Tom Odell performs on stage as part of the Clyde 1 Live concert at The SSE Hydro on December 6, 2014 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo: Getty)
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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.       

Let’s get one thing straight: the UK knows about Gibraltar, we understand its relationship with us and we are incredibly well informed. Except the official who drafted the advertisement, reported in the Daily Express, looking for someone to analyse things. Thing is, the writer failed to analyse that Gibraltar is not in fact an island.

“Peninsula” was of course the word they were looking for, and it’s the ecology of that peninsula that interests Minister for Environment and Climate Change Dr. John Cortes, who has been in Geneva at a high level conference, reported in the Gibraltar Chronicle. The reception from the UN agencies and International Union for the Conservation of Nature was very warm and we’ll hope to bring you updates as they become available.

This could be why the Rock is becoming such a popular place for ships to visit; Vox has reported on the Royal Caribbean International vessel, MS Explorer of the Seas, arriving for the first time and being greeted by Minister for Tourism Samantha Sacramento.

Meanwhile in the business world the AA looks set to acquire XL’s Gibraltar arm to launch its new motor insurance service if the report in the Post is correct; years as a journalist suggest that if the Post says it has a well-placed source then negotiations are advanced, but painful experience reminds us that a deal isn’t done until it’s signed.

Culture, and Tom Odell will be joining Duran Duran and the Kings of Leon in the Gibraltar Music Festival, which has just announced its line-up according to Gigwise. Also announced are The Feeling, Lawson, Third World, Reach, Strange Brew, Tim Garcia featuring Afterhours and Paddy Taylor. More will follow.

And now for slightly older culture: just as the UK sees the end of the TV series “Atlantis”, there is further speculation that the original city of that name, if it exists, was near the straits of Gibraltar. That’s what ODT says but if we’re honest, we’re not expecting confirmation anytime soon.

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.