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From show business reporter in UK to grinding stones in Malaga

  • Simon Kinnersley has not always been grinding stones in this 100-year-old business

Simon Kinnersley appears to be part of the Martian landscape of Óxidos Rojos de Málaga, but he has not always ground stones in this 100-year-old business.

In another life he was a freelance journalist in the UK, working for the Daily Mail and the Sun, among other big names, and from the 1970s to 1990s he did a bit of everything: he began as a music critic and for a time he specialised in show business.

Famous actors and singers gave him interviews, but "the street", as he puts it, was calling him.

He was a war reporter, covered the famine in Somalia and the outbreak of the Aids pandemic, reported on domestic violence when it was seen as "women's stuff" and also tried sports journalism. He was never on the staff, "so I could always write what I wanted," he says.

When the professional conditions in the sector became worse, he decided to embark on a new adventure: refloating the family business, an industry about which he knew nothing in a country he had rarely visited.

Now, at the age of 70, he has no interest in retiring. Simon - or Simón, as he calls himself - loves Malaga: he likes going for tapas in the different districts of the city, his friends are local, and he is a member of Malaga CF.