Rachel Haynes

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.

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01/09/2017 17:42


A month on Marbs

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

07/07/2017 20:17


The birth of Pamplona's San Fermín festival

'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

12/06/2017 12:57


Press Club rewards communication skills at gala dinner

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

02/06/2017 11:54


2 June 2014: A turning point in Spanish history: the King abdicates

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,

19/05/2017 19:43


The place with no weather

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

12/05/2017 13:07


The vulnerable age

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

28/04/2017 16:55


A thought for the good eggs

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

28/04/2017 16:42


28 April 1770: 18th century stage actress Rita Luna is born in Malaga

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

31/03/2017 15:11


A daunting delivery

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

17/03/2017 10:28


17 March 2009: Villanueva de la Concepción becomes municipality 101

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

24/02/2017 12:01


Former British consul, Thomas Tuite, dies aged 93

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

17/02/2017 17:57


Behind a surname

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

16/02/2017 11:08


A love affair stronger than Brexit

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

20/01/2017 16:56


Small town, big world

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

17/01/2017 19:34


Welcome to the new

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

17/01/2017 09:21


Retired SUR in English editor Liz Parry in New Year's Honours list

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.