MySingleFriend blog https://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 2016 Four amazing ideas for a Bank Holiday date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/four-amazing-ideas-for-a-bank-holiday-date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/four-amazing-ideas-for-a-bank-holiday-date We're a bit spoilt in the summer, aren't we? Thanks to some arcane old laws, we're lucky enough to be given a few extra days off work in the shape of Bank Holidays and the one coming up this weekend will, we fervently hope, be filled with delightful warmth and sunshine. An extra day off at the weekend gives you an extra day for going on fab dates, not to mention an extra evening that can be spent out on the tiles rather than preparing to go back to boring old work. We've put together five ideas to make the most of it all.<br /> <br /> <strong>Make the most of Sunday night</strong><br /> <br /> Truly, there is little more satisfying than going out on a large one on a Sunday night safe in the knowledge that you aren't going to have to peel yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn and struggle through a hungover day in the office. We're not saying you should get absolutely hammered for the sake of it, but the novelty will add a little frisson to any night out. We recommend dressing up posh and going for cocktails to really push that Sunday night boat out.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/cocktails.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 464px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Get out to the country</strong><br /> <br /> Whilst we have to be mindful of the weather when planning anything at any time of year, it's worth risking a few showers to make the most of the glorious British countryside, especially if you live in a big city. It doesn't take long to make it out into gorgeous landscapes wherever you live, and we recommend taking the train as, bar a serious delay, it's such a stress free way to travel. Take a picnic and find a beautiful meadow to recline in, but make sure there's a nice country pub within running distance, just in case the heavens do open.<br /> <br /> <strong>We do like to be beside the seaside</strong><br /> <br /> The seaside has been a classic Bank Holiday destination for the British since Bank Holidays were invented. The UK is a small island, so some part of the coast should be within reach, even if you have to set off early (and you've got three whole days, so why not make a bit of a holiday of it?). There's also an excellent variety of beachside destinations: head to a town like Brighton if you want piers, beers and amusements, or somewhere remote and rugged if you like your sea to be a little more romantic.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/brighton(2).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Embrace the local</strong><br /> <br /> If going away on a Bank Holiday conjures up hellish images of sitting in traffic jams for hours on end, why not make the most of what's going on in your back yard? You could take this literally by cracking out the barbecue and settling in for the duration, or you could venture just a little further afield and make the most of what's on offer in your own town or city. Everywhere will have at least something going on, from beer festivals to outdoor music to plain old late night pub opening, so find out what's happening and take your date along.<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Featured profile: Felix https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/featured-profile-felix https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/featured-profile-felix <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqjqirgtcxcxdw/admin/yes/preview/yes"><img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/Alex(1).png" style="width: 247px; height: 243px; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float:right" /></a>Mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;is stuffed full of lovely people and sometimes we like to pick out a particularly fine specimen of humanity and show them off to you. There are plenty of things that make a profile stand out, but what really makes or breaks a profile is how much someone's personality shines through. However, sometimes the best profiles aren't the ones with a lenghty description - just a few words can say a lot. Our Featured Profile this week is the gorgeous&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqjqirgtcxcxdw/admin/yes/preview/yes"><strong>Felix</strong></a>...<br /> <br /> <em>What Nell had to say about Felix...</em></span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Felix is fabulous, he is outgoing and such a funny guy! Always up for a laugh and lives for the moment never making any plans and just seeing where the day takes him. He is the most caring, loving person anyone will ever meet and he is always up for doing things and having a laugh.<br /> <br /> <em>What Felix says about himself...</em></span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">I'm looking for someone with the same attitude and outlook on life as me. Caring, funny and sociable.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you fancy getting to know fabulous Felix, you can <a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqjqirgtcxcxdw/admin/yes/preview/yes"><strong>take a look at his full profile</strong></a> and drop him a message.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you fancy being our Featured Profile yourself, or you'd like to nominate a friend, drop us an email at&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">blog@mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;and let us know.</span><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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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> Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 The five best funny films to watch on a date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/the-five-best-funny-films-to-watch-on-a-date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/the-five-best-funny-films-to-watch-on-a-date Dating isn't all about getting dressed up and going out. There will come a time, probably a few dates in, when it feels like the right move to spend some down time alone together and get to know each other doing ordinary things, like staying in and watching a film. Comedy is a great choice of genre because it's light, fun and laughing together is a great bonding experience. There's even research to prove it: <a href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12110-015-9225-8">a recent study</a> found that a group people who watched a ten-minute comedy clip together made significantly more intimate disclosures to each other than a group who watched a 'neutral' clip from a golf instruction video. This is thought to be due to laughter releasing the hormone endorphin, which increases social bonds. Whatever the reason, you'll have a lot of fun with these five hilarious films.<br /> <br /> <strong>Forgetting Sarah Marshall</strong><br /> <br /> If you liked <em>The 40 Year-Old Virgin</em> and <em>Knocked Up</em>, you'll love this one. Struggling musician Peter Bretter (Jason Segal on top form), has spent years idolizing his girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). He's the poor guy left holding her purse on the red carpet and getting omitted from awards acceptance speeches. When she dumps him, Peter takes an impulsive trip to Oahu where he's confronted by his worst nightmare: Sarah and her embarrassingly hip new rocker boyfriend (Russell Brand). It's a hilarious and heartfelt look at relationships, and will have you and your date giggling into your popcorn.<br /> <br /> <strong>Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy</strong><br /> <br /> Will Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy, San Diego's top rated newsman in the male-dominated world of the 70's. However, everything changes for Ron when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. It's silly, fun and pokes a lot of fun at male/female dynamics and the bad old days of sexism. This one is laugh-out-loud funny, so there will be endorphins flying all over the place.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/couple film.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>When Harry Met Sally</strong><br /> <br /> This one is 25 years old now, but it's still a whip smart commentary on dating and the ways that men and women relate to each other. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal have got great on-screen chemistry and, if you can make it through the famous orgasm faking scene without blushing too much, the perfect date night movie.<br /> <br /> <strong>Bridesmaids</strong><br /> <br /> <em>Bridesmaids</em> is often described as a 'chick flick' but this film has more balls than your average romcom. Yes, it centres around the lead up to a wedding, but it's as far away from Richard Curtis-style sentimentality as you can get. By turns crude (the bridesmaids dress fitting scene is the stuff of nightmares) and sharply insightful, it's full of surprises and will have you both howling with laughter (and maybe agreeing not to get married for a little while yet).<br /> <br /> <strong>Trainwreck</strong><br /> <br /> <em>Trainwreck</em> takes the usual gender stereotypes and turns them upside. Amy Schumer stars as a woman called Amy who has been taught by her father that monogamy isn't realistic and she has lived a life of uninhibited promiscuity. However, when she meets a sweet and charming sports doctor called Aaron Connors (Bill Hader) she begins to question whether there might be another way to approach relationships. It's hilarious and naughty, but ultimately a very heartfelt film about finding the right person.<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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><br /> <br /> <br /> Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 How well do you know your aphrodisiacs? https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/how-well-do-you-know-your-aphrodisiacs https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/how-well-do-you-know-your-aphrodisiacs If you've ever been out for an incredibly romantic candlelit dinner, you'll know that food and sex go hand in hand. Human beings have been firm believers in the power of aphrodisiacs for a very long time; they are named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, and many of the common aphrodisiacs that we still believe in now come from that time. The question is: do aphrodisiacs work, or is it a load of old nonsense designed to fool people into feelings a bit frisky? We've put on our white laboratory coats and done some research.<br /> <br /> <strong>Chocolate</strong><br /> <br /> The rich sweetness of chocolate makes it a sensuous food, and there's a lot of science in there to prove it. Chocolate contains the chemicals phenylethylamine and anandamide, which boost the levels of feel good hormone serotonin. The trick with chocolate is to go easy as too much sugar will just fog up your brain and kill your passion.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/chocolate.jpg" style="width: 636px; height: 477px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Oysters</strong><br /> <br /> Alongside their suggestive appearance (no giggling at the back, please!), oysters are high in zinc and amino acids, which trigger the production of sex hormones. However, experts believe that it's the way we eat oysters that really gets us going.<br /> <br /> <strong>Chillies</strong><br /> <br /> There is something very literal about the aphrodisiac effect of chillies: they literally get you hot. Spicy food warms you up, stimulates your nerve endings, increases your blood flow and gets your heart pumping - pretty much replicating those exciting feelings of anticipation that you get on a first date.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/chillies.jpg" style="width: 636px; height: 462px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Asparagus</strong><br /> <br /> Asparagus is touted as one of the major aphrodisiacs, but science says that it won't actually get you as hot and bothered as chilli or chocolate. Once again, the suggestive nature of its shape might come into play, but aside from that all it really has going for it is an abundance of vitamin E, which can help to stimulate sex hormones, but you'd probably have to eat a fair few plates of it to notice much of a difference.<br /> <br /> <strong>Watermelon</strong><br /> <br /> Guys, if you're worried that your evening might be a bit of a 'flop', you could do worse than order some melon for desert. The tasty fruit contains citrulline, which relaxes the blood vessels in much the same way as Viagra.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/Watermelons.jpg" style="width: 636px; height: 432px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Celery</strong><br /> <br /> It seems unlikely, but this rather weedy looking vegetable is actually an impressive aphrodisiac. It contains loads of phyto-androgens, which is similar to testosterone and can increase sexual desire in women. If you get a stick in your Bloody Mary, make sure you eat it.<br /> <br /> Do you have any favourite aphrodisiacs? Let us know at <strong>blog@mysinglefriend.com.</strong><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Date night idea: Salsa! https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/date-night-idea-salsa https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/date-night-idea-salsa The idea of going dancing with someone you don't know very well might seem appalling, especially if you've got two left feet and about as much coordination as a new born elephant, but it could actually be much more successful than you expect. Stepping out of your comfort zone can give a date a real boost and set you on the path to something lasting. Here are three reasons why.<br /> <br /> <strong>It gives you a focus</strong><br /> <br /> If you're a nervous dater, having an activity to focus on during a date is an excellent idea. It stops the date being an interview over a meal or a drink, as some early dates can easily become, and turns it into something really fun and exciting. If you've gone on a lot of dates and they have all been the classic dinner 'n' drinks, you might understandably be feeling a little jaded about dating, but trying something new, like salsa, will give you a new lease of dating excitement.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/salsa.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 450px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>It will help you bond</strong><br /> <br /> If you really want to get to know someone, doing an activity together is a much better way to do it than just sitting and talking. We all put on a bit of a facade when talking with someone new, and we definitely want to show our best side on a date, so we might not quite reveal our truest selves. However, concentrating on an activity - especially one that you might not be very good at - will remove self-consciousness and allow you to truly be yourself. Plus, it might actually increase your chances of romance. Lab studies have shown that people who jointly participate in an exciting physical activity report feeling more satisfied with and attracted to each other.<br /> <br /> <strong>It's very sexy</strong><br /> <br /> If you've ever caught a couple of episodes of <em>Strictly</em>, you'll know that salsa is a very sexy and sensual dance. All those swaying hips and passionate rhythms would get anyone is the mood for romance. Of course, it's unlikely that you'll be as twinkle toed as Aliona Vilani or Brendan Cole the first time you try, but getting up close and personal with your date will add an immediate frisson of intimacy and excitement to your evening, no matter how many times you step on your date's feet.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Convinced? We hope so. Check out a list of some of <a href="http://www.designmynight.com/london/bars/londons-best-salsa-bars"><strong>London's best salsa bars</strong></a>, courtesy of the lovely people at <strong>Design My Night</strong>.<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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> Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 How to write messages that will definitely be read https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/how-to-write-messages-that-will-definitely-be-read https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/how-to-write-messages-that-will-definitely-be-read We've learnt a thing or two about dating and communication over the years here at MSF and one of the most important is that if you want to hook some lovely people to date, you have to be proactive. There's no sense in being a wallflower and waiting for someone to speak to you, because there will be a truck load of people that little bit braver than you who will get in there and nab the ones you fancy. We appreciate that it can sometimes be tricky to find the kind of words that will mark you out as someone a bit special, but don't worry, because we're here to help.<br /> <br /> <strong>Writing a cracking text message</strong><br /> <br /> If you're sending a text message as a flirtatious opener, keep it short and sweet. Texts lend themselves to being a bit cheeky and punchy, so resist the urge to write a huge essay as you will run the risk of losing someone's attention as they scroll forever downward, squinting at their phone. The best way to get a response is to ask a question, and make it either an interesting one or a flirty one. Something along the lines of 'If you had 24 hours left to live, what would you do?' will get you much further than something uninspired like 'Hey, what's up?'. If you can pique their interest or make them smile, they will be sure to respond.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/hands-coffee-smartphone-technology.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Writing a brilliant email</strong><br /> <br /> Emailing someone first off is a double-edged sword, as you have got the freedom to write loads, which might be entertaining and funny, but could also end up being rambling and dull. Before you embark on your email ask yourself if this is the best method of flirty communication for you as, unless you're a budding JK Rowling, the conversation might quickly run out of steam, and a quick text might make more sense. However, if you love to write, and you think the recipient will appreciate it, then go for it. The most important part of writing a great email is to make sure it isn't all about you and, as with any method of communication, asking a few questions will be the best way to secure a reply.<br /> <br /> <strong>Writing the best dating site message</strong><br /> <br /> We cannot emphasise this enough: when writing a dating site message you should spend as much time considering the message title as you should the message itself. Many people, unfortunately, persist in writing a desultory 'Hi' as a message title and it really shoots them in the foot as the message just won't stand out in a sea of many others. If you write an interesting or funny title your message will stand out a mile and be pretty much guaranteed to be read. You've got to make sure your message backs it up, so put some energy into making that as funny and interesting as possible too, and asking a queston or two will make them more likely to reply.<br /> <br /> Have you got any brilliant conversation starters that you'd like to share with us? Get in touch at blog@mysinglefriend.com and let us know.<br /> <br /> <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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 The MSF guide to setting up your single friend https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/the-msf-guide-to-setting-up-your-single-friend https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/the-msf-guide-to-setting-up-your-single-friend Have you got a lovely single friend who really deserves someone equally as great, but can't seem to find them? If the answer is yes, then it's high time you stepped in and gave them a hand. We all need a little help now and then, and our friends are usually the best people to set is up, as they know us so well and have only our best interests at heart. Here is our four point guide to help you matchmake your mates.<br /> <br /> <strong>What is your friend looking for?</strong><br /> <br /> Before you rush in all guns blazing like CIlla Black on steroids and set your friend up with someone utterly unsuitable, take some time to consider who your friend is and what they're looking for. You might think that the cute guy you work with who loves windsurfing and punishing runs is an absolute catch, but if your mate is a creature of comfort who can't stand water, then they may not be the best match (though you never know...). Make sure you know what your friend is looking for (LTR, bit of a fling, casual dating) and carefully consider who would make a good match for them. It's all too easy to set your friend up with someone you fancy a bit, rather than meeting their needs.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/blind-date.jpg" style="width: 640px; height: 413px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Who do you know who is single?</strong><br /> <br /> Once you've figured out what your friend is looking for, it's time to turn your attention to people who might make a good match for them. As mentioned above, you shouldn't set two people up simply because they're both single as, whilst it's a big thing they have in common, it certainly doesn't automatically mean they'll get on. You want your friend to be happy, so don't set them up with someone who is on the rebound, notorious for playing games or in some other way likely to make them miserable.<br /> <br /> <strong>Get them out and about</strong><br /> <br /> It may well be the case that everyone you know is either a) coupled up or b) totally unsuitable for your mate, but that doesn't mean you have to give up. If you can't provide them with a date, you can still get them into situations where they're more likely to meet someone new. For instance, if you and your friend usually socialise at each other's houses (which is likely if you have a partner or family), then arrange to go out to a bar instead. Not only will it be a welcome change for you both, but you can eye up potential dates (which provides you with a bit of legitimate extra-curricular eye candy) and encourage them, maybe with the help of a drink or two, to start chatting to hot strangers.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/EMMA_07.jpg" style="width: 640px; height: 480px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Get a little bit of matchmaking help</strong><br /> <br /> Back in the olden days, the preferred method of matchmaking was either an enormously slow process that involved a lot of tedious letter writing and country dancing, in the manner of a Jane Austen's <em>Emma</em>, or you just had to marry your cousin. However, we are lucky enough to live in the modern age, when there are many methods of easily meeting some lovely new people and getting your flirt on without having to take tea with their parents first. One such way is a singles event, like the very successful one we recently held, as everyone is on the same page. Going along to one of these events with your friend is a fab way to support them and you get a great night out into the bargain. The other way, of course is to set them up on mysinglefriend.com. We are the only dating site where you are as much a part of the process as your friend, and you can be there as their wingman to help, celebrate and commiserate with them as necessary, Why not sign them up now? 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A <a href="http://www.lastminute.com/press-office/2014/11/animalistic-eating-habits-brits-biggest-dinner-date-faux-pas/"><strong>study by travel website lastminute.com</strong></a> found that 15% of people think that being adventurous when ordering food equates to being adventurous in the bedroom, so ditching your usual chicken korma in favour of something a little more unusual could do you some serious favours. How about taking your date out to try some of these less well-known, and utterly delicious, cuisines?<br /> <br /> <strong>Indonesian food</strong><br /> <br /> Indonesian food is slowly growing in popularity in the UK and you will find some excellent restaurants in larger cities across he UK, but, unless your date is a dedicated foodie, they may still not have tried it. Indonesian food is very richly flavoured with spices and herbs, and will give your taste buds quite a workout. It's a very healthy cuisine, especially compared to its heavier counterparts such as Indian food, which can be loaded with cream and sugar, and based on fresh and nutrient rich ingredients such as grains, vegetables, fruit, nuts and fish.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Top dish:</strong> Nasi Goreng. This is Indonesia's take on fried rice, which combines eggs, chillies and vegetables with smokey, aromatic spices.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/nasi-goreng.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 525px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Algerian food</strong><br /> <br /> Algeria has a rich culture that has been influenced over hundreds of years by many different ethnicities from all over the world, including the Berbers, Arabs, Turks, Romans, the French and the Spanish. These influences have ensured that Algeria's cuisine is an eclectic mix of wonderful flavours, aromas and cooking methods, meaning that there will be something on the menu to suit every palate.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Top dish</strong>: Chakchouka. Onions, tomatoes and delicious smokey spices baked in the oven with eggs. Perfect with a pitta to soak up the juice.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/Shakshuka8.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Colombian food</strong><br /> <br /> Colombia has a very diverse history which has resulted in a cuisine that combines European, African, Arab and indigenous ingredients to very tasty effect. Colombian food is incredibly versatile and full of beautiful flavours and colours. Colombia is such a large country that its food varies dramatically from region to region, encompassing dishes from the Caribbean coastal area, the Amazon region and the Andes, so you'll be spoilt for choice.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Top dish:</strong> Bandeja Paisa. This is Colombia's national dish and one for true carnivores only! It's a platter of meat comprised of steak, pork crackling and chorizo, served with rice, red beans, an egg and sweet banana chips.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/colombia.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> What's your favourite dish on a date? 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And it turns out that as well as feeling good within ourselves we also look more attractive to others, and there's even scientific evidence to prove it.<br /> <br /> A study by Ohio University found that many people tend to associate warmth with intimacy, which means that people are much more likely to be friendly and open to making social connections, which, in turn, can lead to connections of many other kinds. This means that people are much more likely to approach us, as well as being more likely to respond positvely to our approaches. It has also been suggested that we excrete more pheromones, those magical little chemicals that play a part in sexual attraction, during hot weather because we sweat more.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/summer couple.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 466px;" /><br /> <br /> On top of these more scientific reasons for heightened attractiveness, there's another more obvious one too: there's a lot more flesh on show. Though there's something to be said for people looking cute all bundled up in hats and gloves during the winter months, it's never quite the same as getting an eyeful when someone has stripped down to the bare essentials because it's so hot outside. We're also more likely to be getting into shape and losing those extra winter pounds as the weather warms up, making us look even better.<br /> <br /> The question is, how can you capitalise on this sexy springtime boost? The first thing to do is <a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/five-tips-to-spring-clean-your-dating-life"><strong>give your online dating profile a spring clean</strong></a> so that you can be sure you're getting the most out of it. It's been proven that having well lit, colourful photos on your profile make people much more likely to get in touch with you, so get a friend to take some new shots of you enjoying the sun. Once you've cleaned up your profile, pay some attention to yourself - get a new haircut or invest in some new summery clothes - whatever makes you feel good. And most importantly: get out there. Make the most of the gorgeous weather by spending lots of time socialising outdoors - the perfect way to meet some lovely new people.<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&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-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">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><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Mon, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Three simple changes that will boost your dating profile https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/three-simple-changes-that-will-boost-your-dating-profile https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/three-simple-changes-that-will-boost-your-dating-profile Like everything else in life, if you neglect your online dating profile for long enough, it will lose its shine. Being really active on the site is brilliant, and it will make you much more likely to meet a keeper, but your profile needs to see a bit of action every now and then as well. It doesn't have to be a big deal either, just a few minor changes can give your profile its sparkle back and attract more lovely people. Here are our three top tips.<br /> <br /> <strong>Add a new picture</strong><br /> <br /> Have a good profile picture massively increases your chances of getting a date. It's naturally the first thing that anyone looks at when they visit your profile, so it's vital that yours is a good one. Changing your profile picture can also give you another chance with people who use the site regularly, but might have decided not to contact you previously, as a new picture will catch their eye and consider you again. Your main profile picture should be a head and shoulders shot of you smiling and looking directly at the camera, and make sure it's well lit with plenty of colour.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/online dating typing(4).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Refresh your description</strong><br /> <br /> You might think that once your description is done, you never have to change it again, but refreshing it every now and then can actually really help your chances of getting a new date. If a new description is combined with new pictures, it's almost like having a brand new profile and people who might not have noticed you before will pay attention. This being MSF, you can also ask your friend to write you a new description (which takes the pressure off you having to do it yourself!) and we can pop it on your profile for you - just drop us an email at admin@mysinglefriend.com.<br /> <br /> <strong>Check that your basic information is still accurate</strong><br /> <br /> So, it's unlikely that your name or your height will have changed, but some of your basic info may have done, especially if you've been online for a while. Perhaps you've become a fitness addict and your build has changed, maybe you've moved house and forgotten to change your area, perhaps you've changed your job, or maybe you saw a picture of George Clooney looking particularly hot and should change your age search so you can ban a similar type of silver fox. 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Doing an activity on a date is not only fun, but it can really help if you feel a bit shy or tongue-tied, as you can focus on what you're doing, rather than each other, until you feel comfortable enough for a sit down, face-to-face chat. However, a spot of dutch courage doesn't go amiss, so why not combine the two and take your date to one of these excellent establishments.<br /> <br /> <strong>Play ping pong at Bounce, Chancery Lane, London</strong><br /> <br /> Unleash your boldest (or baddest) backhand on your date at <a href="http://www.bouncepingpong.com/"><strong>Bounce</strong></a>, London's premiere social ping pong venue. Rock up with your date to their stunning venue and prepare for an evening of delirious fun that can include tasty cocktails, delicious food and some serious table time whilst you discover just how competitive your date is.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/online dating ping pong.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Play darts at Flight Club, Old Street, London</strong><br /> <br /> Think darts is the preserve of Jim Bowen and big blokes necking pints? Think again.<b>&nbsp;</b><a href="http://flightclubdarts.com/"><strong>Flight Club</strong></a> celebrates the UK's favourite pub game in serious style, with a gorgeous venue, an excellent drinks menu (their spirit selection is especially impressive) and some incredibly tempting food. Whether you're a pro or you've never picked up a dart in your life, you can still have a brilliant time and there are three different throw lines, meaning everyone has a good chance at winning.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Play foosball at Cafe Kick, Clerkenwell, London</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.cafekick.co.uk/cafe-kick/index.html"><strong>Cafe Kick</strong></a>&nbsp;is super popular and always rammed to the rafters, meaning you might have to wait a bit for a foosball table, but it will definitely be worth it. It has than a touch of the continent about it, which is evident in the exotic beers and tapas-style plates that are served, and some impressive football memorabilia from all over Europe. Best of all, of course, are the football tables: a game that's easy for anyone to pick up and incredibly addictive.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/table football.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 394px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Play pool at 1920 Bar, Farringdon, London</strong><br /> <br /> Pool is snooker's bratty American cousin, and (in our opinion) a lot more fun to play. The <a href="http://19-20.co.uk/index.html"><strong>1920 Bar</strong></a> has four immaculate orange tables, which are a pleasure to play on, and you can soak up the ambience and stylish decor whilst you sip on one of their elegant cocktails and pot a few balls. The perfect date.<br /> <br /> Do you have any brilliant date night tips? 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