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 Profile of the Week: Dave http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-dave http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-dave We’d like to be the ones to add the cherry on top of your bank holiday Monday, so we’re introducing you to Dave!<br /> <br /> Dave is looking for a leading lady in his life who thinks life is too short not to have fun, has a great sense of humour and, mostly importantly, appreciates the power of a good hug!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Dave1.png" style="width: 400px; height: 517px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what his friend Amanda wanted you to know about him:<br /> <br /> <em>“Dave is currently in the kitchen cooking me dinner so that's definitely a plus point (obviously no bribes involved here!). I've known him for a few years now and he is definitely one of the most interesting people I know - he is also incredibly passionate about everything he does - when he gets an idea he runs with it and he never does things by halves.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Dave is definitely an outdoors kind of guy - no challenge or adventure is too big or overwhelming for him to have a go. Having said that he also is a big fan of going to the pub and having a cheeky drink or three. He is a very local and supportive friend and will be there with a listening and understanding ear if needed whilst making you see the funny side of things and having a drink to make you smile about life!<br /> <br /> There are a few key facts about Dave that immediately spring to mind - he has been on some incredible journeys recently (geographical not emotional - don't worry!) however I've been told I'm not allowed to mention these specifically so you'll just have to meet him and find out for yourself!<br /> <br /> So that’s Dave - he is lovely, funny, interesting and would suit someone a bit adventurous with a good sense of humour and, most importantly, someone who doesn't take life too seriously and is up for a giggle - give him go!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Dave2.png" style="width: 400px; height: 306px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> Hopefully by now you can see why we chose Dave to be our profile of the week…check out his <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqircxirdwdw/admin/yes" target="_blank">full profile here </a>and why not get in touch?<br /> <br /> Happy dating!<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"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Online Dating Experiment - looking for singles! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msf-news/online-dating-experiment--looking-for-singles http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msf-news/online-dating-experiment--looking-for-singles <strong><em><u>Horizon: Online Dating Experiment<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Online-dating-008(3).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 240px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></u></em></strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Award-winning <strong>BBC science series&nbsp;<em>Horizon</em></strong>&nbsp;is exploring the world of online dating, and we need your help.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We’re looking for fun, open minded singles of all ages and preferences to take part in our ‘Dating Extravaganza’ – a big group event which will be filmed in London this September as part of an upcoming documentary.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our dating event will be an opportunity to meet lots of new people while trying out a whole range of fun tests and demos. &nbsp;Can our mathematicians use Game Theory to find your best dating strategy?&nbsp; Can our computer whizzes digitally tweak your photo to make you look more outgoing or more intelligent?&nbsp; Could science make you fall in love with a stranger?<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><u>To be considered</u></strong>&nbsp;you must be:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Aged 18 years or over</strong><br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Willing to appear on TV<br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Able to come to our studio in London for a day in September (exact date TBC)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more information &amp; to register to take part please go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.horizondatingtest.co.uk/" target="_blank">www.horizondatingtest.co.uk</a>&nbsp;<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;</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: 13px;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; 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height: 251px; margin-left: 250px; margin-right: 250px;" /><br /> <br /> If you like poems you’re in for a treat because that’s exactly how her friend Charlotte chose to describe her:<br /> <br /> <em>&nbsp;“There was once a girl called Minnie,&nbsp;</em><br /> <em>In search of her Tigger to Winnie,<br /> <br /> She’s gorgeous, successful, cool and fun,&nbsp;<br /> Enjoys meeting friends at the park in the sun,<br /> <br /> Loves holidays and adventure, the beach, a snowboard,<br /> Out of a plane, once she has soared,<br /> <br /> Stays fit and often goes to the gym,&nbsp;<br /> For a workout, some running or a nice swim,<br /> <br /> Always up for a laugh when we go down the pub,<br /> Loves a dance if we make it on to a club,<br /> <br /> A great cook, she knows just what to mix,<br /> A night in with red wine and watching Netflix,<br /> <br /> She’ll light up your life with her laughter and smile,<br /> Her generosity defines, thee extra mile,<br /> <br /> You’ll say when you meet her, ‘You can’t be single’<br /> But your luck's just in, she’s ready to mingle,<br /> <br /> So come snap her up, there’s no time to waste,&nbsp;<br /> Act quickly and fast, click-click in haste,<br /> <br /> But you must be special for my Min,<br /> Please no losers, we’re after a win,<br /> <br /> She’s modest and will say, ‘this poems too much’,<br /> So help me out and get in touch,<br /> <br /> Send a mail now if you enjoyed the rhyme,&nbsp;<br /> And offer to be, her partner in crime”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Dominie2.png" style="width: 400px; height: 466px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> If you’re a fan of Charlotte’s rhyming skills and would like to know more about Dominie, check out her<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqazfuevhsbyhs/admin/yes" target="_blank"> full profile here</a> and send her 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"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Rich & Sami http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-rich--sami http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-rich--sami Happy Friday MSFers!<br /> <br /> To end the week on a high note, we’ve got another great success story to share with you. &nbsp;This weeks couple met back in 2014, their first date didn’t go exactly according to plan for Sami but Rich was a true gentleman and the rest was history!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Sami &amp; Rich.png" style="width: 400px; height: 707px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> <em>“Rich and I met in January 2014 in a pub in Angel, London. Rich was different to what I was expecting....good different! He was confident and really chatty. We had a lot to talk about and got on instantly well.&nbsp; We had a few drinks and I may have enjoyed one too many as on our way back to the tube I fell over! Rich was a true gent and helped me up and was very sweet about the whole thing, how embarrassing...we even enjoyed a kiss that night so he can't have been put off that much! </em><br /> <br /> <em>I moved in with him in September and Rich proposed in May during a romantic picnic in Greenwich Park. We are getting married next May in the South Downs in Sussex.&nbsp; We have MSF to thank for our happiness and future! I had tried other dating sites before and I really liked this one because you could read all the funny things friend's had written about them - it was a way of getting to know what their friends were like too. I couldn't recommend the site highly enough, we feel truly blessed to have found each other after a succession of unsuccessful relationships and some bad dates! I had started to lose faith before I met Rich and only 18 months later was engaged to married! Thank you MySingleFriend.”</em><br /> <br /> Congratulations Rich and Sami, we’re so happy for you!<br /> <br /> Have a great weekend!<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;</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: 13px;">&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;"><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: 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;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 *MSF News* Everyone can read messages for FREE! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msf-news/msf-news-everyone-can-read-messages-for-free http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msf-news/msf-news-everyone-can-read-messages-for-free We’ve made some exciting new changes to the messaging service on the site!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Messaging11(1).png" style="width: 400px; height: 281px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> All messages can now be read for FREE! You no longer have to wonder whether the person you’re messaging has a subscription and if they will be able to read your message because everyone can now read their messages for free, whether they’re subscribed or not!<br /> <br /> If your profile is complete, you’ll also be able to send a quick reply even if you’re not subscribed!<br /> <br /> Quick replies are Oneliners that you can use to reply to the sender to let them know you’ve got their message, and say whether you’re interested or not. There’s a few different options so we’re sure there will be one suitable for what you want to say.<br /> <br /> To send a custom reply to a message or a new message, you still need to be a subscriber with a complete profile.<br /> <br /> So what are you waiting for?! Log back in and head straight to your inbox, there may be some unread messages waiting for you!<br /> <br /> <br /> <em>For further claridication of the differences between free and subscribed members</em>,<em>&nbsp;have a look at our <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/faq" target="_blank">FAQ’s</a> and if your question still isn’t answered contact our lovely customer services team at <a href="mailto:admin@mysinglefriend.com">admin@mysinglefriend.com</a>.</em><br /> <br /> Happy messaging!<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"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Emma http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-emma http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-emma We’ve got another lovely profile to introduce to you to help beat those Monday blues! Meet Emma; a doctor who is adventurous, active and more of a country bumpkin than a city girl.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Emma1.png" style="width: 400px; height: 317px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> We’ll leave it to her sister, Anna, to introduce her properly…<br /> <br /> <em>“Let me introduce you to my sister, Emma. </em><br /> <br /> <em>You don’t need me to tell you that she’s a beautiful girl, you can see that from her pictures, so let's go on to the more important things!</em><br /> <br /> <em>I’ll leave her to reveal more about herself and who she’d like to meet, but here’s a few reasons why she is an amazing catch:</em><br /> <br /> <em>1. She's fun- I can honestly say that in the 25 years that I have known my sister, I have never once been bored in her company. She's got an amazing sense of humour and is a wonderful, fun person to spend time with.</em><br /> <br /> <em>2. She’s kind- She gives great advice when needed but is always happy to lend an ear my ramblings anyway! </em><br /> <br /> <em>3. She’s active- And it's catching! Even with a very hectic job, Emma manages to find the time to keep active, fit and healthy. She has even motivated me to start running with all of her energy. She's always up for trying something new and has ticked many things off the list including horse riding, skiing and surfing.</em><br /> <br /> <em>4. She’s adventurous- Since starting university, Emma has spent every single summer exploring a different area of the world and really knows how to make the most of her time off. She has taught English in India, spent a summer doing Camp America and worked in hospitals in Thailand and Vietnam to name just a few examples! (Green with envy doesn't even start to cover how I feel about this one!)</em><br /> <br /> <em>5. She's got brains- She's a doctor and is amazing at what she does. Need I say more!?</em><br /> <em>Well, I think we can agree that my sister is quite an incredible person and anyone would be lucky to have the chance to meet her. She deserves to meet someone as amazing as her who can treat her properly. So if you think that could be you, then get messaging!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Emma2.png" style="width: 400px; height: 400px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> By now we hope you can see why Emma’s our profile of the week this week, and if you’d like to know more then check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqazevirjqfuhs/admin/yes" target="_blank">her full profile here</a>. Why not get in touch and send her a message?!<br /> <br /> Happy dating!<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"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Nicky & Jon http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-nicky--jon http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-nicky--jon Happy Friday MSFers!<br /> <br /> It’s been while since we heard from one of our lovely success stories but this week Nicky and Jon wrote in to us to let us know that they are engaged! Congratulations!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Jon &amp; Nicky2(2).png" style="width: 400px; height: 415px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s their story in their own words:<br /> <br /> <em>“Jon and I first met through MSF over 6 years ago. We met up a few times but initially things never really took off, I think we were both cautious having had relationships go wrong in the past. Just over 18 months ago we got back in touch but by this time I had moved 2 1/2 hours away which made things a bit tricky! As soon as we met up again though it just felt right and I think we both knew this was going to be something really special. Since then we haven't looked back, moving in together a few months ago, buying our first home shortly afterwards and starting to plan our wedding and the rest of our future lives together.”</em><br /> <br /> We’re thrilled to have been able to introduce you both and so happy that you got back in touch again.<br /> <br /> Good luck with the wedding planning, we’re so happy for you!<br /> <br /> Congratulations again!<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;</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: 13px;">&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;"><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: 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;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Amy’s Breakdown: Decoding Dating Apps http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/amys-breakdown-decoding-dating-apps http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/amys-breakdown-decoding-dating-apps When you’re first starting to date someone, getting to know them over text can be a little awkward. Sarcasm gets miscommunicated; bad jokes fall flat, and then there’s dating apps. How are you supposed to decide if someone is future husband material based on six pictures of him and his friends in Magaluf? Wait, which one even is he? Ew, no. Swipe left.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Amy7(1).png" style="width: 400px; height: 277px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Here, I’m going to give you a breakdown of the worst messages us girls get from guys, and how to decide if he’s worth your phone number.<br /> <br /> <strong>A cringey poem, with your name somehow worked into it</strong><br /> <br /> Don’t fall for this guy. This guy has spent days scratching his head wondering what to rhyme with “sexy.” Worse still, he’s just dropping in the name of whoever he’s speaking to at the time, praying that they’ll look past his dodgy poetry skills. He’ll probably turn up to the first date with a gift his ex-girlfriend returned to him.<br /> <br /> <strong>“HOW R U DOING U LONK GREET”</strong><br /> <br /> I mean, if his spelling is this bad, all hope is lost is pretty much lost at this point. No deal.<br /> <br /> <strong>He ends every message with “…You know what I mean? ;)”</strong><br /> <br /> No. Nobody knows what you mean. Oh wait, do you mean sex? Thanks, but no thanks.<br /> <br /> <strong>“I’m sooo hungover. I need a nurse…”</strong><br /> <br /> “I’m sooo transparent. I need you to come over.”<br /> <br /> <strong>“If you were a fruit, you’d be a fineapple.”</strong><br /> <br /> This pretty much goes for any cheesy chat up line – if they’re your thing, you’re on to a winner. Hey, at least he has a sense of humour! And he can spell (always a bonus). If you’re not into them, good luck…<br /> <br /> <strong>“Hi”</strong><br /> <br /> Is that really all you’re giving me to work with? We can pretty much all guess the rest of the conversation. “Hi.” “How are you?” “Good, you?” “Good.” Cool.<br /> <br /> <strong>“Let’s tell people we met in a bar”</strong><br /> <br /> Sorry, I didn’t realise this was 2009. You do know online dating is a <em>thing</em>, now right?<br /> <br /> At the end of the day, us girls don’t want to be asked if it hurt when we fell from heaven, nor do we want to be harassed if we take longer than a few hours to reply. We just want someone to take a genuine interest – ask us a fun question, don’t go straight in for the sex talk or the cheesy lines we’ve heard a thousand times before. Get to know us – it’s that simple.<br /> <br /> Amy x<br /> <br /> <hr /> <br /> <strong><strike>**COMPETITION TIME**</strike>Competition Closed!</strong><br /> <br /> If you’ve been the victim of a cringey chat up line, why not cheer yourself up by entering our <strong><em>Trainwreck</em></strong> competition? You could win a<strong><em> Trainwreck</em></strong> goody bag with a hoody, top, portable charger AND hangover kit.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/TRAINWRECK-Packshot.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 216px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <strike>To win one of our amazing goody bags all you have to do is answer the following question correctly:<br /> <br /> Amy Schumer is…<br /> <br /> a)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; English<br /> b)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Australian<br /> c)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; American<br /> <br /> To enter<strong>, tweet your answer to @MySingleFriend</strong> before <u>midnight on 31<sup>st</sup> August!</u></strike><br /> <br /> Trainwreck is out in UK cinemas 14<sup>th</sup> August! <em>Terms and conditions apply.</em><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <hr /> <br /> <strong>T&amp;C’s:</strong><br /> <em>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The competition is open to UK residents only.</em><br /> <em>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This competition is not open to employees of My Single Friend or Universal Studios UK or associated agents of those companies.</em><br /> <em>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Trainwreck is out in UK cinemas August 14<sup>th</sup> </em><br /> <em>•&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To enter the competition answer the question above, and submit answers to My Single Friend. 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Save for the exception above, the promoter will not pass any personal data to any third party unless required to do so by law or an appropriate regulatory authority. </em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> ©2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.<br /> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Alex http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-alex http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-alex Every week we take a peek at all the amazing profiles on the site and it's always a tricky job picking out the ones we love the most! Luckily there are 52 weeks in a year, so we don't have to limit ourselves too much... And sometimes we add a few cheeky ones in because we just can't resist!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> This week’s hot new profile is Alex; he’s active, loves traveling and socialising and his Sunday roast is apparently a winner! His biggest passion is music so if you know your jazz from your pop, Alex may be the guy for you!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Alex1(1).png" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what his friend Clare had to say about him:<br /> <br /> <em>“Fun, genuine kind hearted girl seeking fun, genuine kind hearted guy?? Alex is your man! Has to be one of the most lovely, kindest and warm hearted people I know. He's definitely a bit of an organiser and planner and is the life and soul of our social group, regularly getting his different groups of friends together: whether it's pub drinks, a night out dancing, a trip to the ruby, hiking the Surrey hills, or a long weekend abroad.&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> <em>He’s caring and loving, and has that all too often missed emotional side to him that so many girls wish their guys would have! As a dear friend of mine for over 10 years, I can say that Alex is a supportive, understanding and brilliantly fun and loyal friend, who’s well spoken, well mannered, intelligent, quick-witted, and funny. He's full of love for the people he cares about and really deserves to meet someone similarly fun and lovely who'll appreciate his wonderful qualities.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> As well as a love of music (and being an excellent producer of it too), Alex is also a great cook (not that he'll admit it) and the best person for seeking out a cosy pub for a good glass of wine or pint of ale!<br /> <br /> He’s a brilliant father to his adorable son and I am so proud of how he is bringing him up to be a wonderful little man.&nbsp;<br /> And if it helps…our social group is also awesome ;) Coupled up after years of partying, we love to meet for dinners and drinks, the odd festival and of course weddings and engagements, and new partners are always welcomed with open arms!<br /> <br /> We really can't believe he's still single, but hopefully not for long!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Alex2(1).png" style="width: 400px; height: 529px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> We're hoping that by now you can see why we've chosen Alex to be our profile of the week, and if you'd like to know more then head to his <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqevhsdwjqhs/admin/yes" target="_blank">full dating profile here</a> and 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"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Amy’s Tips: How to Survive a Bad Date http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/amys-tips-how-to-survive-a-bad-date http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/amys-tips-how-to-survive-a-bad-date First thing’s first: remember that one day you will laugh about this terrible date. In years to come, this will be nothing but a funny joke between you and your girlfriends, when you get together over several bottles of wine to discuss your annoying partners/ the kids’ homework/ how much the MOT on your hovercar cost.<br /> <br /> <em>“Remember THAT date I went on?</em>” You’ll laugh, trying not to choke on your Rosé.<br /> <br /> <em>“How could we forget,”</em> one friend will nod, wide eyed. <em>“You know, I heard that guy ended up in prison.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Amy4.png" style="width: 500px; height: 227px; margin-left: 120px; margin-right: 120px;" /></em><br /> <br /> Okay, so I’m sure things won’t end up THAT bad. Follow my cheat-sheet, and you’ll survive dates even your nightmares couldn’t think up. Unless he takes you to KFC. Then no one can help you.<br /> <br /> <strong>1.</strong><strong>Warning Signs</strong><br /> <br /> If he asks to meet you at a strip club, a homeless shelter, or a deserted petrol station on the M25, alarm bells should ring. Cancel. Block and delete his number. Move to Spain. Change your name!<br /> <br /> Sometimes the warning signs aren’t as obvious. It might be that he orders your food for you – not in a romantic “I know the menu really well, you’ll love this,” kind of way, more in a “she’ll just have the side salad” kind of way. Not cool: if you’re getting a free dinner, you’ll have all the courses AND extra fries, thanks.<br /> <br /> Mentioning his ex every five minutes implies that a) he still isn’t over her, or b) she’s probably not out of his life. Either way, my advice to you is run for the hills.<br /> <br /> Other warning signs include forcing you to order the cheapest thing possible, asking for your hand in marriage (unless you’re SUPER keen to get hitched), using the line “your place or mine?”, eating with his hands, a “666” tattoo on his forehead, a keen interest in taxidermy and a suspicious looking moustache. If you can tick off two or more of these and you’re <em>sure</em> he’s definitely not just joking, it’s time to admit defeat: it’s a bad date.<br /> <br /> <strong>2.</strong><strong>Grin and Bear It</strong><br /> <br /> Look, it might not be <em>that </em>bad. You know that ultimately, he’s not the one: you’ll part ways with a polite hug and never speak ever again. Maybe one or two drunken calls. But shhh, they don’t count.<br /> <br /> It doesn’t mean you can’t have a pleasant evening. He might not be your perfect man, but ride it out by concentrating on other things. If the conversation is about as engaging as tumbleweed rolling through the desert, comment on the food/location:<br /> “Who knew KFC did such tiny salads?” you could say.<br /> <br /> If the conversation really is a total bore, even after a few drinks and great one-liners, it might be time for an SOS.<br /> <br /> <strong>3.</strong><strong>Escape Routes</strong><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Amy6.png" style="width: 500px; height: 205px; margin-left: 120px; margin-right: 120px;" /><br /> <br /> If your dire date really is too much to handle, it’s time to plan an escape route. You do not need to scan for fire exits; this is about subtlety, not safety. Are there windows in the bathroom? Can you fit through them? How many floors up are you? Is it worth breaking a couple of bones?<br /> <br /> If you’re confident in your acting skills, you could take a more elaborate approach. Gasp and point across the room before ducking under the table. When he asks what’s wrong, tell him you didn’t know they’d released your ex-boyfriend from prison. Mumbling something about witness protection, start to gather your things. He’ll probably be out of the door faster than you.<br /> <br /> If all else fails, here’s an old classic: agree on a code word with a mate. Text it to her if you can’t take anymore. She’ll call, and you can make up an epic excuse about how she’s been dumped and needs a shoulder to cry on. Now run. RUN!!!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>4.</strong><strong>Damage Control</strong><br /> <br /> We live in an age where before you’ve even met your date, you’ve probably trawled through the internet to find out where he works, who his friends are, where he grew up and the name of his first pet. Totally normal.<br /> (You’ve also probably agonised over whether or not he noticed that you accidentally liked that Instagram picture of him and his ex from two and a half years ago, but never mind).<br /> <br /> Social media stalking is a double-edged sword, though: your date could not only stalk you back, but by this point probably has your number too. And if he’s keen, he’ll be calling. Texting. WhatsApping. Facebooking. Tweeting.<br /> Even if you’ve executed the most genius escape route, now is the time to come clean. Let him know (politely) that although you had a wonderful evening (ahem) and that he seems like a great guy (sure) you’re just not convinced about date number two…<br /> Strange dates are like UTIs – you can’t just ignore them and hope they’ll go away.<br /> <br /> Just remember, every bad date brings you closer to finding the perfect man. Or closer to life with your 27 cats watching rom-coms in your pyjamas every weekend. Either way: at least you didn’t end up with the guy who took you on a first date to KFC.<br /> <br /> Amy x<br /> <br /> Stay tuned for Amy’s next advice column on her top locations for a date – but in the meantime, catch her in the latest trailer for Trainwreck:<br /> <br /> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xETobANYaNc" width="560"></iframe><br /> <br /> <em>Amy is a fictional character taken from the film Trainwreck, a romantic comedy that tells it like it really is. To see more of Amy, check out Trainwreck in UK cinemas on the 14<sup>th</sup></em>&nbsp;<em>August. MySingleFriend have teamed up with Universal on to help promote the release of this film, so lookout for more dating advice and tips from Amy!</em><br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Niki http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-niki http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-niki Happy Monday MSFers!<br /> <br /> Our latest profile of the week is an active, festival loving Londoner who doesn’t take himself too seriously. He’s looking for a woman who, like him can laugh about just about anything.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Niki1.png" style="width: 300px; height: 451px; margin-left: 220px; margin-right: 220px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s a poem his friend Geoff wrote to describe him:<br /> <br /> <em>“</em><em>Tell you all about Niki?</em><br /> <em>Well, what’s there to say?&nbsp;<br /> He does have a ***** I don’t think he’s gay.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> You require more detail? You’re just being fussy!<br /> Be gone now you insolent, hectoring hussy!<br /> <br /> Oh fine then, I’ll tell you, my thoughts I shall marshal.&nbsp;<br /> He doesn’t pay well, so this view is impartial.<br /> <br /> Niki is charming, well-spoken and witty,&nbsp;<br /> At ease in the country, at home in the city,&nbsp;<br /> Whether indoors or outdoors, at play or at rest,&nbsp;<br /> This chap is a good one, and one of the best.</em><br /> <em>He’s whip smart and funny, the life of the party,&nbsp;</em><br /> <em>His laughter is generous, his spirit is hearty,&nbsp;<br /> Without being boorish, too loud or annoying,<br /> He can do emotions but avoids being cloying.<br /> <br /> His interests are many, and varied, of course,<br /> From taking great photos to riding a horse,<br /> <br /> There are really too many to try and list here,<br /> As well as the standard (women and beer),<br /> There’s F1 and literature, music and cooking,<br /> Economics and art and theatre and looking,<br /> Round galleries, museums and going to shows<br /> A life beside Niki keeps a girl on her toes<br /> <br /> How much Niki knows is a point of conjecture,<br /> Do not bring up cameras – you will get a lecture<br /> But it will be a fine one, and interesting, see?<br /> (If you follow the details, you’re better than me)<br /> <br /> He’s cool and he’s funny, we’ve covered all that,&nbsp;<br /> He can speak in Spanish, he does own a cat,&nbsp;<br /> He’s sporty and quick, and he scrubs up just fine,<br /> He will make you laugh, and he can pick a wine<br /> <br /> He’s kind and intuitive, he will put you first,&nbsp;<br /> But he isn’t a pushover (that is just the worst),<br /> Dating him would be fun and exciting and great<br /> Which is why you should try it, before it’s too late<br /> <br /> That’s Niki the summary, then, and we’re done,&nbsp;<br /> But the unabridged version is so much more fun,&nbsp;<br /> So go find him and date him and have a great time,&nbsp;<br /> I am just about done with this talking in rhyme.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> So, yeah, over to Niki.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Niki3.png" style="width: 400px; height: 227px; margin-left: 180px; margin-right: 180px;" /></em><br /> <br /> If you like Geoff’s rhyming, check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/cxevgtfugtdw/admin/yes" target="_blank">Niki’s full profile here</a> and why not get in touch?<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"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100