Anyway, this got me thinking – bad habit, I know. Do you remember years ago when David Cameron was the newly elected leader of a Conservative party in opposition? He, or probably one of his helpers, coined the phrase “Hug a Hoody”. I suppose the idea behind it was good, but, as a slogan, it went down like a lead balloon, except accompanied by considerably more derision. Had an Eton-educated Conservative politician actually tried to hug a young man wearing a hoody, I suspect that the young man would be a little suspicious of the politician’s motives and might well tell him so in no uncertain terms. Nonetheless, the idea is a good one, so I tried to think of a similar phrase by which we could express our love and admiration for those visitors to our lovely town (not to mention their money). “Grab a Grockle” is, perhaps, a tad violent and fails to express the correct love, whilst “Tickle a Tourist” could lead one to be accused of sexual abuse. Putting on a cod German accent, we could say “Velcome a Visitor”, and might, just about, get away with it. However, none of these really hits the spot, so I am going to throw it open to you. A competition. Come up with a short phrase, ideally 3 words, but it could be more, and preferably alliterative, expressing our love and admiration for our lovely visitors. Enter by posting a comment on my website, http://www.musingsfromilfracombe.co.uk/, making sure to include some contact details. Entries to be in by midnight Friday 25th March. My decision to be final. There will be one prize of a £50 voucher to spend in Pedlars. If there is more than one good entry, I might add extra prizes, and I reserve the right not to offer a prize in the unlikely event that all entries are as bad as mine!
We’ve had some really lovely days weather in the last week or so, as well as some very windy ones, but it looks as though Spring is here. My garden has loads of daffodils and snowdrops as well as a couple of hyacinths. Crocuses and tulips look as though they are thinking about making an appearance any time now, and I have high hopes for our magnolia. Spring has sprung.
There seems to have been a recent increase in break-ins in the town. Keep your eyes open and don’t forget to report anything suspicious to the police. Back in London, having done just that, and thus saved a neighbour’s flat from being ransacked, I was told by the police that, if something you saw looked suspicious, it probably was and it should be reported.