trending resource endpoint

URL: /assets/trending.<format>

Supported Methods

GET Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad

Query String Arguments

start-token
The value of the moreResultsToken property of a previous response, to retrieve more items from the same query.
max-results
Maximum number of items to return in the list response.

Resource Type

This endpoint returns an object of type Stream<Asset>.

entries (array<Asset>)
The items within the selected range.
estimatedTotalResults (integer)
An estimate of the total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if a count cannot be determined at all, or if an exact count is returned in totalResults.
moreResultsToken (string)
An opaque token that can be used as the start-token parameter of a followup request to retrieve additional results. null if there are no more results to retrieve, but the presence of this token does not guarantee that the response to a followup request will actually contain results.
totalResults (integer)
The total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if an exact count cannot be determined.

Client Library Methods for PHP

Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad
$tp->assets->getTrending(array(


    # Optional Parameters
    "limit" => $limit,
    "startToken" => $startToken,

))

Example Request

GET /assets/trending.json HTTP/1.1
Host: api.typepad.com

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Content-type: application/json
Content-length: 536180

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You can create your own embroidery design or stick to basic geometrics when it comes to embroidering your own plastic canvas. Check out my tips before you get started on making your own!</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><span style=\"display: inline; background-color: #ffffff;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb07df9708970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Use a plastic mesh canvas to create a decorative embroidery piece.\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201bb07df9708970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb07df9708970d-800wi\" title=\"Use a plastic mesh canvas to create a decorative embroidery piece.\" /></a></span></span><strong>Supplies:<br /></strong>-plastic canvas (aim for the smallest opening that will work for your embroidery needle and yarn— mine was labeled &quot;10 mesh&quot; and can be purchased in a pack <a href=\"http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016YBM4M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0016YBM4M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=abeames04-20&amp;linkId=KCQYRRFP5F6C6VHK\" target=\"_blank\">here</a>.)<br />-#18 embroidery needle<br />-yarn in various colors<br />-empty frame<br />-scissors (not shown)</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><span style=\"display: inline; background-color: #ffffff;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c73be209970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Use a plastic mesh canvas to create a decorative embroidery piece.\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c73be209970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c73be209970b-800wi\" title=\"Use a plastic mesh canvas to create a decorative embroidery piece.\" /></a></span></span><strong>Step One:</strong> Using yarn, block out a space of your canvas according to the opening of your frame. You want the space you&#39;re working in to fill the frame perfectly without the frame covering up any embroidery, because in the end, you can&#39;t trim away the embroidery if you&#39;ve made the piece too big.</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><strong>Step Two:</strong> Create the main design of your piece, tying off the ends of each color of yarn on the back of the canvas. After I created the design shown above, I filled in the areas with neutral yarn to create a background (as shown below).</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><strong>Tip:</strong> Be careful not to string the yarn across too great of an area, or the design will become difficult to control. If you pull too tightly, it will bend the canvas, and even a small amount of bending will not be corrected by the stability of the frame when mounting the embroidery piece.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><span style=\"display: inline; background-color: #ffffff;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c73be2a8970b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Use a plastic mesh canvas to create a decorative embroidery piece.\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c73be2a8970b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c73be2a8970b-800wi\" title=\"Use a plastic mesh canvas to create a decorative embroidery piece.\" /></a></span></span><strong>Step Three:</strong> Trim away the excess canvas so it will fit inside your frame. Be sure to remove the blocking yarn from step one. Pop this puppy into a frame, and the project is complete!</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><strong>Problems to Avoid:</strong> I made two big mistakes when working on my embroidery. I began with a 7 count mesh and the holes were too big, making the plastic canvas visible behind my design. I had to rip it out and begin again with a finer 10 count mesh.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\">Also, I pulled too tightly when making my long strands of black diagonal lines because I wanted to make sure they stayed in place. I ended up having to rip them out at the end because the warped canvas wouldn&#39;t straighten out inside the frame. I strung them again, and even though it seemed too loose at first, by the time I got the white diagonals in beside the black, and the whole thing was inside the frame, I could use my fingers to straighten out the lines and put them perfectly in place.</span></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"background-color: #ffffff;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb07df96e3970d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><span style=\"display: inline; background-color: #ffffff;\"><img alt=\"Use a plastic mesh canvas to create a decorative embroidery piece.\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d8358081ff69e201bb07df96e3970d image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201bb07df96e3970d-800wi\" title=\"Use a plastic mesh canvas to create a decorative embroidery piece.\" /></span></a></span>There you have it— Embroidery art made easy! 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Enjoy and thanks for sharing this post with a friend!</p>\r\n<p><br /><strong>bon (boh(n) silent &quot;n&quot;)</strong><br /><br />&#0160; &#0160; &#0160;good; right, correct</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.provencedreamhouse.com/\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"float: left;\" target=\"_self\"><img alt=\"Nov2014\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201b8d08b72f3970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e201b8d08b72f3970c-100wi\" style=\"width: 80px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"Nov2014\" /></a><a href=\"http://www.provencedreamhouse.com/\" target=\"_blank\">Mas de Perdrix</a>. A home in France that artists and writers love to rent.&#0160; Work on your creative project&#0160;<a href=\"http://www.provencedreamhouse.com/\" target=\"_blank\">in this inspiring environment</a>.</p>\r\n<p><br /><strong><br />AUDIO FILE:</strong>&#0160;Listen to our daughter, Jackie, read the following example sentence:&#0160;<a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/files/bon.mp3\">Download MP3</a>&#0160;or&#0160;<a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/files/bon.wav\">Wav file</a><br /><br /><em>Bonne fête, bonne journée, bonne promenade... bon appétit... les francais ont la manie de souhaiter les bonnes choses!</em>&#0160;<span style=\"color: #800000;\">Happy holiday, have a good day, enjoy your walk... or meal... the French are obsessed with well-wishing!</span><br /><br /><strong><em>BON</em> THIS AND <em>BONNE</em> THAT</strong><br />The following post was inspired by a comment I received:&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><em>Hi Kristin,&#0160;</em><br /><br /><em>I was recently in France, and people wished me &quot;bon courage&quot; at the recent death of a family member there. Does this really mean &quot;good luck&quot;? This expression must have many meanings and uses. To my anglophone sensibilities, wishing someone good luck when a loved one passes away seems a bit odd and inappropriate. But I was wished &quot;bon courage&quot; with such heart felt emotion that I knew that this was an encouraging thing to wish me. Language is so interesting. Bette</em><br /><br />Hi Bette,<br /><br />I&#39;m so sorry for your loss. You mentioned the&#0160;<em>bon courage</em>&#0160;expression meaning &quot;good luck&quot; and it seems this is true (though, for &quot;good luck,&quot; the expression&#0160;<em>bonne chance</em>&#0160;also comes to my mind).<br /><br />But back to<em>&#0160;bon courage: </em>in addition to meaning &quot;good luck,&quot;&#0160;<em>bon courage</em>&#0160;is also an expression of support, similar to &quot;be strong&quot; or even &quot;take it easy.&quot;&#0160;<br /><br />Bette, your note about the French language reminds me of the confusion I often felt when I first came to France, on discovering all the&#0160;<em>bonnes choses</em>&#0160;or &quot;good&quot; things the French were constantly wishing each other. I remember my surprise and embarrassment when complete strangers wished me&#0160;<em>bon appétit!</em>&#0160;while passing by the park bench, where I sat eating my lunch.&#0160;<br /><br />This very personal acknowledgment by a stranger would be the beginning of a &#0160;budding insight into the French and their automatic courtesy. I leave you with several more examples of French well-wishing (which I&#39;ve paired with some photos from the archives), and wish you, as my husband often wishes me when I set out to work:&#0160;<em>bonne édition!</em>&#0160;Enjoy this post! (or good luck writing today&#39;s post, as Jean-Marc said just this morning.)</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017d42cc21c0970c-popup\"><img alt=\"Italian dog in Sauve, Italy (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017d42cc21c0970c-500wi\" title=\"Italian dog in Sauve, Italy (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bon voyage</em>... Photo taken in Sauve, Italy.&#0160;<em>Bon voyage</em>&#0160;is one of the more common courtesies you will hear the French wish each other.&#0160;<br /><br /><strong>Bon voyage = Have a good trip!</strong><br /><br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea405eaa970d-popup\"><img alt=\"Croatian dog (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea405eaa970d-500wi\" title=\"Croatian dog (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bon rétablissement</em>&#0160;is something the French wish each other when they are sick or healing.&#0160;<br /><br /><strong>Bon rétablissment = Get well soon</strong>&#0160;or&#0160;<strong>speedy recovery!</strong></p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea4061d6970d-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog in Colmar, Alsace (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea4061d6970d-500wi\" title=\"French dog in Colmar, Alsace (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bon essayage</em>? One thing that amused me when I first came to France, was how the French were always well-wishing each other--everything from&#0160;<em>bon essayage</em>&#0160;to&#0160;<em>bon bricolage</em>&#0160;(I heard this last one&#0160;<a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2013/03/prendre-sur-soi.html\" target=\"_blank\">at Castorama</a>&#0160;over the weekend.)<br /><br /><strong>bon essayage!</strong>&#0160;=&#0160;<strong>happy trying-on!</strong><br /><strong>bon bricolage = happy DIYing!</strong>&#0160;(happy home improvement!)&#0160;<br /><br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea407115970d-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog in Serignan (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea407115970d-500wi\" title=\"French dog in Serignan (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bon jardinage</em>. I dare you to go to&#0160;<em>une pépinière</em>&#0160;or nursery this time of year and not hear this well-wish at the checkout lane:<br /><br /><strong><em>bon jardinage!</em>&#0160;= happy gardening!&#0160;</strong><br /><br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017d42cc3966970c-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog and cats in Visan (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017d42cc3966970c-500wi\" title=\"French dog and cats in Visan (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bon débarras!</em>&#0160;Cats--and an imposter--in the town of Visan. Don&#39;t go getting the idea that all the wishes wished by the French are altruistic! From time to time you&#39;ll hear this one:</p>\r\n<p><strong><em>Bon débarras</em>&#0160;= good riddance!</strong>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea408e8e970d-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog in Gigondas (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea408e8e970d-500wi\" title=\"French dog in Gigondas (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bonne dégustation</em>. A wish I often hear, living with a winemaker who loves to share his&#0160;<em>vin</em>&#0160;with friends, is this one:<br /><br /><strong>bonne dégustation! = enjoy your drink!</strong>&#0160;&#0160;<br /><br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017c389d46ff970b-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog in Seguret (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017c389d46ff970b-500wi\" title=\"French dog in Seguret (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><strong>Bon reniflement?</strong>&#0160;Just kidding, French dogs don&#39;t really wish this to each other... but one can&#39;t be sure about&#0160;French perfumists, and their courtesies...<br /><br /><strong><em>bon reniflement!</em>&#0160;= good sniffing!&#0160;</strong><br /><br /><br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea40a559970d-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog in Seguret (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea40a559970d-500wi\" title=\"French dog in Seguret (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br />By the way,&#0160;today is Saturday--the perfect time to with you bon week-end!<br /><br /><strong>Bon week-end </strong>= have a great weekend!<br /><br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017d42cd031e970c-popup\"><img alt=\"Mas de Martin dog (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017d42cd031e970c-500wi\" title=\"Mas de Martin dog (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bonne sieste!</em>&#0160;= &quot;Have a good nap!&quot; says this vineyard dog.</p>\r\n<p><strong>bonne sieste! = enjoy your nap!</strong></p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017c389d5c8c970b-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog in Tulette, France (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017c389d5c8c970b-500wi\" title=\"French dog in Tulette, France (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br />Almost time to wish you&#0160;<em>bon au revoir</em>. On second thought, they don&#39;t say that at all in France! So much sweeter to say &quot;<em>à la prochaine!</em>&quot; (until next time...)</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea40ef29970d-popup\"><img alt=\"Italian dog in Ventimillie (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea40ef29970d-500wi\" title=\"Italian dog in Ventimillie (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br />... and&#0160;<em>bonne continuation</em>! I almost left out my favorite &quot;bon(ne)&quot; expression...</p>\r\n<p><strong>Bonne continuation!</strong>&#0160;= I wish you all the best (also = Keep up the good work!)<br /><br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2015/01/bon.html#comments\" target=\"_self\"><strong>COMMENTS</strong></a><br /><em>bon commentaires</em><br />Did you enjoy today&#39;s post or photos? Have a <em>bon</em> expression to share? <a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2015/01/bon.html#comments\" target=\"_self\">Thanks for leaving a comment here.</a></p>\r\n<p><br /><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffbf;\"><a href=\"http://www.sablethome.com/\" target=\"_self\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffbf;\">BON SEJOUR!</span></a>&#0160;Have a good stay&#0160;<a href=\"http://www.sablethome.com/\" target=\"_self\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffbf;\">at SABLET HOME</span></a>&#0160;in the heart of Provence. Particularly suited to groups of up to four discerning travelers.</span><br /><br /><strong>Other Favorite Dogs from Kristi archives! Don&#39;t miss them here</strong>:<br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2011/05/saboter.html\" target=\"_blank\">Dog in Giens</a>&#0160;<br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2011/06/s-amuser.html\" target=\"_blank\">Dog in Spain</a>&#0160;- Amazing fur style!<br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2011/05/cache-cache.html\" target=\"_blank\">Hiding dog</a>... can you guess who this is?<br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2011/07/reve.html\" target=\"_blank\">Dog with motorcycle&#0160;</a></p>",
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         "renderedContent": "<p><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea407ba0970d-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog in Biarritz (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea407ba0970d-500wi\" title=\"French dog in Biarritz (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br />T<strong>he French art of well wishing in today&#39;s edition</strong>. Enjoy and thanks for sharing this post with a friend!</p>\r\n<p><br /><strong>bon (boh(n) silent &quot;n&quot;)</strong><br /><br />&#0160; &#0160; &#0160;good; right, correct</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://www.provencedreamhouse.com/\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"float: left;\" target=\"_self\"><img alt=\"Nov2014\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515cae69e201b8d08b72f3970c img-responsive\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e201b8d08b72f3970c-100wi\" style=\"width: 80px; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;\" title=\"Nov2014\" /></a><a href=\"http://www.provencedreamhouse.com/\" target=\"_blank\">Mas de Perdrix</a>. A home in France that artists and writers love to rent.&#0160; Work on your creative project&#0160;<a href=\"http://www.provencedreamhouse.com/\" target=\"_blank\">in this inspiring environment</a>.</p>\r\n<p><br /><strong><br />AUDIO FILE:</strong>&#0160;Listen to our daughter, Jackie, read the following example sentence:&#0160;<a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/files/bon.mp3\">Download MP3</a>&#0160;or&#0160;<a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/files/bon.wav\">Wav file</a><br /><br /><em>Bonne fête, bonne journée, bonne promenade... bon appétit... les francais ont la manie de souhaiter les bonnes choses!</em>&#0160;<span style=\"color: #800000;\">Happy holiday, have a good day, enjoy your walk... or meal... the French are obsessed with well-wishing!</span><br /><br /><strong><em>BON</em> THIS AND <em>BONNE</em> THAT</strong><br />The following post was inspired by a comment I received:&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><em>Hi Kristin,&#0160;</em><br /><br /><em>I was recently in France, and people wished me &quot;bon courage&quot; at the recent death of a family member there. Does this really mean &quot;good luck&quot;? This expression must have many meanings and uses. To my anglophone sensibilities, wishing someone good luck when a loved one passes away seems a bit odd and inappropriate. But I was wished &quot;bon courage&quot; with such heart felt emotion that I knew that this was an encouraging thing to wish me. Language is so interesting. Bette</em><br /><br />Hi Bette,<br /><br />I&#39;m so sorry for your loss. You mentioned the&#0160;<em>bon courage</em>&#0160;expression meaning &quot;good luck&quot; and it seems this is true (though, for &quot;good luck,&quot; the expression&#0160;<em>bonne chance</em>&#0160;also comes to my mind).<br /><br />But back to<em>&#0160;bon courage: </em>in addition to meaning &quot;good luck,&quot;&#0160;<em>bon courage</em>&#0160;is also an expression of support, similar to &quot;be strong&quot; or even &quot;take it easy.&quot;&#0160;<br /><br />Bette, your note about the French language reminds me of the confusion I often felt when I first came to France, on discovering all the&#0160;<em>bonnes choses</em>&#0160;or &quot;good&quot; things the French were constantly wishing each other. I remember my surprise and embarrassment when complete strangers wished me&#0160;<em>bon appétit!</em>&#0160;while passing by the park bench, where I sat eating my lunch.&#0160;<br /><br />This very personal acknowledgment by a stranger would be the beginning of a &#0160;budding insight into the French and their automatic courtesy. I leave you with several more examples of French well-wishing (which I&#39;ve paired with some photos from the archives), and wish you, as my husband often wishes me when I set out to work:&#0160;<em>bonne édition!</em>&#0160;Enjoy this post! (or good luck writing today&#39;s post, as Jean-Marc said just this morning.)</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017d42cc21c0970c-popup\"><img alt=\"Italian dog in Sauve, Italy (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017d42cc21c0970c-500wi\" title=\"Italian dog in Sauve, Italy (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bon voyage</em>... Photo taken in Sauve, Italy.&#0160;<em>Bon voyage</em>&#0160;is one of the more common courtesies you will hear the French wish each other.&#0160;<br /><br /><strong>Bon voyage = Have a good trip!</strong><br /><br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea405eaa970d-popup\"><img alt=\"Croatian dog (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea405eaa970d-500wi\" title=\"Croatian dog (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bon rétablissement</em>&#0160;is something the French wish each other when they are sick or healing.&#0160;<br /><br /><strong>Bon rétablissment = Get well soon</strong>&#0160;or&#0160;<strong>speedy recovery!</strong></p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea4061d6970d-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog in Colmar, Alsace (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea4061d6970d-500wi\" title=\"French dog in Colmar, Alsace (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bon essayage</em>? One thing that amused me when I first came to France, was how the French were always well-wishing each other--everything from&#0160;<em>bon essayage</em>&#0160;to&#0160;<em>bon bricolage</em>&#0160;(I heard this last one&#0160;<a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2013/03/prendre-sur-soi.html\" target=\"_blank\">at Castorama</a>&#0160;over the weekend.)<br /><br /><strong>bon essayage!</strong>&#0160;=&#0160;<strong>happy trying-on!</strong><br /><strong>bon bricolage = happy DIYing!</strong>&#0160;(happy home improvement!)&#0160;<br /><br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea407115970d-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog in Serignan (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea407115970d-500wi\" title=\"French dog in Serignan (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bon jardinage</em>. I dare you to go to&#0160;<em>une pépinière</em>&#0160;or nursery this time of year and not hear this well-wish at the checkout lane:<br /><br /><strong><em>bon jardinage!</em>&#0160;= happy gardening!&#0160;</strong><br /><br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017d42cc3966970c-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog and cats in Visan (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017d42cc3966970c-500wi\" title=\"French dog and cats in Visan (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bon débarras!</em>&#0160;Cats--and an imposter--in the town of Visan. Don&#39;t go getting the idea that all the wishes wished by the French are altruistic! From time to time you&#39;ll hear this one:</p>\r\n<p><strong><em>Bon débarras</em>&#0160;= good riddance!</strong>&#0160;</p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea408e8e970d-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog in Gigondas (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea408e8e970d-500wi\" title=\"French dog in Gigondas (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bonne dégustation</em>. A wish I often hear, living with a winemaker who loves to share his&#0160;<em>vin</em>&#0160;with friends, is this one:<br /><br /><strong>bonne dégustation! = enjoy your drink!</strong>&#0160;&#0160;<br /><br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017c389d46ff970b-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog in Seguret (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017c389d46ff970b-500wi\" title=\"French dog in Seguret (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><strong>Bon reniflement?</strong>&#0160;Just kidding, French dogs don&#39;t really wish this to each other... but one can&#39;t be sure about&#0160;French perfumists, and their courtesies...<br /><br /><strong><em>bon reniflement!</em>&#0160;= good sniffing!&#0160;</strong><br /><br /><br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea40a559970d-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog in Seguret (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017eea40a559970d-500wi\" title=\"French dog in Seguret (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br />By the way,&#0160;today is Saturday--the perfect time to with you bon week-end!<br /><br /><strong>Bon week-end </strong>= have a great weekend!<br /><br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017d42cd031e970c-popup\"><img alt=\"Mas de Martin dog (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017d42cd031e970c-500wi\" title=\"Mas de Martin dog (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br /><em>Bonne sieste!</em>&#0160;= &quot;Have a good nap!&quot; says this vineyard dog.</p>\r\n<p><strong>bonne sieste! = enjoy your nap!</strong></p>\r\n<p><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017c389d5c8c970b-popup\"><img alt=\"French dog in Tulette, France (c) Kristin Espinasse\" src=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515cae69e2017c389d5c8c970b-500wi\" title=\"French dog in Tulette, France (c) Kristin Espinasse\" /></a><br />Almost time to wish you&#0160;<em>bon au revoir</em>. 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Have a <em>bon</em> expression to share? <a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2015/01/bon.html#comments\" target=\"_self\">Thanks for leaving a comment here.</a></p>\r\n<p><br /><br /><span style=\"background-color: #ffffbf;\"><a href=\"http://www.sablethome.com/\" target=\"_self\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffbf;\">BON SEJOUR!</span></a>&#0160;Have a good stay&#0160;<a href=\"http://www.sablethome.com/\" target=\"_self\"><span style=\"background-color: #ffffbf;\">at SABLET HOME</span></a>&#0160;in the heart of Provence. Particularly suited to groups of up to four discerning travelers.</span><br /><br /><strong>Other Favorite Dogs from Kristi archives! Don&#39;t miss them here</strong>:<br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2011/05/saboter.html\" target=\"_blank\">Dog in Giens</a>&#0160;<br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2011/06/s-amuser.html\" target=\"_blank\">Dog in Spain</a>&#0160;- Amazing fur style!<br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2011/05/cache-cache.html\" target=\"_blank\">Hiding dog</a>... can you guess who this is?<br /><a href=\"http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2011/07/reve.html\" target=\"_blank\">Dog with motorcycle&#0160;</a></p>",
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         "excerpt": "Wow! Sneeze and you'd miss it! That's January '15, done and dusted already and now we're hurtling into February pretty fast! We leave behind, the Sydney festival, the slow return back to work and trying to remember after our log...",
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         "content": "\n<p><strong> Wow! Sneeze and you'd miss it! That's January '15, done and dusted already and now we're hurtling into February pretty fast!</strong></p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742cc85970b-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742cc85970b-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204591.2654\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <p><strong><br>              </strong></p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"> </div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e694ce970d-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e694ce970d-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204662.2922\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <p><strong><br>              </strong></p>                                                                          <p>We leave behind, the Sydney festival, the slow return back to work and trying to remember after our log in's after the Christmas break, turtle rescues and beaches closed due to sharks! </p>                                                      <p> </p>                                                      <p> </p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5eed970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5eed970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204594.4124\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                                          <p>But in February, we get to enjoy a short month, perhaps using it to remind ourselves of one of our New Years resolutions \"I will give up alcohol for one whole month\". </p>                                                              <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc1617970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc1617970c-400wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204607.79\" class=\"alignnone\" alt=\"\" width=\"361\" height=\"124\"></a></div>                                                                          <p><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><br>                </strong></p>                                                              <p><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><br>                </strong></p>                                                              <p><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">February is also time to help out .....REDFEB 2015</strong></p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><strong>REDFEB</strong> is Heart Research Australia's signature fundraising campaign. It promotes a heart healthy lifestyle and raises much needed funds for first-stage innovative research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. </span></p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">B&amp;B will again be assisting this cause in 2015 by participating in the virtual <strong>REDFEB Relay</strong> and help to lap the map of Australia! Last year in February we swam over 8700 km and raised $2,200. Our aim this year will be to beat that figure. B&amp;B will again be assisting this cause in 2015 by participating in the virtual REDFEB Relay and help to lap the map of Australia!</span></p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Last year in February we swam over 8700 km and raised $2,200. Our aim this year will be to beat that figure and raise $3,000. To view our B&amp;B team page </span><a href=\"http://pacificjules.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f79e7fb056109856aae90d60f&amp;id=0eb6ae7a4a&amp;e=9d3940a386\" style=\"display: block;\"><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><font color=\"#000000\"><font style=\"display: block;\">CLICK HERE</font><span style=\"display: block;\"><br>                   </span></font></strong></a><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">You can donate funds on the team page, or even better, you can create your own page where all your friends can donate towards the cause. To create your own page and join the B&amp;B team, just go to the team page and simply click \"join\". You will then be taken through the steps to create your own page. On your own page you can input your kilometers and also raise funds. All funds raised on individual pages will accumulate to the B&amp;B team total.</span></p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p>And we also get to sing our hearts out at the karaoke night on 10th February at the <span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">The Novotel Manly Pacific. Come dressed as your favourite rockstar! See below and click to register. </span></p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;\">For the romantics amongst us, ahem Chris Taylor, it's a busy month in the flower shops! </span></p>                                                                          <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742841c970b-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742841c970b-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204585.6055\" class=\"alignnone\" alt=\"\" width=\"500\" height=\"283\"></a></div>                                                                          <p>I'll of course be soooooo busy opening cards and buying vases for all those flowers on 14 February, that I may have to get up extra specially early before the swim that day!!</p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">To highlight our fundraising month, B&amp;B will be going <strong>RED on</strong><br>                   </span></p>                                                                          <p><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Valentine’s Day - <a href=\"x-apple-data-detectors://5\" x-apple-data-detectors=\"true\" x-apple-data-detectors-type=\"calendar-event\" x-apple-data-detectors-result=\"5\">Saturday 14</a><sup><a href=\"x-apple-data-detectors://5\" x-apple-data-detectors=\"true\" x-apple-data-detectors-type=\"calendar-event\" x-apple-data-detectors-result=\"5\">th</a></sup><a href=\"x-apple-data-detectors://5\" x-apple-data-detectors=\"true\" x-apple-data-detectors-type=\"calendar-event\" x-apple-data-detectors-result=\"5\"> February</a></strong></p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">when we will be swapping our pink caps for <strong>RED</strong> ones. This year, the Manly Beach Health Club has joined us and is sponsoring the red caps. To help with your heart health, Manly Beach Health Club are also offering B&amp;B members a <strong>free 30 min Personal Training session. </strong>To find out how to take advantage of this offer, go to <a href=\"http://manlybeachhealthclub.com/free-personal-training-taster-pack-enter-details/\" target=\"_blank\">http://manlybeachhealthclub.com/free-personal-training-taster-pack-enter-details/</a> .</span></p>                                                              <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc161b970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc161b970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204667.5173\" class=\"alignnone\" alt=\"\" width=\"500\" height=\"181\"></a></div>                                          <br>                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><br>                   </span></p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><br>                   </span></p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><br>                   </span></p>                                                                          <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Watch for more details in our blog.  </span></p>                                                                          <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><a name=\"_GoBack\"></a><strong>Visit <a href=\"http://redfeb.com.au/\">redfeb.com.au</a> for further information or call <a href=\"tel:(02)%209436%200056\" x-apple-data-detectors=\"true\" x-apple-data-detectors-type=\"telephone\" x-apple-data-detectors-result=\"8\">(02) 9436 0056</a>.</strong></span></p>                                                                          <p><strong><br>                   </strong></p>                                                                          <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"> </div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742cc95970b-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742cc95970b-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204667.0886\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"500\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                                          <p><br>                   </p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5ef8970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5ef8970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204676.3782\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"500\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                      <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Today we left from the beach and headed North.Jk explained the new route.</span><br>              </p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5efd970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5efd970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204636.8174\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"> </div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5f02970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5f02970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204627.4753\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <p> </p>                                                      <p> <span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Today Shaun (jack) took my camera out so forgive me for the quality!</span></p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5f06970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5f06970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204596.7817\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742cca4970b-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742cca4970b-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204591.4438\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"> </div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\">Errr ummm? When I asked for some footage of today's swim, this is not quite what I had in mind! </div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e694ef970d-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e694ef970d-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204644.2988\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                                          <p>Shaun (Jack) even managed to get the obligatory underwater shots, errrrr....</p>      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e695cd970d-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e695cd970d-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204622.777\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: center;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e695d5970d-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e695d5970d-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204662.102\" class=\"aligncenter\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>      <p> </p>      <p> </p>                                                      <p>The Cole Classic took over Manly today but it was great to still get in the water and enjoy an alternative route!  </p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5f1a970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5f1a970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204671.9255\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <p><br>              </p>                                                      <p>Luckily the benches were still free!  </p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e69500970d-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e69500970d-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204693.1401\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"669\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <p> </p>                                                                          <p>Thanks to everyone yesterday, raising funds for Dr Ray's Nepal charity we raised $1,200.                  </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p><strong style=\"line-height: 1.3em;\"><em>Signing off Snorkles</em></strong><br>                   </p>                                                                          <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c7428421970b-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c7428421970b-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204647.3557\" class=\"alignnone\" alt=\"\" width=\"500\" height=\"456\"></a></div>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Important Notice</strong></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">B&amp;B Karaoke Night</strong></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">The Novotel Manly Pacific is generously hosting a fundraising Karaoke Night for B&amp;B swimmers and their friends/families to entertain each other and enjoy the night away. Dress as a rock star - there will be prizes for best dressed. Details are:</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">DATE:              Tuesday 10th February</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">TIME:               6.30 pm</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">VENUE: Novotel Manly Pacific (above Daniel San bar)</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">DRESS:            Rock Star</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">COST:             $25</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Please note that bookings are essential for the Karaoke Night on 10th Feb. Book <strong><a href=\"http://www.boldandbeautifulmanly.com.au/bb-karaoke-night-2015.html\" target=\"_blank\">HERE</a> </strong><strong>NOW</strong> to avoid disappointment. </span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Don’t worry if you think you can’t sing, just come along and support/heckle your fellow swimmers who think they can. This event will be loads of fun, with plenty of laughs. The entry cost includes finger food and your first drink FREE. All proceeds will go to the running of the B&amp;B.</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Summer Swims</strong></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">The next 10km swim is scheduled for Saturday 14 February, 2015. The 6km and 10km swims both start with the normal swim at 7am.</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Staying safe</strong></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Remember that there are no badges for scaring yourself silly! While it is great to extend your boundaries, it is important to know your limits.  Also, if you have a bit more experience, keep an eye out for new swimmers who might need company. Do read these excellent tips on staying safe in the surf. To read, or even download, <a href=\"http://www.boldandbeautifulmanly.com.au/safety-in-the-surf.html\" target=\"_blank\">click here</a>.</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">The Stats</strong></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Regulars:135</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Newbies:7</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Temp:22.1</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Sunrise: 6:16am</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Sunset: 8pm</span></p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                         <p> </p>                                                                     <p> </p>                                                                 <p> </p>                                                             <p> </p>                                                         <p> </p>                                                     <p> </p>                                                 <p> </p>                                             <p> </p>                                         <p> </p>                                     <p> </p>                                 <p> </p>                             <p> </p>                         <p> </p>                     <p> </p>                 <p> </p>             <p> </p>         <p> </p>     <p> </p> <p> </p>\n<div style=\"text-align: right; font-size: small; clear: both;\" id=\"blogsy_footer\"><a href=\"http://blogsyapp.com\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"http://blogsyapp.com/images/blogsy_footer_icon.png\" alt=\"Posted with Blogsy\" style=\"vertical-align: middle; margin-right: 5px;\" width=\"20\" height=\"20\" />Posted with Blogsy</a></div>",
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         "renderedContent": "\n<p><strong> Wow! Sneeze and you'd miss it! That's January '15, done and dusted already and now we're hurtling into February pretty fast!</strong></p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742cc85970b-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742cc85970b-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204591.2654\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <p><strong><br>              </strong></p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"> </div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e694ce970d-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e694ce970d-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204662.2922\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <p><strong><br>              </strong></p>                                                                          <p>We leave behind, the Sydney festival, the slow return back to work and trying to remember after our log in's after the Christmas break, turtle rescues and beaches closed due to sharks! </p>                                                      <p> </p>                                                      <p> </p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5eed970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5eed970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204594.4124\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                                          <p>But in February, we get to enjoy a short month, perhaps using it to remind ourselves of one of our New Years resolutions \"I will give up alcohol for one whole month\". </p>                                                              <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc1617970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc1617970c-400wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204607.79\" class=\"alignnone\" alt=\"\" width=\"361\" height=\"124\"></a></div>                                                                          <p><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><br>                </strong></p>                                                              <p><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><br>                </strong></p>                                                              <p><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">February is also time to help out .....REDFEB 2015</strong></p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><strong>REDFEB</strong> is Heart Research Australia's signature fundraising campaign. It promotes a heart healthy lifestyle and raises much needed funds for first-stage innovative research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. </span></p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">B&amp;B will again be assisting this cause in 2015 by participating in the virtual <strong>REDFEB Relay</strong> and help to lap the map of Australia! Last year in February we swam over 8700 km and raised $2,200. Our aim this year will be to beat that figure. B&amp;B will again be assisting this cause in 2015 by participating in the virtual REDFEB Relay and help to lap the map of Australia!</span></p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Last year in February we swam over 8700 km and raised $2,200. Our aim this year will be to beat that figure and raise $3,000. To view our B&amp;B team page </span><a href=\"http://pacificjules.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f79e7fb056109856aae90d60f&amp;id=0eb6ae7a4a&amp;e=9d3940a386\" style=\"display: block;\"><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><font color=\"#000000\"><font style=\"display: block;\">CLICK HERE</font><span style=\"display: block;\"><br>                   </span></font></strong></a><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">You can donate funds on the team page, or even better, you can create your own page where all your friends can donate towards the cause. To create your own page and join the B&amp;B team, just go to the team page and simply click \"join\". You will then be taken through the steps to create your own page. On your own page you can input your kilometers and also raise funds. All funds raised on individual pages will accumulate to the B&amp;B team total.</span></p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p>And we also get to sing our hearts out at the karaoke night on 10th February at the <span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">The Novotel Manly Pacific. Come dressed as your favourite rockstar! See below and click to register. </span></p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;\">For the romantics amongst us, ahem Chris Taylor, it's a busy month in the flower shops! </span></p>                                                                          <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742841c970b-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742841c970b-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204585.6055\" class=\"alignnone\" alt=\"\" width=\"500\" height=\"283\"></a></div>                                                                          <p>I'll of course be soooooo busy opening cards and buying vases for all those flowers on 14 February, that I may have to get up extra specially early before the swim that day!!</p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">To highlight our fundraising month, B&amp;B will be going <strong>RED on</strong><br>                   </span></p>                                                                          <p><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Valentine’s Day - <a href=\"x-apple-data-detectors://5\" x-apple-data-detectors=\"true\" x-apple-data-detectors-type=\"calendar-event\" x-apple-data-detectors-result=\"5\">Saturday 14</a><sup><a href=\"x-apple-data-detectors://5\" x-apple-data-detectors=\"true\" x-apple-data-detectors-type=\"calendar-event\" x-apple-data-detectors-result=\"5\">th</a></sup><a href=\"x-apple-data-detectors://5\" x-apple-data-detectors=\"true\" x-apple-data-detectors-type=\"calendar-event\" x-apple-data-detectors-result=\"5\"> February</a></strong></p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">when we will be swapping our pink caps for <strong>RED</strong> ones. This year, the Manly Beach Health Club has joined us and is sponsoring the red caps. To help with your heart health, Manly Beach Health Club are also offering B&amp;B members a <strong>free 30 min Personal Training session. </strong>To find out how to take advantage of this offer, go to <a href=\"http://manlybeachhealthclub.com/free-personal-training-taster-pack-enter-details/\" target=\"_blank\">http://manlybeachhealthclub.com/free-personal-training-taster-pack-enter-details/</a> .</span></p>                                                              <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc161b970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc161b970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204667.5173\" class=\"alignnone\" alt=\"\" width=\"500\" height=\"181\"></a></div>                                          <br>                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><br>                   </span></p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><br>                   </span></p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><br>                   </span></p>                                                                          <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Watch for more details in our blog.  </span></p>                                                                          <p class=\"MsoNormal\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\"><a name=\"_GoBack\"></a><strong>Visit <a href=\"http://redfeb.com.au/\">redfeb.com.au</a> for further information or call <a href=\"tel:(02)%209436%200056\" x-apple-data-detectors=\"true\" x-apple-data-detectors-type=\"telephone\" x-apple-data-detectors-result=\"8\">(02) 9436 0056</a>.</strong></span></p>                                                                          <p><strong><br>                   </strong></p>                                                                          <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"> </div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742cc95970b-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742cc95970b-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204667.0886\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"500\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                                          <p><br>                   </p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5ef8970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5ef8970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204676.3782\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"500\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                      <p><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Today we left from the beach and headed North.Jk explained the new route.</span><br>              </p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5efd970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5efd970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204636.8174\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"> </div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5f02970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5f02970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204627.4753\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <p> </p>                                                      <p> <span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Today Shaun (jack) took my camera out so forgive me for the quality!</span></p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5f06970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5f06970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204596.7817\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742cca4970b-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c742cca4970b-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204591.4438\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"> </div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\">Errr ummm? When I asked for some footage of today's swim, this is not quite what I had in mind! </div>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e694ef970d-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e694ef970d-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204644.2988\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                                          <p>Shaun (Jack) even managed to get the obligatory underwater shots, errrrr....</p>      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e695cd970d-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e695cd970d-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204622.777\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: center;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e695d5970d-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e695d5970d-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204662.102\" class=\"aligncenter\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>      <p> </p>      <p> </p>                                                      <p>The Cole Classic took over Manly today but it was great to still get in the water and enjoy an alternative route!  </p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5f1a970c-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b8d0cc5f1a970c-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204671.9255\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"375\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <p><br>              </p>                                                      <p>Luckily the benches were still free!  </p>                                                      <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e69500970d-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01bb07e69500970d-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204693.1401\" class=\"alignnone\" width=\"500\" height=\"669\" alt=\"\"></a></div>                                                      <p> </p>                                                                          <p>Thanks to everyone yesterday, raising funds for Dr Ray's Nepal charity we raised $1,200.                  </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p><strong style=\"line-height: 1.3em;\"><em>Signing off Snorkles</em></strong><br>                   </p>                                                                          <div class=\"separator\" style=\"clear: both; text-align: none;\"><a href=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c7428421970b-pi\" target=\"_blank\" style=\"\"><img src=\"http://pacificjules.typepad.com/.a/6a0133ed6f68df970b01b7c7428421970b-500wi\" id=\"blogsy-1422741204647.3557\" class=\"alignnone\" alt=\"\" width=\"500\" height=\"456\"></a></div>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Important Notice</strong></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">B&amp;B Karaoke Night</strong></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">The Novotel Manly Pacific is generously hosting a fundraising Karaoke Night for B&amp;B swimmers and their friends/families to entertain each other and enjoy the night away. Dress as a rock star - there will be prizes for best dressed. Details are:</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">DATE:              Tuesday 10th February</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">TIME:               6.30 pm</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">VENUE: Novotel Manly Pacific (above Daniel San bar)</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">DRESS:            Rock Star</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">COST:             $25</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Please note that bookings are essential for the Karaoke Night on 10th Feb. Book <strong><a href=\"http://www.boldandbeautifulmanly.com.au/bb-karaoke-night-2015.html\" target=\"_blank\">HERE</a> </strong><strong>NOW</strong> to avoid disappointment. </span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Don’t worry if you think you can’t sing, just come along and support/heckle your fellow swimmers who think they can. This event will be loads of fun, with plenty of laughs. The entry cost includes finger food and your first drink FREE. All proceeds will go to the running of the B&amp;B.</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Summer Swims</strong></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">The next 10km swim is scheduled for Saturday 14 February, 2015. The 6km and 10km swims both start with the normal swim at 7am.</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Staying safe</strong></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Remember that there are no badges for scaring yourself silly! While it is great to extend your boundaries, it is important to know your limits.  Also, if you have a bit more experience, keep an eye out for new swimmers who might need company. Do read these excellent tips on staying safe in the surf. To read, or even download, <a href=\"http://www.boldandbeautifulmanly.com.au/safety-in-the-surf.html\" target=\"_blank\">click here</a>.</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><strong style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">The Stats</strong></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Regulars:135</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Newbies:7</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Temp:22.1</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Sunrise: 6:16am</span></p>                                                                          <p style=\"margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\"><span style=\"-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);\">Sunset: 8pm</span></p>                                                                          <p> </p>                                                                         <p> </p>                                                                     <p> </p>                                                                 <p> </p>                                                             <p> </p>                                                         <p> </p>                                                     <p> </p>                                                 <p> </p>                                             <p> </p>                                         <p> </p>                                     <p> </p>                                 <p> </p>                             <p> </p>                         <p> </p>                     <p> </p>                 <p> </p>             <p> </p>         <p> </p>     <p> </p> <p> </p>\n<div style=\"text-align: right; font-size: small; clear: both;\" id=\"blogsy_footer\"><a href=\"http://blogsyapp.com\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"http://blogsyapp.com/images/blogsy_footer_icon.png\" alt=\"Posted with Blogsy\" style=\"vertical-align: middle; margin-right: 5px;\" width=\"20\" height=\"20\" />Posted with Blogsy</a></div>",
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