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Boston, UK (1971). Rachel has a degree in Modern Languages from Newcastle University and a postgraduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. After moving to Malaga in 1994 she joined the SUR in English team in 1996 and has been Editor since 2014.
This has been an exciting week for people who love facts and figures - journalists among them - who need to pull a statistic out of their hats to support every argument or assertion. On Tuesday Spain's national statistics institute (INE) released the
There's an air of anticipation in most large towns and cities in this region this week. Rows of chairs have appeared along central streets, people of all ages are chatting excitedly, planning excursions, discussing routes; some are having their hair
Yesterday's strike for International Women's Day was more symbolic than anything else. It's impossible to really prove to what extent the world would stop turning if all women downed tools. Yesterday women in Spain did make their presence felt, rathe
Having the car you take for granted suddenly forced off the road for several weeks sheds a whole new light on how we move from one place to another. Forced to find an alternative to just grabbing the keys and running out the door, I've recently had a
It's January, it's cold - even on the Costa del Sol - and pharmacies are busier than ever. Hands up who hasn't had a sniffle, a full-blown cold, or worse still the flu, since Christmas. Not many, I'm sure.
When the pharmacy doesn't have the solutio
Animal shelter boss sentenced in cruelty case
The former president of the Torremolinos animal shelter Parque Animal, Carmen Marín, was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison for cruelty to animals, falsification of do
Laura Byrne, regional vice-president of the British Chamber of Commerce for Barcelona, was in Marbella this week to attend a breakfast meeting of the Andalucía branch of the organisation, chaired by the local vice-president, Derek Langley.
SUR in English and Linea Directa called on the expertise of Pedro Fernández this week for another essential expat advice seminar on the subject of taxation.
After the success of the seminar held at the recent Home Fair in Marbella, this week's even
Pedro Fernández, partner at Garrigues the leading Spanish law firm, will be speaking at the Linea Directa and SUR in English Essential Expat Advice Seminar in the Salón de Actos in La Cala de Mijas town hall on 22 November at 12 noon.
Tourism is so important for this region and the figures are increasing every year, with "record-breaking" appearing in numerous news headlines. However the industry knows it can't sit back on its laurels as the rising fugures won't automatically cont
"Andalucía is in the hearts of the British," said the ambassador Simon Manley, speaking at the SUR in English annual dinner in London on Monday. This year the event, organised as a celebration of that special relationship between British tourists and
Commuters throughout London woke up on Monday morning to a copy of the SUR in English Southern Spain supplement inside their free copy of City AM, as part of SUR's and Andalucía's presence at the World Travel Market (WTM) this year.
With more than
Tax expert Pedro Fernández of Spain's leading law firm Garrigues spoke to an audience invited by SUR in English and Línea Directa at the Home Fair in Marbella on Saturday.
Fernández ran through the different types of taxation foreign residents in S
The figure is frightening enough when you are living in your own country, but when you're in a foreign place the "taxman" becomes even more daunting. This personification of the tax system, turning it into one evil-looking misanthrope waiting to get
British expat organisations on the Costa del Sol have welcomed news of a new website designed to offer support to older and vulnerable members of the community.
SUPPORT IN SPAIN
Languages: English and Spanish
Perhaps it's rather naïve of me to think that people ought to be able to love, or at least tolerate, one another and live happily ever after in peace and harmony.
That's the message drummed into children at school isn't it? Everyone should be treat
Today is the first day of September and many workers who stick to Spanish holiday traditions will be going back to the office after a 31-day break. This month-long holiday, that nowadays fewer people can, or even want, to take all in one go, gives th
He doesn't look like he's the sort of person to play classical music. Not the way he dresses in a T-shirt, trainers and messy hair, nor by the way he talks, with one popular swear word repeated several times throughout the interview. He has recently
'1de enero, 2 de febrero, 3 de marzo, 4 de abril, 5 de mayo, 6 de junio, 7 de julio... ¡San Fermín!" This popular Spanish song, known all over the country, shows how today's date can mean only one thing in Spain. 7 July is the feast of San Fermín, th
"To have been able to play a part in the integration of the international community has been a privilege and a great pleasure," said former editor of SUR in English, Liz Parry, as she received her British Empire Medal on Thursday evening.
The Costa Press Club announced the winners of its Communicator 2016 awards at its 15th anniversary gala dinner on Thursday evening.
The association for international journalists on the Costa del Sol launched its annual awards in 2006 with the aim o
On the morning of 2 June 2014 newsrooms around the country were buzzing with anticipation. La Moncloa palace, the official residence of the Spanish prime minister, had called an unexpected and urgent press conference. There would be an announcement,
Spain's Iberian neighbour has shown that it can produce more than tanned footballers this week. Yes, Portugal finally added a Eurovision Song Contest win to its achievements, reminding the rest of Europe that part of this peninsula we now call home i
This week's SUR in English contains at least two articles that make us stop and think of the most senior members of our communities and families. In her second Brit Back column, in which she recounts the ups and downs of her rediscovery of the UK aft
It's April, it's 2017, but some of the headlines in this week's news are probably almost identical to others published five, ten or fifteen years ago. Politicians are arrested under suspicion of corrupt practice, embezzlement and generally abusing th
Rita Alfonso García was born in Malaga by chance. Her parents, originally from northern Spain, were both orators, taking their recitals from stage to stage. They were living in the southern Spanish city in the spring of 1770 when Rita, one of three s
It's been nine months now since that morning at the end of June when we were jolted awake by the news that the thing had been conceived. It came as a shock to many of us here in Spain, but others supported the creation; there was no question of abort
The province of Malaga lost its round number - exactly 100 - of municipalities on 17 March 2009. After years of campaigning, the small town of Villanueva de la Concepción finally gained its independence from Antequera, becoming municipality number 10
Former British consul, Thomas Tuite, died in Malaga on 18 February at the age of 93.
He was born Thomas Robert Henry Stratford Tuite in Dublin, Ireland, in 1923, son of an Anglo-Irish army officer.
Before settling in Malaga, Thomas worked for t
This week, Nick Clegg's Spanish wife Miriam González Durántez remarked on the irony of being addressed as "Mrs Clegg" on an invitation to an event organised to mark international women's day.
Understanding surname acquisition is one of those issue
Just over six months ago, a lot of us in Spain thought that we were in a bad dream, that something surreal was happening but that we would soon wake up and discover with relief that the UK didn't vote for Brexit after all. Then for a while perhaps we
This week, somewhat drowned out by the news of the snow - and of course the new SUR in English website - the rumblings have continued to emanate from the tremulous local political scene in Alhaurín el Grande.
While the opposition prepares en bloc t
SUR in English has been a pioneer throughout its more than 30 years of providing information to English-speaking residents and visitors in southern Spain. After being the first successful newspaper to be published in English on the Costa del Sol back
The 2017 New Year's Honours List includes a familiar name for British residents in southern Spain. The former editor of SUR in English, Liz Parry, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to British nationals living in Andalucía.