Novelist Kate Mosse attends the Pioneering Women's Luncheon at Glorious Goodwood Ladies Day at Goodwood on July 31, 2014 in Chichester, England. (Getty)
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Weekly round-up: politics, business and news from Gibraltar

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days.

  1. All set for Gib literary festival

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “’The heart of everything that is’”, Acting Chief Minister Dr John Cortes told the international speakers at the opening dinner of the 2014 International Literary Festival, ‘is what the Rock is to the people of Gibraltar.’” 

  1. Picardo signs up for commercial ties with Washington

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia are in Washington DC for a series of commercial and political meetings. Within minutes of their arrival in the US capital yesterday, they made their way to the US Chamber of Commerce building in order to support the formal accreditation of AmCham Gibraltar.”

  1. The greatest mismatch in soccer history?

NY Daily News reports: “With a firefighter in goal, a customs agent anchoring the defense, a police officer and store worker roaming the midfield and a gym teacher on the attack, the best players from this rocky, 2.6-square mile territory will take on the world champions from Germany.”

  1. Gibraltar-Tangier flight route to launch next March

The Olive Press reports: “A new flight route between Gibraltar and Tangier in Morocco is being launched in March next year. Moroccan national airline Royal Air Maroc will operate the service on Thursdays and Sundays.”

  1. Archaeological remains excavated in Casemates building

GBC News: “Archaeological remains dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries have been uncovered during the construction of a building off Casemates Square.”

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Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days.

Before this week’s round-up goes any further your correspondent wants to announce that Little Mix will be playing the Gibraltar Music Festival this year, as has just been confirmed by the Heatworld site. This is highlighted purely to prove we’re down with the kids, or it was until we realised that Little Mix has been running for almost half a decade. There are times when you just feel ancient.

Rather newer, but based on an old idea, the University of Gibraltar is readying itself for opening and former governor Lord Luce is going to be Chancellor, says Vox. Before term starts, students might like to get a bit of cardboard boat racing in, according to Euroweekly.

More seriously, Spain’s relations with Gibraltar may be improving further as the Mayor of La Linea had a good meeting with chief minister Fabian Picardo, says Spanish News Today. The economy is getting another boost as another gaming company moves in, the Olive Press tells us.

And as if to combine the education and economy themes, the Rock’s first School of Beauty is about to open, this story once again from the Olive Press. A strong economy looks set to grow further.

Guy Clapperton is the freelance journalist who edits the New Statesman’s Gibraltar hub. You can also find him in the Guardian, Computer Business Review and Professional Outsourcing which he edits.