Friday, January 28, 2022

Giles Brown: Loud and Clear

Battle of the Planets

THERE are mix ups and there are mix ups. And then there are the kind of mix ups that leave even yours truly, with...

OPINION: Never Mind the Boris

BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent break to Marbella - or more accurately Benahavis - seems to have divided the Press and public back...

Learn the lessons: Devastating blaze on Costa del Sol is a warning to authorities

WE take it for granted we are surrounded by some of the most stunning nature in Spain. But the recent devastating fires in the Sierra...

COLUMN: September scribblings on Spain’s Costa del Sol

Giles Brown muses on the end of summer, and admits a lost in translation moment. You can take a deep breath now. It’s September and...

Motor mayhem: It’s that time of year on Spain’s Costa del Sol

SUMMER has long been the time of year when driving niceties fly straight out of the near side window. The roads are full normally of...

SPANISH BEACH?: You can keep it

SUMMER is here and like the much maligned and misunderstood lemmings of popular folklore most of Spain flocks to the shoreline every summer August is...

Get thee to a sluttery

‘Hello to Jason Issacs’. If you recognise that greeting then you are most probably a member of The Church of Wittertainment, aka the considerable...

Back on the paper round: Delivering the news in Spain

WHILE the boffins in the economic think tanks point to various trends, graphs and assorted factors that life in Spain is returning to normal,...

‘It’s better than Brixton’: Marbella made the front pages again!

MARBELLA made the front pages in the UK once again last month when The Guardian, not known for salacious reporting, ran a 10,000-word feature...

Livin’ La Vida Liga!: European Super League plan throws spotlight on Real Madrid – Barcelona rivalry in Spain

IN case you have been living under a rugby ball sized rock recently, the media has gone into meltdown over plans for a European...

Keeping it old school

BELIEVE it or not, I haven’t lived in Marbella all my life. Although some might say that I flopped onto a Marbella beach on...

Getting a grip: Accused of faking COVID is a low blow – even for Marbella!

It was the last caller that did it. I was into the final three minutes of ‘Viewpoint’, the live radio show that I host...

The Zen of The Rona: Dealing with the virus involves lots of navel gazing

AS you may or may not be aware, I spent most of last month recovering from what my more streetwise friends refer to as...

Just wish it was over – a miserable start to 2021 in Spain

WHEN I flippantly mentioned in my last column that I didn't see many people writing that 2021 would be their year, I didn't actually...

It’s a New Dawn, it’s a New Day…

NORMALLY when we head into a New Year, my Social Media feeds are full of posts claiming ‘This will be my year’!, ‘Moving on...

How much more does Marbella have to take?

A TEENAGER was fatally stabbed on a street that I used to live near. It’s a busy road that divides a popular commercial centre...

Salute to Sir Sean: Connery was central figure to expats on the Costa del Sol

EVERYONE lucky enough to live in Marbella between the 60s and 80s has a Sean Connery story. The Bond star lived in his beachside villa...

‘Making do with tech as old as me’ – Giles takes a tip from the Wombles for his off-grid...

IF the last couple months of what we can euphemistically refer to as ‘This, that and the other’ have taught me one thing, it...

Giles Brown realised he wasn’t the only one heading for the beach post-lockdown as Spain’s Costa del Sol gets...

HOW were things for you in the first weeks of the ‘new normal’? As I mentioned before, I was lucky enough during lockdown to have...

As confinement comes to an end, I’ll miss the jokers in Spain’s COVID-19 comedy of errors, writes Giles Brown

BY the time you read this, Spain will have bravely stepped into the ‘New Normal’. To be honest, I have had enough trouble adjusting...

George Floyd’s death should make us rethink how we treat each other, writes Giles Brown

I DIDN’T watch the video. I didn't need to. The image of George Floyd being 'restrained' was enough. Social media has fulfilled Marshal McLuhan's prophecy...

Glitz, glamour and a seething Ronnie Corbett – Giles Brown chronicles his misspent youth as Marbella’s Puerto Banus turns...

YOU can easily dismiss ‘The Port’ as full of the wannabes, the It girls, and the has-beens as well as the brash, blinged, blasted...

COVID-19: The wrong camera angle on your Zoom call could leave you looking like Jabba the Hutt and don’t...

THERE seem to be several ways of dealing with the current coronavirus crisis. One option – sadly is no longer open to me – is...

The Costa del Sol’s car-free roads are giving Giles Brown travel nightmares during Spain’s COVID-19 lockdown

BEING what is deemed an ‘essential worker’ – which as a freelance journalist and broadcaster is a first – I am lucky enough to...

Giles Brown has had enough of the virtual breathing workshops and online psychobabble of Spain’s COVID-19 lockdown

What could be more inspiring than the sight of a 50-something male in a hooded dressing gown muttering obscure rock lyrics to himself

How Spain’s coronavirus is both a geek heaven and a harsh reality writes Giles Brown

And thus it came to pass that the Geek did, indeed, inherit the Earth

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