Monday, November 23, 2020

Christmas comes early in Spain

TINY turkeys, trimmed-down Xmas puds, Rule of Six-sized boxes of crackers … Mini-mas, as COVID  Christmas 2020 has pessimistically been coined, was...

How much more does Marbella have to take?

A TEENAGER was fatally stabbed on a street that I used to live near. It’s a busy road that divides a popular...

Salute to Sir Sean: Connery was central figure to expats on the Costa del Sol

EVERYONE lucky enough to live in Marbella between the 60s and 80s has a Sean Connery story. The Bond...

Trump, COVID restrictions and Brexit – a view from Spain

By Anne Hernandez IT’S certainly been a couple of weeks of twists and turns. First we had the US...

Knight in a Safari Suit: Sir David Attenborough’s soothing voice doesn’t overcome his stark message

HE'S too modest for shining armour but Sir David Attenborough is a true hero of our times writes Belinda Beckett

Bears do it

THE dental check-up, check. The farmacia for winter meds, check. The Gibraltar shop for Marmite, mint sauce and Coleman’s Mustard Powder, check....

‘Making do with tech as old as me’ – Giles takes a tip from the Wombles for his off-grid...

IF the last couple months of what we can euphemistically refer to as ‘This, that and the other’ have taught me one...

UK and Spanish attitude to testing – it certainly is!

THERE are two distinct camps of people - those who will or won’t risk travelling abroad, but I think it should be...

Lisa gets the all clear after cancer battle

MY partner, Joffrey Charles, has saved my life. He nagged me incessantly about the small but growing lump under my right armpit...

All that glitters is not gold: take care when buying new build property in Spain

MAGPIE buyers are always tempted by the sheen of new-build properties, but in reality such homes often offer a lot less than...

If you want to remain in Spain legally you’d better get a move on!

After being back in Mallorca I had to pick up where I’d left off with the legal stuff after going back to...

‘L’etat c’est moi’: Giles Brown looks back at the glory days of King Juan Carlos

IT’S been a busy week broadcasting, what with reporting on the rise of coronavirus cases and the shutting down of later night...

DEAR JENNIFER: Do I need to get the new TIE residency card?

Many of you will have heard of the TIE card (Tarjeta de Identidad de extranjero), whilst many of you won't have.

EXPLAINER: What British expats in Spain need to know about the new residencia status

ON Monday July 6, 2020, the Directorate General of Migration and the Policia Nacional issued - upon application - a new residency card and, with it, a new residency status specifically created pursuant to the Withdrawal Agreement (Part Two), published jointly by the EU and the UK on November 14, 2018.

Coronavirus can’t cast a cloud over property values on Spain’s Costa del Sol while world’s rich and famous aspire...

ESTATE agents are eternal optimists, even in the most adverse of circumstances. Ask them for a forecast in the...

Lisa Burgess has been getting by with a little help from her friends during her fight with cancer

CANCER can be a lonely business and I would not have got through it without my friends.  I am...

Giles Brown realised he wasn’t the only one heading for the beach post-lockdown as Spain’s Costa del Sol gets...

HOW were things for you in the first weeks of the ‘new normal’? As I mentioned before, I was...

First coronavirus laid waste to our lifestyles, now it’s invading our language, writes Belinda Beckett

HOW’S your New Normal working out? If, like me, you don a visor over your face mask like a medieval knight of...

EXPLAINER: How to use the law in Spain against online trolls

IT is hard to accept that the internet, from which we derive so much benefit, should be so densely populated by individuals...

As Spain’s COVID-19 crisis recedes the spectre of Brexit has returned for British property buyers

SPAIN has finally allowed tourism to return after several months of the world’s most draconian COVID-19 lockdown. Brits, Germans...

Lisa Burgess goes under the knife for reconstructive breast surgery after battling cancer

I WAS apprehensive attending La Cala medical clinic for vital blood tests and arrived in full PPE, imagining I would be entering...

Real estate agent Amanda Butler welcomes stream of property enquiries as Mallorca opens up once again

WITH the state of alarm now lifted, the Balearic Islands opened their borders to over 10,000 German tourists early last week as...

What can I expect when visiting the optician in Spain as COVID-19 lockdown eases?

AS things start going back to normal as lockdown eases, it’s not unusual to feel a bit nervous about visiting your opticians....

As confinement comes to an end, I’ll miss the jokers in Spain’s COVID-19 comedy of errors, writes Giles Brown

BY the time you read this, Spain will have bravely stepped into the ‘New Normal’. To be honest, I have had enough...

If you’re going on holiday to Spain this summer, the best advice is book ahead, make sure you can...

That means reading the small print in contractual terms and conditions before making payment and, where possible, preferring to use reputable and reliable providers and intermediaries

You won’t find Bambi in our neck of the woods despite Gucci’s daft fashion trailer, writes Belinda Beckett

I EMPATHISE with my home town of Brighton where the locals have been begging lockdown day trippers to ‘Please Stay Away’.
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