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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.                      

British people find Gibraltar fascinating and love to visit, there’s no doubt; some resort to extremes to get there. Here’s the Cambridge News on local swimmer Ed Williams getting there by water using only arm and leg power. Which is fine, but what about the Duty Free shop? There may actually have been one on board the Viking Star, whose visit was reported in the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Equally interesting to tourists was the third anniversary of the Gibraltar Historical Museum, reported in the News-Herald. There’s a good slide show on that link for anyone wanting to know what it’s about.

Local people have been active. Think Hy Dalka Park has been looking a bit grubby? Go and have another glance, the News-Herald again reports that there’s been a major clean-up operation.

Which reminds us of David Cameron’s idea for the Big Society. As you might have guessed from the fact that the British PM hasn’t been mentioned, this bulletin is being written before the results of the General Election have started to come through so we’ll have to deal with that separately. In the meantime Spanish News Today carries warnings from Chief Minister Fabian Picardo on the possibility of a British exit from Europe. It suggests he warned of a UKIP victory in the general election to cause this; we suspect he’s been paraphrased. Granted, UKIP is fielding candidates in 624 of the 650 Westminster constituencies but even the most generous forecasts are projecting only single-figure wins.

Another vote that might have a lot of Gibraltarians excited, though, is the one for Britain’s Got Talent; Gib schoolboy Jonathan Lutwyche enchanted with a gymnastic contemporary dance routine last week, reported by ITV and others. He’s through to the next round of course. The only wrong note was his assumption that not many people would realise Gibraltar is British; this is actually quite well known!

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.

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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.

As we head towards the end of the financial year we find that Europe is still on everybody’s mind. The Gibraltar Chronicle reports on how essential it is to include Gibraltar in any post-Brexit negotiations, no doubt partly motivated by the potential confusion on which the New Statesman Gibraltar hub this week. We’ll have another perspective this coming week – click here on Tuesday to read it.

More positive news came as the Rock moved towards heritage status; we take all credit following our piece on the Neanderthal Caves a few weeks back. There have also been celebrations around international macaque day.

And life goes on elsewhere – the doctor who resigned after an altercation with then Chelsea head honcho Jose Mourinho is a high profile Gibraltarian who might be in court defending her quarter shortly; and fishermen are alarmed at the government’s apparent decision to extend Spanish fishing rights around the Rock.

But Europe remains the biggest thing – and is likely to do so for just under 100 days at least.

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.