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30 Gib apes shipped off to Scotland for too much monkey business

Sour gr-apes: 30 Barbary macaques have been shipped off to Scotland for bad behaviour

A threat greater than being forced to pose for ill-advised photos with sunburnt tourists awaits the famous Barbary apes of Gibraltar – they could be shipped off to Scotland if they continue to monkey around.

Already, 30 of the Rock’s worst offenders – the pick-pocketers, the bin rummagers, the tourist botherers – have been sent to the Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, and more could follow if they don’t clean up their act, warn Gibraltar authorities…

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Author:Ian Clover 22/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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Brits abroad: reputation improving, survey finds

The short of it is... Brits are among the most well-received holidaymakers

Better behaved, unfailingly polite and pretty generous tippers – Brits abroad have smartened up their act, according to a recent poll of 500 hotel workers worldwide by travel website Sunshine.co.uk…

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Author:Ian Clover 21/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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Looking for affordable winter sun? Head to Spain

Costa del Sol resorts such as Torremolinos offer winter sun and low prices.

Spain’s Costa del Sol is the best value winter sun destination, according to the Post Office’s latest Winter Sunshine Report.

The southern Spanish region offers guaranteed warm weather and sunshine heading into winter, and with the pound sterling at a six-year high against the euro, the Costa del Sol will tan your face without denting your wallet…

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Author:Ian Clover 20/10/2014 [2] Comments 
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7th, 11th, or top spot? Where does Spain rank in expat life quality?

What makes Spain a top choice for expat living? The answer is all down to you

Summertime can be a drag for journalists. On the hunt for news stories, the best one can sometimes do is proclaim that ‘The UK will be hotter than parts of Greece this week’ (yes, the mountainous, snow-capped bits); or run semi-fearful stories of Great White Sharks being spotted 50 miles – yes!, 50 miles – off the Cornish coast…

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Author:Ian Clover 08/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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Andalusian government throws lifeline to Brits stuck in property limbo

As many as 25,000 properties could benefit from the proposed change to Andalucía's planning law

The issue of illegally built homes dotted about the Andalusian countryside has been a thorn in the side of thousands of Brits for the past decade. But an announcement this week by the president of Andalucía’s Junta could finally lift the uncertainty for these British homeowners who have been living in limbo for nearly ten years…

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Spain’s property market stirs back into life

Interest in Spanish property is picking up, both domestically and among foreign buyers

What a difference two years makes. Now, it is never really wise to compare Daily Mail headlines with Financial Times ones, but a story published on the FT over the weekend struck a notable chord.

The FT reports that the town of Seseña, 35km south of Madrid, has begun to pique the interest of potential property buyers. This news is significant because back in 2012 Seseña stood for all that was wrong with Spanish property: incomplete, overpriced, empty and unnecessary. The never-to-be-inhabited overspill suburb of Madrid became the stick with which media outlets beat Spain’s property market…

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Spain enjoys improved economic outlook

Spain's renewed economic confidence is reflected in a number of Spain-China trade deals on the table

Job prospects, wages and employment security are all set to improve in Spain next year, according to the country’s Finance Minister Luis de Guindos who last week raised Spain’s economic outlook…

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August sees Spain break record tourism numbers, again

Marbella, Costa del Sol

Spain will attract more than 65 million visitors this year - an all-time record

Spain’s tourism records just keep on tumbling – last month marked the first time ever that the nine million-mark was surpassed as 9,070,024 holidaymakers headed to Spain.

According to Spain’s national broadcaster TVE, the figure is a nine per cent increase on the same period last year and marks a high point for Spain’s thriving tourist industry

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Author:Ian Clover 26/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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Ramsay’s Costa del Nightmare turns up the heat on Brits in Spain

The first episode of Ramsay's Costa del Nightmare aired on Tuesday night

Gordon Ramsay is tired. Tired of the effing, the blinding, the shouting and the scolding. He’s so tired, in fact, that the latest iteration of his Kitchen Nightmares series – Ramsay’s Costa del Nightmare – is rumoured to be his last. And if Tuesday night’s pilot episode is anything to go by, he is going out with a bang…

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Author:Ian Clover 25/09/2014 [3] Comments 
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Spain forced to backpedal on unfair expat inheritance tax laws

The change in Spain's tax ruling could benefit thousands of Brits, even those who have already inherited

The European Court of Justice today ruled that Spain’s inheritance tax laws – which are currently higher for expats than they are for Spaniards – are discriminatory.

In a landmark ruling, the Court decided that Spanish authorities are not legally allowed to charge different rates of inheritance tax. The move could benefit thousands of British expat families that, previously, were subjected to higher tax rates on certain assets, such as inheritance or gifts of property…

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Author:Ian Clover 23/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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