Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Five books based in or near Spain’s Andalucia that are a MUST read this summer

Grab a garden chair and dive into some ‘non-escapist’ literature set in exotic locations down the road   A Vineyard in Andalucia (2017), Maria Duenas Setting:...

The Garden of the Costa del Sol packs more flower power than San Francisco writes Belinda Beckett

I KNEW there was a floral thing going on in Estepona but nothing quite prepared me for the botanical binge laid on for visiting...

Not the BBC: A kiss and telly story with lights, camera (when available) and plenty of animal action writes...

IT’S 20 years this month since I landed my first job on the Costa del Sol as a presenter on … well, let’s just...

The cheeky made-in-Manilva ales making an entree onto fine dining tables

The cheeky made-in-Manilva ales making an entree onto fine dining tables

Raining Renaults: Don’t be alarmed at the largest student rally in Morocco

We’re talking a pandemic of dinky French hatchbacks plastered with sponsorship stickers, travelling along the highways and byways of Spain in a contest to find the shortest route to Marrakesh.

WHATS THE POINT? Looking back at some of the worst inventions to go public

As the New Year begins, we look back at some of the worst inventions from Microsoft paper clips to the Segway

Paying homage to Spain’s ultimate Mo Bro

Dali styled it on the moustache of Velazquez, one of the artists he most admired ... and went on growing it. At its max it measured 25 centimetres and reached up to his eyebrows.

If you think Spain’s timekeeping is weird, blame it on ze Germans

WHEN it comes to getting to bed at a decent hour and waking up in the morning, Spain is still the wild child of...

Ode to autumn: 10 reasons to love the season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and effortless parking

With the summer season over, some may be upset others may rejoice. Here are the reasons why Spain is the gift that keeps on giving.

‘Tourists go home’? Maybe they have a point…

I don’t blame Palma de Mallorca residents for scrawling ‘Tourists go home, refugees welcome’ on the walls of their citadel, writes Belinda Beckett

Escaping August: How to avoid the heat, the crowds and the madness

SUMMERTIME and the livin’ ain’t easy, to misquote Ella Fitzgerald. It’s that point in the year when we jaded residents mutter the expletive, ‘tourists!' and...

WORLD GIN DAY: Cheers to the British cocktail Spain has adopted as its national drink

Barcelona is beginning to look like London during the other Great Gin Craze of the early 18th century

Finding Columbus in Huelva

Rather fewer would be able to tell you he sailed from Palos de la Frontera, across the estuary from Huelva city, where three perfect replicas of his famous galleons - the Pinta, the Nina and the Santa Maria - bob anachronistically at anchor in a pretty palm-fringed bay

The joys of springtime in Los Barrios

It’s so easy to fall into the elastic waists and trainers scenario in rural Los Barrios (or ‘dress’ flip-flops if you’re going somewhere special)

What’s in a name? Why your moniker could determine your personality

But there’s worse news for anyone called Dick, Herbert or Wally – you could grow up to become the spitting image of your name

If the Spanish can’t get their hands on Gibraltar, is this the next best thing?

I’ve been trying to get my head around the concept since I first read about it

What a difference a day makes: The rise and rise of national awareness days

If you thought Spain held the monopoly on high days and holidays you’d be wrong

How to make millions from a cat

There are felines out there earning nine figure salaries for their humans

Goodbye Mr Fawkes: How pumpkins are taking over from guys …

Everything’s been ‘Halloweenised’ and Guy Fawkes is pumpkin pie

Through the ages: A brief history of holidays

As Spain settles back to normality after the hectic summer season, blame the craziness on Caligula

Hashtag Heatwave: The Spanish handle the heat better than the Brits, no sweat!

The Spanish are much more equipped at keeping their cool when it is hot

Will Wimbledon be a remedy for post-Brexititis?

Because whether the ball’s IN or OUT, at least it’s not lifestyle threatening…

Greatest one liners of all time

When writers get lost for words – verbally speaking

A day out at the hospital

A magical mystery tour for the halt, the lame and the blind
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