Editor's Blog Nov 02nd 2011

Editor's Blog Nov 02nd 2011 - Cars/Bikes

On the way home yesterday, finishing far later than I wanted, I cycled along Fish Market Lane. I did this for 2 reasons; firstly I didn’t want to go through Casemates on my bike, like many people, it annoys me, and secondly it was dark and I had no lights. So off I go and along the Lane, out pops the policeman. Now I don’t have a problem because he was right, there was some mitigation but alas, I had to walk, at least until I was in Laguna estate. The point is that I never see anyone getting picked up elsewhere; yesterday I was walking behind a woman cycling down Irish Town all along the street in broad daylight and not even a single policeman or woman. Across casemates the same, it drives me mental... me on a dark and quiet street... nabbed.

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Editor's Blog Oct 31st 2011

 Editor's Blog Oct 31st 2011 - Halloween

 Halloween and the end of term; both a significant point in the annual calendar, more so the end of term, as it means the streets have less cars on them this morning as I cycled to work. I don’t just mean from Gibraltar either, the number of Gib registered cars coming through that border and/or dropping off their children at the frontier is incredible. But the reduction in traffic volume far outweighs my concern on the frontier queues.

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Editor's Blog Oct 28th 2011

Editor's Blog Oct 28th 2011

With the YGTV News, comes my daily blog, aimed at the world around us through my torched piece of sand. The morning chorus of reversing delivery vans has already started here and the rain doesn’t seem to dampen their ardour to shout their way through the morning. A very definite Mediterranean thing shouting I reckon. Amazing when you think that instead of shouting “Oi” they make a hissing sound, which is much more silent, far less rude and amazingly easy to pick up. It’s the same thing living in blocks of flats; I wonder if the neighbours realise you can hear them going through their rituals morning, noon and night. “Maaam where’s me toast?” “Hijo? In the toaster where else, and go wake your Dad up!” No need love; the shouting got the whole street going.

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Editor's Blog Oct 27th 2011

Editor's Blog Oct 27th 2011

 We have a lot of buskers; even more so in these economically bad times (I prefer to call it BROL – Bankers Ruin Our Lives). It seems anyone with a slight affliction, wart, chipped fingernail or limp. Go without a wash for a few days, don’t shave (including the women) and feel it is ok to literally ask for money.

I have tried asking them instead, and boy does it screw them up. You get an almost incredulous look as if you have plagiarised their patented idea.

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Editor's Blog Oct 21st 2011

Editor's Blog Oct 21st 2011

 This week, most of the news was coming out of London as the 12th Gibraltar Day was held at the Guildhall. Prior to that, at lunchtime, there was also a luncheon held for some 350 financiers (they don’t call them Bankers anymore – too many jokes).

 As a journo, I was invited to report on the day, and there are many elements of it which I believe merits its continuance. Even the Leader of the Opposition agrees, although naturally, he believes it can be done a lot cheaper than the £100K plus it currently costs. It could certainly be improved and it could, in my opinion, be used better to give Gibraltar the political profile we want, but I want a consultancy fee first. I will offer one freebie though, I’d invite the Spanish ambassador every year; wouldn’t that be a win-win situation?

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