Helen's Blog - Thursday February 6th 2014

HI there

It was day 2 of the What am I today & here are the clues so far

1: I am a tourist attraction

2: It can be stormy where I am

3: I have also been visited by the rich & famous

4: The views are beautiful where I am

5: But I’m thought to have been around since early 19th century

6: I am in Wales



Nothing says 'I love you' like a fairy-tale proposal complete with the perfect diamond ring.

But listen up, men. You need to up your game because one in five women are left disappointed by your efforts. 

A new survey has revealed that 21 per cent of engaged, married or divorced women were left disappointed by their marriage proposal, but they didn't say anything to their other half and now wished they had.

And 13 per cent of those said they were so disappointed by the proposal that they wanted to cry after it had failed to live up to their expectations.

According to the survey, the top factors cited for marriage proposals gone wrong were: engagement rings that were too small or even no ring at all. 

Women were also offended by their men not proposing on bended knee, as tradition dictates, as well as failing to organise a 'special' proposal or not asking parents' permission for their daughter's hand in marriage.  

Several couples even had an argument following a less than perfect proposal - whilst other respondents confided in friends about their imperfect proposal rather than turning to their partners


Advice on losing weight, beauty tips, tricks for getting a good night’s sleep and, of course, a guide to playing the dating game.

It seems the women of 1915 were not all that different from today’s image- conscious breed, even as far as living in fear of unsightly ‘bingo wings’.

The fascinating insight into the exercise and beauty tips of a century ago comes from a new magazine which is reprinting advice from the archives of Woman’s Weekly.

One feature, from the February 1915 edition of the magazine, gave women a four-step exercise to do away with what were then called, for reasons unknown, ‘salt cellars’ – familiar to many women today as ‘bingo wings’.

The exercise – including the instruction to ‘fling open your arms’ and that it  should be undertaken ‘30 times each  morning’ – features in the first edition of  A Vintage View.

Other gems include suggestions for tackling insomnia, advice on ‘overdevelopment of thighs’, relationship tips – and how to deal with poisons.

I definitely need to work on my bingo wings but will have to go a long way get them like the photo.



Holly Willoughby is the perfect example of how a good bra can transform the breasts and dramatically enhance cup size.

The presenter often boosts her own naturally generous curves to give herself some serious cleavage on the red carpet. 

And it seems ladies looking for love would do well to take a leaf out of Ms Willoughby’s fashion book this Valentine’s Day.

Unsurprisingly, there is a rather large disparity between the level of cleavage a woman think they should be displaying on a first date, and the amount men want to see.

A new survey has shown that 41 per cent of men would choose a look that was the maximum in terms of breast-boosting and cleavage flashing for their date.

However almost double the percentage of women would choose not to wear such an extreme push up bra (73 per cent).

In fact, over a third (35 per cent) would chose to wear the lowest level of cleavage enhancement on a first date, perhaps concerned with looking like they are trying too hard, or holding onto the notion that the date might be more interested in her conversation than her cleavage.



Cover art for Everlasting Love

On Air

Steve Shaw playing Love Affair - Everlasting Love