Marbella's Gentlemen: Giles Brown
Giles Brown is definitely one of the gentlemen in Marbella, but how much do you know about him?
1. How would you describe yourself?
Someone called me a "Marbella celebrity" and I think you can take that how you want to! Currently I edit Hot magazine, write for a couple of other publications here and in the UK, plus I broadcast three shows a week on Talk Radio Europe at the weekends. And I'm addicted to coffee!!!
2. What are your hobbies?
I'm lucky because my job is my hobby, but I also play guitar, work out and try and be the responsible owner of Mandu, my psychotic feline companion, who, due to my Facebook posts, is now more popular than me!
3. What are your passions in life?
Music, magazines, media and life! I lost a lot of friends in my 20s and 30s so I really believe that you should live it everyday!
4. Who has influenced you the most in life? And how?
My art teacher was a brilliant artist called David Bodlak. He inspired me to follow my creative paths. They didn't always work out - I didn't get into drama school or become the next Sting, but it did show me that I wasn't cut out for a normal job. He encouraged my writing and we corresponded until his death in September 2010. He was a mentor, maestro and good friend.
And a sticky situation I always ask myself “Would David Niven do that?”
5. What qualities do you like in a woman?
Intelligence, creativity, individuality and it helps if she can dance....
6. What makes a woman sexy?
If you can roll your "r's", you've got me.
7. What kind of cars do you like?
Dad was an international racing driver in the 60s so I grew up around lots of cars. I live in a cottage by Istan lake so I drive a Freelander but my dream car would probably be a Caterham. I used a scooter around Marbella last summer that was brilliant for parking, so I'd love a classic Fiat 500 or old style Mini for driving around town.
8. What attracts you to Marbella?
Marbella is so many different things. You can be Black Tie at a glitzy gala one night, and then in flip flops in a chilled chiringuito the next. It allows me to be whoever I want to be. Plus I went to school here and the friends that I made then I made for life. Though I'm not sure that's a good thing all the time.
9. What is the best way to spend your weekends in Marbella?
Personally I love coffee on my terrace over the lake and just pottering around until lunchtime. If there's a Grand Prix I'll try and watch that and then lunch or a coffee with friends, normally at my place. My radio shows are at the weekend so I'll start planning them in the morning and think about music throughout the day, kick any guests out by 6 and then get to the studio and check on anything that I think will be a good late add on. After a show I'll head into Marbella Port to unwind for an hour or so (normally Shiraz or El Catalonia) and then back up to the lake.
10. What are you plans for the summer?
Hopefully a couple of road trips in the Freelander - I haven't been to Cordoba or Portugal yet so they are on the list - plus checking out some great live bands. And then there's always more guitar, starting to paint again and finishing the Great Marbella Novel...
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Peter and Maxine
Trying to contact your dad but seem to have lost his address and the email I have is no longer working. Hope he is OK, looks as if your career is going well. x
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