Friday, 20 October, 2017

Belinda Beckett: Mistress of Sizzle

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.

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

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...

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When writers get lost for words – verbally speaking

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

The land way down under is another world

Belinda mourns the musical icons of her misspent youth

If you thought Valentine’s cards were getting fruity you haven’t been propositioned by a piropo

New Year fitness fads are for ‘losers’ and I don’t mean weight …

So Santa’s job is safe for another year and the jingle of sleigh bells won’t be drowned out by the whir of rotor blades this festive season

Not even the Queen gets a three-month birthday build-up

For Gibraltarians abroad, homesickness goes with the ‘British Territory’, writes Olive Press columnist Belinda Beckett

Men in supermarkets turn Belinda Beckett into a basket case

WhatsApp with all these new ways to communicate?

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