Gibraltar: 99.2% Solid

All through the night the red beacon on top of the great rock flashes out its insistent and seemingly perpetual message: dash dash dot, dash dot dot dot. In the nearby Spanish villages of La Linea and San Roque and across the Campo plains to the mountains beyond, the people know that the Morse code signal stands for the letters G and B: Great Britain. The light is a constant reminder to the Spaniards that Gibraltar is British, as it has been ever since Britain seized it from Spain 263 years ago.

Last week Gibraltar proved that it is even...

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