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  • 07th
  • Feb

Down with St. Valentine’s Day

Give this 'cardiac fest' arrest!

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

Like proposing on bended knee, bankrupting themselves at the jewellers or lacing perfectly good cava…

  • 04th
  • Feb

Sun, Snow & Mulled Sangría

Welcome to the Costa del Ski!

The smart ski set used to look down its collective Prada sun visors at the unfashionable Sierra Nevada, famous for its lack of cuckoo clock charm. But this year a lush new designer hotel has put the maligned Spanish ski resort back in the winter sports race.

Opened in December 2012 by the Marbella Club…

  • 18th
  • Jan

Blog Is A Four-Letter Word

So please don't call me a bl***er

Blog is categorically the ugliest four-letter word in my entire list of ugly, four-letter words.

As a noun, it conjures up images not dissimilar to the product of an unmentionable bodily function. Indeed, to…

  • 15th
  • Jan

Journalistic Licence

A Quick Demo of Word Power

A man once paid a genealogist a large sum of money to trace his lineage and was horrified to discover that his great grandfather was infamous.

He had been the first person to be executed by electric chair at Sing Sing Prison.

Over a pub lunch with a journalist pal he complained about the time and…

  • 05th
  • Jan

2012 In Memoriam

Oh What a Year it Was!

As we go softly into the long New Year (some of us wishing it didn’t end in a 13) what are your indelible memories of the last 12 months? Here are my own Sizzling Top 10.

1. Look Before You Leap
Girls, did you take advantage of Leap Year to propose to your man…

  • 22nd
  • Dec

Meowy Christmas!

And a Furry Happy Mew Year

Hi everyone,

Our Mum’s not posting this week because she’s exhausted and it’s all our fault.

She wanted us to wear silly hats for a Christmas photo…

  • 15th
  • Dec

In Praise of Brussels Sprouts

They're not just for Christmas!

When Kermit sang “It’s not easy being green,” Brussels sprouts the world over identified with his predicament.

Because sprouts, like…

  • 09th
  • Dec

The Meaning of Christmas

It’s nothing but a pagan p*ss-up!

Have you ever wondered what the relationship was between the baby Jesus and a clinically-obese bearded guy in a…

  • 02nd
  • Dec

Home or Away for Christmas?

The Expat's Dilemma

So where will you be unwrapping your socks and chocs this Yuletide? Will yours be a ‘Feliz Navidad’? Or do you think…

  • 18th
  • Nov

The Sizzle in Algeciras

Don't believe all the guide books tell you

Ever since I first landed in Spain, my career has been ‘going south’ – and I don’t just mean geographically.

Because after alluring Alicante and magnificent…