September 18, 2006

Rule, Britannia!

(Photo of Gib found here.)

Deal with Spain will end the 37-year 'siege' of Gibraltar.

(Cue triumphal music.)

Spain has agreed to lift travel and communications restrictions on the Rock of Gibraltar imposed by still-dead General Francisco Franco nearly forty years ago. Although the Dons will still cling to their claim of sovereignty over the Rock, the lifting of these restrictions will be immensely beneficial to the locals on both sides of the border.

If you're interested in a first-hand account of the complexities of getting back and forth between Gib and the Spanish mainland these past four decades, as well as a description of life on the Rock itself, try Simon Winchester's Outposts of Empire.

Posted by Robert at September 18, 2006 10:53 AM | TrackBack