Monday, March 19, 2018

We prayed for rain and boy did it come

We prayed for rain and boy did it come, writes Giles Brown

Winter in Spain has not treated me well this year, writes Giles Brown

I HAVE a confession to make. Again. I fell a little bit out of love with Spain in February. Maybe it is a growing...

WINTER IS COMING: So you better wrap up or face the cold

It even snowed on the beach in Barcelona and I’m surprised that Carles Puigdemont didn’t blame that as some sort of underhand tactic by Madrid, ‘freezing out’ an independent Catalunya.

Turning 50 isn’t all doom and gloom, especially when you’re in Marbella

Perhaps a more conventional 50-year-old would have celebrated the event with a discreet gathering.

New Year resolutions: Finding time to maintain personal promises can be a drag

It’s the first month of 2018 and that cracking and dull thudding sound that you hear all around you is the unmistakable noise of people’s New Year resolutions breaking and hitting the ground.

Christmas is time of hyperactive traditions with a little Russel Brand thrown in

It really is a case of pouring an extra strong cup of coffee, lining up a selection of Christmas classics and sitting back and enjoying the show.

The Christmas season is the time to pat ourselves on the back

If you are an autonomo, you will also know that is the time that you have to get in any monies owed before Christmas.

Tips on how to embrace your mid-life crisis in Spain

Perhaps it is the fact that, when I’m running down the Spanish Top Ten on my breakfast show, I can recognize only about three of the artists – and wonder where the vowels went with the rest of them (The Weeknd, SZA etc.).

EXCUSE ME?: Spanish radio hasn’t quite mastered the bleeping technique

IT was a usual autumn afternoon and I was casually cruising through the San Pedro tunnel. OK so I was not actually cruising but...

MC Hammered – trying something new every day

Giles breaks down the feelings of introducing the George Benson, Michael Bolton and Pink Purple Zepp Fest concerts.

September, the most wonderful time of the year

SEPTEMBER has finally arrived and brings with it the more than welcome cooler weather, less traffic and, generally, less hassle - although trying to...

SUMMER MADNESS: Heat, drunkards and a full moon make for a dangerous cocktail

I AM currently writing this article on my last day at the villa in the Marbella Hill Club, directly under the air conditioning unit,...

A racy weekend among the Who’s Who of F1 at Silverstone

I WAS back in the UK last month for the British Grand Prix.  Regular readers of my witterings will know that one of the great...

Loutish tourist behaviour is like an infection Marbella has to treat each summer

Giles Brown on the fallout from the Banus champagne spray party that saw revelers run down by a 4x4 and the subsequent police chase

The types of driving that can only be found in Marbella

What you call a ‘possible terrorist attack’ we call ‘late Sunday afternoon shenanigans’

Summer season strikes again

I have always liked May as a month – and as a frizzy-permed, badger-loving guitarist with Queen

Get your Rock off! Life on the frontline between Spain and the UK

I'm writing this column from an office overlooking the Med and just popped my head out of the window to see if the Armada had just sailed past

I can’t get no sleep

It’s the hours that I go to sleep and wake up that are bothering me

A fresh start?

After the widespread cull of some of my favourite icons – Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali-that was 2016-as well the Brexit and Trump votes, 2017 was supposed to be a belter of a year

Famous last words

Why I fear I will go out with a whimper rather than a bang

Are the boom days of work freebies finally returning?

I used to get showered with all sorts of freebies and goodie bags

The white stuff: Snow on the Costa del Sol can send even the most respectable folk crazy

When I moved to Spain, however, I abandoned the idea of ever seeing snow on my birthday. Until this year.

The Return of The Godfather: My take on responsible parenting, Costa del Sol style

I will have to admit that with a CV like mine, Godfather does seem an unlikely role for me but I can only assume that Ozzy Osbourne was busy biting the heads of bats that day, and so at some point in the early 90s the parents chose me

Boom and bust: The perils of relationships in Marbella

But as I hurtle towards my 50th I look around at my peers and am struck by the sobering realisation that they are either “happily married” while I'm back in the Single Market

A Bug’s Life: The insects are out to get me

Sharks, wild cats and jabali give me the heebie-jeebies but a much smaller creature keeps me up at night

The impact of The Donald Trump’s shock US presidential victory

Because, if you are as much of a social media animal as I am, the shock of The Donald's election has been a veritable tsunami, setting friends and family against each other in a way not seen since the American Civil War


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