Neil Robertson Joins Elite 147 World Championship Snooker Club

25 Apr

Until this year’s Betfred World Championship, only seven players had made a maximum break of 147 at the iconic Crucible snooker venue. Now there are eight, with Australia’s Neil Robertson joining that ulta-elite group. […]

Festivos 2012

1 Jan

Public holidays in Andalucía

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1 January: New Year’s Day (Año Nuevo)

6 January: Three Kings Day (Epifanía – Reyes Magos)

28 February: Andalucía Day (Día de Andalucía)

5 April: Easter Thursday (Jueves Santo)

6 May: Labour Day (Fiesta del Trabajo)

15 August: Assumption of the Virgin (Asunción de la Virgen)

12 October: National Spain Day  (Fiesta Nacional de España)

1 November: All Saints Day (Fiesta de Todos los Santos)

6 December: Spanish Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución Española)

8 December: Immaculate Conception Saint’s Day (Inmaculada Concepción)

25 December: Christmas Day (Navidad)

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Winter (Invierno): 21 December-19 March

Spring (Primavera): 20 March-19 June

Summer (Verano): 20 June-21 September

Autumn (Otoño): 23 September- 20 December

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BRING in the TROOPS (again)

9 Mar

Strike-threat airport workers defy commonsense

THEY DID IT to force the air traffic controllers back to their ivory towers after a wildcat strike infuriated travellers during the early-December holiday break last year – and most people are hoping the government is prepared to take similar tough action as other airport workers threaten disruption over Easter and summer. […]


8 Mar

WITH EXAGGERATED airport security, “low-cost” flights and now wildcat strikes by overpaid air traffic controllers in Spain… travelling long ago ceased to be even remotely pleasurable. All we have left is our sang-froid – and some light relief spotted on the internet.


TIGER sharpens CLAWS

8 Mar

Nice guy Benji in fight of his life

ONE WEEK before, Wests Tigers and New Zealand star Benji Marshall had been named the “face of rugby league” as the new NRL season loomed. He said at the time he wanted to be “the player that kids want to be when they grow up”. […]


1 Mar

Vibrant Cuban rhythms in Marbella

STUNNINGLY TALENTED singer, pianist and composer Yanela Brooks has a deep passion for music that began when she studied the genre from the age of seven at an academy in Cuba. Later forming a band with 12 other girls before graduating, she was always destined for success. […]


28 Feb

Tragic death of former Miss Costa del Sol

SPAIN’S FIRST Miss Universe, Amparo Muñoz, died at her Málaga home after a long illness – aged just 56. […]


23 Feb

Feria International de los Pueblos in Fuengirola

FUENGIROLA becomes a festive profusion of sounds, flavours and aromas from around the world when the town hosts the annual Feria Internacional de los Pueblos from 29 April to 2 May.

Last year’s fair – the 16th edition – attracted an estimated one million visitors over the four days, with 33 countries and Spanish regions offering an exotic taste of their traditions and cuisine in the colourful setting of the Fuengirola fairground.

Photos: Bosco Martín


20 Feb

Patient Webber set for another tough challenge

(Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

LAST SEASON Mark Webber became the first Australian since Alan Jones in 1981 to lead the Formula 1 driver’s championship. Coming into the final race in Abu Dhabi he had a chance of joining Jones (1980) and Jack Brabham (1959, 1960, 1966) as the only Australian world champions but a poor pit strategy thwarted his chances and he finished third overall in the season-long championship behind arch-rival and Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.



15 Feb

Formula 1 stars prepare for new Grand Prix season

Fernando Alonso

AFTER FOUR days of testing at the Jerez racetrack, Williams driver Rubens Barrichello gained an early psychological edge with the best time of the final session and an overall advantage during the week. Home favourite Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) was third on the final day. […]