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  • 28 April 2007
    28 April 2007
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    Culture of The Rock and its People

    by sugarpuff Updated Nov 23, 2008

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    Taken from Wikipedia:

    The culture of Gibraltar reflects Gibraltarians' diverse origins. While there are Andalusian and British influences, the ethnic origins of most Gibraltarians are not confined to British or Andalusian ethnicities. Most ethnicities include Genoese, Maltese, Portuguese, and German. A handful of other Gibraltar residents are Jewish of Sephardic origin, North African, or Indians.

    British influence remains strong. English is the language of government, commerce, education, and the media. Gibraltarians going on to higher education attend university in the UK. Patients requiring medical treatment not available on the Rock receive it as private patients paid for by the Gibraltar Government either in the United Kingdom, or more recently in Spain.

    There exists a small but interesting amount of literary writings by native Gibraltarians. The first prominent work of fiction was probably Héctor Licudi's 1929 novel Barbarita, written in Spanish. It is a largely autobiographical account of the adventures and misadventures of a young Gibraltarian man. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, several noteworthy anthologies of poetry were published by Leopoldo Sanguinetti, Albert Joseph Patron, and Alberto Pizzarello. The 1960s were largely dominated by the theatrical works of Elio Cruz and his two highly acclaimed Spanish plays La Lola se va pá Londre and Connie con cama camera en el comedor. In the 1990s, the Gibraltarian man-of-letters Mario Arroyo published Profiles (1994), a series of bilingual meditations on love, loneliness and death. Of late there have been interesting works by the essayist Mary Chiappe such as her volume of essays Cabbages and Kings (2006) and by the UK-educated academic M. G. Sanchez, author of the hard-hitting novel Rock Black 0-10: A Gibraltar fiction (2006).

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    Regimental day

    by katepj Written Jun 3, 2007

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    Since being granted the Freedom of the City in 1971 the Royal Gibraltar Regiment has aimed to exercise that Freedom every two years which includes marching with bayonets fixed, swords drawn and colours flying.

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    The flags of Gibraltar

    by Dabs Written May 18, 2006

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    In addition to the British Union Jack, you'll find the flag of Gibraltar flying which features a three towered red castle with keys dangling from it on a white background with a red stripe on the bottom.


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    A little bit of history

    by Dabs Written May 18, 2006

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    You may be curious as to how Gibraltar, physically attached to Spain and many, many miles away from Britain happens to be a British colony and how, unlike other former British colonies, it remains so today.

    The British first took possession of Gibraltar back in 1704 when an Anglo-Dutch fleet captured it during the War of the Spanish succession. Attempts to wrest control by force by the Spanish and the French were unfruitful. Likewise the attempt to gain control by banning trade by Franco in 1969, the Gibraltarians voted overwhelmingly (12,138 to 44) to remain under British control and it led to the border between Spain and Gibraltar being closed from 1969-1986.

    The reason why Gibraltar is so important? Besides the issue of pride, that would be it's strategic location between Europe and Africa, the British developed it into a naval base and used it for allied landings during WWII.

    There were talks between the two governments as recently as 2002 proposing joint sovereignty of Gibraltar but the local residents were having none of that and it remains a self governing British colony.

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    If you are interested in the...

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Jan 9, 2004

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    There used to be a very good political web site for Gibraltar, which seems to have been removed. There are others, and you could also look here:


    And also one of my travelogues, which has an article by an American, and is reproduced with his authorisation.

    Mary in the shopping area

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    Read up on the current news...

    by Geoff_Wright Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Read up on the current news and events before you go! Take a look at this fine site:

    Gibraltar Chronicle

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    GIBRALTAR IN THE WEBThere are...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    There are some interesting pages about Gibraltar (sufix .gi) in the web. Here are some:

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  • While I cannot say I know that...

    by aero1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    While I cannot say I know that much about the culture of the people of Gibraltar, I can generally say that they are a most pleasant people.

    To find out more information on Gibraltar I refer you to the people of Gibraltar:

    {This picture is of Gibraltar from Spain. If you look to the left of the rock you can see a mountain in Africa. The two together, the rock and the mountain in Africa, I believe are known as 'the pillars of Hercules' of which in ancient times it was thought that anyone who traveled beyond them would not return. The tower on the left is a moorish tower built to watch for African invaders. You see many of these along the Costa del Sol.}

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