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As we approach the one-year mark of what has been nothing short of a rollercoaster in a house of horrors. I just wanted to take a pause to say: Well done. We made it. How are you?

With restrictions easing by the time you read this note, we’re well on our way to a new normal. Churros in the sunshine, dinner with friends, and the much sought-after trip to Carrefour lay just within reach.

With International Women’s Day falling on the 8th of March, and Mother’s Day just in front on the 9th, in this issue we celebrate leading ladies.

In this month’s Hello There, we asked: Does the glass ceiling exist for women in the workplace? Your answers were varied, and empowering (p. 8). 

Feisty females rule the roost in many factions of the animal kingdom, too, as we learn in this month’s Zookeeper’s Diary (p. 37).

Over in Art Club, we celebrate the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. Learn to draw the ‘Lady with the Lamp’ in just seven easy steps (p. 51).

Where we’re born can play a significant factor in our rights and freedom, which is something the Missing Women of Asia know all too well. We explore this phenomenon, and learn of the harrowing infanticides of those considered to be an ‘expensive burden’ (p. 22).

March is also host to World Book Day, and to celebrate, Westside School students are publishing a book: Writer of the Week 2016-2018. The anthology is made up of stories, poems and essays from talented students under the school’s Writer of the Week initiative, run by the English department since 2016 (p. 44).

And saving the best for last, we have a familiar face gracing our cover this month: Brian Blessed. If you don’t recognise him by his impressive beard and bushy eyebrows, you certainly will by his iconic roar. Brian has graced our screens and airways for almost six decades, and we had the absolute delight of interviewing him all about it (p. 40).

See you in April, churro in hand!

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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.