This competition is now closed.
Thank you for all your entries in this Competition to win a signed copy of Liz Wright’s book about the Belle Tout Lighthouse.
Gareth the Webitor chose a name at random and the book will be sent to your home in Surrey, Mrs Jan Drayson, very soon!
If any of you want a signed copy of the book, contact Liz Wright via B-C-ing-U!


Entering Competitions has been a hobby of mine for many years.
I’ve won a selection of prizes, worth thousands of pounds, and had some experiences that money can’t buy, including playing tennis with Tim Henman – twice!
The first time, I was surprised at how light the racquets are now. I said, ‘Cor, this is easy!’ Tim collapsed laughing, and I lobbed him!
The second time was at the Wimbledon Indoor Courts, several years later. There’s a waiting list of years to join.
When I walked in, Tim said, ‘Nice to see you again Lyn!’
That’s style!
But he got his revenge, neatly dropping the ball just out of my reach!
I much prefer the old style of competition, where you had to write a Tiebreaker in 12 words or less, saying something like ‘I like Bloggs’s cornflakes because…’
beachThe judges used to spend several hours, arguing over the best one.
Now it’s mainly Draws, where the computer picks a random winner.
Although I’ve never won a Car, I did win a Moped – from Tampax!
You had to say why Tampax was suitable for the free-loving girl.
My tiebreaker was With Tampax to choose there’s no time to lose!
When I phoned them, a jolly voice would say, ‘Good morning, Tampax!’ and I’d snigger childishly, like you probably are now!
I’ll never forget Hubby John chuntering along behind the car in the rain, on a bright yellow Moped, wearing a yellow helmet as we took it home!
No, I never did ride it. A young girl bought it and I told her the story behind it. She used to smile and give me a big wave every time I saw her.
carI was very popular when our daughter was at school. The other Mums would donate a packet of bath goodies that had been doing the rounds for years, or a bottle of wine. I would donate a portable radio!
My late Dad opened his birthday present and flooded in tears. It was a small TV so he could watch the cricket in peace in his bedroom.
He said, ‘I’ve never had such an expensive birthday present!
I replied, You little liar. You got a £150 Parker pen last year!’
My family usually gets a selection of Christmas presents that I’ve won. I always tell everyone because a lot of the gifts are worth more than they realise, eg a pair of special-edition trainers worth nearly £200.
This Competitions page will be a regular feature.

Do you have a prize that you can donate to B-C-ing-U! like a holiday or a hamper, or are you currently running a Competition?
If so, contact Gareth the Webitor. Details at the bottom of the main page.

belletout01Meanwhile here’s our first competition.
What year was Beachy Head’s Belle Tout Lighthouse moved back 17 metres from the crumbling cliff edge?
Was it
A) 1899
B) 1909
C) 1999

Send the answer, your name, address, phone number and email address to: with ‘Belle Tout Competition’ in the Subject line.

The prize is a copy of Elizabeth Wright’s book, Belle Tout – The Little Lighthouse that Moved.
Closing date, Friday 31st January.
The first name picked after that date will win the prize.

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.