How Many Moor Otters Can You Find?
A great way to spend your spare time this summer is the great Dartmoor otter hunt. How many can you find?
Visiting Greenway – Agatha Christie’s House
If you have never been to Greenway in Devon, you are missing a real treat. It is the summer home of one of the most famous authors of all time, Agatha Christie.
10 Dark Myths and Legends Around Plymouth
Plymouth is a city with a long history and a deep tradition of myth and legend. A guest post from the writers at Eskify.com.
What to Do in Plymouth in the Rain
People are always asking us what to do in Plymouth in the rain. That’s all the excuse we needed to write this guide.
It’s Your Wedding Day. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
It is probably the most stress-filled, expensive and significant day of your adult life. Everything for your wedding day is organised and ready. Or is it? Paul Cook takes a look at the ins and outs of providing a safety net for your big day.
Why I Love Plymouth Hoe
Plymouth Hoe is one of Plymouth’s most beautiful places. Full of history and beauty, Plymouth Hoe is one place you have to visit.
Five Hidden Gems to Visit in Plymouth
Plymouth is a vibrant city that is bursting at the seams with history, culture and events. Here are five of Plymouth’s hidden gems that are worth visiting.
A Day Out in Tavistock
A classic Devon market town just fifteen miles from Plymouth, Tavistock is well worth a visit. It is the largest market town in Devon, with a population of approximately 11,599 in 2007. It is set on the River Tavy, from where it’s name derives, and is below the western edge of Dartmoor.
You Know You’re in Plymouth When…
Everyone who lives in Plymouth loves it (unless they are seriously deluded!). But what sets Plymouth apart from lesser places? When you've been away to foreign lands, like Exeter or London, what are the unmistakeable signs that you are back in Plymouth? For your...
No Need to Fear the D Word
The taboo around end of life matters stops us being open, honest and comfortable about death. This article by experienced celebrant Wendy Coulton looks at how to discuss this natural stage of our life cycle.
What’s Right With Mutley Plain
Plymouth’s Mutley Plain also has many good points and a hidden history that make it well worth visiting. Here they are.
Ten Favourite Places to Visit Near Plymouth
Plymouth is the perfect tourist destination in Britain. As a base for days out it is unbeatable.
5 Key Actions for a Year of Success
Success only comes to those who are prepared to put in the hard work, time, and persistence. Here are five key actions you can take to make sure you have a year of success.
Thank You Plymouth
I like the idea of taking time to be grateful for what we have. So I thought it would be nice to remember some of the things that make Plymouth so great. You may like to add some of your own in the comments section below. Thank you for Plymouth Sound In Plymouth,...
Boux Avenue in Plymouth
November saw the arrival of a new store in Plymouth's Drake Circus shopping centre. This was the launch of the 24th Boux Avenue shop in the chain owned by ex-Dragon's Den entrepreneur Theo Paphitis. I was given the opportunity to ask him a few questions about why he...
Grand Theft Cornwall
Imagine if Grand Theft Auto was set in Cornwall. This is pretty much exactly how it would go.
Wedding Anniversary Gifts by the Year
Every year, on our wedding anniversary we have the same conversation: "So what is the official gift for this year?" "I don't know. Why don't you Google it?" Like most people, we know that 25 years is your silver anniversary and your 50th year is your golden...
Rock Solid Design in the Home
Beauty may well be in the eye of the beholder, but style is something that we wish everyone had. Particularly when it comes to our homes. Here are some original and interesting interior design accessories cast in concrete that could give your home a stylish...
Hold Out Your Hand
Recently, the death of the celebrity Robin Williams has dominated both news media and social media. I'm glad it has, because it has led to a lot of public discussion about depression. It is high time we all started to hold out a hand to help each other through the...
How to Make Perfect Popcorn Every Time
It's often the little pleasures in life that make the difference. There's little more pleasant than settling down to watch a film with bowl of home made popcorn. Ironically, although popcorn is meant to be easy to cook, finding great tasting popcorn at home...
Dartmoor – a Magical Haven on Plymouth’s Doorstep
A short timelapse video giving us a small hint of the magical beauty of Dartmoor National Park, on Plymouth's doorstep. Dartmoor is a National Park in the southwest of England. The final film will show the variety of Dartmoor's expansive landscape through the four...
The Top House Selling Mistakes to Avoid
House Selling Mistakes 1: Avocado-Green Bathrooms It's amazing how often the still hideous avocado bathroom suite crops up in houses for sale. If your bathroom is a tribute to the Seventies, it's time to invest in an upgrade. Potential buyers will see it as an expense...
10 Inspiring Quotes for Life
No matter how driven, motivated and proactive you are, there will come times when your inspiration needs a boost. When I get like that, one of the things I find really helpful is reading and sharing words of wisdom from people who are smarter than me. Here are...
5 Ways Plymouth Businesses Can Work Together
How can we make Plymouth more successful? More tourism? Bigger events? How about more successful local businesses? That could mean more jobs, higher salaries, and more spending money all around. This blog post is all about finding ways to create more successful...
Five Delicious Superfoods for Super Health
Some foods are tasty, and some foods are good for you. Some foods though, are both. This round-up of the top five superfoods will help you stay healthy, and they taste great too.
Meet Plymouth’s Public Speaking Club
Public speaking is one of those things that strikes terror into the hearts of the inexperienced. Glossophobia, or the fear of public speaking, is often referred to as the most dreaded of all phobias. Even more so than the fear of dying or even - get this - the...
Twelve Top Tips for Plymouth Property Buyers
For Plymouth property buyers, finding a new home is well known to be one of the most stressful activities that we can embark upon. There are many potential pitfalls. However a bit of knowledge sensibly applied can make the whole process much easier and safer. Follow...
What’s Wrong With Mutley Plain?
I like Plymouth’s Mutley Plain but certain things are preventing it from being a really satisfactory place to be.
Swedish Interior Design Brings Beautiful Sound Proofing
Take a look at these remarkably beautiful sound absorbing tiles from Swedish design studio Form Us With Love. There's a classic European style to these environmentally friendly panels that could make you feel like you have your own Nordic Noir home. Called BAUX...
A #LovePlymouth Video
If you’ve never been to Plymouth before, watch this to find out what it’s like here.
Could Storm Damage Spell Disaster for Plymouth?
Plymouth is cut off from the rest of the country to everyone but road users. I’d like to say this has never happened before, but we all know that’s not the case, don’t we?
7 Unexpected Facts About Devonport Column
If you haven’t been to the Devonport Column in Plymouth yet, you’ve missed one of the best-preserved historic landmarks our city has to offer.
How to Find Your Dream Home
How to find your dream home in Plymouth.
Ten Things Plymouth Gets Right
Plymouth is a great city and I love living here. InPlymouth.com launched the #LovePlymouth Twitter campaign to find out what makes Plymouth loveable. I've managed to whittle down my personal list to just ten things that I think Plymouth gets right. These city gems...
The Oldest Pasty Recipe in the World
Here is the oldest pasty recipe in the world. Try it yourself, or share your own pasty recipe with us.
What to Do When Life Tries to Bury You
Life is not always easy. There are times when it can seem as though it’s trying to bury you. Here’s an old story that I find useful whenever life behaves like this.
Ten Things Plymouth Gets Wrong
I’m a big fan of Plymouth, as most people are aware. But even I will admit that our city isn’t perfect; even beautiful gems can sometimes have a flaw.
Seven Reasons Why Plymouth Is Great
Plymouth is a great place to live and work. I’ve just thought of seven reasons why.
Dumb Ways to Die
Japanese Binocular Football
What would happen if you put binoculars on and tried playing football. This is what happens.
Waking Up Canadian
Imagine waking up Canadian…
Jack Bauer Interrogates Santa Claus
Ever wondered what would happen if Santa Claus tried to go down the wrong chimney?
1431 The Movie
Iron Man vs Bruce Lee
Transformers – Jazz with a General Problem
Real Life Twitter
Sesame Street Parodies the Old Spice Guy
The 8 Principles of Fun
The New Bordeaux
Add some sophistication to your dinner table with this introduction to the new Bordeaux by Stephen Barrett from Bistro One.
The Story of the Full English Breakfast
History tells us plenty about our eating habits! Breakfast tells us where we live and how we start our day. But what is the origin of the Full English Breakfast?
RECIPE: Salmon in Pastry
A wonderful recipe for Salmon in Pastry from Bistro One’s Stephen Barrett.
Baked Cornish Cheesecake Bistro One style
When it comes to cheesecake there are plenty of recipes to experiment with. This one is foolproof.
Stephen Barrett’s Fillets of Lemon Sole with Lemon and Orange Butter
Changing seasons bring different fish to our WestCountry Ports. If you are always looking for wonderfully fresh fish for your table this fabulous Lemon Sole dish will certainly fit the bill.
Tapas and New Wave Spanish Wine
Most of us that are interested in good food and wine will have heard the word tapas. But do you know what it means and where it came from?
Devon’s Finest Vineyards
In this article, Stephen Barrett introduces us to some of Devon’s finest vineyards. There’s even a recipe which you will enjoy trying out.
How to Sell Your House Quickly
Trying to sell your house quickly is never easy, particularly now. There may be fewer houses on the market than there used to be, but there are also fewer buyers around. So how do you sell your house quickly anyway?
Should Restaurants Be Using Social Media?
Could social networking have saved Edmond Davari’s Plymouth restaurants from closure? In this guest article, journalist and foodie David Wilcock discusses some of the ways that restaurants could take advantage of social media.
What’s So Special About Gratitude?
We usually think of gratitude as something that our parents taught us as children – it became a habit. As a result, we have lost track of just how important and essential having gratitude is.
Before You Undo Your ‘I Do’. 10 Steps to Revive Your Marriage
January is the time of year when most applications for divorce are filed. By March the process is moving ahead and people are faced with the enormity of the step they are taking. It is estimated that about a third of them don’t actually want a divorce, they just don’t know what else to do.
Spotlight on Parkinson’s
Because of Parkinson’s UK, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.
What Are the Benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a tried, tested and safe system of complementary medicine. It has been used to restore, promote and maintain good health for thousands of years.
Eat Yourself Slim
With a few simple rules you can ‘eat yourself slim’ and feel healthier, and more energetic.
Exercise! Your Body Enjoys it
How to find the motivation to exercise regularly.
Don’t Let the Recession Bite Your Wallet
With the world in recession everyone’s wallet has taken a battering, but there are indications that the worst of the recession is behind us. Follow our 5-point plan to streamline your finances and your recovery will be even faster.
Save Money on Your Food Bill
With food prices going up and other demands on our wallets, many people are feeling the financial pinch at the moment. But there are a few simple techniques which can help to bring your weekly food bill down.
Save Money On Your Gas And Electricity
With Gas and Electricity prices rising steeply, and more possible rises to come, we could all do with some ideas on how to keep our bills down. Follow our tips to cut down on your usage and keep your bills manageable.
Plymouth’s Sc-Fi Fans Go to Dev-Con 1
Devon’s answer to Comic-Con came to Plymouth today. And it was cool.
Digging up the Roots of Your Family Tree
Ever wondered if your great grandfather was a highwayman or if your grandma was a Russian princess? Family History expert, Clare Massey tells us how to get started.
Will New Development Make Any Difference to Plymouth?
Reading about all the proposed new developments it’s tempting to be optimistic about Plymouth’s future; but will they make any difference if there’s no easy way to get here?
What is Unfair About Business in Plymouth?
Running a small business is tough. There are enough things that make it hard for us in a tough economy, but are there some things that make it unfair? It’s time to find out what they are.
Why a Runaway Greenhouse is Great News for Plymouth
The news this morning that police have been chasing a ‘runaway greenhouse’ in Plymouth made me laugh, but it also made me grateful. Here’s why…
Opening Our Homes to European Students is Helping Our Wallets
A Plymouth business is helping local families to mix cultural benefits with financial ones. By opening their homes to European students and giving them a place to live while they're here, more and more Plymouth families are discovering all sorts of benefits. Almond...
How a Planned Anti-Mosque Protest Represents the Extremist Agenda of the English Defence League
In this guest-written opinion piece, we take a look at what may be a worrying extremist activity in Plymouth.
City of Culture Bid Needs to Use Our Greatest Asset
Plymouth has some incredible resources, but which is the greatest?
Social Media Could Help Plymouth Win the City of Culture Bid
No-one wins a race by being mediocre. Adequate isn’t enough to win a prize. Make no mistake, winning City of Culture status for Plymouth would be a prize worth having. Millions of pounds in tourism, investment in creating new, larger venues, and raising Plymouth’s profile nationally and internationally would be just a few of the benefits.
We Cannot Keep Rebranding Plymouth
Read this outspoken response from Richard Smith to our blog post about the rebranding of Plymouth.
Why Scrapping the Positively Plymouth Brand is the Positive Thing to Do
The Positively Plymouth brand has been scrapped. Did you even know it existed? When the Positively Plymouth branding was previewed on 27 May 2010 I was one of the people invited to hear about it. As I listened to the speeches and took part in the Q and A it struck me...
See Plymouth Love Plymouth – Meet Robert Mayall
In the last few days the link to a new video “See Plymouth, Love Plymouth” about our city has been going viral via social media.
The Start of Something Good? An Interview With Tudor Evans
Today saw political upheaval in Plymouth's local government as election results saw Plymouth City Council pass from Conservative control back into Labour's hands. InPlymouth.com was lucky enough to catch up with Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth's Labour Party in...
Learning to Love Christmas
The other day I saw a story on the internet and it made me think about Christmas. The story is one about a gardener who was getting frustrated with garden weeds. It goes like this: A man who took great pride in his lawn found himself with a large crop of dandelions....
Plymouth Airport – Do You Want It Or Not?
Today, Maddi Bridgeman addressed Plymouth City Council over the vexed topic of Plymouth Airport. Maddi represents Viable the organisation that is trying to save the airport as a going concern for Plymouth. Maddi recently submitted the petition in support of saving...
Picking a Winner
The other day I lost £10 at the races. I was convinced that despite the odds I was going to pick the winner. How wrong I was. Wouldn't it be great to predict the future? Imagine all the success at the races. Never again would you lose money. You could go to Las Vegas...
Which Wolf Do You Feed?
If you've ever battled with the two inner voices, then this Cherokee fable will resonate with you. Cherokee Fable One evening, a grandfather was teaching his young grandson about the internal battle that each person faces. "There are two wolves struggling inside each...
The Problem Is Not The Problem
If you want to really help people then the best piece of advice I can give you is don't give advice. We all love to offer solutions when we're confided in. However, what we don't realise is that people don't want solutions to their problems. Why don't they want...
A Letter To My Baby Nephew
My nephew is just a baby and recently my sister, mum and I decided to do something for him for the future. We decided to write him a letter that he might be intrigued with when he's a bit older. Rather than a traditional letter I thought it might be interesting to...
The Daffodil Principle
If you want to do something really inspirational this year, then read this story
How Busy Are You?
How busy are you? It was a question I asked a group of business women this week. They sighed wearily and nodded that they were very busy indeed. Being busy is one of the hazards of running your own business: I've yet to come across a coaching client who isn't very...
Lessons From a Puppy
We've just got a labradoodle puppy called Buzz. He epitomises cuteness and charm and everyone who meets him dissolves into coo's of delight. However, although this puppy can be at times a pure joy; at others he is a real terror. Buzz has only been in our lives for 2...
Overcome Your Doubts to Embrace Success
What could you do if you didn't care what people thought? What could you do if you didn't have that negative nagging voice inside your head? What could you do if you truly followed your heart? The other day whilst sitting in Winchester Cathedral I was struck by these...
My Plymouth Orient Express Adventure
When I found out recently that the Orient Express comes to Plymouth I was very excited. I’ve always wanted to travel on the Orient Express, ever since reading Agatha Christie’s famous book ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.
Why the Golden Gate Bridge is Orange
Have you ever wondered why the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is painted orangey-red? Why not silver like the neighbouring Bay Bridge? Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, someone on our tour bus asked this question. It was only then that it struck that I'd never...
#LovePlymouth: A People-Powered Opportunity
Last night I attended the brilliant Devon Social Media Cafe where Ash Mashhadi revealed his ‘big idea’ to turn Plymouth into a social media powerhouse. I’m always skeptical about ‘big ideas’ but what he outlined was brilliant in its simplicity and infectious in its potential.
Why I #LovePlymouth
Have I mentioned that I love Plymouth? Okay, yes, it’s something I’m always going on about, but you know what? I’m not alone.
What is Happiness?
What is happiness? It's a question I've been asking myself extensively over the past few days after a trip abroad to Bangladesh. Bangladesh is such a mad, chaotic and vibrant country. It's untouched by tourism and is heaving with noise, colour, dust and heat. What is...
Create Valentine Memories
Imagine this. It's midnight, it's freezing cold outside and you've just snuggled down under your warm duvet for a welcome sleep. Just as you're about to fall into a deep slumber your partner walks into the bedroom, leans over the bed and whispers, "It's a fabulous...
Unlock the Christmas You Truly Desire
If you've ever lost your keys then you'll know how helpless you feel when it happens. That's exactly what I did last month in Totnes. It was so frustrating; it meant I couldn't get into my car, my house or my garage. Isn't it amazing how important those small bits of...
Fear Makes the Wolf Bigger Than it Is
There is a German proverb that says, "Fear makes the wolf bigger than it is." I was reminded of this the other day as we were discussing the dangers of being hit by lightning. My mother began to lecture my brother, whose is a keen golfer, on the dangers of playing...
What Are the Golf Balls in Your Life?
I turned 40 the other day. I suppose there are two ways to look at it. I'm either an 18 year old with 22 years worth of experience, or I've moved onto the escalator of middle age. My initial reaction to turning 40 was to sit down and write a list of all the places I...
Bad Customer Care – Life Happens
The other day I stayed in a grotty hotel. It was tired and grubby and all night the plumbing gurgled and rattled. The next morning the shower water wouldn't drain away and the toilet wouldn't flush. It was such a huge relief when daylight arrived - I couldn't get out...
You’ll Flourish Without the Rubbish
The other day a friend of my mum's grabbed my hand and put it on the back of her jeans and asked me to feel a bulge. "What's that?" I asked feeling something lumpy beneath the denim. "It's my pants, they keep falling down." "How irritating" I sympathised. "I bet you...
Business Lessons From When The Hotel Inspector Came to Plymouth
This is Part 2 of a series of articles about visit of the TV programme The Hotel Inspector to Plymouth's Astor Hotel. In my last article, I discussed what it was like to be on the show. Being on the show placed me in a unique position to learn some business lessons...
The Hotel Inspector vs The Astor: Was it Accurate?
Part 3 of a series of articles about TV programme The Hotel Inspector and it’s visit to the Astor Hotel, Plymouth. In my last article, I discussed some of the business lessons in the show. This time, I ask: was it a fair programme or was the hotelier stitched up?
The Hotel Inspector vs The Astor Hotel
Last night saw the first airing of a TV programme that I had been anticipating for months: The Hotel Inspector. Why was I so keen to watch it? Two reasons: it was set in my home city, Plymouth, and I was in it! This article is about what it was like to be part of the show.
What is Missing From Your Life?
There are two questions I want you to ask yourself. What's the most important thing in your life right now and What's missing from your life? Before you continue reading come up with some answers. These answers will be unique to you and once you know what they are,...
Do You Have Work Life Balance?
Work life balance means different things to different people, there isn't a 'one size fits all'. For example, one of my clients is a lady who is a PA to the regional manager of a well known national organisation. Let's call her Jill. When I first met Jill she was...
Positively Plymouth – the New Brand is Revealed
27/05/10 - This morning, I attended the launch/preview of the new brand for Plymouth: "Positively Plymouth". As I listened to the speeches, I pondered the question: what does this mean for us? In this blog post I will give you my initial thoughts and ask you for...
Why You Need Inspiration Not Motivation
Have you ever woken up with a hangover and thought 'I'll never drink again'. Then that evening when your headache has passed you crack open a bottle of wine. I always think of January as a bit of a 'hangover' month. After the rush of parties, presents and food,...
Why Does Plymouth Fall Apart When It Snows?
Many people would say that all it takes is a sprinkling of snow and the whole of Plymouth comes to a standstill. The fact is that this could also be said for many other parts of the country! Well, it's true that the buses sometimes stop running, events get cancelled...
Don’t Beat Yourself Up Over Christmas
Don't beat yourself up this Christmas. It's something that was brought home to me by my piano teacher the other day. He taught me a great lesson. It wasn't a lesson in music; it was a lesson in life. Feeling Frustrated Arriving at the music lesson I felt despondent....
Is Plymouth the Wettest City in the UK?
No, not all the year round, honestly! But on Saturday 29th November, between the times of noon and 6.00pm, Plymouth was apparantly the wettest city in the UK. This is according to a forecaster with MeteoGroup. No Surprise Those of us who were in Plymouth at the time...
Stories and How To Change Them
Have you ever left the house, driven down the road and wondered something along the lines of, 'Did I switch the iron off?' or 'Is the grill still on?' Then on returning to the house you realise your concern was completely unfounded? Did I Leave the Door Unlocked? The...
Enjoy Life More Via Paradigm Shifts
The other night my watch was stolen from my wrist. I couldn't believe it. I was out with some friends for an evening and it was taken from right under my nose. My husband had given it to me as a present, so I was particularly attached to it. I'm still at a loss as to...
Is Plymouth’s Architecture Interesting or Just Plain Bizarre?
Recent plans for a new railway station and hotel, commissioned by Plymouth Chamber of Commerce to replace the existing complex, sound very interesting. The existing railway station is bland and mundane, to the point that I can't really remember what it looks like,...
An American Visitor in Plymouth
My teenage daughter announced recently that an American friend she had met on the internet was coming to England this summer, and could she come and stay with us! We hummed and hawed a bit thinking, we've never met this girl or her family, indeed our daughter has...
Which Is Greener – Country Life or City Life?
People who want to live a greener life often move to the country, raise chickens, grow their own vegetables and take part in country life generally. But, is it really greener to live in the country? I would argue that it may not be. People who want to be really green...
Is Plymouth too Remote?
Some companies consider Plymouth to be geographically remote and are reluctant to base resources somewhere that is considered to be in a peripheral location. As a result Plymouth is very dependant upon it's University, Derriford Hospital and Devonport Dockyard. Which...
Plymouth is a Great Base for a Day Out
We had a family day out at Tintagel yesterday, and on the journey home it occurred to me what a handy base Plymouth is for a day out. Easy to Get to I can thoroughly recommend Tintagel. I hadn't been there for about 20 years (is it really that long?) so only had a...
The Emotional Bank Account
"At every party there are two kinds of people - those who want to go home and those who don't. The trouble is they are usually married to each other." These words, written some time ago by an Agony Aunt still ring true today. Couples can seem so unsuitable for each...