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It feels peculiar to be reporting on the Chinese New Year in a Gibraltar-led section of the website but that’s what we’re doing – earlier this week Gibraltar was awash with colour as the festival was celebrated on the Rock for the first time. The Gibraltar Chronicle says it’s the Year of the Monkey; we’ll save the “they’re not monkeys, they’re Barbary macaques” for another time.

Religion, and GBC reports that by July the Rock will have been without a bishop for two years. This can only mean one of two things – either GBC is clairvoyant about what’s going to happen by July or the church plans really, really far in advance. One thing Gib does have is its first independent co-ed school, already planning for its opening in September.

The chess tournament is over of course but attention is moving to Backgammon, says the Olive Press. It suggests that this will signal a move away from Gib’s image as “Britain in the sun”; we’re not sure Backgammon has the clout to do that, on the one hand, and given the temperatures around the New Statesman’s office we wouldn’t actually mind a bit of sun, since you ask.

On to more traditional sport and here’s a bit of fun – the 2019 Island Games are in need of a logo, says Inside The Games, and there’s a competition on to design it. We would love to report sometime that the winner heard about nit here first!

Also in terms of competition, Gibraltar’s Stock Exchange is now officially the most competitive in Europe, according to ValueWalk. Onward…

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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