Michelle - AKA Essex Bird

April 06, 2017 - 11:18 AM - 2302 views

My name is Michelle Johnstone, some people know me as Essex Bird. I have lived in Spain for almost 12 years. I’m married to a wonderful man called Tony, who I’ve been with for 25 years but known since I was 14.

I have been a business woman on the coast for over 10 years.  I own an Awnings/Blinds company.

I am a 29 year old woman trapped in a 61 year old body.  I’m a very sociable and sometimes can be outspoken, you definitely wouldn’t put me in the wallflower section. I will always be honest but never cruel.  I have experiences that I have gathered in my life that are a little out of the ordinary. I started as a Bunny Girl (Croupier) at The London Playboy Club in 1978, where I worked for 4 years, When Playboy closed down in 1981 I moved to California for 15 years in the early 80’s where I worked for a singing telegram company (hilarious) while raising 2 boys.

I moved back to the UK in 1996 but that was short lived as I hate the cold and ended up in the south of Spain.

I fell into Radio Presenting in 2011 completely by accident, worked for 3 different stations on the coast over time and ended with me being part of a double act called Northern Bloke and Essex Bird on City FM Málaga for many years. It was a fun, light-hearted show that looked at the strange side of the news, sometimes controversial, as well as discussing popular topics. It was a very well supported show, with a wonderful regular fan base but unfortunately that radio station is no more.

In reality, my day job, I own an Awnings/Blinds Company.   I handle all the media and marketing of the company whilst my husband and professional fitting teams do the hard graft.

I also run a once a month Ladies Coffee Meet Up, which is now in its 3rd year. I’m proud to say it has really taken off. It’s primarily to help women make friends, maybe get over bereavement, have a giggle and gain confidence. If you’re new in a strange place it can be hard to meet people and make friends, so this helps. We’re called Ladies of Spain (LOS) although I’m struggling to think of a lady between us. I have over 50 women on my ever-growing list.  I believe no one should be alone. 

My philosophy is dance the dance, wear the shoes, drink the wine and tell the people in your life they are important. This is not a rehearsal, so enjoy every moment.



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