Monday, February 6, 2023

Giles Brown: Loud and Clear

The sounds of summer: Noisy nature and cacophony of humans mark the season in rural southern Spain

MAY is one of my favourite months in Spain. After the recent rains, the campo around the Casita has erupted into riotous full bloom. Naturalists...

Bucket brigade: Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the water

WITH the reservoir now almost full after the recent, much needed rains, and the Casita finally dried out after flooding caused by the aforementioned...

It never rains but it pours: Giles sees the Costa del Sol drought break first hand

BE careful what you wish for. At the beginning of March, I was seriously concerned about the lack of rainfall in Spain. Specifically the...

THE MADNESS OF WAR: Double tragedy drives home the insanity of conflict

IN my previous column, I wrote about the continuing conflict in Ukraine. Last week, the war became a much more personal thing for me....

Slava Ukraini: Let’s stage a covert mission to take La Zagaletta back from the Russians

A Marbella journalist’s life is normally deciding which restaurant, club or new development lauch I should grace with my presence. The nearest I ever...

The Magnificent Sevens: When HSBC International Rugby Sevens Series was held in Spain for the first time ever,...

The HSBC International Rugby Sevens Series visited Spain for the first time in its history last month and, seeing as it was the weekend...

Olive Press columnist Giles Brown celebrates another year on the clock

THERE is nothing quite like celebrating a birthday in mid-January. As the rest of Spain pledges never to touch a drop, go vegan, enroll at...

The Christmas clear out – How Olive Press columnist Giles Brown spent the festive season

I HAVE always been keen on maintaining my Christmas traditions. Once again, I spent most of the Christmas and New Year period at the...

It’s beginning to feel a lot like…Humbug!

I suppose that I should be getting into the spirit of the festive season by now. But as a famously frugal and splendidly single...

It’s a dog’s life in Spain!

I HAVE always been a cat person. With a lifestyle that is best described as erratic, cats,  with their independent outlook on life have...

Most wonderful time of year – the perils of being a freelancer in Spain

THE last few weeks of November are the time of the year that I try and take a pause. It always feels as if this...

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...

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