Monday, August 3, 2020

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

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...

A day out at the hospital

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

Head to Los Barrios for a right rural rave-up!

If you thought Los Barrios was a one-horse town, you haven’t seen their Romeria, writes Belinda Beckett, Mistress of Sizzle

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...

Rock of ages

Belinda mourns the musical icons of her misspent youth

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

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.

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...

Resolving not to

Belinda Beckett, aka Mistress of Sizzle, is making no promises for 2015

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...

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...

Through the ages: A brief history of holidays

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

The 12 Weeks of Christmas

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

Adiós, Paco de Lucia

So farewell then, Paco de Lucia. I may be the only person in the world to have walked out of one of your concerts

Weird art and bloody-minded peacocks

If you’ve ever wanted to step into a Salvador Dalí painting, this is the surreal thing!

Booked out at the Gibraltar Literary Festival!

Belinda Beckett, aka Mistress of Sizzle, mingles with the literati in Gibraltar

Cooler than the mint with the hole!

That’s polo at Sotogrande, writes Belinda Beckett, aka Mistress of Sizzle

Get thee to a nunnery!

Never mind the Armada! There’s a sweeter side to Medina Sidonia, writes Belinda Beckett, aka Mistress of Sizzle

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

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...

Riding Mr Henderson’s railway with his titled descendants

My brief encounter with two British peers on a rainy day in Ronda has rekindled my sizzle

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

Keeping up with the Jones’!

2014 is the year to Keep up with the Joneses, writes Belinda Beckett (aka Mistress of Sizzle)

Sunrise on the Rock

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