Meet the Lady behind the Sizzle


Have you noticed how some people are really good at telling you how great they are? Within minutes of meeting them, you no longer hear what they are saying. Their every sentence starts, includes and ends with “I”…

Then there are those who keep quiet and don’t say too much. They listen to others and when it is their turn to introduce themselves, they give a pretty vague mumble and often play down their achievements.

A few months ago, I was introduced to the lovely Belinda Beckett. Even though this was the first time we had met in person, Belinda had, several weeks earlier, very kindly offered to proof read one of our Family Life in Spain Online Magazines … My goodness, I had never imagined how many mistakes a professional proof reader would find!

Not only did she point out mistakes, she also offered constructive criticism and improvements. It was so obvious that she was a professional. She not only Talks the talk, she walks the walk and she adds sizzle!

Belinda has recently given birth (her words!) to her very first blog  on .

As an attempt for thanking her for her hard work and also for thanking her for making us laugh out loud on many occasions when reading her posts, we thought we would introduce you to the lady behind the sizzle.

The following questions are taken from a Proust Interview Format that Belinda introduced us to. The back-of-the-mag interview format of 35 questions is designed to reveal the hidden truths behind the most private persona. So here she is …

cats with sizzle

Belinda’s Family …


1.What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Sun, sea, sangria … and sizzle!

2. What is your greatest fear?

Driving in Spain. I passed my test 30 years ago in the UK (on the 4th attempt) but I’m mentally on L-plates and back to practicing in car parks over here.

3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Charlotte Bronte. She put two fingers up to the Victorian establishment  with her controversial love story between plain Jane Eyre and the saturnine Mr Rochester.

4. Which living person do you most admire?

Richard Branson makes success look achievable and fun, and seems genuine with it.

5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Olympic Gold Medal-winning self doubt .

6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Mendacity. I hate deception and phoniness as much as I love the word, especially as uttered by the divine Paul Newman in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

7. What is your greatest extravagance?

Squandering my time on earth working!

8. On what occasion do you lie?

When I’ve dropped the dinner on the floor…

9. What do you most dislike about your appearance?

That it’s not like cheese, i.e. it doesn’t improve with age.

10. When and where were you happiest?

Now, living in the boondocks of Los Barrios. It’s neither a pretty pueblo, nor well-known – an interesting challenge for a writer.

11. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My tastebuds.  I’d like some that don’t make all fish and seafood taste yuck!

12. If you could change one thing about your family what would it be?

The need to change their litter trays. Most of my  ‘family’ are cats.

13. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Surviving in Spain for 20 years … but let’s not be smug, the fat lady hasn’t sung yet!

14. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

I’d like to do it all again as a man, to see if it makes life easier.

15. What is your most treasured possession?

A quirky sense of humour – even about the bad stuff.

16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Working  on a Sunday.

17. Who are your heroes in real life?

People who put others before themselves

18. What is it that you most dislike?

Queuing. Especially queuing behind sweet little old Spanish ladies in carnicerías  who want un quarto kilo of everything … skinned, gutted, filleted, sliced and diced!

19. How would you like to die?

Having fathomed out Photoshop and many other technologies…

20. What is your motto?

“It will be alright in the end. And if it’s not alright, it is not the end.”  Creatively swiped from Dev Patel in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (great movie!)


Thanks to Belinda for making us smile and for introducing us to this interview format.

Would you like to reveal yourself and be interviewed? If so, just contact us!



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