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It’s Friday the 13th – a date of no significance whatsoever, so we’re not going to pander to superstition. Instead we’ll comment that the Gibunco Literary Festival is underway according to the Gibraltar Chronicle, as previewed on this hub last week, but there’s more serious stuff going on.

The political parties are at war (it says in the Olive Press) over a bakery and its financing. Embarrassing to all will be the revelation in the Guardian that an anti-EU group is funded through a Gibraltar-based account. The people commenting in Euro Weekly about Gibraltar’s status as very pro-EU won’t be happy.

In economic news, the fight over the airport and the tunnel has finally been resolved in the government’s favour. Joe Bossano has been upbeat about the economy. The Maritime Journal reports on a major new building development.

Finally, sometimes there’s an unfortunate story with an innocent bystander involved and the Olive Press reports just such an occasion. TV presenter Ben Shepherd had a call from a viewer suggesting he turned on the Rock’s Christmas lights. Excited, he announced that he was going to Gibraltar to do so, never having turned on Christmas lights anywhere before – only to find that there was no official invitation and the Gib government had to issue a denial.

There’s always the lights in your living room, Ben…

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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