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Mills & Boon reveal the top spots for romance

Posted on August 1st, 2018 in Taylor Herring News.

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The Isle of Skye’s Fairy Pools have been named the most romantic place in the UK, while Grasmere in the Lake District and the city of Bath complete the top three, in a new study celebrating the destinations for passion.

Beautiful views and a touch of luxury are named as the ingredients to spark the right mood for love in a study of 2,000 people commissioned by romance experts Mills & Boon, ahead of the start of the summer holiday season.

The study shows that Brits like to put the roam into romance with almost all Brits (94%) believing a summer holiday is the ideal way to spend some loved-up time with their partner.

A longlist of incredible romantic places was drawn up by a panel of leading travel experts from UK travel, news and magazine publications, including Rough Guides, and was whittled down further in the national poll.

Each one of the top 10 UK places was then celebrated in a specially commissioned Mills & Boon short story set in that location.

The shorts, whose titles include A Scandalous Liaison on Skye and A Passionate Portmeirion Proposal, are released ahead of the great British Summer Holidays.

Waterside locations appear to be common theme as favourites for love with most of the UK top ten places in in close proximity to sea, rivers or waterfalls.

However the five key factors for a romantic location in rank order were beautiful views (identified by 69%), luxury accomodation (55%), warm climate (49%), fabulous restaurants (39%) and amazing walks (33%).  And with the heatwave set to last the summer, Brits will be spoiled for choice in finding a romantic UK getaway.

The full list of the 20 Most Romantic Places in the UK is as follows:

  1. Fairy Pools, Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye, Scotland
  2. Grasmere, Lake District, England
  3. City of Bath
  4. Durdle Door, Dorset
  5. Tresco, Isles of Scilly
  6. Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales
  7. Bourton-on-the-water, the Cotswolds
  8. Porthcurno, The Minack Theatre, Cornwall
  9. Cambridge and the River Cam
  10. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
  11. Windsor Castle, Windsor
  12. Abereiddi’s Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  13. The Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  14. Leeds Castle, Kent
  15. Llyn Padarn (Llanberis), Snowdonia, Wales
  16. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
  17. The Falls of Bruar, Perth, Scotland
  18. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland
  19. St Nectan’s Glen, Cornwall
  20. City of Oxford

It’s not just the UK though that specialises in romantic hot-spots, with the Mills & Boon poll also looking at the most romantic global places. Unsurprisingly, locations in France and Italy feature in the Top 20, as well as the Taj Mahal in India and the Seychelles:

Top 20 World’s Most Romantic Places

  1. Paris, France
  2. Santorini, Greece
  3. Venice, Italy
  4. Amalfi Coast, Italy
  5. Maui, Hawaii, USA
  6. Bruges, Belgium
  7. Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia
  8. Kirkjufell, Iceland
  9. Cerf Island, Seychelles
  10. The Gili Islands, Bali, Indonesia
  11. St Petersburg, Russia
  12. Agra and the Taj Mahal, India
  13. Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
  14. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  15. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  16. Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
  17. Big Sur, California, USA
  18. San Francisco, USA
  19. Fuji Five Lakes, Japan
  20. Zanzibar, Tanzania

The poll also found that almost half of us (49%) have enjoyed a summer fling. However a mere 22% of these romances have lasted more than 6 months after the summer holiday.

The findings also suggest summer sun can give a timely boost to existing relationships, with 43% saying that their relationship is in a better place following a holiday than before and more than half of us (53%) try to ensure we have at least one romantic escape with a partner a year.

Brits’ most favoured style of romantic holiday is an escape to the countryside (66%), followed by a summer break to a European city (55%) and a beach break (54%), with a summer city break in the UK (36%) rounding off our favoured styles of summer holiday.

Lisa Milton, Mills & Boon Executive Publisher, said: “When it comes to a summer getaway with a loved one, we all want to make it as romantic as possible. Our survey has identified the definitive romantic places in Britain and the world. With all of us looking for any opportunity to bring a little extra romance into our hectic lives, holidays in these places offer the perfect chance to switch off and rediscover romance.  Readers everywhere can find an instant escape with Mills & Boon – and whether you are reading on holiday or at home, our brand new stories will whisk you away to some of the most romantic places in the UK!’

Mills & Boon has celebrated revealing the UK’s Top 10 Romantic Places with specially dedicated short stories to each of the top 10 destinations in the UK, featuring exclusive Mills & Boon cover art and written by local Mills & Boon authors with extensive knowledge of the area.

 

The new Mills & Boon UK Summer Romance Short Stories are available to download for free at

http://www.millsandboon.co.uk/PlacesToFallinLove

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Beano relaunch Fan Club to mark the brand’s 80th birthday

Posted on July 30th, 2018 in Taylor Herring News.

Long-standing comic Beano turns 80 today remains the forefront of children’s entertainment, with latest figures revealing 90,000 British children are viewing Beano content online every week and a copy of the comic is sold every 17 seconds in the UK. 

Since the launch of Beano.com in 2016, 2.5 million children have visited the website and unique monthly users have grown 44% since December last year.

1.86 million copies of Beano were sold in 2017 with latest figures showing a 7.9% year-on-year increase in sales, recording weekly sales figures of 37,542 copies. This increase in sales shows consistent long term growth for the title with three successive yearly increases posted.

On its 80th birthday Beano has revived the infamous ‘Dennis & Gnasher Fan Club’; membership is now free offering printable club badges and membership certificates.

Fans now have access to an exclusive prank portal on the Beano app which can be accessed with a secret pin-code.

The secret world of pranks, available through the ‘Gnasher’ icon, includes tutorials to D-I-Y pranks, prank video call hotline and Beanocam; which gives fans the chance to Beano-fy their snaps.

Initially launched in 1976, readers who joined the Fan Club would receive a Fan Club pack with special Dennis and Gnasher’s goodies.

The Fan Club ran for 22 years as the ‘Dennis the Menace Fan Club’ before becoming ‘The Beano Club’, which had members ranging from seven to 70 years-old.

At its height of fame, the fan club reached over 1.5 million followers and even had celebrities amongst its number including; Olympic Gold medallist Linford Christie, BBC Radio 2 host Chris Evans and Royals HRH Prince William and Harry.

Ten facts you didn’t know about Beano:

  1. The word ‘Beano’ is a shortened version of ‘Bean feast’, meaning ‘a rowdy jollification.’
  2. During the second world war paper shortages meant the comic was reduced to 12 pages every two weeks.
  3. Dennis’ canine companion Gnasher is drawn using Dennis’ hair and adding legs
  4. After the second world war, the Beano Editor’s name was discovered upon a Nazi assassination list for ‘gross disrespect’!
  5. For the first few episodes of his story, Dennis DIDN’T wear his famous red and black hooped jumper. His mum was still knitting it.
  6. For six weeks in 1986, Dennis’s famous Abyssinian Wire-Haired Tripe Hound, Gnasher went missing from the comic. He returned with six puppies.
  7. Dennis was originally sketched on the back of a fag packet, in a pub!
  8. There are only 20 surviving known copies of the first edition of Beano in the world
  9. It takes about 25 people to make a Beano comic including: artists, writers, colourists and graphic designers
  10. Lord Levison’s enquiry heard that ‘every newspaper apart from The Dandy and Beano’ was named in the investigation!

Emma Scott, CEO at Beano Studios, said: We’re all super proud that Beano is 80 years old today; it has entertained legions of fans since the first comic was published in 1938. Beano has always encouraged kids (and many grown-ups!) to let their imagination and mischievousness run riot, and to celebrate we’ve relaunched the iconic Fan Club to reward a whole new generation of rebels. Here’s to another 80 years of LOLZ on our award-winning Beano.com, our TV shows and of course, in our amazing world-breaking comic, the Beano.”

To celebrate the birthday, members can also snap up Fan Club packs for £9.99* from the Beano shop. These include the infamous fluffy Gnasher badge and an Official Fan Club Membership Card, all embossed in silver foil with the Dennis and Gnasher Fan Club badge.

   To find out more information and to sign up to the Beano Fan Club visit: https://www.beano.com/fanclub

David Walliams guest-edits 80th anniversary issue of Beano

Posted on July 20th, 2018 in Uncategorized.

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As part of Beano’s 80th Birthday celebrations, comedian and prolific children’s author David Walliams guest-edits and stars in the commemorative issue of the world’s longest running comic!

The special issue, on sale on July 25th, immortalises David in the comic strip alongside the ‘Bash Street Kids’ and characters from his best-selling children’s books, ‘The World’s Worst Children’.

The comic will also feature Moe; a brand-new character exclusively created by Walliams, who debuts in a new strip called ‘Moe’s Monkey Feet’. Loosely based on the comedian’s son, the story sees Moe using his amazingly dextrous feet to play pranks on other notorious Beano characters.

 

As well as writing his own comic strips, David commissioned a special BeanoTown adventure, featuring legendary characters Dennis & Gnasher, Minnie the Minx and Bananaman, who all team up to defeat an out-of-this-world visitor. The strip also nods to the comic’s 80 years of success, by including iconic characters like Lord Snooty, Tin-Can Tommy and Pansy Potter.

To accommodate all of David Walliams’ ideas, extra paper had to be ordered so the birthday issue could be expanded into a 44-page bumper edition. The special celebratory front cover sees Walliams himself appearing in Beano form, with Dennis, Minnie the Minx, Gnasher and David’s beloved dog Bert.

Writing in the Editor’s letter, Walliams said: “What I always loved about the Beano was that it felt naughty. It was a comic that you should read under the duvet with a torchlight. I don’t think I’d have got into writing my books without Beano. When coming up with characters for my TV shows and books, I’d imagine them all as larger than life characters, much like the ones in Beano. The comic is quintessentially British and as long as there are children who like to laugh there will always be a place for the Beano.”

He added: “I was thrilled to be invited to guest-edit the Beano, I felt rather giddy sitting in the Editor’s chair helping to create storylines and introduce my new character to the comic’s fanbase. As an official member of the Fan Club, as a child I’d wear my Dennis and Gnasher badges with such pride, so it’s great to hear that it’s making an overdue comeback! All that’s left for me to say is Happy Birthday to the best comic in the world!”

Emma Scott, CEO of Beano Studios said: “It’s fantastic to work with David Walliams for our 80th Birthday bash – he’s brilliantly Beano – embodying the daft and rebellious nature which for 80 years has entertained kids and parents alike. On its 80th Birthday, Beano is more relevant than ever, spreading much needed cheekiness and inspiring kids to just embrace being kids, whether it’s on our award-winning Beano.com, in our hit TV shows and the world-record breaking comic. Here’s to the next 80 years!”

David Walliams guest-edited the celebratory issue in exchange for a donation to YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health. Beano Studios is supporting YoungMinds’ work to engage children about their mental health across its platforms. The 80th anniversary comic also sees the debut of another new character, called Mandi. Developed with YoungMinds, Mandi’s story sees her encounter everyday issues that can create anxiety or stress in children.

The 80th Birthday edition of the Beano with David Walliams is available in shops from Wednesday 25th July

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