There’s a growing anticipation that 2014 may see the end to a global crisis that has been tough to ride out. It’s also going to be a major sporting year with the Winter Olympics in Russia in February and the World Cup kicking off in Brazil in June. Here in Gibraltar, we can look forward to busy times too, with many festivals, cultural events and concerts on the horizon.

In this first edition for the new year, we focus on one of these – the annual Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, being held at The Caleta Hotel from January 27 to February 6, which, according to The Sunday Times, “has established itself as the most prestigious open tournament in the world”. You can also read about the forthcoming Sunshine Tour, Europe’s most important winter equestrian competition, taking place at Dehesa Montenmedio in Vejer, in late February and March.

In terms of personalities, don’t miss our interviews with Nhean Haynes de Domecq, who tells us about her new book, Rock Cakes and Other Delights: Gibraltar’s History Told Through Food, and stunning cover model, Gina Monteverde.

We also rev up the jazzy new Jaguar XKR-S, take a tour round a sumptuous villa in La Zagaleta and a peek inside a period townhouse in Tarifa, taste some of the best wines being produced nearby in Ronda, and go on a trip to the Cotswolds with sumptuous clothing from the House of Cashmere.

Further afield, as travel is increasingly popular and an integral part of a lifestyle magazine, we suggest Cruising the USA and visiting Dubai.

All in all, a great issue to relax with and enjoy, out of the winter cold.
Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014!