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Dearest readers,

I’m sure you’ve quite had enough of all the doom and gloom surrounding this wretched COVID-19, so if you don’t mind, we’ve made this issue as coronavirus-free as we possibly can (however, you can always visit our online news sector for regular updates regarding the virus and our community at large: thegibraltarmagazine.com/categories/news. Please only get your facts from trusted media/medical sources, as these will be thoroughly fact-checked, unlike ones from the WhatsApp Warriors).

Instead, we’ve got articles on town planning (p. 23), how to start your own catering business (p. 26), the different types of indulgent facials available (p. 59), and our monthly book club to name but a few (p. 54).

We also have some great interviews for you this month. Romina sits down with Nicole Byrne, who has just completed her Postgraduate as a Career Development Guidance Counsellor and is an active member of the Gibraltar Disability Society (p. 41); I manage to pin down the elusive ‘Jupp’ – Gibraltar’s answer to Banksy (p. 50), and Richard Cartwright catches Malcolm Blagg as he hangs up his petrol pump for the final time, ready for pastures new (p. 45). As Malcolm says: “You can do anything in life, just go out and do it”. Or, given our current climate, perhaps stay in and do it.

And finally, we bring you the last installment of the Gods of Olympus by the late, and loved, Peter Schirmer (p. 82). This month, the Father of the Gods laments the length of lent, established the proper way to eat fish and chips, and scoffs at the sheer number of events on the calendar. I can’t help but wonder what sort of amusing amendments Peter would have made, given the actual current state of our cultural calendar…

And with that in mind, keep safe, wash your hands, stay positive, and most important of all, look out for one another.

Yours,

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The Gibraltar Magazine is your monthly business, entertainment, and lifestyle source. Providing the community with the latest breaking news and quality content since 1995. Every month, 100 pages are packed with gripping features from a cross- section of the Gibraltarian community in business, culture and leisure. We have pledged to support the wealth of local talent, constantly promoting young artists, musicians, authors and entrepreneurs and presenting what’s on around the Rock. In the business section, we focus on finance, property, and gaming industries. Embracing the latest technology and updating our website daily, we’re able to provide increased and up-to-the-minute information. The magazine has been operating for 25 years, which speaks volumes for our forward-thinking team who strive to take a fresh direction each month, as well as our loyal readership and confidence of advertisers.