Friday, September 24, 2021

Giles Brown: Loud and Clear

‘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

Spain’s Coronavirus outbreak has Giles Brown humming along to a noughties boy band from inside his loo roll lair

Living in splendid isolation in a cottage by the lake, with the nearest neighbour about half a mile away, a generator for power and a large water deposit tank, I was all prepared for the breakdown of society

Fake news, cocaine and 70s rock – the Costa del Sol really has gone coronavirus crazy, writes Giles Brown

The fact that coronavirus had finally reached Marbella was worthy of a report on my news blog

As Spain shut down for the festive period, the Hacienda still had a last-minute gift for Giles Brown

The noble men and women of Hacienda and Social Security who, in a pincer movement of ruthless efficiency and deadly timing that would have made the Duke of Wellington proud, ransacked my bank

The Tories’ victory has Remainer in Spain Giles Brown battling trolls and stockpiling for the Brexit apocalypse

Spanish citizenship might be tricky and I’m loathe to get a green card by an arranged marriage in Lepe

After two more gangland killings, Giles Brown calls for end to violence in Marbella and on Spain’s Costa del...

Marbella needs to take a long, hard look at the problem before it spirals any further out of control

A trip to the hospital in Spain has turned Giles Brown into a bookworm with six pack abs and...

Spraining an ankle is not a training programme that I would recommend, but there is an upside!

After J-Lo banned the media from a gig in Spain last month, Marbella veteran Giles Brown explores the changing...

All the modern celebrity has to do is appear in a reality TV show to ensure his or her 15 minutes of fame

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