The summer sailing calendar is going to get a kickstart at the end of this week when the 125th annual Gibraltar to Morocco Smir Yacht Rally gets going on Friday. The Olive Press reports that once again it’s being sponsored by Ocean Village and Boat Shed Gibraltar. We’ll be bringing you a fuller preview on the 9th.
More stories are emerging about the resignation of Sir James Dutton as Governor of the territory as we’ve reported previously, although they don’t appear to do anything other than contradict each other. The Daily Telegraph says he resigned because the British Government refused to stand up to Spain; he denies this in a statement to the Gibraltar Chronicle.
This ambivalence is nothing new. The Chronicle has also uncovered old papers on the then British Prime Minister Jim Callaghan’s uncertainty over how to handle Gibraltar following the death of Franco in Spain.
Society is changing across the Western world and Gibraltar is no exception; the Gibraltar Chronicle (last mention this bulletin we promise, we do check more than one paper!) reports two major unions are supporting the Equal Civil Marriage campaign, in which the idea is to allow religious marriages to have as many strictures and rules as they believe are appropriate while the civil versions would become legally equal to everyone regardless of orientation.
Finally, it is of course no joke when people get too close to the Barbary Apes and find themselves bitten or otherwise molested. If someone approaches them whilst wearing a bikini and they whip it off, it’s definitely serious. But when, as reported in the Daily Mirror, she reports them to the police and apparently tries to press charges, we do our best but we can’t help giggle just a bit. The quote from the police at the end of the Mirror story is a classic.