MySingleFriend blog http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog Welcome to the mysinglefriend(r) blog, where you can stay up to date with MSF news, views and the odd pair of shoes. en-gb MySingleFriend Copyright 2014 Profile of the Week: Harriet http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-harriet http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-harriet Our latest profile of the week is Harriet!<br /> <br /> After being born and bred in London, Harriet has developed a passion for exploring the countryside and loves going on long bike rides followed by even longer pub lunches. She loves the outdoors but is also very happy curling up on the sofa for a lazy movie marathon every now and again.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/harriet(1).png" style="width: 400px; height: 411px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what her friend Anna had to say about her:<br /> <br /> <em>“Where to begin? Harriet is the most loveable person you will ever meet. I'm not sure there is anyone good enough for her out there - but there must be! She is cute as a button, has an incredible figure and she'll take you on an adventure.<br /> <br /> Not single for long, I have no doubt she'll be scooped up soon so don't miss out on meeting this incredible girl!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> If you like discovering films, books, art exhibitions, traveling to new destinations and visiting places off the beaten track and you have a good sense of humour - then you'll get on for sure!<br /> <br /> I first met Harriet at college when we were both sixteen and she was a whirlwind of fun, curly hair, art supplies and music. And she has not changed! We have travelled the world together and danced the night away too many times to count.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Harriet is now a writer and an artist and she has just added bee keeping to her many enviable talents. She is a bundle of energy and she always has something going on.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Harriet has the biggest heart and she wears it on her sleeve. She is the most loyal friend and she gives the best advice. She has her head screwed on and she knows what is important in life - good times, friends and family. There is no facade, no games - you get what you see.<br /> <br /> There aren't enough words to describe Harriet, let alone in 2,000 characters! But to finish off, ultimately Harriet wants to move to the country, keep bees, eat home grown vegetables, live for the day, swim in the sea every morning and be an artist and a writer and I have no doubt she will achieve all of these things in the years to come.<br /> <br /> What is she looking for? Now she might not say this but I think Harriet needs someone who gets excited about new things and experiences and can also enjoy the simple pleasure of spending a weekend in bed with lots of tea and great movies. And as she's always putting others before herself, someone who looks after her now and again would be a bonus!”</em><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/harriet2.png" style="width: 400px; height: 400px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> If you think Harriet sounds like the bees knees check out her <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bybyevazjqaz/admin/yes" target="_blank">full profile here!</a><br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;<strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank">mysinglefriend.com</a></strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Sam & Laurie http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-sam--laurie http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-sam--laurie Happy Friday MSF’ers!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We’ve got a little treat for you this Friday morning in the form of another success story. This week's couple have taken MySingleFriend global by emigrating to Australia!<br /> When they returned to England this summer to get married in the lovely English countryside they wrote in to tell us all about it...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>“Laurie and I met for the first time through My Single Friend.com 6 years ago yesterday, our first date was at The Exhibit in Balham London. We were both very nervous as it was our first date from the website but we quickly discovered we had a friend in common which made us more relaxed!<br /> <br /> Love soon blossomed and 1.5 years later we decided to move to Australia together! We have been here 4.5 years now and in Nov 2012 I proposed to Laurie at Bondi Beach. Happily she said yes and we married in August 2014 in Dorset and then we came home to an Australian party later in the month.<br /> <br /> It has been 6 very happy years, we share a love for travelling, fine dining and wines to match!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Sam&amp;Laurie(2).jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;" /></em><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> A massive congratulations to you both from everyone at MySingleFriend! We will be keeping in touch with Sam and Laurie and very eager to hear how their Australian wedding celebrations went...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php">Join now for free!</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Sam http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-sam http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-sam September is well and truly under way and as everything starts to settle down again after summer we were looking for a profile to fit our ‘back to school’ theme.<br /> <br /> We wanted our profile of the week should be well versed in the<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/sarah-beenys-back-to-school-dating-tips" target="_blank"> ‘back to school’ dating rules according to Sarah</a>...so who better than Sam, a school master?<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/sam(1).jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> His friend Angela also sold us on the fact that she describes him as ‘an absolute dreamboat’...<br /> <br /> <em>“Sam and Wilson make quite the formidable team. He is handsome, charming, wonderful company and has a penchant for sticks. And that's just Wilson (Sam's adorable yellow lab).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Jokes aside Sam is hilarious fun. Originally from the West Country (or as he likes to call it The Best Country), Sam moved to pastures new 4 years ago. Although a country boy at heart, he's just as at home in London Town. So whether it's a walk to a country pub or perusing galleries in town, Sam is the perfect company.<br /> <br /> Sam likes to keep active. He plays hockey, cricket and loves to run. He's currently training for the London Marathon for The Red Cross, an exceptionally worthwhile cause. So he's in tip top shape with a heart of gold? What an absolute dream boat.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sam's also a pretty damn good cook. With his organic vege box in hand the dinner possibilities are literally endless. And are often accompanied by a damn good bottle of wine.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Spending time with Sam is always a pleasure, never a chore. He's a genuinely all round good egg which is exceptionally hard to find. A country gent with a city edge. What's not to love?”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/sam3.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 402px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></em><br /> <br /> Check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/evcxfubyhsjq/admin/yes" target="_blank">Sam’s full profile here</a> to find out for yourself if Sam is the absolute dreamboat Angela describes...<br /> <br /> Why not send him a message and see if the school master knows the back to school dating rules off by heart!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Join now for free!</a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Sarah Beeny's 'Back to School' dating tips http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/sarah-beenys-back-to-school-dating-tips http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/sarah-beenys-back-to-school-dating-tips September is upon us once again and it’s time to pack away those bikinis and swim trunks and swap them for cosy jumpers and jackets. Although the summer sun has left us it’s not all doom and gloom, colder weather is the perfect excuse to curl up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate or wrap up warm and go on a romantic autumnal stroll. Sound cosy?<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/11505_3.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> Sarah Beeny, founder of Mysinglefriend.com commented:<br /> <br /> <em>“Whether you are a parent or not, ‘back to school’ week definitely represents a turning point in the year. The summer is over, wedding season is finished, and people start thinking about snuggling up in front of a pub fire. It is the perfect time to get online and look for someone to cosy up with this autumn.”</em><br /> <br /> Last year we saw a huge increase in signups as summer drew to a close; people come back from holidays and settle back into their routines. However, who said routine had to be boring? As Sarah commented, it’s the ideal time to start meeting new people and organising dates for those chilly evenings by the fire.<br /> <br /> To celebrate the end of the summer holidays, Sarah has put together some tips to ensure your dating manners are up to scratch!<br /> <br /> <strong><u>Sarah Beeny’s Back to School dating tips</u></strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Make sure your uniform is pristine</strong><br /> Appearances are important so make sure your date outfit is looking perfect. Making an effort shows that you care and it always pays to look your best and make a killer first impression. We won’t be checking if your skirt is too short though.<br /> <br /> <strong>&nbsp;Don’t be late</strong><br /> Turning up late is one of the most annoying dating faux pas. No one likes to be kept waiting and it sets a bad tone for the rest of the date. Forget being fashionably late and make sure you arrive on time.<br /> <br /> <strong>No phones in class</strong><br /> Leave the phone in your pocket. There is nothing worse than being on a date with someone who is constantly on the phone or checking his or her messages. No excuses or it will be confiscated.<br /> <br /> <strong>Do your homework</strong><br /> If you know someone’s favourite band or film, why not check it out before the date? It is a great way to show someone you have read his or her profile and you might find you have a shared love for it.<br /> <br /> <strong>Anyone for P.E</strong><br /> Doing something active on a date like a bike ride can be a great alternative date and really break the ice. Just don’t forget your kit.<br /> <br /> <strong>Forget the history class</strong><br /> No one wants to spend a first date hearing about your dating history, or collection of crazed exes. Just don’t.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/autumn.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 250px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> Make sure you’re prepared for this winter dating season and don’t end up in dating detention!<br /> <br /> We’d love to hear from you if you have any great winter dating tips or ideas! Tweet us <a href="https://twitter.com/mysinglefriend" target="_blank">@mysinglefriend</a>, write to us on<a href="https://www.facebook.com/MySingleFriend?ref=hl" target="_blank"> Facebook</a> or email us at press@mysinglefriend.com!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Merv http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-merv http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-merv Whilst scanning through all our lovely MSF members this week, Merv’s smiley profile really caught our eye. He has a job most people would die for and is a mix of 3 different nationalities...a true man of mystery!<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/ovh98ejgioynz6dsgdj0(1).jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what his friend Chris had to say about Merv:<br /> <br /> <em>"What to say about my friend Merv…. I met Merv through work and we’ve been friends ever since. We even lived together for a year... So I’m probably in a good position to describe him…&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Well… to start off, Merv has a job most people would die for. He gets to travel the world, wear a shiny uniform and play with expensive toys…. You’ll have to ask him about it…. Well, before he tells you ;)<br /> <br /> Merv’s job is pretty responsible but you wouldn’t realise that if you met him on a night out. He loves to socialise and is the life and soul of the party. He loves to dance…. unfortunately, dance doesn’t love him!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> So… you’re probably asking why he’s still single. Well, obviously his dancing stands out! Apart from that I can’t think of much, other than he’s looking for the right person.<br /> <br /> If I could describe your date with Merv… I’d say you’d have a great night out, probably in some trendy bar in London with a genuine, stylish guy with lots of laughs.<br /> <br /> So... if his looks don’t offend and Strictly Come Dancing is not your favourite show then you’d be mad to pass up this chance…."<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/waemfryzef2kvanzxfoe.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></em><br /> <br /> If you think you could put up with Merv’s (apparently) awful dancing and would like to know more, check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/cxjqjqcxazby/admin/yes" target="_blank">his full profile here</a>! Send Merv and message and see if you can guess his job or where he is from!<br /> <br /> Good luck!<br /> <br /> MSF X&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php">Join now for free!</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Craig & Lisa http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-craig--lisa http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-craig--lisa Happy Friday MSFers!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As you may have guessed, we absolutely love our success stories here at MSF. Nothing makes us happier than hearing that two of our MSFers have found love – it really makes our day - so if you, or someone you know, has got together through MSF, please feel free to let us know at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:blog@mysinglefriend.com"><strong>blog@mysinglefriend.com</strong></a>&nbsp;and tell us all about it.<br /> <br /> This week we want to share with you Craig &amp; Lisa’s story, they met on MySingleFriend and are now moving in together! Congratulations!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Craig&amp;Lisa.JPG" style="width: 400px; height: 226px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> When we asked Craig the story of how he met Lisa this is how he remembered it...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>&nbsp;“I joined My Single Friend after one of my best mates James, suggested I give it a go during a university reunion. He had just got married to Tracey who he had met on this very site so suggested if he met someone, than perhaps I might too!</em><br /> <em>I must admit I did have my reservations, and told James it wasn’t really for me, but after much badgering I went ahead thinking I had nothing to lose. I hadn’t been on the website much to be honest, but decided to have a quick look one evening and noticed Lisa’s profile."<br /> &nbsp;</em><br /> <em>"Thinking I was punching above my weight I decided to message her anyway and luckily she replied and we spent a good few weeks exchanging messages and discovered we shared the same sense of humour and interests and seemed to get on, at least in an e-mail capacity!"</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>"We arranged to meet up in Knutsford towards Christmas time last year. Unfortunately, after the date was set I discovered I had arranged it for the day after my works Christmas bash! I had all intentions of taking it easy so I would be nice and fresh for the date, but inevitably the plan went out of the window and I ended up getting home at 6am... I left for the date a few hours later feeling less than 100% to say the least. In fact, not only did I turn up an hour early for the date due to my hungover mind mixing up train times, but also on arriving in Knutsford I was very sick into a hedge! I wasn’t too nervous due to my raging hangover and in my vastly dishevelled state decided that she would never in a million years want to meet up again, regardless if we clicked or not."</em><br /> <br /> <em>"As soon as we met though (and with a little help from the hair of the dog) we got on great. I cursed myself all the way home for turning up in a terrible state and thinking I’d blown it due to my own stupidity. To say I was pleased when she messaged me the next morning was an understatement and we arranged another date much to my surprise!"</em><br /> <br /> <em>"I’m so pleased I took the chance on the website and met Lisa. We are off on holiday to Portugal in a few weeks, and on our return we are looking to move in together! I guess James was right all along!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Craig&amp;Lisa 3(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 452px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></em><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> A massive congratulations to Craig &amp; Lisa and good luck with the move!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> (Just a little nugget of advice: try your best to avoid showing up hungover to a first date and needing to throw up into a bush... it usually doesn’t end as well as it did for Craig!)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>MSF X</em><br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank">Join now for free!</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: the beautiful Hannah http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-the-beautiful-hannah http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-the-beautiful-hannah We have reminded the weather that summer isn’t supposed to officially end until mid September, however until that memo comes into effect we’d like to help you beat the bank holiday blues by introducing you to Hannah!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2303084-978965(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 394px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> Lizzie knows her a little better than we do so let’s leave the describing to her, here’s what she has to say:<br /> <br /> <em>Hannah is one of the loveliest, kindest, funnest and most loyal friends I've ever met. We met at work nearly 5 years ago now and bonded over making jokes at the boss - he deserved it!&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> <em>Since then, she's become one of my closest friends, and we've enjoyed many a happy cocktail, picnic, dinner party, museum trip or just walk around London together.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> She's definitely an all rounder - just as happy in a swanky London bar meeting new people, as she is in wellies walking her dog Charlie in the countryside. She also has an incredibly knack of hitting it off instantly with new people - my fiance, parents and friends all love her to bits. She's also one you could definitely show off to your friends - with her amazing knowledge and love of the Grand Prix, rugby and her skills in opening a bottle of champagne with a sword!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Hannah is also very driven - She's just started a new job, and is already whipping the director into shape and completely turning around the office. She's also travelled the world, with work and friends, so has lots of funny stories from far flung places.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> I know I'm her friend, so am biased, but Hannah is such a catch (and of course beautiful - but you can see that for yourself from her photos!).<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2303089-978965.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></em><br /> <br /> We agree with Lizzie that Hannah really is gorgeous so have a look at her<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bydwcxbyevfu/admin/yes" target="_blank"> full profile here</a>&nbsp;and send her a message. I know we for one are dying to know if she really can pull off her champagne party trick!<br /> <br /> <em>MSF X</em><br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php">Join now for free!</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Matisse: The Cut-Out's Ticket Competition! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/matisse-the-cutouts--ticket-competition http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/matisse-the-cutouts--ticket-competition Getting a little bored of always just going to the pub on dates? Want to do something different but just not sure what it is?<br /> <br /> We’ve teamed up with the Tate to give a lucky MySingleFriend member and their date a truly unique dating experience! As Henri Matisse said “creativity takes courage”, so find that courage to try something new and make the most of what London has to offer!<br /> <br /> ‘Tate Modern’s exhibition, <em>Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs</em>, is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the artist’s paper cut-outs. It brings together around 130 works, many seen together for the very first time, in a groundbreaking reassessment of Matisse’s colourful and innovative final works.’<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/The Sheaf.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 334px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <em>The Sheaf 1953&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> Due to its immense popularity, the Tate Modern will open throughout the night on the final weekend of the exhibition, allowing visitors a last chance to see this once-in-a-lifetime show in London. The all-nighter event will begin at 10am on <u>Saturday 6th September</u> and end on <u>Sunday 7<sup>th</sup> September </u>at 10pm.<br /> <br /> In addition to the exhibition there will be talks, tours and free film screenings to enjoy throughout the night so at whichever time you choose to go, there will be plenty to experience!<br /> <br /> The Tate Modern restaurant will be serving special Matisse-inspired food and drink menus including late night snacks for the night owls and hot breakfast and pastries in the early hours of the morning for the early birds! Imagine watching the sun rise over the Thames with coffee and freshly baked pastries... sounds pretty great to us!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Large Composition with masks(1).jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 212px;" /><br /> <br /> <em>Large Composition with Masks 1953</em><br /> <br /> All you have to do is answer this question correctly and you will be entered in to a draw for tickets to the Matisse all-nighter event...<br /> <br /> <strong>Which country was Henri Matisse from?</strong><br /> <br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; France<br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Germany<br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Italy<br /> <br /> You can enter by...&nbsp; <ol> <li> following us on twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/mysinglefriend" target="_blank">@mysinglefriend</a> and direct messaging us your answer along with the email address you used to register on the site</li> <li> &nbsp;liking our Facebook page <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MySingleFriend" target="_blank">(</a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/MySingleFriend">MySingleFriend</a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/MySingleFriend" target="_blank">) </a>and sending us a message with your answer and email address you used to register on the site</li> </ol> &nbsp;<br /> The competition will close on <u>Sunday 31st August at 23.59pm</u>. No more entries will be permitted after this time.<br /> <br /> For more information on the exhibition, <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/henri-matisse-cut-outs " target="_blank">click here.</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you’re unsure whether your date will enjoy the exhibition, be reassured by the fact that 60% of men and 50% of women don’t mind what you do on a date as long as the company is good!<br /> <br /> Good luck!<br /> <br /> MSF x<br /> <br /> <br /> <em>&nbsp;<u>Terms and Conditions</u><br /> <br /> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The promoter is: MySingleFriend Ltd (company no 05207745 whose registered office is at 7 Swallow Place, London W1B 2AG.<br /> <br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Employees of MySingleFriend, the Tate and their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the&nbsp;competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.<br /> <br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The prize is for 1x pair of tickets to the Tate Modern’s exhibition of Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs. The tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable; no cash alternative is available.<br /> <br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this&nbsp;competition.<br /> <br /> 5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Route to entry for the competition&nbsp;is through Twitter or Facebook:&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 5.1&nbsp;&nbsp; Follow us on twitter @mysinglefriend and direct message us with the correct answer along with the email address you used to register on the site<br /> <br /> 5.2&nbsp;&nbsp; Like our Facebook page (MySingleFriend) and send us a message with the correct answer and email address you used to register on the site<br /> <br /> 5.3&nbsp;&nbsp; The email address used must be a valid email that is registered to a friend or single account on mysinglefriend.com and will be checked for authenticity.<br /> <br /> 6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Closing date for entry will be Sunday 31st&nbsp;August at 23.59pm GMT. After this date no further entries to the&nbsp;competition will be permitted.<br /> <br /> 7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.<br /> <br /> 8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice.<br /> <br /> 9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The winner will be chosen from a list of correct answers, at random by an independent adjudicator appointed by the Promoter.<br /> <br /> 10.&nbsp;&nbsp; The winner will be notified by email within 2 days of the&nbsp;competition closing. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 2 days of notification, the Promoter reserves the right to pick a replacement winner.<br /> <br /> 11.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Promoter accepts no responsibility for the exhibition being cancelled, or curtailed, for any reason out of their control.<br /> <br /> 12.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the&nbsp;competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.<br /> <br /> 13.&nbsp;&nbsp; By entering this&nbsp;competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.<br /> <br /> 14.&nbsp;&nbsp; The&nbsp;competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.<br /> <br /> 15.&nbsp;&nbsp; The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation.<br /> <br /> 16.&nbsp;&nbsp; Entry into the&nbsp;competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.</em><br /> <br /> <br /> Statistics collected from mysinglefriend.com members.<br /> <br /> All artwork in this blog piece are from the <u><em>Tate Modern's Exhibition, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs</em></u><br /> <br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank">&nbsp;Join now for free!</a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Emily http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-emily http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-emily It’s Monday again<em> (sigh),</em> but this week we have the Bank Holiday weekend to look forward to! Woohoo! In the spirit of the last bank holiday, we were looking for a profile of the week who is fun-loving and just generally a good time girl. Someone you’d want to spend the whole bank holiday with and never run out of things to do or talk about...<br /> <br /> So without further ado...meet Emily!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2307856-876277(1).jpg" style="width: 238px; height: 290px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> Her friend Emma has done an excellent job of writing the<em> top 10 things</em> about her and we think she certainly seems like a great date...<br /> <br /> <em>1.She likes cheese. A lot. But more importantly, she is always discovering new, quirky places to go for dinner and drinks all around London (specialism: South London!)</em><br /> <br /> <em>2. London Cocktail Week, London Wine Week, Gin festivals, Rum experiences (with pirates preferably), Emily will try them all (ok, she’s not an alcoholic though! But she does have amazing taste in wine)<br /> <br /> 3. She’s a very loyal friend; she’ll go out of her way to help you, cheer you up and have fun with you. She’ll be there for you when you need her. That’s priceless.<br /> <br /> 4. She works for a charity and is super passionate and amazing about it, including organizing a big comedy event and raising loads of money.<br /> <br /> 5. She has the travelling bug - who doesn't, I hear you cry, well, Emily lives up to it; she probably averages about 6 holidays a year and is always trying new places.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 6. She speaks Spanish pretty damn well after living in both South America and Madrid at various points in her life so far, and also has a bit of Italian after living in Venice for 3 months when at university.<br /> <br /> 7. She’s a cultured history grad, and loves a good museum, exhibition or castle, as well as theatre trips (though she definitely enjoys seeing the latest blockbuster movie too)<br /> <br /> 8. She’s pretty clumsy… I think the winning moment probably has to be breaking her toe at the very beginning of a date once. So please watch out for pot holes etc and gallantly pull her out of harm’s way…!<br /> <br /> 9. She’s probably one of the most prolific readers I know; her book collection is kinda famous amongst her friends, and she’s always got good recommendations (and a very vivid imagination…!). Specialism: Game of Thrones.<br /> <br /> 10. She’s properly into football. And I promise you, she’s not just a girl who says “oh, I like football too, sure”, but I mean she knows her shizzle. Her favourite colour is blue, if that kinda helps you guess who she supports… I’ll leave it to you to pursue…!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2307693-876277.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 281px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></em><br /> <br /> So if you’d like to see what fun things Emily is up to this bank holiday weekend, view <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/cxdwevirdwdw" target="_blank">her full profile here</a> and send her a message!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank">Join now for free!</a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 SW4 Ticket Competition... Extended! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/sw4-ticket-competition http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/sw4-ticket-competition SW4 Festival hits Clapham Common next Bank Holiday weekend, and we’ve teamed up with the organisers to give away a pair of tickets for Sunday 24<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;August!<br /> <br /> Held over the August Bank Holiday, the tickets are valid for the final day of the festival, which has an amazing line up – Deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Madeon, Pete Tong, Laurent Garnier, Simian Mobile Disco, Gorgon City, Maya Jane Coles and Oxide &amp; Neutrino are all confirmed so far. You can view the full line up <a href="http://www.southwestfour.com/2014-line-up" target="_blank">here</a>...<br /> <br /> There’s a couple of ways of entering the competition:<br /> <br /> <strike>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Come along to our FREE <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/events/game-set--matchmake--put-the-date-in-your-diary">‘Game Set &amp; Matchmake’</a> event tomorrow night (Thursday 24<sup>th</sup> July) at Grand Union Wandsworth and sign up on the night. Look out for the MSF team with iPads – it’ll only take a minute! </strike>&nbsp;Event has been &amp; gone already!<br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sign up through <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/grandunion">www.mysinglefriend.com/grandunion</a>&nbsp;and add 'SW4 Competition' into your profile description<br /> 3. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Email us at <a href="mailto:press@mysinglefriend.com?subject=SW4%20Tickets">press@mysinglefriend.com</a> with the email address you registered with and let us know you are interested in tickets!<br /> <br /> All sign ups that have entered through these channels will automatically be submitted into our prize draw. You have until <strong>Monday 18th August</strong> to do it and we'll be announcing the winners the same day. Good luck!!!<br /> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/SW4.PNG" style="width: 500px; height: 377px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <em><strong>Terms &amp; Conditions:</strong><br /> 1. The promoter is: MySingleFriend Ltd (company no 05207745 whose registered office is at 7 Swallow Place, London W1B 2AG.<br /> <br /> 2. Employees of MySingleFriend or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.<br /> <br /> 3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.<br /> <br /> 4. Route to entry for the competition is through either <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/grandunion">www.mysinglefriend.com/grandunion</a> or signing up at the <strong>‘Game Set &amp; Matchmake’ </strong>event held on 24.07.14, or emailing into the press mailbox.<br /> <br /> 5. Closing date for entry will be Monday 18<sup>th</sup> August at 16.00pm GMT. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.<br /> <br /> 6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.<br /> <br /> 7. This competition is for existing members and new registrations of MySingleFriend. A sign up that is considered invalid or provides illegitimate details will not be entered into the prize draw. A valid registration is defined as:</em> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> <em>7.1&nbsp;&nbsp; An approved and online profile on mysinglefriend.com<br /> 7.2&nbsp;&nbsp; The profile needs to contain legitimate information, not set up purely for the purposes of entering the competition<br /> 7.3&nbsp;&nbsp; The profile does not have to have every section completed, but any profiles that are heavily incomplete and/or have no profile picture will not be valid<br /> 7.4&nbsp;&nbsp; Profiles that have been rejected by our admin team for whatever reason will not be valid</em></div> <br /> <em>8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.<br /> <br /> 9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.<br /> <br /> 10. The prize is two tickets to SW4 festival on Sunday 24th August 2014 (cash value £132.13). No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.<br /> <br /> 11. The winner will be chosen at random by an independent adjudicator or panel of judges appointed by the Promoter.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 12. The winner will be notified by email no later than Tuesday 18th August. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 2 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.<br /> <br /> 13. The winner must be available to attend SW4 on Sunday 24<sup>th</sup> August 2014. If the winner isn’t available, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. The winner is responsible for their own travel to and from the event.<br /> <br /> 14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.<br /> <br /> 15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.<br /> <br /> 16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.<br /> <br /> 17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation.<br /> <br /> 18. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.</em><br /> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Ross http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-ross http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-ross This week we’d like to introduce you to Ross! There’s not many things that will make me smile on a Monday morning but Ross’s profile sure did.<br /> <br /> Remember the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?<br /> <br /> Will Smith playing a goofy teenage version of himself who lived in Bel-Air with his wealthy Aunt and Uncle? Ringing any bells? If you’re not familiar with the theme tune to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which was almost more well known than the show itself, I suggest you listen to it <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nCqRmx3Dnw" target="_blank">here first...<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/The-Fresh-Prince-of-Bel-Air-In-The-90s(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 231px; margin: 10px 0px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Catchy, right?! Now try rapping Paul’s description of Ross to the same tune...<br /> <br /> <em>“Now this is a description that somehow, might just flip your life upside down.</em><br /> <em>It’ll take a minute just sit right there, I’ll tell about a guy with the killer body but not much hair.<br /> <br /> In North West London born and raised, playing rugby and sports he spent most of his days.<br /> Wearing a uniform looking all cool, in the Marines is where he went when he left school.<br /> After a successful career and later on in adulthood, he decided South London was his new neighbourhood.<br /> Studying a degree in psychology he suddenly declared, “I am going to work with numbers in Mayfair that’s where”<br /> <br /> He fits reading and travelling around his career, enjoys theatre and restaurants and the occasional beer.&nbsp;<br /> If anything I could say that this guy was rare, but you will have to meet him and decide for yourself if he is awesome or a mare.<br /> <br /> So there he is Ross - my very best mate, if you like outdoors, modesty, loyalty and manliness then he might be the one for a date.<br /> And if you need a bit of wisdom you are finally there, the guy with the killer body but not much hair.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2320760-989488(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 344px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></em><br /> <br /> Check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bycxbygtcxcx/admin/yes" target="_blank">Ross’s profile</a> if you’d like to find out more about ‘the guy with the killer body but not much hair’!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank">Join now for free!</a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100