Sunday, October 2, 2022

Belinda Beckett: Mistress of Sizzle

Greatest one liners of all time

When writers get lost for words – verbally speaking

A bitter twist on Lennon

I used to hate Cynthia Lennon. A lot of us teenage girls were a bit psycho, that way, in the psychedelic Sixties

5 Christmas presents your family won’t forget

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

A pub crawl with (cow) bells on!

Belinda Beckett, aka Mistress of Sizzle, visits Zahara’s Retinto Festival

What a difference a day makes: The rise and rise of national awareness days

If you thought Spain held the monopoly on high days and holidays you’d be wrong

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

The stag party with no males

Belinda Beckett goes to see some wildlife in the Los Alcornocales Natural Park

How to make millions from a cat

There are felines out there earning nine figure salaries for their humans

Sunrise on the Rock

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

Mind your Slanguage!

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

2012: In Memoriam

The Olive Press welcomes our new blogger Belinda Beckett. Journalist, Wordsmith & Mistress of Sizzle!

Me and Tina Jones…

...We had a thing going on, writes Belinda Beckett, aka Mistress of Sizzle

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 Sotogrande season

It’s two parts old money to one part nouveau riche with a dash of blue blood, shaken and stirred by the gladiatorial sport of polo. That’s Sotogrande in August, when the A-List’s in town and ready to party, writes Belinda Beckett.

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...

Booked out at the Gibraltar Literary Festival!

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

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

Zen & the Art of Gibraltar border queuing

OP columnist Belinda Beckett offers her top tips for 'Things To Do in the Gibraltar Queue'

Hairy moment with a Gibraltar monkey (on video)

OP blogger Belina Beckett has a close encounter with the Barbary macaques on the Rock

The Beckett List: How NOT to ‘do’ Spain

What is it about vacationing Americans that makes them want to ‘do’ an entire country in one visit?

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

Silly Season my sweet asp!

Spain’s ‘Snake Summer’ is enough to give you a hissy fit, writes Belinda Beckett, aka Mistress of Sizzle

The McMichelin experience

Dani Garcia has boldly gone where no two-star Michelin chef has dared to go before. Belinda Beckett, aka Mistress of Sizzle, reluctantly followed him into the local McDonalds...

A collection of the best Brexit memes

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

Rock Blues

For Gibraltarians abroad, homesickness goes with the ‘British Territory’, writes Olive Press columnist Belinda Beckett

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.

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