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Reasons to be Cheerful?

Posted By: Helen Brenton on March 20, 2016

What sort of day are you having, and why? Hold the thought right there! Today is International Happiness Day! And with the lighter evenings coming from next week, and an early Easter, we have a lot to make us smile after the long winter… But what makes us happy in our everyday lives? We are […]


Proceed to Checkout…..?

Posted By: Helen Brenton on March 12, 2016

So organised is my life, both online and off…! I have my very own ‘hop on the laptop and do the week’s shopping’ slot allocated at a pre-determined time during the week! This is where I grab a quick cuppa and log onto the website of my supermarket of choice, hastily & robotically clicking items […]


English Tourism Week – The Season Starts Here!

Posted By: Helen Brenton on March 5, 2016

Yep – it’s that ‘Tourism Time’ again – the start of another season! And here in Torbay & South Devon, one of the country’s biggest holiday destinations, we are all buzzing as we anticipate a great season ahead.  The good weather is yet to come, but we are already  off to a promising start and very much ‘Open […]


From the Cradle to the Cave….

Posted By: Helen Brenton on March 3, 2016

During a recent visit to Kents Cavern in Torquay, with my Club, the second of our ‘tous en Francais’ tours of Les Grottes, I took away  some rather surprising differences between us and the french… which got me thinking… Allons-y.. Vividly recreated during the tour is the lost life of humans… and although I thought […]


Daffodil Day

Posted By: Helen Brenton on March 1, 2016

Pinch Punch Day?  St David’s Day? Today is a special first of the month, as many people are reconsigning St David’s Day. Celebrated on the 1st March each year, the patron Saint of Wales enjoys his very own day which actually marks the day of his death in 589. However, I also like to call […]


That Extra Day…

Posted By: Helen Brenton on February 28, 2016

Pinch punch?   ahh no hold on……ooo it’s that ‘in-between’ day again that we have saved up for the last four years! But actually, this leap year’s extra day is vital – I am not an astronomist so don’t quote me on this – but apparently there is a complete orbit around the sun this year […]


What are you Like?

Posted By: Helen Brenton on February 26, 2016

LIKE them, love them or feel angry at them…. the new Facebook emoticons (or emojis) have been in the planning for over a year and the plethora of little facial expressions launched onto our favourite social media site this week. But what are you ‘like’? Well, now known as ‘Reactions’, Facebook aim to give people […]


Too Many Hours in a Day?

Posted By: Helen Brenton on February 15, 2016

Too many hours in a day? The saying used to go ‘not enough hours in the day’…. but now there are too many hours in the day! What am I talking about…? Twitter #Hours of course! So what exactly is a Twitter Hour? Ahhh I have been asked that question a few times lately…. Twitter […]


Love where you live?

Posted By: Helen Brenton on February 14, 2016

Okay, this post might not be agreeable to everyone reading it…. but I am going to write it anyway! I have read with interest the debate about the ERBID for Torbay – should we? shouldn’t we? And more the point why should or shouldn’t we? I am taking slightly different view – and with headlines like  “11,500 […]


That Flipping Day Again?

Posted By: Helen Brenton on February 9, 2016

Pancake Day; Shrove Tuesday; The day before Lent; Confused? You’re not the only one! Whatever you call it, it is that flipping day again already! In France, Pancake Day is known as Mardi Gras, meaning Fat Tuesday – I like that! Yup, this ‘fat day’ can fall anytime between 2nd Feb and 9th March, so […]


Pinch, Punch – Happy New Month!

Posted By: Helen Brenton on February 1, 2016

Pinch Punch – so how are you feeling this first day of the Month…? I know many people who are actually starting their ‘New Year’ again this particular first day of the month! Was January 2016 really that bad! Mine was okay-ish I kind of just got on with it… but maybe it wasn’t the […]


Is everybody having fun?

Posted By: Helen Brenton on December 10, 2015

So for someone who likes blogging and writing and just generally putting her thoughts and opinions out there, this girl has been a little quiet the last few months! Well, not quiet in the quiet way [that’s kinda not likely to happen with me!] but quiet in the ‘I haven’t written a blog on my […]

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