Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Fools in high places: The people running Mijas are well connected but not plugged in, writes Bill Anderson

I LEARNED about the Peter Principle a number of years ago and it has helped me to better understand the world I live in....

LEGAL EAGLES: Linea Directa’s Legal Assistance Service offers the best expert advice in English

CAR insurance policies from Línea Directa offer customers a diverse team of over 250 lawyers all with expert experience in their specialised field, that...

Not the BBC: A kiss and telly story with lights, camera (when available) and plenty of animal action writes...

IT’S 20 years this month since I landed my first job on the Costa del Sol as a presenter on … well, let’s just...

Beware the 100%: Are mortgages that pay for your property in full a good idea? writes Tancrede de Pola

THE news that BBVA is bringing back 100% mortgages for resident buyers in Spain should be a cause for concern for some. Before the...

Giles Brown rubs shoulders with the descendants of Malaga’s maestro Pablo Picasso

IN my so far rather colourful journalistic career, I've had the opportunity to interview the good – Rik Mayall was as brilliantly funny as...

WANTED: Real estate professionals in Spain – no knowledge or ethics necessary

REAL estate is arguably the most important economic activity on the Costa del Sol and employs a good deal of its working population. A...

It’s been an eventful week for the Molino del Santo’s resident dog

DO you want to know where I sleep?  My basket is moved each night into the marital bedroom and I pretend to be in...

THEY’RE COMING! As the weather heats up watch out for the scuttling cucarachas, writes Lesley Keith

WELL this is more like it, some sunshine and actual warmth. There’s mad panic all around as pools are cleaned, beaches prepared and restaurants...

The cheeky made-in-Manilva ales making an entree onto fine dining tables

The cheeky made-in-Manilva ales making an entree onto fine dining tables

We prayed for rain and boy did it come

We prayed for rain and boy did it come, writes Giles Brown

MARCH INTO SPRING: Wealthy buyers are still flocking to Mallorca, writes Amanda Butler

AS we head into March the weather here in Mallorca has been much chillier and wetter than the norm. As I write with the...

Winter in Spain has not treated me well this year, writes Giles Brown

I HAVE a confession to make. Again. I fell a little bit out of love with Spain in February. Maybe it is a growing...

Raining Renaults: Don’t be alarmed at the largest student rally in Morocco

We’re talking a pandemic of dinky French hatchbacks plastered with sponsorship stickers, travelling along the highways and byways of Spain in a contest to find the shortest route to Marrakesh.

WINTER IS COMING: So you better wrap up or face the cold

It even snowed on the beach in Barcelona and I’m surprised that Carles Puigdemont didn’t blame that as some sort of underhand tactic by Madrid, ‘freezing out’ an independent Catalunya.

How does income tax for non-resident homeowners in Spain work?

IF you are a foreign citizen but a non-resident homeowner in Spain there is a tax that applies to you: Non-Resident Income Tax. In...

Turning 50 isn’t all doom and gloom, especially when you’re in Marbella

Perhaps a more conventional 50-year-old would have celebrated the event with a discreet gathering.

Number One! Why Mallorca really is the best place to live in the world writes Amanda Butler

ACCORDING to official statistics by Tinsa, a leading Spanish valuation and assessment company headquartered in Madrid, the average value of finished housing (new and...

Spanish law change is affecting those living in the Costa del Sol

The criteria for residence for tax purposes varies considerably from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and “residence” can be different for other, non-tax purposes

WHATS THE POINT? Looking back at some of the worst inventions to go public

As the New Year begins, we look back at some of the worst inventions from Microsoft paper clips to the Segway

New Year resolutions: Finding time to maintain personal promises can be a drag

It’s the first month of 2018 and that cracking and dull thudding sound that you hear all around you is the unmistakable noise of people’s New Year resolutions breaking and hitting the ground.

Olive Press property expert Amanda Bulter brings in the New Year

HAVING been in the UK for Christmas and not seen the sun once during the 7 days we were there - just cloud and...

Christmas is time of hyperactive traditions with a little Russel Brand thrown in

It really is a case of pouring an extra strong cup of coffee, lining up a selection of Christmas classics and sitting back and enjoying the show.

From kitchen nightmares to arguments, every Christmas is stuffed with drama

A tipsy game of Twister has been abolished after a glass was kicked over, and a few of the 'bigger kids' are engaged in loud, drunken debates on politics, religion, racism and the economy.

Finding the great escape, writes Amanda Butler

  Not much to report on the property front this week as we head into Christmas, apart from receiving a visit from a well known...

‘Tis the season for reflection, writes property expert Amanda Butler

AS has long been predicted, the property market in Mallorca appears to be following the dynamics of other premium locations across the globe including...
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