Sunday, 23 April, 2017

Giles Brown: Loud and Clear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's the one thing that all writers dread

Radio is your basic job for madmen

Tales from the hills of Marbs

I was a little immune to the food truck fever that gripped the coast this summer

Certain species have decided to take matters into their own hands

Why Banus is on my banned list for summer

There have been some hysterical moments

Apparently jokes are harder to get online

What events could Marbs expect to win Olympic medals in?

The future is anything but bright for us Europeans

The wise stick near to the pool or fridge at this time of year

OP Columnist Giles Brown on his glittering TV career

There’s nothing like wet weather to create a ‘real English festival’ in southern Spain

Mourning the man who played the soundtrack to my youth

It’s been a journey of sartorial trial and error for this Marbella ma

Giles Brown's April Fools gaffe and remembering Ronnie Corbett


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