British Penpals Blog

For fun, friendship and maybe even romance!

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Want to share your story?

We are contacted on a regular basis by journalists who write for a variety of magazines who are keen to share the story of a couple who started out as penpals before getting into a relationship. We started out on the internet in 1999 and since then we have had many of our members meeting up with each other and setting up home together. The first couple we know of who ended up getting married, with an American lady marrying a guy in the US Air Force in 2001. They had their first child in 2003 and now live happily in New York State. They were the first of many which is why we are the first stop for journalists looking for similar stories to share with their readers.


British Penpals in women's magazines


If you have a story to share, let us know and we will give your  details to one of our contacts. The normal process is for the journalist to interview you and arrange for photographs to be taken to feature in the story, with fees often paid.

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Are you in a Long Distance Relationship?

Long Distance Relationships (LDR’s) are increasing in popularity due to the impact of the internet and in today’s world, online dating is more popular than ever which means a relationship between two people who live miles apart can flourish with a simple click. There are now millions of different ways to communicate with one another so those relationships can feel as real as if you lived on the same street.

Long Distance Relationships, LDR's

The craze of LDR’s is such that we have been contacted by Electric Ray who are keen to produce a documentary on the subject. If you are in a long distance relationship you may be interested in what they had to say when they contacted us:

“I don’t know if you have heard about the internet craze of long distance relationships aka ‘LDRs’ – couples meet online and document their relationship, Skype chats, texts and then they get a friend to film their first meeting –

Electric Ray which is part of Sony Entertainment are developing a new documentary series for a major broadcaster in the UK and are looking for couples who are in a LDR that have yet to meet face to face. Only one person needs to be based in the UK and the other person in the relationship can be anywhere in the world.

They want people to get in touch who would be happy for the documentary to follow their journey as a couple so far and then to film with them in the run up and over their first meeting. At this very early stage there is no obligation or commitment to take part in any filming, we are just making research calls to potentially interested couples at this point.”

If you are in an LDR and are interested in speaking to them let us know and we will put you in touch – you could be going from email to youtube to TV!

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Have you got a Prison Penpal?

We have recently been contacted by Paramount Home Media who are looking for couple who have been penpals before striking up a romance. Do you fit the bill for what they are looking for?

 Kate Winslett, Josh Brolin, Labor Day

“I’m contacting you on behalf of Paramount Home Media with a proposition –  we are working on the DVD release of the film Labor Day, which stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin and is released on Blu-ray and DVD in early August. I’ve attached a press release.
The film centers around a romance between Kate’s character ‘Adele’ and Josh’s character ‘Frank’ – a convict who has escaped from prison over the Labor Day weekend. He is recaptured, but neither of them ever forget the encounter and are reunited on his eventual release.
To secure publicity for the DVD release in the UK we are looking for real life case-studies of couples who have struck up a romance while one party was in prison. We would need these couple(s) to be willing to provide their names and photographs and to be interviewed by members of the press (websites, magazines or newspapers).”


If you are interested in speaking to them, let us know and we will put you in touch!

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Which Guy would be the most fun to have as a penpal?

Imagine if you could have a celebrity penpal. Which of these guys do you think would be the most fun to write to?
Perhaps there is someone else you can think of, who isn’t on the list. Vote for your favourite now or post a comment to tell us who you would choose instead!

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Who gives you relationship advice?

Dating & Relationship Glow

At Glow Coaching we have coached many women in or looking for relationships. Areas we work on are overcoming breakups, letting go of negative relationship experiences, building confidence, understanding what you are looking for in a relationship and how to find it.

Through creating a 6 step dating and relationship coaching programme, Glow Coaching has developed a range of techniques and tools that specialise in getting you the love life YOU want! We have had 100% success rate! With fantastic results, within on year of finishing the coaching programme all our clients have found happy relationships, including one marriage, an engagement and several long term relationships!

This programme consists of 6 hrs of telephone coaching, involving 6 highly effective steps that are guaranteed to boost your dating and relationship confidence. The programme will help you if you….

  • Want to find a happy and fulfilling relationship?
  • Want to feel confident finding the relationship that is right for you?
  • Want to understand why you are not being yourself when in a relationship?
  • Want to understand what you are looking for in a relationship?
  • Want to be successful when dating?
  • Want to get over a previous relationship?
  • Want to investigate whether you are in the right relationship?

For more information about the Glow Dating Success programme including cost and free consultation please get in touch!

Step 1 -Building a Trusting Coaching Relationship

Step 2 -Developing Self Awareness and building confidence

Step 3 – Patterns in relationships and Dating Rules

Step 4- Limiting beliefs how they get in the way of you getting what you want!

Step 5- Importance of Values in finding a relationship

Step 6- Putting it into action and moving forward


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How is your “Dating Confidence”?

In this article Liz Robson, relationship expert,  gives some tips to start building confidence. Liz has not always been confident herself but it is something she has learnt and developed and is now happy and confident in all areas of her life. Liz is passionate about sharing what she has learnt with other women, and here is a chance to find out more.

confident woman

How confident are you feeling?

1)   What is Confidence?

Get a pen and paper and write down what confidence means to you. That is what confidence is.

The word confidence can mean something different to everyone. It is what is known as a nominalization a word that
sounds like it has a specific meaning but in reality it is open to interpretation. In order to build confidence firstly it is important to
identify what it means to you, secondly you will need to identify how you will know when you have it. Answer these questions, be specific.

  • How will I know when I am more confident?
  • How will I feel?
  • What will I say?
  • How will I act?
  • What will people say to me or what will I hear?
  • What will I look like?

If you don’t know where you are headed, how will you know when you get there. In coaching we always work on what building
this level of awareness. Once you have identified your goal you automatically take steps to start achieving it.


2)     What have I got to build on?

Confidence is not about starting from scratch and changing everything thing about you. It is about building on what
you already have and showing it to the world, being happy in your own skin.

Try and write at least 5 answers for the following questions. There is no room for modesty, I believe if you don’t
believe in yourself or like yourself then it is hard for others to. If you can write more that 5 brilliant!

  • What’s great  about you?
  • What are you  good at?
  • What are you  proud of?
  • What do your friends like about you?
  • What physical attributes are you most proud of?
  • What makes you loveable?
  • What special gifts would you bring to a relationship?

Now read through this list and look it on a regular basis. See yourself how others see you, no one can be as hard on someone as we are on ourselves.


3)   Give yourself a compliment, even if it is only in your head, I often think to myself, I look nice to day, I like my outfit, my hair looks nice etc. These small things all add up to building confidence. If someone compliments you, say thank you a compliment is a gift, you would say thank you to a gift. By saying thank you, you are accepting the gift of a complement and registering it.


4)     Practice

Practice seeing yourself in a new positive light, another school of thought is to look and behave confident. If you start to act or look more confident on the outside, the inside will soon catch up.

Liz Robson, relationship expert

Relationship Expert Liz Robson

Liz Robson is a specialist relationship coach who has successfully coached hundreds of women to improve
their confidence to deal with all aspects of their lives. Liz regularly features in the media when expert advice
and opinion is required when programmes focus on the complexities of relationships.

You can  check out her website at