Saturday, December 7, 2019

Wheelchair Barbie and her gender-neutral grandkids are nothing new writes Belinda Beckett

Today Barbie is the epitome of diversity with over 100 personas and counting.

If you can’t stand the heat you can always take inspiration from the animal kingdom … or not, writes...

Luckily we humans can cool off at the turn of a shower tap but storks and vultures have a yuckier way to stave off the August heat...

A ripped Roman hero and his ‘pets’ get Belinda Beckett’s roar of approval

I’m not sure what the Me Too movement would have to say about him stealing the girdle of Hippolyta

Three incredible secret beaches in Spain’s Andalucia to visit this weekend

They’re public beaches just begging to be enjoyed in June when you can almost have them to yourself

Belinda Beckett raises a toast to the sherry merry month of May in Spain, with its free-flowing booze and...

With barrels of rebujito hitched to the back of the tractor-drawn wagons you can refresh yourself as you walk/dance/stagger along the route

Becoming auntie to a herd of stray cats in southern Spain is harder than you think, writes Belinda Beckett

But the whole idea of being a colony auntie or uncle is that you have gained the cats’ trust, probably by feeding them

A collection of the best Brexit memes

Brexit or not (and when), great British humour will always rule the waves

KISS AND TELL: From cave mamas to world records, Belinda Beckett chronicles the history of the snog

Belinda Beckett brings you the ‘pucker’ guide to kissing for Valentine’s month

SAVE THE DATE: Unmissable events to put in your 2019 diary

Belinda Beckett looks into the immediate future and discovers it’s not all bad

Clinically obese fur-wearing smoker faces competition from flying robots

If Santa has been keeping up with the news at his North Pole toy factory, he won’t have found much to ho-ho-ho about

Five hilarious yet brilliant presents that NEED to be on your Christmas wish list this year

THIS Christmas, the average European will travel 190 miles on five Christmas shopping trips of four hours each, attend three Christmas parties, suffer three...

5 Christmas presents your family won’t forget

Forget Black Friday - Belinda Beckett has the pressie shopping in the bag

Sunrise on the Rock

Belinda Beckett looks forward to meeting her favourite breakfast TV presenter in the flesh

Why you shouldn’t write off Algeciras just yet

If Lonely Planet authors had been passing through during Algeciras Entremares earlier this month, they’d be in a flurry to update

Gibraltar’s changing street names leave the common tourist scratching their head

It’s not a big place to get lost in but things can take a complicated turn in a bilingual territory where most streets have two names

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
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