Welcome to our commemorative edition of Gibraltar in which we turn back the hands of time and relive the Gibraltar Evacuations, which took place 75 years ago this summer, in 1940.

In the related photographic feature, Then and Now, we show how some of the Rock’s most recognisable landmarks have changed over the years. We also visit the Gibraltar Garrison Library and interview its Director, Dr. Jennifer Ballantine Perera, and we talk with acknowledged local history expert, Tito Vallejo Smith.

As an accompanying theme, we invite you to visit Iconic Italy; indeed, few countries can match it for the refinement of its architecture and design, the sophistication of its style and culture and the diversity of its food, and we pay homage to La Bella Italia, the land of love, inspired by Milan Expo 2015, commencing its six month run from 1st May.

In this issue, you will also be able to read the latest on Gibraltar’s new Casino onboard the Sunborn, savour the delicacies on offer at the new Bay View Bistro at the Caleta Hotel, read about local property developments, and catch up on Gibraltar business news, courtesy of our regular section, Local Enterprise.

Elsewhere, don’t miss our revealing preview on Smart Watches, as you consider the exciting shape of things to come.