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 2015 Success Story: Katie & Darren http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-katie--darren http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-katie--darren Hallelujah, May bank holiday is here! &nbsp;<br /> <br /> To get you in the spirit for the long weekend we’ve got a great MSF success story to share with you! This week’s couple is Katie and Darren who got married last year after meeting on MySingleFriend.com.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Katie &amp; Darren2.png" style="width: 400px; height: 521px; margin-left: 190px; margin-right: 190px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Here is their story in Katie’s words:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> “Back in October 2011, I had been on MSF for about six months and had had a few nice, but unsuccessful dates, so I decided to have some time off from online dating. However, just before I deleted my profile I received an email from Darren, who had just joined the site. I was a little undecided about renewing my subscription just to read one email but he looked good, (although he only had one photo, which I thought was dodgy! ;) he was local and his profile was funny, so I took a chance.<br /> It was obviously one of the best decisions I have ever made!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our first date was at Malmaison in Birmingham, about a week after Darren got in touch. Apparently I didn’t shut up. Luckily for me he must like chatty women as we became engaged about a year later on a chilly Spanish beach and married in a beautiful barn in 2014.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Darren used to hate telling people we met online, (even if he was only on the site for a weekend – jammy wotsit!) but I loved it. While we often frequented the same places, had connected friends and lived in the same town, we’d never met so we’re really grateful for the help MSF gave us.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Katie &amp; Darren1(1).png" style="width: 450px; height: 300px; margin-left: 160px; margin-right: 160px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Congratulations Katie and Darren! We're so happy for you!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> Not a&nbsp;<strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Katie http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-katie http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-katie Happy Monday MSFers!<br /> <br /> After a lovely sunny weekend, May has thrown us another curveball and brought us rain and low temperatures...AGAIN! In an attempt to brighten up this gloomy day we are honouring tradition and introducing you to another great profile of the week! This week’s lucky gal is Katie, a sociable, shower singing writer from London.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/katieb2.png" style="width: 350px; height: 564px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what her friend Charlie wants you to know about her:<br /> <br /> <em>“Katie once made Mcfly stick custard creams to their foreheads and asked Jedward whether they'd rather snog their mum or their dad. Before you get the wrong impression, Katie gets to interview and write about celebs for her job, so although she has loads of cool stories about the people she's met, you might find on a date with her she'll suddenly ask you which flavour ice cream you'd most like to be, or whether you'd prefer to be a flea or a fly. She'll definitely keep you on your toes!</em><br /> <br /> <em>If you're looking for someone friendly, with good banter and who will get on with your mates, Katie's a good bet. (She won't ask everyone weird questions on her first meet, I promise!) Katie's really friendly and makes everyone at ease. She'll chat to most people and loves to socialise.<br /> <br /> Her love for socialising means that quite often, Katie is first up on the dancefloor. You've got to admire her courage, but I'll let you in on a secret...she loves a cheesy tune or two. If you're in a club and Gangnam Style or Sam and the Womp comes on, she's doing 'big fish, little fish, cardboard box' faster than you can buy another round. Luckily, she only listens to these songs when she's out. Oh and sometimes in the gym...<br /> <br /> Katie is learning to cook, and by learning I mean she's good at experimenting, but you might end up with beans on toast. If you like that, then that's good. If however, you're more of a spaghetti hoops man then it might be worth your while to take Katie out for dinner. She's usually happy with a pizza but the occasional bubbles and caviar wouldn't go amiss!<br /> <br /> As well as eating, drinking and having a good time, Katie loves getting outside- she's a keen horse rider and likes sailing, but she's just as happy to watch a DVD. She's especially fond of a FRIENDS marathon, and has probably seen every episode a good few times.<br /> <br /> If you like the sound of Katie, or just really like boybands and beans on toast, I think she could be the girl for you!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/katieb3.png" style="width: 350px; height: 392px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> Charlie’s description is all well and good, but the real question Katie would like to know is...<em>’Would you rather stamp on a hedgehog barefoot or kiss a jellyfish?</em><em>’</em><br /> <br /> If you know which you’d rather, check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/cxgtirdwhsgt/admin/yes" target="_blank">Katie’s full profile here</a> and send her a message...<br /> <br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</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"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <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: 14px;">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></a> Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Mark http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-mark http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-mark Happy Monday MSFers!<br /> <br /> This week’s profile of the week is Mark; happy in the city but a country boy at heart, he’s looking for a girl with a sunny disposition who loves to make the most of London – with visits to the sea, the sticks and abroad!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/mark1.png" style="width: 400px; height: 380px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what his trusted friend Amy had to say about him:<br /> <br /> <em>“Mark is THE original true chivalrous gent who always fits in any environment you put him in. He has huge energy and is just as likely to take you on a date dancing or waterskiing as he is anywhere else. And while we're on that subject, he is a superb dancer and therefore always in considerable demand at weddings and functions!</em><br /> <br /> <em>Mark's fantastic company, witty, confident, successful, charismatic, ambitious and driven but with an equal and opposite side serving of being a bit of a rule breaking, naughty, sarcastic and mischievous individual that we all know and love. There's always a healthy dose of sarcasm and banter in there somewhere - apparently, much needed when he cycled the 1,000 miles of Lands End to John O'Groats with my husband - they didn't walk right for weeks!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/mark2.png" style="width: 400px; height: 500px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> If Amy’s words aren’t enough to convince you, here’s a list Mark put together...<br /> <br /> <strong>Reasons to date me:</strong><br /> <br /> I love: Thai food, Blackadder, ceroc, theatre &amp; ballet, Breaking Bad, David Mitchell's 'angry logic', The Northcote Road, water skiing and snow skiing, sarcasm, swimming in warm seas, Sia, any NZ sauvignon blanc, watching lightening storms, playing with the family retriever, Green and Blacks chocolate, fresh sheets, mojotos, travelling, Saturday mornings with good music, the Sunday Times, weekends away, general silliness.<br /> <br /> <strong>Reason to run for the hills:</strong><br /> <br /> 1. A weakness for HP Sauce. Sorry - I know it's truck driver's caviar.<br /> 2. I am doing Tough Mudder in May. i.e. paying money to be electrocuted. i.e. not of sound mind.....<br /> <br /> Will you be running for the hills or checking out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqazirfuirdwir/admin/yes" target="_blank">Mark’s full profile on MySingleFriend</a>?<br /> <br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</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"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <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: 14px;">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></a><br /> <br /> Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 7 Places To Make Like A Modern Day Poet http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/guest-blogs/7-places-to-make-like-a-modern-day-poet http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/guest-blogs/7-places-to-make-like-a-modern-day-poet <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">London is full of history, culture and lessons learnt – some taught by an afternoon of artistic discovery, others by the miseducation of a Saturday night.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Play a modern day poet for a day, reading limericks and rhymes whilst enjoying a G&amp;T with lime.<br /> <br /> Download The Poetry App for some poetic inspiration and follow the famous poets around London using our guide …w</span></span><span style="font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">hether you take a trip down the history path of Plath or rhyme down the yesterday streets of Yeats – there is literary history here in your palm and right below your feet. Enjoy!</span></div> <div class="Default"> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><b><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/slyvia1.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 166px; float: right;" />SYLVIA PLATH</b></span></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.murielskitchen.co.uk/" target="_blank"><b>Muriels Kitchen on 38 Old Compton Street, Soho. </b></a></span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Before Muriel opened her kitchen, 38 Old Compton was known as Chez Auguste and was one of Sylvia’s favourite places for a date night. Admittedly, Ms Plath wasn’t all that lucky in love – as is widely portrayed in her poetic journals – but who’s to say your luck won’t change. Dinner, date and The Poetry App – we could think of worse ways to land a date…</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><b><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/eliot1.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 186px; float: right;" />T. S. ELIOT</b></span></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><b><a href="http://www.thelarrik.com/" target="_blank">The Larrik Pub, Crawford Place, Marylebone</a>. </b></span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">At a glance, you know there’s something more to The Larrik Pub – its old school paneled side hints to the times of old, and stories foretold. It sits across from the former home of esssayist, publisher, playwright, literary and all-round romantic T.S. Eliot, where he lived with his first love, Vivenne, as a newlywed. Perhaps they said it best in My Fair Lady: “All at once am I several stories high, knowing I'm on the street where you live...” </span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><b><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/rudyard-kipling-large1.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 154px; float: right;" />RUDYARD KIPLING</b></span></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/" target="_blank"><b>The Charing Cross Theatre, Villiers Street, Westminster </b></a></span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Steeped in old time charm and sitting proudly on Villiers Street, The Charing Cross Theatre was once upon a time frequented by a young Rudyard Kipling. Of course, in those days, it was known as Gatti’s Music Hall where, from his desk, Rudyard could see across the street and on to the stage of the Music Hall. See a show, grab a drink or just hang out and find your inspiration, just like Kipling did.</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><b><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/keats1(1).jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 150px; float: right;" />JOHN KEATS</b></span></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/attractions-around-london/keats-house/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"><b>Keats House</b>, <b>Keats Grove, Hampstead </b></a></span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">For those who didn’t pick it up straight away, Keats House is the former abode of none other than 18th Century Romantic poet John Keats – it has a plaque out front and everything! Forming the backdrop to some of Keats’ most memorable poetry, the Grade 1 Listed property is open to the public and is home to the garden which he shared with the love of his life, Fanny Brawne, and in which he composed his famous 'Ode to a Nightingale'.</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <b style="font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS</b></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><b><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/yeats1.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 198px; float: right;" /></b></span></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.cheshirecheeselondon.co.uk/" target="_blank"><b>Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub, Fleet Street </b></a></span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Perhaps there’s no other pub in London so deserving of the ‘Ye Olde’ title. Sitting pretty on Fleet Street, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub is where Irish poet William Butler Yeats and Ernest Rhys started The Rhymers' Club – a group of London-based poets, founded in 1890. Yeats was in good company, with the pub having also hosted the likes of Charles Dickens, James Boswell, Voltaire and Thackeray. Not bad, eh? </span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><b><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/lord-byron-4.JPG" style="width: 150px; height: 182px; float: right;" />LORD BYRON</b></span></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespaniardshampstead.co.uk/" target="_blank"><b>The Spaniards Inn, Spaniards Road, Hampstead </b></a></span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Just down the road from John Keats’ pad, you’ll find The Spaniards Inn – also a favourite of romantic poet George Gordon Byron, known to his mates as Lord Byron. The 16th century inn is a romantic idyll in itself, and allegedly has a few tales of its own to tell. </span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><b>The Poetry App is available for iPad and iPhone; free download via the App Store <a href="http://bit.ly/1yayvG9 " target="_blank">HERE</a></b>&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:11.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></div> <div class="Default"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><b>For more information, visit </b><a href="http://thepoetryapp.org " target="_blank">thepoetryapp.org</a> <b>| </b><a href="http://facebook.com/poetryapp " target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp;<b>| </b><a href="http://twitter.com/thepoetryapp " target="_blank">Twitter</a></span></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div class="Default"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:century gothic,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">MSF X<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</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"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <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);">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></a></span></span></div> Fri, 08 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 3 great questions to ask on date... http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/3-great-questions-to-ask-on-date http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/3-great-questions-to-ask-on-date When you're on a first or second date, it's vital to have a few go-to questions that a) keep the conversation flowing, and b) give you a good idea of what kind of person your date is and whether they're going to be a match in the long run.<br /> <br /> Many of the questions you choose to ask will depend on what's important to you as an<em> individual</em>, but I've picked out 3 questions which are useful for <em>anybody</em> to ask and will give you a really good insight into your date.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/flirty-first-date-2(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>1. Where do you see yourself in 3 years?</strong><br /> <br /> This is an important question because it will give you an idea of whether you and your date's long term goals match or complement each other. For example, if you're looking for a serious relationship that leads to children and marriage and these things do not enter the 3 year radar of the person answering the question you might have to question the long term feasibility of any future relationship. Or, if your date mentions moving to another country in the next couple of years and this is something that you definitely would not consider, then again, there's a red flag waving that suggests you might not be right for each other <em>in the long-term</em>. It all comes down to how serious a relationship you're after and what your own 3 year plan is.<br /> This question also gives you a good insight into their ambitions, what they are working towards and <em>what's most important to them</em>. There might be some aspects of their lifestyle that appealed to you, but actually that might be something that is going to change in the near future. For instance, if it was important to you to have someone that had a 9-5 job but they were leaving it to pursue a job that had them spending large amounts of time away from home, would you be happy?<br /> <br /> Again, it comes down to you, your needs and the type of person you want in your future.<br /> <br /> <strong>2. If you could invite any famous person in the world to dinner, who would you invite?</strong><br /> <br /> This is a great question because you will get a very good idea of your date's interests and intelligence levels and maybe get an indication of the different shades of their personality too.&nbsp; For example, if they come across as very serious but choose a comedian then you'll know your date has a fun laid-back side as well that's just waiting to come out.<br /> Also, hearing the reasons why they chose that person will lead to lots of great conversation and get under the layers of your date. You might even ask them what questions they would ask their dinner guest or what they would cook for their guests which will tell you even more about the type of person you're with. This is a question that will definitely keep the&nbsp; conversation going for quite a while.<br /> <br /> <strong>3. What kind of activities do you think are best enjoyed with a partner (apart from the obvious)?</strong><br /> <br /> Adding the words (apart from the obvious) will make you both smile, and that's always good! Moreover, this will give you a good idea of what's in store for potential future dates. It's important to have at least 2 activities with a future partner that you both enjoy doing equally, because you don't want to reduce the time you spend in your hobbies because your partner doesn't like them as this may cause friction later on.<br /> Also, there will be lots of things that people might not spend a lot of time doing <em>now</em>, but really want to in the future, they just prefer doing certain things with a partner. For example, travel, there are many people that love to travel but don't like going on holiday by themselves and don't have single friends to go on holiday with. Or, they might like visiting museums but their friends don't, so they would like the opportunity to do it with a partner.<br /> Compare this question to simply or only asking, 'What do you do in your spare time?' Your date will only mention things they do as a single person, which you may or may not be interested in, but ask the question I've suggested and you'll get a good idea of activities you'll be able to participate in together as well.<br /> <br /> Try these questions out on your next date and see how much more you discover!<br /> <br /> This post was written by Jenah Parmar.<br /> <br /> <hr /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Jenah Parmar small(1).jpg" style="width: 170px; height: 243px; float: right;" />Jenah Parmar is a Life Coach and Dating Coach that helps single people <strong><em>get the life they really want!</em></strong> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> She specialises in coaching marriage-minded singles find the type of <strong><em>relationship </em></strong><em>they really want</em>. She helps them discover where they have been going wrong and reveals to them the skills they need for future dating success. 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Meet Gemma, an ambitious and sporty physiotherapist who her friend Helen thinks is a great laugh and absolutely gorgeous. We agree Helen!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/gemma1(1).png" style="width: 247px; height: 247px; margin-left: 235px; margin-right: 235px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what else Helen had to say about her friend Gemma:<br /> <br /> <em>“Listen up guys because this gorgeous lady won't be on here very long!</em><br /> <br /> <em>As you can see from the pictures, Gemma is absolutely stunning, but that's just the start...<br /> <br /> She's an upbeat girl who's got an infectious outlook on life. Gemma is not one to turn opportunities down, such as travelling to the other side of the world to meet a friend, or simply enjoying a bike ride around Richmond park. You may also even have seen her face in the Olympic opening ceremony which she danced in, and if you're lucky enough to meet her then you may get to hear some of the tales from her many adventures!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Friends are important to Gemma and luckily for me, I can always rely on her for a great night out or a chilled night in. Gemma has an enviable quality of being both sexy and smart. She's a motivated and ambitious person with a great sense of humour and can really give as good as she gets.<br /> <br /> ...If you like what you hear and think you can match up to her qualities, then why not take her out on a date? She deserves a great guy!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/gemma3.png" style="width: 400px; height: 545px; margin-left: 175px; margin-right: 175px;" /></em><br /> <br /> If you like what you see (and read) check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/dwhsbydwhsir/admin/yes" target="_blank">Gemma’s full profile here</a>&nbsp;and get in touch!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;<strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Tue, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 ‘A Funny Kind Of Love’ – It’s competition time! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/a-funny-kind-of-love--its-competition-time http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/a-funny-kind-of-love--its-competition-time We’ve teamed up with Kaleidoscope Entertainment to celebrate the release of&nbsp;<strong>A Funny Kind of Love </strong>which will be in cinemas from <strong>8<sup>th</sup> May</strong>!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/AFunnyKindOfLove_QuadForWeb_72dpi_RGB.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 301px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Titled ‘The Little Death’ internationally, <strong>A Funny Kind of Love </strong>enjoyed success at last year’s London Film Festival, The International Toronto Film Festival and was screened at SXSW in March.<br /> The film follows five suburban couples who navigate their way through the bedroom as sexual fetishes, from the run-of-the-mill to the hilariously obscure, push their relationships to new boundaries.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For Maeve and Paul, toes are just the foothold of their desires, while next door neighbours Eveie and Dan are all dressed up, but will role play expose material flaws which they can’t pretend away? Across the road, Rowena and Rich’s intimate antics bring them close to tears, while just around the corner, Phil begins an affair with his own wife Maureen, but without her realising it...An outrageous romantic comedy exploring the secrets, desires, qualms and kinks of sex, it really is A Funny Kind of Love.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Watch the trailer <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o86cVyD0rqs " target="_blank">HERE</a></strong></div> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/AFKOL4.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em><strong>Competition time! </strong></em><br /> <br /> We’ve got an amazing DVD bundle to give away to one lucky winner! The DVD bundle includes titles such as:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Much Ado About Nothing<br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Forget Me Not<br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The English Teacher<br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Not Another Happy Ending<br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Reuniting the Rubins<br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Safety Not Guaranteed<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To win you just have the answer the following question correctly:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>When is the UK release date of A Funny Kind of Love?</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> A) &nbsp; 8<span style="font-size: 10px;">th</span>&nbsp;May<br /> B) &nbsp; 8<sup>th</sup> June<br /> C) &nbsp; 8<sup>th</sup> July<br /> <br /> <br /> To enter all you need to do is email us at <a href="mailto:press@mysinglefriend.com">press@mysinglefriend.com</a> with the <u>correct answer </u>and your <u>full name</u>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>The competition closes on</em>&nbsp;<em><strong>Wednesday 27th</strong></em>&nbsp;<em><strong>May</strong></em>&nbsp;<em>at 09.00am and the winner will be selected at random, and contacted within 3 working days to arrange delivery of the prize. All entrants consent to having their details shared with Zero Degrees West. There is one prize to giveaway; the bundle of DVD’s will all go to one winner.&nbsp;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Good luck everyone!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php">Join now for free!</a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a>&nbsp;<br /> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Marcus http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-marcus http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-marcus This week we’re introducing you to Marcus; it’s safe to say his sister knows him very well and did a pretty good of writing his description. Marcus is confident, creative, intelligent and loves penguins!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/marcus1.png" style="width: 300px; height: 298px; margin-left: 220px; margin-right: 220px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what his sister thought you should know about Marcus:<br /> <br /> <em>“When Marcus was 14, he fell for a beautiful girl called Anna who had a horse. She was 16 and duly spurned his advances, so every day he cleaned out her stables at 5am, until she finally kissed him. She became his first girlfriend! ha-ha! xx. Sorry to embarrass you dear brother, but for me it's always summed him up - Not easily deterred, when he wants something he'll go to ridiculous lengths to get it, but as you can see, at the end of the day he's just a romantic soul.<br /> <br /> Predictably as an Italian, he's a sucker for a gorgeous girl, but beware, you better back it up - he doesn't suffer fools, and beauty must be much more than skin deep. He tells me he respects sincerity, character and expression, but I know he loves a sexy girl, engaging conversation and good cooking (like mama used to make!).<br /> <br /> He used to spend his weekends on music stages all over the world interviewing famous stars and producing radio shows live to millions, but these days his loves are more personal - World music, literature, exercise, chewing the fat and people watching. He's discerning and infuriating, but it's because he's passionate and full of conviction. Oh and watch out for his mischievous humour - I still can't tell if he's being serious or not.<br /> <br /> It's fair to say he's complex - Happy to let others take the limelight but he's usually the one friends turn to when it matters. He's a strong man, and a cheeky little boy all in one... And devastatingly handsome but I would say that, he's my brother! Bit of a dreamer, he's thoughtful, bright, genuine and kind. Happy to spend a rainy weekend on the sofa watching good films, chatting philosophy or talking turkey under the stars, or having a new adventure abroad.<br /> <br /> He'll make the right girl feel like the only woman in the world if you push the right buttons. So push that button, you know who you are!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/marcus2.png" style="width: 300px; height: 389px; margin-left: 220px; margin-right: 220px;" /></em><br /> <br /> If you like what you’ve seen so far check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/hshsdwdwjqhs/admin/yes" target="_blank">Marcus’s full profile here</a> for a list of ‘things he can’t resist’ and if you love penguins (or even if you don’t) why not get in touch by sending him a message?<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;<strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 5 Little Things That Are Hurting Your Dating http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/5-little-things-that-are-hurting-your-dating http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/5-little-things-that-are-hurting-your-dating We are taught a lot of things in school, from calculus to the history of ancient Egypt. We know who Albert Einstein is and we know about things such as the big bang, evolution and even modern art.<br /> However men and women are not taught one of the most important things that we need to know in order to ensure the survival of our entire species, we are not taught how to go about dating each other.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/firstdate1(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-left: 170px; margin-right: 170px;" /><br /> <br /> Despite all the wonderful things we learn in life there is a massive knowledge gap when it comes to how to meet and attract people of the opposite sex. Some people are fortunate enough to pick it up naturally whilst others are left in the dark with a thousand and one questions about what they should do or say when they meet someone for the first time.<br /> <br /> Dating is tricky for both men and women, however traditionally there has been more of an onus on men to approach women to start up a conversation. For most men this can be an exhaustingly terrifying experience and the main reason being because they do not know what to do. If I were to ask you to stand up on a stage in front of a crowd thousand people and give a talk explaining the philosophical teachings of Aristotle, how confident would you be?<br /> <br /> Sure if you were a fan of his work and you have read a lot of his stuff, it wouldn’t be a problem for you at all, you could talk about his philosophy, where he grew up, how he lived his life, etc. However if you were wondering who or what an Aristotle is, you are going to be terrified of the idea of giving a talk about him to a large crowd. When it comes to breaking the ice with women, the same thing applies to men. If you’re a man and you haven’t approached or broken the ice with a lot of women in your life before, chances are you won’t feel confident in doing it.<br /> <br /> A lot of men go through life believing that they are unattractive men simply because they have never had any luck with women. I remember when I was going to nightclubs in my younger years, I was left wondering why I couldn’t get a girl interested in me. After a while I drew what seemed to be a logical conclusion and decided that I was just an unattractive guy. The truth of the matter was that I was just not trying and when I did try, I wasn’t doing a good job at it. Even if I did summon up the courage to talk to a girl, she would usually not be attracted to me and so after many experiences with the same result, you could not blame me for believing I was not the kind of guy women want. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong, I thought I was doing everything right. Fast forward 5 years later and I spent a hell of a lot of time researching interpersonal communication and the psychology of attraction as well as actively going out and meeting women. Through trial and error I learnt a lot of lessons but there is one important lesson I learnt.<br /> <br /> In a majority of cases, it is not that you are unattractive but instead it may be that you’re not taking notice of the little things you are doing that are hurting you when you are meeting women. For some men, making changes to these little things may change their results entirely with women. I have seen this countless times with men I have coached in the past. I have helped the tweak and fix the little things that hurt them when they interact with women and viola, suddenly women are giving out their numbers.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/firstdate2(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 240px; margin-left: 170px; margin-right: 170px;" /><br /> <br /> I have compiled a short list of the top 5 common “little things” that guy’s do that hurt their interactions. They are so obvious that we don’t even think about how much they can hurt us, some of these I have been personally guilty of and others I have observed through guys I have coached.<br /> <br /> <strong>1. Bad Breath</strong><br /> <br /> If you were to ask 100 women what their number one turn off is when it comes to meeting men at a bar or on a date, bad breath would be up there in the top 3. It is also one of the most easily avoidable “little things”.<br /> This one goes both ways too, I am not sure about you but whenever I have come across someone who has had bad breath, all I can think about is how to get away from them.<br /> <br /> The moment a woman notices you have bad breath, is the moment she will no longer be focussed on what it is your saying but instead will be thinking about getting as far away from you and your breath as humanly possible.<br /> Also keep in mind that if you are planning on meeting women at a bar or even on a date, carry mints and avoid eating things like garlic or onions prior to meeting or on a date with a woman, especially if you’re expecting a goodnight kiss at the end.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>2. Bland and being too serious</strong><br /> <br /> Having a bland and emotionless face isn’t going to do you any favours when you are out at a bar, research shows that smiling makes you appear more approachable, appear friendlier and even appear more attractive.<br /> Smiling has also been shown to lift your mood, when your smiling you will feel happier. When you approach a woman or talk to her you should smile at her when you greet her as it will make your approach warmer and friendlier.<br /> It easier said than done when you are nervous wreck, nerves tend to also make guys more serious in interactions. Rather than engaging in a fun and playful interaction, they stick to logical boring and serious topics. Smiling will set a positive frame to the interaction and allows for an easy transition into playful and fun conversation. Humour is a good tool to counter those nerves, as a matter of fact, humour releases tension and makes us feel more comfortable, it also makes others feel more comfortable too and is a great way to build rapport.<br /> <br /> <strong>3. Lack of Contribution</strong><br /> <br /> Most people don’t want to hang out with someone who sucks all the fun and life out of the room. Rather than taking away value make sure you are contributing value. If you are meeting a woman be sure to add value to the interaction.<br /> I know it may be hard if you’re not used to meeting women but you should do your best to keep the interaction fun and interesting. The more fun and enjoyable the conversation with you is, the more likely she is to remember you. Tell stories about yourself or discuss interesting topics or things you are passionate about.<br /> If you are dating a girl, you want her to look back at the date and feel like it was a fun and positive experience, the same goes when you meet a girl at a bar and get her number, you want her to remember you as someone she considers interesting.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>4. Selling Yourself Short</strong><br /> <br /> If you meet someone and all they end up knowing about you is what you do for a living, where you live and your name, chances are you have sold yourself short in the interaction.<br /> There is so much more to you than your job, surely you have interests and passions that you like, you may love reading or travelling, you may be passionate about fitness or art. When you meet someone make sure you paint your picture vividly.<br /> Don’t be Joe the IT guy who works during the week and has the weekends off, be Joe the IT Guy who loves travelling and has recently seen the Mona Lisa in Rome and loves to read murder mysteries. Open up and show women what makes you great.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>5. Lying</strong><br /> <br /> This one is a big one, most people can tell when you are lying to them, and it is no exception when it comes to getting to know someone. If a woman you meet is passionate about something you do not know anything about, don’t pretend that you know plenty about it.<br /> If she has views that you do not necessarily agree with, don’t just agree with her for the sake of trying to get her to like you. If you guys do not see eye to eye on a topic or issue, great! That will make for an interesting discussion. However if you just agree with whatever a woman says, you are not just compromising who you are, you are lying to her, it is a subtle form of manipulation and will not work for you in the long run.<br /> Don’t make yourself out to be someone you’re not because at the end of the day, if she is interested, she will be interested in the guy you made up, not the guy you are.<br /> <br /> <br /> All in all these are some of the common “little things” that are easy to avoid or fix and as a result will increase your success in dating. When it comes to improving your skills with dating, finding the little things that hurt you and fixing them is the secret of success when it comes to your dating life.<br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/christianguestblogger1.png" style="width: 150px; height: 150px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />This post was written by a guest author Cristian.<br /> <br /> Cristian is a former professional dating coach and author of the&nbsp;book Attract Women. With over 5 year's experience in the field of interpersonal dating coaching, Cristian has helped hundreds of men from all walks of life improve their success in their dating lives. Check out his book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TXH76VM" target="_blank">here.</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> Not a&nbsp;<strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Kristina http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-kristina http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-kristina Happy Monday MSFers!<br /> <br /> We’ve got another great profile to share with you this week. Kristina’s profile stood out to us because of the long list of qualities her friend Harriet wrote about her.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/kristina1(2).png" style="width: 300px; height: 429px; margin-left: 220px; margin-right: 220px;" /><br /> <br /> This is what Harriet loves about her friend Kristina:<br /> <br /> <em>“A beautiful concoction of elegance and sophistication that has blossomed in the city of London. Up for some seriously good times, uniquely spontaneous and wonderfully charismatic. This girl...Wow!<br /> <br /> Kristina is an absolute beaut...a girl with the kindest of hearts, a true friend to me....&nbsp;<br /> <br /> What I love about her:<br /> <br /> Her determination (with everything)<br /> Her competitiveness<br /> Her amazing intuition<br /> Her leanness<br /> Her ability to chat to boys ... nice ones of course!<br /> Her love of homeland<br /> Her excitement<br /> Her persuasion&nbsp;<br /> Her talent to look after others<br /> Her beauty<br /> Her charm<br /> Her dramas&nbsp;<br /> Her awesome interior decorating skills<br /> Her ability to eat a vindaloo<br /> Her&nbsp;</em>arse<em>&nbsp;(it's amazing...trust!)<br /> Her inability to decide what to wear<br /> Her generosity<br /> Her Wine (I mean wine not whine)<br /> Her indecisiveness<br /> Her washing up skills<br /> Her organizing skills (or rather her organizing of me!)<br /> Her love of travel and adventure<br /> Her need for a pet (which I won't let her get)<br /> Her dedication&nbsp;<br /> Just her. All of it.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/kristina2.png" style="width: 300px; height: 398px; margin-left: 220px; margin-right: 220px;" /></em><br /> <br /> Check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bydwazhsevaz/admin/yes" target="_blank">Kristina’s full profile here</a> and get in touch!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 3 Reasons Not To Talk About Exes On A First Date http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/3-reasons-not-to-talk-about-exes-on-a-first-date http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/3-reasons-not-to-talk-about-exes-on-a-first-date When you're on a first date, one of the questions that often comes up is 'How long have you been single?' The question in itself is harmless, but what sometimes happens is that the person asking the question then goes onto ask 'Why did it end?' and before you know it you're having a conversation about your ex on a first date.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/first date(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 200px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Many people want to know all the gory details of your relationship history, maybe because they're just nosy, or they think it will help them to 'get to know you better' or simply because they don't know what else to talk about...<br /> <br /> When you start dating someone new, it's best to save the ex talk till much much later (if ever), but certainly not on the 1st date!<br /> <br /> Here's 3 reasons why:<br /> <br /> <strong>You risk lowering the mood</strong> <strong>of the date</strong>- picture it, things are going well and you're having fun but then talk turns to that of exes. Exes are exes for a reason and there might have been an unhappy story behind the breakdown of that relationship. Making your date think about your ex will take them from a happy place to a sad place in seconds. Do you really want to risk turning your date's smile into a frown? First dates should be fresh, fun and exciting! And one way to do this is to enjoy the present moment rather than dredging up the past with someone you've only just met.<br /> <br /> This leads into the 2nd reason: <strong>You don't know them that well to share such personal info </strong>sure a first date is about getting to know someone better, but that doesn't mean you are obliged to puke out information about yourself. Your dating and relationship history is and should remain private and only spoken about with people you trust, so there's no need to go into lengthy details of why your ex was no good and what went wrong in the relationship. If you genuinely feel the need to know about your dates dating history, save these conversations till later, when you've got to know your date for <em>who they are with you</em> first and you're both more comfortable to share openly and honestly with each other.<br /> <br /> The 3rd reason is that when you ask for details about exes, <strong>you will, albeit, unintentionally, make comparisons to exes</strong>. You will hear stories about how they were great and maybe not so great and you may end up unconsciously changing your behaviour in a way that doesn't allow you to be yourself or express your opinions in the way that you want and you need to be your true and authentic self. Another danger is that if your date divulges some form of negative behaviour in past relationships, you may find yourself feeling insecure or paranoid that the same could happen with you. Granted, this could be a red flag that you should run like the wind from (and <strong><em>if it really is a red flag</em></strong> you should do just that!) Yet, at the same if it's a past mistake that occurred long ago, that your date has learnt from and knows not to repeat and has simply matured since their last relationship,&nbsp; by worrying about past behaviour, you're judging your date on past blunders and you wouldn't want the same happening to you.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/how_to_end_the_first_date_gracefully_when_youre_not_interested.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> &nbsp;So, when on a first date, it comes down to getting to know your date in the <strong><em>present moment first</em></strong>. Nobody wants to rake through the past when they should be talking about new beginnings and fresh starts.<br /> <br /> <hr /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Jenah Parmar small.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 214px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />This post was written by Jenah Parmar, who will be writing regular guest posts as MySingleFriend.com's resident dating expert!<br /> <br /> I am a fully qualified Life Coach and I am also a trained Dating and Singles Relationship Coach. I coach individuals on a range of areas such as career, work/life balance, dating, relationships, diet, health, business growth, confidence to name but a few. I also specialise in coaching marriage and commitment -minded singles. I coach clients around dating and finding the type of relationship they really want by helping them understand where they have been going wrong and teaching them the skills they need for future success. 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