|Sam Bailey has a walk through Main Street after |
her sound check at Casemates
Thursday, 30 April 2015
Gibraltar - 30th April 2015 - Sam Bailey, X Factor winner today held a press conference at the Sunborn floating hotel prior to her performance at the May Day celebrations tomorrow. During the press conference she told Minister Steven Linares that she wished to live in Gibraltar.
Sam Bailey had been approached in December to sing in Gibraltar and explained that she had not hesitated in accepting; "it didn't matter if I had played in a small yacht I just wanted to come to Gibraltar." Having visited Gibraltar in the past on numerous times, she explained that she had loved the place and wanted to see how it had changed.
Speaking about Simon Cowell and her music career she admitted that she was "glad" to have been "dropped" by Simon Cowell, claiming that she believed that had she stayed with him she would not have been free to do her own music.
"I have been set free," she said, adding that she didn't think that at 37 years of age Simon Cowell wanted her as she was unlikely to be like other younger stars. Sam explained she wanted to write and sing her own songs, "it's nice to be out of it so soon," she explained as she referred to Simon Cowells contract with her. "I wanted to do what I want to do. He would have kept me doing cover versions which I didn't want to do."
In what was a very open and informal type of press conference, Sam Bailey recalled how she was presently living at her brother-in-law's home, with her husband and three children in one room, whilst she waited for her home to be refurbished. "I didn't want to move," she said, explaining why she had not moved from her home and bought a new one as everyone expected. "I live with my brother -in-law with a bunk bed. I didn't want to move in case my career went down the pan." Having asked her kids where they wanted to live they decided to stay at their home, wanting to be normal and carrying on doing the school chase.
Asked what was her biggest challenge, the down to earth Sam Bailey recalled that she had been a prison warden and was therefore "hard-skinned", however, not being with her children was a challenge she did not relish. "The biggest challenge is being away from my kids, I am hard faced having been a prison officer I can take anything, but being away from my kids is the toughest thing."
After the press conference Sam Bailey went to Casemates Square where she performed in a short sound check before deciding to have a walk through Main Street. She stopped at an electronic retailer, Carlos Alwani, where she bought a camera, before she headed to Irish Town, where she went to the popular bar The Clipper.
Sam will be playing live at Casemates Square during the May Day Rally celebrations on the 1st May.
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Monday, 6 April 2015
Just a week ago a decision to run rather than to wait and see what materialised later made the difference between being ahead of the news and purely becoming a passerby, stand and watch photojournalist.
It was early in the morning and a police patrol car whizzed by, it was the first indication something was going on that day, which was not your standard police response.
Some minutes later a second police patrol car could be heard zooming past Line Wall Road, and turning into the City Centre, this was the moment a decision was taken to run rather than wait and see what I found out.
Some say photojournalist can be mad, In Gibraltar we are not like in other countries and big stories are hard to come by, so I cannot compare to others as I operate in a small market, but in true fashion instinct kicked in. Instead of waiting, and assessing what risks there was in running to where the vehicles were heading I run.
One police patrol car was already there, another had just arrived and the occupants were racing out of the vehicle and up a hill, there was no moment to stop, instead I run behind them, camera in hand, shooting as I run. What was going on god knows, I didnt know at the time, and it would be sometime before i found out the full facts.
As the officers reached a set of steps I followed, unawares of whom they were passing, or who was there, I just kept the camera going and shooting. It was then that the first reaction came, a man shouted at me, he shouted further and then he started to lunge at me. From his face you could tell this was not anger at him being captured but at my mere presence. The police men had by this time been stopped. Stopped by other policemen and not allowed further. As the man lunging towards me was pulled back, by whom i came to realise was a detective, the men I had chased were now stopping, they were police dog section, but without dogs.
This was my cue to step forward, but i was being advised back, this was when respect for authority must come in, but with that urge to continue.
As I was about to head down a surprise, a dog handler who had come with no dog was now takinga dog away from the area to his vehicle. What was going on?
The first clear signs there was something very seriously wrong was when the first paramedic team arrived, not an ambulance but emergency response unit, one sole paramedic. He went up to the scene and came down just as quickly, but he was not returning to it.
As he passed by the question was made, "have they found someone dead or something," a quick glance to the side, a sullen face, tearful eyes and a human reaction as a response "afu you cannot imagine."
He sat in his vehicle, turning one sheet of paper up and down, not seemingly writing much, just looking at the sheet go up and down for a few minutes before I disturbed him by walking directly next to his window. He looked up, quiet, not noticing me, then looked down at the paper and wrote.
Other members of the press started arriving, as Inspectors arrived, and more police officers. And then a doctor. The doctor walked up with the paramedic to the scene. Then The Crime Scene invetigation teams, then more police, detectives, Superintendents, acting superintendents actually.
Then the clearest sign this was more than a normal police call out as a sullen faced doctor emerged from within the scene, walked down and as he passed again the question was raised, he stops for a second, and shakes his head and starts by saying "if i used my imagination I would say ..." What he said is something that does not yet need repeating.
What those words were to mean later on would change the course of the day.
As the scene developed, cordons were raised and then taken off, and officers arrived and started knocking on doors, stopping people from entering areas, removing motorbikes, ushering people on away from the steps. As white robed men came in and out of the area, it was time to send out the story, but what was the real story, one person dead? a sudden death? more than one dead? At this stage it was still unimaginable.
A quick call to the police station and the severity of the situation was ever more apparent, "we cannot comment on what has happened just that a serious crime investigation has been launched." "but can you give us any details, we know that from the reactions of those going in and out there is a fatality" " We cannot give any more information." Then the next remark, "its more serious than you can imagine, and I know what you can imagine, but its more serious than that."
Hours later the news was confirmed a family, two adults and two children had been found dead, they all sustained violent injuries.
Gibraltar mourned from then on. The streets went quiet, there was silence in the dark of night. The police issued their statements, the reporters sought their stories, and in the meantime men continued their work whilst the tears trickled down their cheeks, reporters such as myself were asked questions on television and radio for having arrived first and reported the arrival.
The smashed door, the brave police woman, the brave police man, the tears of senior investigators, the shock of a commissioner, the surviving dog, the two children present with the owner, the presence of a step father, the locked door, the hollywood styled scene descriptions, the wreaths, the flowers, the teddy bears, the hello kittys dressed in police clothes, the denials, the no comments, the headlines, the erroneous headlines, the facebook profiles, the twitter accounts, the arrival of experts, the arrival of families, they all would now play a part of the story, but the real story today is yet to come, and only one group of people know that story, those living it still day and night.