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Taking a break: Staying in Marbella beats flying to the Maldives, sort of

AS I write this gentle reader I am on the second day of my holiday. Now, before you all chime in, with me living...

As seen on TV: Giles revels in his newfound celebrity status after stint on Marbella exposé

It has been noted more than once, but I have the face for radio. Except for May, when the unsuspecting viewing public of Marbella...

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....

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 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...

Viva la Casita! Ten years of living off grid in the hills above Spain’s Costa del Sol

IT seems hard to believe but this month marks my tenth year of living at the Casita del Lago, a converted smallholders’ cottage on...

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...

This Sporting Life

ENGLAND may have missed out in the Euro 2020 final, but performances of Gareth Southgate's team have been described as one of the greatest...

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,...

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...

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!

Giles Brown sees his life flash before his eyes while go-karting on Spain’s Costa del Sol

I spent much of my childhood playing Scalextric in my bedroom as a small boy.

LOOK OF LUX: Giles Brown is an expert at picking out a face in a crowd, even in Spain’s...

“Basically, one of the things that attracts mosquitoes is if you are sexually active,” she said, looking straight at me

Giles Brown is more Christopher Biggins than Christopher Reeve as he learns to fly in southern Spain

While I didn’t soar like Superman, I didn’t bounce off the bottom of the wind tunnel in a crumpled heap

OPEN SEASON: Giles Brown puts up many a guest at his place, but draws the line at garden yurts

As one American guest, who didn’t stay long, famously remarked, ‘You see kids? This is what happens when a man lives alone’

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