certified organic business forethird-largest sees a rise in production and sales in 2019 market after of 40%. Germany and Sabor y Salud Manager Peter Knacke said France, accord: “We are not just farmers, we are lovers ing to Spain’s of culinary experiences, taste, aesthetics General Direcand health. torate for Cus“For us as producers, edible flowers are toms.

The sales brought the region just over €274 million euros in revenue in 2018. “If the British economy goes through a tough period, in terms of the people, their wages... we’re wondering what their purchasing power will be like,” added Gongora. Alicia Sanchez, a ministry of commerce official dealing with foreign trade, warned of new border delays, with a nightmare scenario seeing fruit rotting on trucks while drivers wait to have their paperwork stamped and permission to enter the UK. And if Spanish growers are forced to compete for customers in other EU countries, it could create a produce glut and drive down prices. “It will be hard... to find new clients or new countries. It’s almost impossible,” added Llonch, saying that farmers who sell almost all of their produce to the UK ‘are terrified’.

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HERITAGE: The slopes outside Manilva have grown grapes since 1501

Manilva

Discovering another side to the white town through the shared delights of a cottage industry wine

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'm a vegetarian but this is not propaganda. It's a bad idea to be vegetarian if you want to get on in Spain. In Bar Castillo, in Manilva, even the 'salad' has tuna in it. "This dish is a tomato stew with

chickpeas," says Juan (pictured above), the owner of the bar, neglecting to add there could be some pig's feet in it too. If you want to connect to a foreign culture, you have to find a route in. A shared delight.

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And so I'm sat in Bar Castillo, in the central spine of Manilva town, surrounded by elderly Spaniards shouting at each other with their hands while eating beef livers and downing golden wine. As glass gives way to glass, I watch as one Spaniard - on crutches - limps all the way to behind the bar just to grasp Juan's shoulder while making some earnest point about politics or ham, then limp back to his stool for more wine. Juan duly distributes to his well-worn customers from a plastic bottle in the fridge. "What are they all drinking?" I ask Juan, as he supplies me with manchego

HOMEGROWN: Antonio, fourth from left, wins ‘best dry wine’

cheese—his final culinary compro- terranean space. mise before kicking me out. "My father taught me to make wine, "Ah, it's just our wine," says Juan, and his father taught him - it's shrugging in the Spanish fashion, the tradition of Manilva," he says, "you can't buy it anywhere." clutching a glass jug wrapped in a After a small glass of the fullest, straw casing woven by his late farichest wine, that tastes like sweet ther's hands. earth and peaches and mirth, I He shows me videos of his garage found my route into Manilva. full of Spaniards shouting loudly at "The moscatel de Alejandria is the va, and they only sell the dry one," best table grape in he says. the whole of Spain," "You can't buy 'Manilsays Antonio Collado va sweet' anywhere." ‘Every drop of Rodriguez, 48, in his When I ask who garage just outside of brewed the one I’m wine we are Manilva. drinking, he looks up drinking was He says that the grape and points across the is specific to Manilva, made by my own bar to a yellow-shirted whose slopes have elderly man called sweat’ been continuously Bartolo, just as he's planted with vinewalking out the door. yards since 1501. I run after Bartolo to "In the olden days, probably 90% of awkwardly say thanks. He and his this town made a living from selling wife look around at this English apgrapes, the trucks used to come parition. But when I utter the word from as far as Bilbao and whatever 'vino mosto' he instantly grasps me was left over we would turn into by the shoulders, shouting about wine," adds the native Manilveno, his small vineyard and how you can who has won seven local awards only get 'moscatel de alejandria' in for his homemade 'vino mosto', as Manilva, and that they're the best moscatel wine is known here. table grapes in Andalucia, definitely The golden- in Spain - probably the world.... white wine, he But they're not. Moscatel de aletells me, comes jandria are grown everywhere from in three dif- the US to Australia, and I'm sure the ferent forms: French would have something to say dry, for which about table grapes. the grapes are The vineyards surrounding Manilva plucked be- are also dying out and being sold fore maturing; off to developers - very few young sweet, for which people know how to make wine anythe grapes are more - and you can't even buy it anyleft to ripen; where, let alone a grand cru. and semi-dry, a But still, knowing all this, would you blend of the two. really choose to stay at home, smug Antonio's ga- in your Wikipedia-gathered superiorrage is probably ity, when you could spend an afterbetter described noon grasping an elderly Spaniard's as a laboratory. shoulder and shouting about this Makeshift dis- over six glasses of his own wine? tilleries, wooden Maybe it’s just the strength of the barrels and con- golden wine hitting me, but you coctions litter might just find yourself coming back the dusty sub- for more.

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N Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a bar. The Englishman wants to leave so they all have to go... That’s just one of the Brexit memes doing the rounds on social media that has kept me sane over the last three years. ‘Only the British could colonise half the world and then leave the EU because they don’t want immigrants.’ That’s another. You have to admire the

Brexit or not (and when), great British humour will always rule the waves, writes Belinda Beckett Brits for their fine tradition of laughing in the face adversity. And although this column has studiously avoided any mention of the B-word, it would be a shame if it were all to end on March 29... or not...before I’d had the chance to share some of their gallows humour. If nothing else, it may dull the angst felt by every votedeprived expat of over 15 years standing forced to sit on the sidelines while Westminster rearranges their future. ‘17 million voted for Hitler, 17 million voted for Brexit, 17 million can be wrong’.Too right. So without further ado, my top 10 Brexit memes:

Ikea has better cabinets. On March 31, 2019, the clocks go forward one hour. On March 29, 2019, Britain goes back 45 years. Do you want to be left alone on a small island with these men? (Image of Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg). Theresa May – the kind of negotiator to come out of DFS with a fullpriced sofa. Was it Andy Warhol who said that in the future everyone would be Brexit Secretary for 15 minutes? Immigrants! Making Britain Great since 1066.

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I thought my days of courting police suspicion were over, writes Giles Brown

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T’S a hard task being an ageing Wild suspicion were long gone, until I ran into Young Thing. a Policia Nacional roadblock outside It’s bad enough that one of heroes Puerto Banus the other week. that you used to rave to in the 90s After the recent spate of shootings, inpassed away recently. ‘Firestarter’ was volving international hit men, I wasn’t THE dance floor filler in my London days, expecting to be ordered to pull over in a although we amended the lyrics. rather battered, Spanish-plated, Ford FoOne of the bunch of Marbella misfits that cus. I partied with in London was from South “Turn off your engine,” the sun-glassed America, not too far from the Amazon. officer instructed. We therefore found it hilarious to scream, And then the classic question. “He’s a blowpipe darter, twisted blowpipe “Do you have any weapons or drugs in darter”. the car?” As the saying goes, you had to be there. “You mean apart from the loaded AK47 One of the good things about being over and five kilos of Bogota Flake?” was the a certain age, however, is that you don’t answer that flashed across my mind. tend to attract police attention. Thankfully, I didn’t try that line, but As motorcycle-riding teenagers in 80s was still ordered out of the car, had to Marbella, we were forever being stopped turn out my pockets and was then patat police road blocks. ted down, while luxury 4x4s with foreign Most feared were the Guardia Civil’s. plates were sailing past unchallenged. Remember, this was the old school Guar- And, of course, some friends saw me bedia, complete with their three cornered ing frisked. hats, fond memories of Franco and casu- Pulling into the petrol station afterwards, ally slung sub-machine guns. I bumped into a glamorous female friend, They make who said the modern she’d seen force look me with the positively ‘hunky potouchy feely. liceman’. The odd slap “In fact he here and was gorthere taught geous,” she me a lesson purred, a in life that I mischievous still adhere glint in her to – namely, eye. ‘Don’t F**k “I went round with the the checkGuardia Civil’. point three I thought my times, hopdays of alerting he’d stop ing police ON THE RUN: Guardia Civil catch up with Giles Brown me!”


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Grand slump

SPANISH tennis star Garbine Muguruza has made it through to the last 16 of the BNP Paribas Open in Miami, after Serena Williams bowed out of their match with a viral illness. The Spaniard, who is the only player to beat both Serena and her sister Venus Williams in a final, won the match, 6-3 1-0.

Dizziness

Williams went 3-0 ahead in the first set, but the 23time Grand Slam winner called the trainer on court after she lost six consecutive games. “Before the match, I did not feel great and then it just got worse with every second - extreme dizziness and extreme fatigue,” the American said after the match.

ACCUSED: Subies

Fed Fraudster THE Vice President of Spain's football federation has quit after allegation he embezzled ‘half a million’ to fund new house and his wife’s restaurant. Andreu Subies’ departure was announced on Friday after a crisis meeting with FEF president Luis Rubiales, who had previously supported his claims of innocence.

March 13th - March 26th 2019

March 13th - March 26th 2019

Gael force win

Magnificent seven

CRUNCH MATCH: Gibraltar and Costa Gaels after final THE Gibraltar Gaels have won the the Andalucian Championship Gaelic football final in Gibraltar after beating the Costa Gaels. The thrilling tie, held at the Devils Tower Camp military base, finished Gibraltar Gaels, 0-24, Costa Gaels, 1-4.

Gibraltar picked up a few points quickly in the first 10 minutes, but in the second half, the Costa Gaels kept the pressure on with some short hand passes. Costa Gaels forward Tiernan Curran scored the only goal of the game, while Aidan Rooney also got himself on the scoresheet.

Real return Zinedine Zidane returns to Spain as new Real Madrid coach less than a year after leading club to Champions League glory

ZINEDINE Zidane has made a shock return to Spain after Real Madrid decided to get the Frenchman in to replace struggling Solari. Former Real midfielder Zidane has returned to take charge just 10 months after leaving the Spanish giants. Zidane was described as one of the club’s ‘great symbols´ by Real President Florentino Perez at his unveiling on monday evening. Perez said: “The best coach in the world is here, thank you Zizou for your loyalty and forming part of this legendary club.” During his previous spell Zidane led Real Madrid to

Accused

The decision came as the Guardia Civil accused Subies ‘abusing the patrimony’ of the FEF by pocketing ‘almost half a million euros’. Subies allegedly used false invoices to pay for house improvements and his wife's restaurant in the Tarragona town of Cambrils between 2013 and 2014.

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DEPARTING: Solari

SPAIN have recorded a first ever win over New Zealand in rugby, at the Vancouver Sevens tournament in Canada. The Spanish side inflicted a 26-24 defeat on the All Blacks with a dramatic try after the final hooter. Despite the historic loss, New Zealand progressed to the quarterfinal, where they were beaten 22-21 by rivals Fiji in another thrilling tie. South Africa emerged as champions of the North American competition after beating France in the final, while Fiji took third place. Spain took three points from the tournament and are now 12th in the world, while England took 12 points and are ranked 5th globally.

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a third straight Champions League trophy. The former Galacticos said:"I know it's a special day, for everyone, I'm very happy, which is the most important thing, I'm very happy to return home. “I didn't go very far, because I still live here, but I'm happy to work for this club and this squad, above all.” The club decided to sack Santiago Solira after less than five months with Real third in la Liga, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona. The sacking followed a shock defeat to Ajax in the Champion league, the 4-1 home defeat likely pushed Perez into action. The Argentine Solari took over as caretaker manager last october after former Spain manager Julen Lopetgui left the job. Zidane surprised Real Madrid fans in May when he announced his decision to quit as manager after winning nine titles in two and a half years in the role.

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FINAL WORDS

DEPUTY Chief Minister Joseph Garcia said Brexit could mean the Commonwealth flag could replace that of the EU at No.6 Convent Place as was the case on the weekend of March 8/9.

High note THE fame and fortune of Gib’s orchestra conductor Karel Mark Chichon continues to grow after performances in Paris, Munich and New York.

Border games CUSTOMS expert Dr Lars Karlsson, who advised both the UK and the EU, gave a talk on the impact of Brexit on business at the Gibraltar University on March 12.

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Paint by numbskulls Rainbow scheme to paint rocks in Fuengirola quickly shelved A TOWN hall has been ridiculed after it started painting parts of its coastline in a rainbow of fluorescent colours. Fuengirola mayor Ana Mula has now reversed the project, after it was dubbed as ‘absurd’ and ‘tacky’ by locals. Under her pet project a

series of bright, gaudy colours were daubed on rocks on San Fernando beach. Describing it as ‘something completely different’ and an ‘artistic initiative’ she added it was environmentally-friendly and would not harm wildlife.

Police get evicted A LOCAL police force has been issued with an eviction notice after a bank bought its premises. A locksmith was sent to change the locks of Guillena police station, near Sevilla, after the bank failed to take possession

of the building it bought in 2012. The site was sold after the property’s owners were unable to afford their €26 million debt. The officers’ eviction would be the first of its kind in Spain.

DOCTORS have prescribed afternoon siestas for people who suffer high blood pressure. Scientists in Greece looked at 212 people with an average age of 62, who were being treated for high blood pressure. Those who snoozed during the day had blood pressure on average 4% lower than those who did not. Cardiologist Manolis Kallistratos said: “We don’t encourage people to be lazy. 45 to 60 minutes may be enough.”

Attacks

BOULDER COLOURS: Workers painting beach

“We just wanted to make it look like a giant mosaic and thought it looked quite striking,” she claimed this week. Following an emergency town hall meeting, it was agreed that the rocks already painted would be returned to normal. Ciudadanos leader Francisco Toro, said: “It’s the

most absurd project I have come across for years.” He also blasted money being spent to pay ten workmen for two weeks’ work. He said: “These rocks are part of the cultural and historical heritage of our municipality. “This public money could have been spent on many more important things.”

The results are similar to drinking less and cutting down on salt and could reduce the risk of heart attacks by about 10%. Sonya Babu-Narayan, of the British Heart foundation said: “As tempting as it might sound to swap all of these measures for a daily siesta, making healthy lifestyle choices remains the key to preventing hearts attacks.”

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Gibraltar Olive Press - Issue 92  

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Gibraltar Olive Press - Issue 92  

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