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sábado, julio 09, 2005

Gibraltar

I went to Gibraltar on Thursday, mainly to see what all the fuss was about. Gibraltar has been British for over 300 years, and it is still legally British according to the peace treaties signed in the 18th century, especially the Utrecht treaty. Spain claims this rock, in a sense justifiably, for it is part of the Iberian peninsula, it is obsolete as a strategic point, and its existence is not quite that logical.
What seems most remarkable is the inability of Gibraltar to fit absolutely anywhere. It definately feels like being in Britain, as Union Jacks wave all over the place, there are red telephone booths and 40% of the population are British. However, in Gibraltar, 30% of the population are of Spanish descendance, most of the people speak Spanish with a malagueño accent, the cars drive on the right (correct?) side of the road, and the climate is all too evidently mediterranean. However, 30% of the population are from elsewhere (with 2500 muslims, 400 indians, etc. as well as 30% of the population being descended from italians, maltese, french, etc.). Also, the architecture is very strangely mediterranean in the sense that one can find an eminently sicilian style building with maltese balcony decoration, just below the rock where there is a mosque and a foenician dam. Finally, the presence of monkeys on the Rock seems to be the cherry on top, as these monkeys are also immigrants (they came from the atlas mountains in morocco, brought in by the british).
Give your opinion, tell us what you think should be the fate of Gibraltar. Pictures shall appear as soon as this rubbish router from timofónica stops bullshitting my mac (get hopeful)