Week 65 of Gibraltar Diary

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Sunday 7th June 2009

The Gibraltar cable cars move up and down all day and after a while you scarcely notice. As for the cafe at the top, this remains a dream. Currently, there are just a couple of drinks machines and what may be a bar someday but right now is a building site.

Meanwhile, on the ground we wander down town to buy a paper and get a bite to eat.

Monday 8th June 2009

Gibraltar is packed to oveflowing with tourists - two cruise ships have just arrived. So we take a circuitous route back to our flat and are delighted to find a maze of steps we have not explored before. The weather is overcast but warm.

Tuesday 9th June 2009

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Wednesday 10th June 2009


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Today is the birthday, or should that be Birthday, of Her Britannic Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Long may she reign over us. Everybody in Gibraltar is excited at the prospect and all kinds of machines are whizzing about all over the place - even Jonny Spaniard is getting in on the act with his helicopter. My girlfriend is meanwhile living in the pool underneath our balcony.


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Later we go down to Casemates Square to observe the proceedings - I'm not sure why the Governor is dangling the keys but maybe it is because he is being replaced by a new Governor shortly. As for the soldier with an undone shoe-lace, I expect he will be on Jankers for the next few days.

Thursday 11th June 2009

In the evening we go for a wander carrying the Canon EOS1000 and it's gigantic Sigma 50 - 500mm lens in a wheelbarrow. So, I exagerate a little but the thing is monstrous - albeit addictive. On top of the Barbary Bistro near the old Queen's Cinema is what turns out to be a monkey with a metal stick in it's hand - a broken lightning conductor?

Later it cools down a little but it is still hot by any normal standards.

Friday 12th June 2009

Just after Oriana arrives in Gibraltar, we drive to Ronda with the air conditioning on normal but when we get out of the car we are both stunned at how hot it is.

I am beginning to remember why we spent last July and August in Dublin - in the rain.

Saturday 13th June 2009

The United States Coast Guard vessel Boutwell is parked right below us but hard to see because of the buildings in front of it. On the rear deck there is a gorgeous little red helicopter. It turns out that it is a HH-65 Dolphin built by the CESM (Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys). Imagine that!


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