MySingleFriend blog http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog Welcome to the mysinglefriend(r) blog, where you can stay up to date with MSF news, views and the odd pair of shoes. en-gb MySingleFriend Copyright 2014 Profile of the Week: Merv http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-merv http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-merv Whilst scanning through all our lovely MSF members this week, Merv’s smiley profile really caught our eye! He has a job most people would die for and is a mix of 3 different nationalities...a true man of mystery!<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/ovh98ejgioynz6dsgdj0(1).jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> Here’s what his friend Chris had to say about Merv:<br /> <br /> <em>"What to say about my friend Merv…. I met Merv through work and we’ve been friends ever since. We even lived together for a year... So I’m probably in a good position to describe him…&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Well… to start off, Merv has a job most people would die for. He gets to travel the world, wear a shiny uniform and play with expensive toys…. You’ll have to ask him about it…. Well, before he tells you ;)<br /> <br /> Merv’s job is pretty responsible but you wouldn’t realise that if you met him on a night out. He loves to socialise and is the life and soul of the party. He loves to dance…. unfortunately, dance doesn’t love him!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> So… you’re probably asking why he’s still single. Well, obviously his dancing stands out! Apart from that I can’t think of much, other than he’s looking for the right person.<br /> <br /> If I could describe your date with Merv… I’d say you’d have a great night out, probably in some trendy bar in London with a genuine, stylish guy with lots of laughs.<br /> <br /> So... if his looks don’t offend and Strictly Come Dancing is not your favourite show then you’d be mad to pass up this chance…."<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/waemfryzef2kvanzxfoe.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></em><br /> <br /> If you think you could put up with Merv’s (apparently) awful dancing and would like to know more, check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/cxjqjqcxazby/admin/yes" target="_blank">his full profile here</a>! Send Merv and message and see if you can guess his job or where he is from!<br /> <br /> Good luck!<br /> <br /> MSF X&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php">Join now for free!</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Craig & Lisa http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-craig--lisa http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-craig--lisa Happy Friday MSFers!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As you may have guessed, we absolutely love our success stories here at MSF. Nothing makes us happier than hearing that two of our MSFers have found love – it really makes our day - so if you, or someone you know, has got together through MSF, please feel free to let us know at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:blog@mysinglefriend.com"><strong>blog@mysinglefriend.com</strong></a>&nbsp;and tell us all about it.<br /> <br /> This week we want to share with you Craig &amp; Lisa’s story, they met on MySingleFriend and are now moving in together! Congratulations!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Craig&amp;Lisa.JPG" style="width: 400px; height: 226px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> When we asked Craig the story of how he met Lisa this is how he remembered it...<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>&nbsp;“I joined My Single Friend after one of my best mates James, suggested I give it a go during a university reunion. He had just got married to Tracey who he had met on this very site so suggested if he met someone, than perhaps I might too!</em><br /> <em>I must admit I did have my reservations, and told James it wasn’t really for me, but after much badgering I went ahead thinking I had nothing to lose. I hadn’t been on the website much to be honest, but decided to have a quick look one evening and noticed Lisa’s profile."<br /> &nbsp;</em><br /> <em>"Thinking I was punching above my weight I decided to message her anyway and luckily she replied and we spent a good few weeks exchanging messages and discovered we shared the same sense of humour and interests and seemed to get on, at least in an e-mail capacity!"</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>"We arranged to meet up in Knutsford towards Christmas time last year. Unfortunately, after the date was set I discovered I had arranged it for the day after my works Christmas bash! I had all intentions of taking it easy so I would be nice and fresh for the date, but inevitably the plan went out of the window and I ended up getting home at 6am... I left for the date a few hours later feeling less than 100% to say the least. In fact, not only did I turn up an hour early for the date due to my hungover mind mixing up train times, but also on arriving in Knutsford I was very sick into a hedge! I wasn’t too nervous due to my raging hangover and in my vastly dishevelled state decided that she would never in a million years want to meet up again, regardless if we clicked or not."</em><br /> <br /> <em>"As soon as we met though (and with a little help from the hair of the dog) we got on great. I cursed myself all the way home for turning up in a terrible state and thinking I’d blown it due to my own stupidity. To say I was pleased when she messaged me the next morning was an understatement and we arranged another date much to my surprise!"</em><br /> <br /> <em>"I’m so pleased I took the chance on the website and met Lisa. We are off on holiday to Portugal in a few weeks, and on our return we are looking to move in together! I guess James was right all along!”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Craig&amp;Lisa 3(1).jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 452px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></em><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> A massive congratulations to Craig &amp; Lisa and good luck with the move!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> (Just a little nugget of advice: try your best to avoid showing up hungover to a first date and needing to throw up into a bush... it usually doesn’t end as well as it did for Craig!)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>MSF X</em><br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank">Join now for free!</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: the beautiful Hannah http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-the-beautiful-hannah http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-the-beautiful-hannah We have reminded the weather that summer isn’t supposed to officially end until mid September, however until that memo comes into effect we’d like to help you beat the bank holiday blues by introducing you to Hannah!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2303084-978965(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 394px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> Lizzie knows her a little better than we do so let’s leave the describing to her, here’s what she has to say:<br /> <br /> <em>Hannah is one of the loveliest, kindest, funnest and most loyal friends I've ever met. We met at work nearly 5 years ago now and bonded over making jokes at the boss - he deserved it!&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> <em>Since then, she's become one of my closest friends, and we've enjoyed many a happy cocktail, picnic, dinner party, museum trip or just walk around London together.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> She's definitely an all rounder - just as happy in a swanky London bar meeting new people, as she is in wellies walking her dog Charlie in the countryside. She also has an incredibly knack of hitting it off instantly with new people - my fiance, parents and friends all love her to bits. She's also one you could definitely show off to your friends - with her amazing knowledge and love of the Grand Prix, rugby and her skills in opening a bottle of champagne with a sword!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Hannah is also very driven - She's just started a new job, and is already whipping the director into shape and completely turning around the office. She's also travelled the world, with work and friends, so has lots of funny stories from far flung places.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> I know I'm her friend, so am biased, but Hannah is such a catch (and of course beautiful - but you can see that for yourself from her photos!).<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2303089-978965.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></em><br /> <br /> We agree with Lizzie that Hannah really is gorgeous so have a look at her<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bydwcxbyevfu/admin/yes" target="_blank"> full profile here</a>&nbsp;and send her a message. I know we for one are dying to know if she really can pull off her champagne party trick!<br /> <br /> <em>MSF X</em><br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/signup/becomesingle/stage0.php">Join now for free!</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Matisse: The Cut-Out's Ticket Competition! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/matisse-the-cutouts--ticket-competition http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/matisse-the-cutouts--ticket-competition Getting a little bored of always just going to the pub on dates? Want to do something different but just not sure what it is?<br /> <br /> We’ve teamed up with the Tate to give a lucky MySingleFriend member and their date a truly unique dating experience! As Henri Matisse said “creativity takes courage”, so find that courage to try something new and make the most of what London has to offer!<br /> <br /> ‘Tate Modern’s exhibition, <em>Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs</em>, is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the artist’s paper cut-outs. It brings together around 130 works, many seen together for the very first time, in a groundbreaking reassessment of Matisse’s colourful and innovative final works.’<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/The Sheaf.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 334px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <em>The Sheaf 1953&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> Due to its immense popularity, the Tate Modern will open throughout the night on the final weekend of the exhibition, allowing visitors a last chance to see this once-in-a-lifetime show in London. The all-nighter event will begin at 10am on <u>Saturday 6th September</u> and end on <u>Sunday 7<sup>th</sup> September </u>at 10pm.<br /> <br /> In addition to the exhibition there will be talks, tours and free film screenings to enjoy throughout the night so at whichever time you choose to go, there will be plenty to experience!<br /> <br /> The Tate Modern restaurant will be serving special Matisse-inspired food and drink menus including late night snacks for the night owls and hot breakfast and pastries in the early hours of the morning for the early birds! Imagine watching the sun rise over the Thames with coffee and freshly baked pastries... sounds pretty great to us!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Large Composition with masks(1).jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 212px;" /><br /> <br /> <em>Large Composition with Masks 1953</em><br /> <br /> All you have to do is answer this question correctly and you will be entered in to a draw for tickets to the Matisse all-nighter event...<br /> <br /> <strong>Which country was Henri Matisse from?</strong><br /> <br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; France<br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Germany<br /> ·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Italy<br /> <br /> You can enter by...&nbsp; <ol> <li> following us on twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/mysinglefriend" target="_blank">@mysinglefriend</a> and direct messaging us your answer along with the email address you used to register on the site</li> <li> &nbsp;liking our Facebook page <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MySingleFriend" target="_blank">(</a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/MySingleFriend">MySingleFriend</a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/MySingleFriend" target="_blank">) </a>and sending us a message with your answer and email address you used to register on the site</li> </ol> &nbsp;<br /> The competition will close on <u>Sunday 31st August at 23.59pm</u>. No more entries will be permitted after this time.<br /> <br /> For more information on the exhibition, <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/henri-matisse-cut-outs " target="_blank">click here.</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you’re unsure whether your date will enjoy the exhibition, be reassured by the fact that 60% of men and 50% of women don’t mind what you do on a date as long as the company is good!<br /> <br /> Good luck!<br /> <br /> MSF x<br /> <br /> <br /> <em>&nbsp;<u>Terms and Conditions</u><br /> <br /> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The promoter is: MySingleFriend Ltd (company no 05207745 whose registered office is at 7 Swallow Place, London W1B 2AG.<br /> <br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Employees of MySingleFriend, the Tate and their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the&nbsp;competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.<br /> <br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The prize is for 1x pair of tickets to the Tate Modern’s exhibition of Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs. The tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable; no cash alternative is available.<br /> <br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this&nbsp;competition.<br /> <br /> 5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Route to entry for the competition&nbsp;is through Twitter or Facebook:&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 5.1&nbsp;&nbsp; Follow us on twitter @mysinglefriend and direct message us with the correct answer along with the email address you used to register on the site<br /> <br /> 5.2&nbsp;&nbsp; Like our Facebook page (MySingleFriend) and send us a message with the correct answer and email address you used to register on the site<br /> <br /> 5.3&nbsp;&nbsp; The email address used must be a valid email that is registered to a friend or single account on mysinglefriend.com and will be checked for authenticity.<br /> <br /> 6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Closing date for entry will be Sunday 31st&nbsp;August at 23.59pm GMT. After this date no further entries to the&nbsp;competition will be permitted.<br /> <br /> 7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.<br /> <br /> 8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice.<br /> <br /> 9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The winner will be chosen from a list of correct answers, at random by an independent adjudicator appointed by the Promoter.<br /> <br /> 10.&nbsp;&nbsp; The winner will be notified by email within 2 days of the&nbsp;competition closing. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 2 days of notification, the Promoter reserves the right to pick a replacement winner.<br /> <br /> 11.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Promoter accepts no responsibility for the exhibition being cancelled, or curtailed, for any reason out of their control.<br /> <br /> 12.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the&nbsp;competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.<br /> <br /> 13.&nbsp;&nbsp; By entering this&nbsp;competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.<br /> <br /> 14.&nbsp;&nbsp; The&nbsp;competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.<br /> <br /> 15.&nbsp;&nbsp; The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation.<br /> <br /> 16.&nbsp;&nbsp; Entry into the&nbsp;competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.</em><br /> <br /> <br /> Statistics collected from mysinglefriend.com members.<br /> <br /> All artwork in this blog piece are from the <u><em>Tate Modern's Exhibition, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs</em></u><br /> <br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank">&nbsp;Join now for free!</a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Emily http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-emily http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-emily It’s Monday again<em> (sigh),</em> but this week we have the Bank Holiday weekend to look forward to! Woohoo! In the spirit of the last bank holiday, we were looking for a profile of the week who is fun-loving and just generally a good time girl. Someone you’d want to spend the whole bank holiday with and never run out of things to do or talk about...<br /> <br /> So without further ado...meet Emily!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2307856-876277(1).jpg" style="width: 238px; height: 290px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> Her friend Emma has done an excellent job of writing the<em> top 10 things</em> about her and we think she certainly seems like a great date...<br /> <br /> <em>1.She likes cheese. A lot. But more importantly, she is always discovering new, quirky places to go for dinner and drinks all around London (specialism: South London!)</em><br /> <br /> <em>2. London Cocktail Week, London Wine Week, Gin festivals, Rum experiences (with pirates preferably), Emily will try them all (ok, she’s not an alcoholic though! But she does have amazing taste in wine)<br /> <br /> 3. She’s a very loyal friend; she’ll go out of her way to help you, cheer you up and have fun with you. She’ll be there for you when you need her. That’s priceless.<br /> <br /> 4. She works for a charity and is super passionate and amazing about it, including organizing a big comedy event and raising loads of money.<br /> <br /> 5. She has the travelling bug - who doesn't, I hear you cry, well, Emily lives up to it; she probably averages about 6 holidays a year and is always trying new places.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 6. She speaks Spanish pretty damn well after living in both South America and Madrid at various points in her life so far, and also has a bit of Italian after living in Venice for 3 months when at university.<br /> <br /> 7. She’s a cultured history grad, and loves a good museum, exhibition or castle, as well as theatre trips (though she definitely enjoys seeing the latest blockbuster movie too)<br /> <br /> 8. She’s pretty clumsy… I think the winning moment probably has to be breaking her toe at the very beginning of a date once. So please watch out for pot holes etc and gallantly pull her out of harm’s way…!<br /> <br /> 9. She’s probably one of the most prolific readers I know; her book collection is kinda famous amongst her friends, and she’s always got good recommendations (and a very vivid imagination…!). Specialism: Game of Thrones.<br /> <br /> 10. She’s properly into football. And I promise you, she’s not just a girl who says “oh, I like football too, sure”, but I mean she knows her shizzle. Her favourite colour is blue, if that kinda helps you guess who she supports… I’ll leave it to you to pursue…!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2307693-876277.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 281px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></em><br /> <br /> So if you’d like to see what fun things Emily is up to this bank holiday weekend, view <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/cxdwevirdwdw" target="_blank">her full profile here</a> and send her a message!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank">Join now for free!</a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 SW4 Ticket Competition... Extended! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/sw4-ticket-competition http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/sw4-ticket-competition SW4 Festival hits Clapham Common next Bank Holiday weekend, and we’ve teamed up with the organisers to give away a pair of tickets for Sunday 24<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;August!<br /> <br /> Held over the August Bank Holiday, the tickets are valid for the final day of the festival, which has an amazing line up – Deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Madeon, Pete Tong, Laurent Garnier, Simian Mobile Disco, Gorgon City, Maya Jane Coles and Oxide &amp; Neutrino are all confirmed so far. You can view the full line up <a href="http://www.southwestfour.com/2014-line-up" target="_blank">here</a>...<br /> <br /> There’s a couple of ways of entering the competition:<br /> <br /> <strike>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Come along to our FREE <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/events/game-set--matchmake--put-the-date-in-your-diary">‘Game Set &amp; Matchmake’</a> event tomorrow night (Thursday 24<sup>th</sup> July) at Grand Union Wandsworth and sign up on the night. Look out for the MSF team with iPads – it’ll only take a minute! </strike>&nbsp;Event has been &amp; gone already!<br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sign up through <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/grandunion">www.mysinglefriend.com/grandunion</a>&nbsp;and add 'SW4 Competition' into your profile description<br /> 3. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Email us at <a href="mailto:press@mysinglefriend.com?subject=SW4%20Tickets">press@mysinglefriend.com</a> with the email address you registered with and let us know you are interested in tickets!<br /> <br /> All sign ups that have entered through these channels will automatically be submitted into our prize draw. You have until <strong>Monday 18th August</strong> to do it and we'll be announcing the winners the same day. Good luck!!!<br /> &nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/SW4.PNG" style="width: 500px; height: 377px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <em><strong>Terms &amp; Conditions:</strong><br /> 1. The promoter is: MySingleFriend Ltd (company no 05207745 whose registered office is at 7 Swallow Place, London W1B 2AG.<br /> <br /> 2. Employees of MySingleFriend or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.<br /> <br /> 3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.<br /> <br /> 4. Route to entry for the competition is through either <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/grandunion">www.mysinglefriend.com/grandunion</a> or signing up at the <strong>‘Game Set &amp; Matchmake’ </strong>event held on 24.07.14, or emailing into the press mailbox.<br /> <br /> 5. Closing date for entry will be Monday 18<sup>th</sup> August at 16.00pm GMT. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.<br /> <br /> 6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.<br /> <br /> 7. This competition is for existing members and new registrations of MySingleFriend. A sign up that is considered invalid or provides illegitimate details will not be entered into the prize draw. A valid registration is defined as:</em> <div style="margin-left: 40px;"> <em>7.1&nbsp;&nbsp; An approved and online profile on mysinglefriend.com<br /> 7.2&nbsp;&nbsp; The profile needs to contain legitimate information, not set up purely for the purposes of entering the competition<br /> 7.3&nbsp;&nbsp; The profile does not have to have every section completed, but any profiles that are heavily incomplete and/or have no profile picture will not be valid<br /> 7.4&nbsp;&nbsp; Profiles that have been rejected by our admin team for whatever reason will not be valid</em></div> <br /> <em>8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.<br /> <br /> 9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.<br /> <br /> 10. The prize is two tickets to SW4 festival on Sunday 24th August 2014 (cash value £132.13). No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.<br /> <br /> 11. The winner will be chosen at random by an independent adjudicator or panel of judges appointed by the Promoter.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 12. The winner will be notified by email no later than Tuesday 18th August. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 2 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.<br /> <br /> 13. The winner must be available to attend SW4 on Sunday 24<sup>th</sup> August 2014. If the winner isn’t available, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. The winner is responsible for their own travel to and from the event.<br /> <br /> 14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.<br /> <br /> 15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.<br /> <br /> 16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.<br /> <br /> 17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation.<br /> <br /> 18. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.</em><br /> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: Ross http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-ross http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week-ross This week we’d like to introduce you to Ross! There’s not many things that will make me smile on a Monday morning but Ross’s profile sure did.<br /> <br /> Remember the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?<br /> <br /> Will Smith playing a goofy teenage version of himself who lived in Bel-Air with his wealthy Aunt and Uncle? Ringing any bells? If you’re not familiar with the theme tune to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which was almost more well known than the show itself, I suggest you listen to it <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nCqRmx3Dnw" target="_blank">here first...<br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/The-Fresh-Prince-of-Bel-Air-In-The-90s(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 231px; margin: 10px 0px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Catchy, right?! Now try rapping Paul’s description of Ross to the same tune...<br /> <br /> <em>“Now this is a description that somehow, might just flip your life upside down.</em><br /> <em>It’ll take a minute just sit right there, I’ll tell about a guy with the killer body but not much hair.<br /> <br /> In North West London born and raised, playing rugby and sports he spent most of his days.<br /> Wearing a uniform looking all cool, in the Marines is where he went when he left school.<br /> After a successful career and later on in adulthood, he decided South London was his new neighbourhood.<br /> Studying a degree in psychology he suddenly declared, “I am going to work with numbers in Mayfair that’s where”<br /> <br /> He fits reading and travelling around his career, enjoys theatre and restaurants and the occasional beer.&nbsp;<br /> If anything I could say that this guy was rare, but you will have to meet him and decide for yourself if he is awesome or a mare.<br /> <br /> So there he is Ross - my very best mate, if you like outdoors, modesty, loyalty and manliness then he might be the one for a date.<br /> And if you need a bit of wisdom you are finally there, the guy with the killer body but not much hair.”<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2320760-989488(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 344px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></em><br /> <br /> Check out <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bycxbygtcxcx/admin/yes" target="_blank">Ross’s profile</a> if you’d like to find out more about ‘the guy with the killer body but not much hair’!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> <br /> Not a&nbsp;mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;member?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" target="_blank">Join now for free!</a><br /> <br /> Click to go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong>&nbsp;</a><br /> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 What If...? http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/what-if http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/competitions/what-if Can men and women be just friends?<br /> <br /> Mismatched intentions between men and women lead to unequal and awkward situations of rejection or unreciprocated feelings. &nbsp;A recent poll on MSF tells us that 80% of men believe platonic relationships are possible whereas 12.5% of women think someone always ends up wanting more than friendship...<br /> <br /> This relationship is explored in the hilariously refreshing film of the summer, ‘What If?’<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/whatif.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Daniel Radcliffe</strong> and <strong>Zoe Kazan</strong> star in the fresh romantic comedy premiering Tuesday 12<sup>th</sup> August. Wallace(Radcliffe) and Chantry (Kazan) share an instant connection after meeting by the fridge at a house party. They quickly become best friends, challenging the age old question, can a man and a woman be just friends?<br /> Whilst Chantry already has a boyfriend, Wallace falls in love with her anyway...<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/what if 2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> What if you fall in love with your best friend? What if you meet the right one at the wrong time?&nbsp; Chantry is stuck in a situation where although she is attracted to Wallace she is forced to create barriers between herself and Wallace, due to her existing relationship. Filled with relatable situations and hilarious moments, the film is a fresh new take on romantic comedies. We love it!<br /> <br /> In cinemas on the<strong> 20<sup>th</sup> August</strong>! Watch the trailer <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A86JGbBEaBk" target="_blank"><u>here</u></a>!</strong><br /> <br /> MySingleFriend exclusive ‘What if’ prize draw - add a single friend <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=add" target="_blank"><u>on mysinglefriend.com</u></a> before August 29<sup>th</sup> and you could win a trip to Dublin for two! <u><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/online/whatif/noheader" target="_blank">(Terms &amp; Conditions apply</a>)</u><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/1341_What_If_Dash_FB_v5.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 239px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> Make sure you don’t miss it – help you friends and <a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=add" target="_blank"><u>sign them up</u></a> today!<br /> <br /> MSF X<br /> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Success Story: Kim & Steve http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-kim--steve http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/dating-success-stories/success-story-kim--steve Happy Friday all!<br /> <br /> It’s always nice to start the weekend off on a high note so in our bid to contribute we’d like to share another success story with you... say hello to Kim and Steve!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Kim&amp;Steve 2014(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 309px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> Kim and Steve met on mysinglefriend and after exchanging a few messages, they arranged their first date. Here’s what Kim told us when we asked how it went:<br /> <br /> <em>&nbsp;“For our first date, Steve and I went out for a quiet drink at a country pub. Steve is a comic book fan and I do enjoy comic book movies,&nbsp;especially the X-Men films, so we ended up talking about films for most of the night!&nbsp;Being a Marvel fan,&nbsp;Steve was delighted to learn I&nbsp;have a cat called Loki!<br /> Somehow Quaser came up in the conversation,&nbsp;so&nbsp;being mature adults in our early thirties&nbsp;we decided that going to play laser tag would be the perfect&nbsp;second date!&nbsp;We soon realised the only people who play laser tag&nbsp;during the day at weekends&nbsp;are children! So apart from a couple&nbsp;of parent supervisors&nbsp;we were the only two adults versus a huge gang of very loud and&nbsp;excitable children!! Mayhem ensured and at one point during the pre game instructions the children were screaming so loud that Steve and I had to take refuge outside as the noise was too much!&nbsp; It was good fun though and so in keeping with what mature adults do on second dates we stopped for a McDonalds and ice cream on the way home!”</em><br /> <br /> <em>“After that our relationship blossomed very quickly, Steve and I often joke that we know what the other is thinking, after only a few weeks together Steve had gone away for the weekend and had bought me a key ring with a picture of comic book villian Loki by one of his favourite artists, meanwhile that same weekend I had bought Steve a Lego key ring of Loki!! Our thinking alike means we are great at Pictionary but terrible at Scattergories!<br /> We are due to celebrate our second anniversary in November and can't imagine life without each other. Now that we have our 12 week old baby daughter Olivia, we are complete.<br /> Thanks to mysinglefriend I now have everything I was looking for.”</em><br /> <br /> <em><img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/Kim&amp;Steve 2014 -2(2).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 390px; margin: 10px 0px;" /></em><br /> <br /> <em>“I would recommend the site as it's so difficult to write about yourself&nbsp;and the beauty of mysinglefriend is having someone else do the most difficult part for you! Being new to online dating and having been out of the dating game for a long time,&nbsp;Steve grabbed my attention by sending me a random ice breaking question in his very first message, he&nbsp;asked&nbsp;if&nbsp;I could travel in time if I&nbsp;would go&nbsp;forward or back! I responded by telling him I would go back so that everyone would be awestruck by me and worship me like a&nbsp;god!! It certainly broke&nbsp;the ice and showed we have the same sense of humour and don't take ourselves very seriously, something&nbsp;that we have enjoyed from our very first text messages&nbsp;right up to today&nbsp;and plan to enjoy for our future together.”</em><br /> <br /> Kim and Steve’s story shows that being yourself from the start really does pay off! Such a lovely story and congratulations to them both on the birth of their daughter Olivia!<br /> <br /> Remember, if you've got a success story to share with us or know of a couple who met through the site, we'd love to hear from you! Drop us an email with your story at blog@mysinglefriend.com and we'll be sure to get back to 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;mysinglefriend.com&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;">Join now for free!</a> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Improving your online profile: Put your best foot forward! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/improving-your-online-profile-put-your-best-foot-forward http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/improving-your-online-profile-put-your-best-foot-forward Experiencing a bit of a dating lull? Have things quietened down and you’re not really sure why?<br /> <br /> When businesses aren’t getting the consumer response they desire, what do they do? Do they give up? No of course they don’t...they rebrand! Repackaging the message can make all the difference, it’s all about delivery and how you want people to perceive you. So why not apply this strategy to your online dating profile...update your MSF profile to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward!<br /> <br /> A great place to start is by<strong> </strong>choosing your photos wisely, they’re so important as they bring your profile to life. Look through your choices and think ‘what do these say about me?’ Do they showcase your hobbies and interests? It’s always good to have a variety as it gives a better image of who you are and what you like doing.<br /> As a general rule, avoid selfies. <u>Especially</u> mirror selfies...you must have better pictures of you...and if you don’t ask a friend to take one in a relaxed setting! Try to avoid pictures where you are wearing sunglasses or a hat that covers your face, we want to see you!<br /> Make sure you smile! You’d be amazed at how much more approachable and open you come across when you smile. A smiling profile photo is like welcoming people to your profile and inviting them to send you a message :)<br /> <br /> Focus more on describing what you love doing and recent trips/adventures rather than listing qualities and characteristics you’re looking for in a partner. This can be daunting to someone reading your profile.<br /> Fill your profile with conversation starters to encourage messages, sparking up a common interest or something unique in your profile will make you stand out and makes it that little bit less daunting to initiate a conversation as it’s an instant ice breaker! Make sure you update your profile regularly so its stays relevant and you can add in what exciting things you have been up to recently!<br /> <br /> Show, don’t tell. Don’t write ‘I’m funny’ in your profile because no one will believe it, instead show that you’re funny in the way you describe yourself and your life. Show your hobbies and interests through your pictures rather than just listing them.<br /> <br /> Be honest. Don’t stretch the truth about your height or use edited pictures because the moment your date sees you they’ll know and wonder why you lied. It just sets things off on the wrong foot and no one likes to be duped.<br /> <br /> The great thing about mysinglefriend.com is that your friend has already done the hard part by describing you :) so don’t fall at the last hurdle by uploading bad pictures, using bad grammar or not completing your profile! Put your best foot forward!<br /> <br /> Good luck!<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;" 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: 13px;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none;" target="_blank">mysinglefriend.com</a></strong> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Profile of the Week: the adventurous Matthew! http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week--the-adventurous-matthew http://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/profile-of-the-week--the-adventurous-matthew Say hello to our new Profile of the Week: Matthew. From snowboarding to rock climbing, name an adventure sport and Matthew’s done it. He has recently moved back from Chamonix and is looking for a like minded lady to share his next adventures with!<br /> <br /> Could you be 'the one' he is looking for?<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2320738-988266(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 271px; margin: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> Matthew trusted his sister Gemma to describe him, and here’s what Gemma had to say:<br /> <br /> <em>“I'm Matt's sister and am amazed that he has yet to find 'the one'! He's a successful guy and is very romantic. He loves traveling, snowboarding (lived in Chamonix until recently), rock climbing and going to the gym. I would definitely say that he'd prefer a night in than going clubbing and he'd prefer long walks to sunbathing! I think whoever he meets would need to be athletic and into similar things or willing to give them a go as he does love his hobbies.”</em><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://images.mysinglefriend.com/cms/files/2320725-988266(1).jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 263px; margin: 10px;" /><br /> <br /> If the sound of Matthew’s adventurous lifestyle and his goregous blue eyes intrigue, you have a look at his<a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/bycxcxirevev" target="_blank"> full profile</a> and send 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;<strong><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" target="_blank">mysinglefriend.com</a></strong><br /> <br /> <br /> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100