Sunday, October 2, 2022

Belinda Beckett: Mistress of Sizzle

Running away from new technology

WhatsApp with all these new ways to communicate?

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

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

The green, green astroturf of Los Barrios

Los Barrios has had ‘plastic grass surgery’ but is it a boob job or water-saving wonder, ponders Belinda Beckett, aka the Mistress of Sizzle

Through the ages: A brief history of holidays

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

In praise of Cadiz’s Los Palmones beach

Sucks to what the Tourist Board says, writes Belinda Beckett, aka the Mistress of Sizzle

If Almoraima was ‘Hayeked’…

So will it be Next Stop Hollywood for Castellar de la Frontera? If actress Salma Hayek is buying a large chunk of it, that’s a definite maybe

The purgatory of language limbo

A little Spanish can be a dangerous thing, warns Belinda Beckett, ‘Mistress of Sizzle’, in the first of a two-parter

What’s in a name? Why your moniker could determine your personality

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

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

Fantasy football

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

Goodbye Mr Fawkes: How pumpkins are taking over from guys …

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

The joys of springtime in Los Barrios

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)

5 Christmas presents your family won’t forget

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

Jingle all the way!

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

Footballs from Heaven

The Mistress of Sizzle, aka Belinda Beckett, reflects on life in her barrio, Los Barrios

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...

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...

Finding Arcadia in Algeciras

Belinda Beckett, aka the Mistress of Sizzle, discovers paradise ... eventually

Get thee to a nunnery!

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

Mind your Slanguage!

Belinda Beckett, aka Mistress of Sizzle, breaks down the ‘slanguage’ barrier in part two of her series on Spanish semantics

‘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

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

Requiem for the Christmas card

I DON’T know about you but I’ve got three solitary Christmas cards to display on my mantelpiece this Christmas. It’s nothing like ye old...

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

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

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