Monday, August 15, 2022

Belinda Beckett: Mistress of Sizzle

Booked out at the Gibraltar Literary Festival!

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

Jingle all the way!

A merry retro Christmas from Belinda Beckett, aka Mistress of Sizzle

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 old every...

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. Six months...

Fantasy football

Belinda Beckett, aka the Mistress of Sizzle, celebrates the World Cup in her own way

Bringing up cyberbaby

The Mistress of Sizzle's ongoing saga on the trials of being a website mother

Michael Portillo misses the boat

There he stood on top of the Rock, Bradshaw’s Guide in hand: Michael Portillo talking to camera for his new series of Great Continental Railway Journeys

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

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 shaping up...

Stuff Saint Valentine’s Day!

What is it about St. Valentine’s Day that makes normally sane people do crazy stuff?

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...

Festive fun in Spain? Yule be lucky!

SO where will you be unwrapping your socks and chocs this Yuletide? Will yours be a ‘Feliz Navidad’ or do you still think the...

Indecent proposals

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

5 Christmas presents your family won’t forget

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

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

‘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

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 I WAS looking forward to...

Rock of ages

Belinda mourns the musical icons of her misspent youth

Sunrise on the Rock

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

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

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

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 week of lockdown watching a matchstick...

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

Small portions, big mistake!

The Mistress of Sizzle, Belinda Beckett, reports from GBC TV's Rock Chef semi-finals

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.

Resolving not to

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

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