Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Christmas comes early in Spain

TINY turkeys, trimmed-down Xmas puds, Rule of Six-sized boxes of crackers … Mini-mas, as COVID  Christmas 2020 has pessimistically been coined, was...

Knight in a Safari Suit: Sir David Attenborough’s soothing voice doesn’t overcome his stark message

HE'S too modest for shining armour but Sir David Attenborough is a true hero of our times writes Belinda Beckett

Bears do it

THE dental check-up, check. The farmacia for winter meds, check. The Gibraltar shop for Marmite, mint sauce and Coleman’s Mustard Powder, check....

First coronavirus laid waste to our lifestyles, now it’s invading our language, writes Belinda Beckett

HOW’S your New Normal working out? If, like me, you don a visor over your face mask like a medieval knight of...

You won’t find Bambi in our neck of the woods despite Gucci’s daft fashion trailer, writes Belinda Beckett

I EMPATHISE with my home town of Brighton where the locals have been begging lockdown day trippers to ‘Please Stay Away’.

COVID-19: The Carrefour carers saved Belinda Beckett’s bacon when she was down to limp lettuce and her last drop...

EVERYONE else may be box set bingeing, social notworking or writing their novels. I wish.  We spent the first...

Long before Antonio Banderas, another hot Spanish actor was the toast of Hollywood and he came from the Campo...

CALLE Actor Antonio Moreno at the back of Mercadona is not the most beautiful street in Los Barrios

Boris Johnson is up to his butt in a scatological Catalan nativity tradition, writes Belinda Beckett

This year Boris is among 40 new famous faces along with climate activist Greta Thunberg, PP President Pablo Casado and tennis ace Novak ?jokovic

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...

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