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You’ll have noticed that Europe is somewhat in the news lately, so it’s timely that Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Garcia has taken an exhibition on Gibraltar to Brussels, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle. The idea is to spread awareness of the issues facing Gibraltar at the moment among MEPs. It can’t come soon enough, with a new survey in the Daily Mail suggesting many kids think “Rock of Gibraltar” is a new sort of music!

Europe is going to be a recurring theme in the coming months. British Prime Minister David Cameron has pretty much staked his legacy on keeping Britain (and therefore Gibraltar) in the EU and he’s been urging Gibraltarians to vote; given the geographical location it’s reasonable to suppose that very few of them will want to leave. Other international considerations are even more urgent; Gib has been preparing for a possible terrorist attack.

On a happier note (not that ‘being prepared’ is anything but positive) GBC reports on the annual general meeting of the Friends of Gibraltar, and if you own property on the Rock there’s good news – it’s been ranked the highest in a “spend to sunshine” index, drafted somewhat inevitably by an estate agency business.

We’re not sure where mainland UK comes in that particular index, although this weekend we’re in a good position so far to say it can be sunny and damned cold at the same time…

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.