Manuel Vilas

Choose Merry Christmas

At this time of the year, it is very important to send sincere Christmas greetings to everyone who crosses your path because it is better to live loving everybody than loving only half of the world

  • 15 Dec 2023 16:16

    Taken for a ride by the scammers

    How many of us have not received a message from a contact who is "travelling" and in urgent need of a transfer? Or a text from the post office about an undeliverable package?

  • 15 Dec 2023 16:12

    Running on empty

    A chap performing a warm up routine reminiscent of Torvill and/or Dean (which was which?) stopped and informed me that Malaga's full and the half-marathon started at the same place, adding – with a sinister grin – 'after that, it's every man for himself'

  • 15 Dec 2023 16:00

    Empty threats

    The phrase 'threat to democracy' is one of the most over-used in contemporary political discourse; so much so, in fact, that it has lost all meaning

  • 08 Dec 2023 12:37

    Stuck inside of mobile

    The Platform For An Adolescence Free Of Mobile Phones (it sounds better in Spanish) is lobbying for even tougher measures i.e. for these devices to be prohibited in schools altogether and, moreover, for it to be illegal for anyone under sixteen to even own one

  • 08 Dec 2023 12:35


    Ignacio Lillo

    Teenagers on the loose

    As the evening falls, they roam in packs with the intention of drinking, getting high, harassing, beating up some unfortunate and vandalising property

  • 08 Dec 2023 12:33

    Victims of abuse

    The Merriam-Webster dictionary's definition of 'gaslighting' runs as follows: "psychological manipulation of a person, usually over an extended period of time, that causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts [or] perception of reality [...]."

  • 01 Dec 2023 17:36

    Return to form

    When it was first created in 1948, Israel wanted nothing to do with the Franco regime. As a result, Spain forged alliances with Arab countries in the region

  • 01 Dec 2023 17:19

    Local heroes

    If someone says they work in a tyre factory and they're a member of their local bar billiards club, I genuinely want to know more – I could talk for hours about that stuff

  • 01 Dec 2023 17:05

    Tourism up, water down

    Millions head to the Costa's beaches practically all year round. Ironically, it is the key to the Costa's success - its dry climate - that is in danger of ruining it, when 'dry' turns to 'drought'

  • 24 Nov 2023 16:30

    The Euro Zone

    Mark Nayler

    Forgiven but not forgotten

    Sánchez loses credibility as Catalan separists take advantage of his power struggle

  • 24 Nov 2023 16:29

    The Bottom Line

    Ignacio Lillo

    The Estepona solution

    Such proactiveness to the drought crisis is something that clashes with the local custom of demanding that others do things for us

  • 17 Nov 2023 14:56


    Ignacio Lillo

    Horrendous housing

    There are squatter settlements where the building work was not finished before the construction company went bankrupt, so the windows are made from cardboard and, when it rains and it is windy, you can imagine how it is for the inhabitants

  • 17 Nov 2023 14:54

    Time for intervention

    The bargain made with Carles Puigdemont is craven, cynical and destructive, not only of public trust in politicians, but also of Spain's Constitutional framework

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