Katy Perry dating Florence + Machine guitarist?
Katy Perry reportedly referred to Florence + Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd as “her boyfriend.”
The singer split from estranged husband Russell Brand at the end of last year and Katy is believed to have recently ended her romance with 22-year-old model Baptiste Giabiconi.
The beauty has apparently moved on to dating Robert, as they were seen holding hands at California music festival Coachella.
“Backstage at the Artist Lounge at Coachella last weekend, Katy kept saying her boyfriend was the guitar player for Florence + the Machine,” a source told Life & Style magazine. “She and a bunch of friends were supposed to go see Dr Dre together, but Katy said she was waiting to watch her boyfriend perform!”
Days later, Robert apparently began following Katy on Twitter.
He then shared about his experience at Coachella, seemingly mentioning Katy by her initials.
“Best Coachella ever. Scratch that, best weekend ever. Dre, Snoop, Pac, Nate, Fiddy & KP. (sic)” Robert tweeted.
Katy recently released Part Of Me, a song about a tough break up. Although she wrote it two years ago, it was apt in its release.
Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson Are ‘Engaged Dating’.
So far, so good.
After adjusting to a long-distance romance, Ben Flajnik and his controversial fianceé, Courtney Robertson, are enjoying what The Bachelor couple calls “engaged dating.”
“We’re still getting to know each other and taking it slow,” Flajnik told PEOPLE at a Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld fashion show in New York recently. “[Things] are working out really well.”
Robertson says she still has a lot to learn about her new man.
“It’s nice to see him in social settings and with his family,” she says. “He is the life of the party. He’s got this great personality.”
She’s also finding out what they don’t have in common: He “hates bananas,” she says, while she “loves them.”
But she has won him over with her favorite drink: “She’s got me drinking those things,” he says of the fermented tea-based beverage kombucha.
Although they are looking forward to a summer filled with travel plans and wedding invitations, the lovey-dovey couple won’t be rushing down the aisle anytime soon.
“We’re not even there yet,” Flajnik said.
A New York man’s meticulous dating spreadsheet has gone viral after he sent it to one of the women he was dating.
The Excel spreadsheet chronicles David Merkur’s interaction and relationship with each woman he met on Match.com.
The grid is broken down into several categories including Match.com user name, real name, age, profile picture, online appearance ranking, initial notes, contact information, timeline of communication, date status and date comments.
“Mixed bag of pictures, but great bod; works in my building, also in finance; well traveled; lives on LES,” Merkur wrote of one of the women. He noted on the chart that he was supposed to go on a date with her on April 3, but she had to cancel due to a work-related event. “Next time TBD.”
The column for “initial date status” is color-coded with some of the women’s dates in red, meaning “Monitor closely (bold = ASAP),” and others in green, meaning the date is upcoming.
On April 4, Merkur went to New York’s Rose Bar with a woman whom he described as, “Very pretty; sweet & down to earth/great personality; hope to see again soon.”
During their date, the spreadsheet came up in conversation and the woman asked if he would send it to her. After some hesitation, he did.
A few days later, the woman forwarded the spreadsheet to her friends as “Monday morning entertainment.”
She wrote, “I went on a date with this guy last Wednesday. On the date, he tells me that he has a spreadsheet for tracking all of the people from match that are ‘in process.’ Naturally, I tease him and ask him to send me the spreadsheet. For some strange reason, he actually does.”
The email ended, “Just when I thought I had seen it all….”
From there, the spreadsheet went viral. But some of the women are not thrilled with the newfound attention.
The highest score for “online appearance,” a 9.5, went to Liliana Beidaut, who Merkur noted “looks beautiful; from coastal Romania; Chanel make-up artist.”
“I’ve gotten a lot of calls from random people saying, ‘Oh, you’re the 9.5,’” Beidaut told site.
Beidaut, 26, has mixed feelings about the spreadsheet. She holds no resentment for Merkur, whom she is friends with through Facebook and text-chats but has never met in person.
“I think the guy is really nice,” Beidaut said. “I never met him and I don’t think he did something that bad. He was nice, and he was trying to keep himself organized. I think he took that seriously and was really looking for a girl.”
Beidaut has harsher words for the woman who sent around the spreadsheet.
“Why would she send it to the whole world? It was a really stupid move,” Beidaut said. “My face is plastered everywhere now. I wasn’t looking for that. I just thinking that I was using Match.com.”
Beidaut said she is “absolutely” considering taking legal action against the woman that sent the email because she believes her privacy has been violated. She has already spoken to at least one other woman on the list who is similarly upset.
“I think he really liked the girl and he trusted her, so he sent her the thing,” she said. “He had some doubt before she sent it out and I think she was spiteful.”
Julia Roberts offers to babysit for Brangelina.
Julia Roberts has offered to babysit for newly engaged couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a wedding present.
The actress has starred alongside Pitt in two films, ‘The Mexican’, and ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ was happy to hear the news of his engagement to his partner of seven years Jolie, and has even offered to look after the six children they raise – Maddox, 10, Pax, nine, Zahara, seven, Shiloh, five and three-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne – if they needed some quiet time.
“Oh yes, it’s exciting news. It’s always nice when you’re ready to hitch your wagon for eternity to somebody,” Contactmusic quoted her as telling E! news.
On being asked about the gift she’d choose for the wedding, she revealed that she would babysit for them.
“That’s a ways down the road, but it’s starting to be, now that people are starting to ask me and put pressure on me, so – babysitting. Yeah, that’s good,” she added. (ANI)
I’m the worst dater ever: Eva Longoria.
Eva Longoria has confessed to being terrible at dating, and insists she can understand the reason as to why people turn to dating shows to find a partner.
The ‘Desperate Housewives’ actress, who recently came out of a year-long relationship with Penelope Cruz’ brother Eduardo, says she does not perform well during initial romantic meetings.
“I’m the worst dater ever,” Contactmusic quoted her as telling Access Hollywood.
The 37-year-old, who divorced ex-husband Tony Parker in 2010 after three years of marriage amid allegations he had cheated on her, is launching her own dating show called ‘Ready For Love’, and insists that she understands why people would want to take part.
“When you get to a point in your life and you’ve tried everything and you’ve exhausted blind dates you kind of go, ‘I really want to share this life with somebody’,” she said.
“That’s one thing I think these guys are, they’re ready for love and they’re at a point in their life where they’re ready to share that with someone,” she said.
But having been spotted enjoying a cosy meal with 26-year-old Eduardo at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood earlier this month, she remains coy about whether she is looking for her own new love.
“Who knows,” she laughingly added.
Dating nowadays no better than ‘back in my day’.
New novel gives amusing look at then and now.
2It’s the way parents or grandparents (usually men) respond to the assumptions or complaints of young people. There’s even a term for it now: Grumpy old man meme.
“Back in my day we couldn’t afford shoes. We had to walk to school in our bare feet, uphill both ways. In the winter we wrapped our feet with barbed wire for traction.”
Jenkins, the main character and narrator in veteran Winnipeg writer Dave Williamson’s latest comic novel, Dating, isn’t grumpy, but he does have a serious case of “back in my day” syndrome.
Half of the book is comprised of his reminiscences about dating in his youth.
The other half, alternating with the nostalgia, is about his current dating encounters.
Since the mid-’70s, Williamson has published four other novels that have dealt comically with love and male-female relationships. He has also written plays and non-fiction.
Jenkins is actually Robert Henry Jenkins, but nobody calls him by his first name or a nickname. He’s a widower, a nervous, self-doubting, 70-something. It’s two years since his wife Barb died, and he’s back on the dating scene after 50 years of marriage.
Things aren’t much better for Jenkins in the present than they were back in the good old days of junior and senior high and the University of Manitoba. He was a mostly unsuccessful dater back then, and he remains so in 2007, the year of the story.
Williamson has Jenkins as an old fogey, as he once was a young fogey. A pre-baby boomer, he’s from a generation (like Williamson’s) that did not benefit from the pill and the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
His dating experiences were all about necking, petting, clumsy groping and abstinence. In other words they were elaborate exercises in anticipation and frustration.
One of the more amusingly articulated, if somewhat clichéd, scenes occurs on Jenkins’ fourth date with a classy girl named Marcia.
Marcia is prone to overusing the word “exquisite.” When she invites him in and serves salmon, Jenkins, as usual, fantasizes that it’s a prelude to sex.
“Seafood — good for lovemaking,” he thinks.
Marcia disabuses him of this notion with this classic speech: “We have a lot of exquisite fun together. And since we know that, I’m asking you, do we have to spoil what we have? Can’t we just be good friends?”
When the rules of middle-class dating etiquette don’t intervene, fate does or some higher power. While Jenkins gropes a working-class girl in her parents’ living room, a large crucifix on the wall makes him worry that divine intervention has arrived “at the perfect time to deliver me from temptation.” He is frustrated once again.
Jenkins and the novel are saved from the Sisyphean repetitiveness of anticipation and frustration by the appearance of his future wife, Barb. But even their romance is fraught.
His memories of their courtship are interwoven with a date in the present with one of his high school flames. From the beginning when her children set rules for Jenkins to its disastrous conclusion, the scene is a delicate balance of humour, irony and poignancy. It’s one of the better scenes in the novel.
Astutely crafted and amusing rather than compelling or hilarious, Dating is a comedy of manners that could use less sentimentality about the past, less wishful thinking about Jenkins’ prospects in the present, and more satiric bite.
In an age of rampant Internet dating, even among geezers, it’s also slightly out of date.
Williamson’s prose is neither dazzling nor distracting; it moves the story along calmly, smoothly and efficiently. And Dating does get better as it moves along. It’s more inventive; there are more surprises — right to the very last page.
With its references to the Chocolate Shop, the Highwayman restaurant, the Ivanhoe and other local institutions, Dating will have a special attractiveness for older, nostalgic Winnipeg readers.
Gene Walz recently retired as a film studies professor at the University of Manitoba.
Competition shows like “Amazing Race,” “The Biggest Loser” and “Dancing with the Stars” have featured diverse contestants since their inaugural seasons in 2001, 2004 and 2005, respectively.
But while African-Americans, Asians and Latinos can be seen racing around the world, losing weight and dancing the paso doble on TV, dating shows continue to be far less inclusive.
Two African-American men filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, accusing ABC as well as other companies involved with the production of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” and creator Mike Fleiss of racial discrimination.
The complaint alleges that, in 16 seasons of “The Bachelor” and seven seasons of “The Bachelorette” (the eighth season is slated to begin airing in May), the defendants have never featured “a single person of color … in the central role.” The suit also alleges that the few people of color who have been chosen to compete are often eliminated after the first few rose ceremonies.
It should be noted that Cuban-born Mary Delgado won Season 6 of “The Bachelor,” and Puerto Rican Roberto Martinez won Season 6 of “The Bachelorette.”
But even “The Bachelor’s” short-lived competition — like “Average Joe,” “For Love or Money” and “Joe Millionaire” — featured predominately white casts.
So why does it seem like dating shows might be behind the curve when it comes to inclusion?Nashville-based plaintiffs Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson assert in their complaint that: “‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘Extreme Makeover’ only involve platonic, as opposed to romantic, relationships among the cast members. This indicates that the presence of people of color in ABC programming is acceptable so long as there is no exhibition of actual romance between non-whites or whites and people of color.”
The lawsuit has helped stoke a conversation about diversity and dating shows, especially when it comes to black-white relationships.Allison Samuels, a senior writer at Newsweek/The Daily Beast, said the men who filed suit may be on to something.
“When it comes to romance and love, I just don’t think African-Americans … are viewed as people who love or know how to love,” Samuels said. “We’re made to be people who are not interesting or attractive … and can’t have that fairytale.”
Young minority viewers might end up watching a show like “The Bachelor” and thinking, ‘I’m not good enough to get on this show, but I’m good enough to get on the show where I can beat somebody up and fight all day long,’ like “Basketball Wives” or “Flavor of Love,” she said.
“The Bachelor” has set the tone for how women and people of color are portrayed on every dating show — on network TV and cable, alike, said Jennifer L. Pozner, the author of site online.
And for a decade, “[ABC and creator Mike Fliess] have done everything they can to create an on-screen America that looks like the segregated South in the ’50s,” Pozner said, adding, “It’s as if [the network] is afraid they could lose advertisers by showing interracial dating.”
Calling “The Bachelor” “light and fluffy entertainment,” Bradley Jacobs, a senior editor at US Weekly, said, producers are “probably not interested in getting their hands dirty in some kind of interracial romance.”
The show has always featured a bunch of “white girls fighting over a white guy,” Jacobs said. “That’s what the viewers, I guess, expect and what the advertisers, I guess, expect. … A lot of people a still are against mixed-race marriages.”
According to data from 2008 and published in Social Science Research last year, white women who were surveyed are more likely to approve of interracial relationships for others than themselves, while white men are more likely to personally engage in such relationships.
People are increasingly becoming more accepting of interracial relationships, Samuels said. But TV doesn’t “push black-on-black love, so why would [viewers] want to see black-on-white love. It’s taken a lawsuit to make people talk about this, but I’m not perplexed.”
Arturo R. García, the managing editor at site, said he is surprised “The Bachelor’s” alleged whitewashing is just now being widely criticized.
“I’m surprised that someone like Fleiss didn’t at least see the revenue potential of expanding the cast,” García said. “Why wouldn’t you feature a successful African-American man or woman?”
Not to mention the fact that “a meaningful multicultural dating show … would more closely reflect modern interaction,” he added.
However, García said, one lawsuit can’t immediately change the dynamic of such a long-running program.
“It would take a re-engineering of the show’s thought process to make inclusiveness part of the culture of that program,” he said. “If the plaintiffs win and you see an African-American Bachelorette, would there be a stigma associated with her? She’s only there because the lawsuit said she had to be there.”
It’s too soon to tell how the lawsuit might effect impending seasons of the dating show. But lawsuit or not, Lamar Hurd hopes to be wielding roses in the near future. The Portland-based sportscaster has been petitioning to become the first black Bachelor.
This isn’t the first time the issue of diversity has been raised regarding “The Bachelor.”
In March 2011, creator Fleiss told Entertainment Weekly: “I think Ashley [Hebert] is 1/16th Cherokee Indian, but I cannot confirm. But that is my suspicion! We really tried, but sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism. Oh, we have to wedge African-American chicks in there! We always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it’s just that for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would.”
“I’ll take tokenism if it’s going to get one person a job,” Samuels said, referencing Fleiss’ quote. “The point now is that not even that one person is on there.”
I’m not dating Shahid…or anyone: Nargis Fakhri
Nargis Fakhri has one answer when asked these days about her rumoured link-up with actor Shahid Kapoor. “I wish!” “No, really,” she insists. “I wish my life was as exciting as the media makes it out to be. My life is so boring.”
So, is she not seeing anyone? “I would love to be in a relationship but the fact is that I am single. I start my day at 8am and it usually ends at 11pm, during which I have to attend so many classes. And amid all that I don’t have time for a relationship. I don’t even get time to speak to my mom. But if and when I am seeing someone, I won’t hide it,” says the 32-year-old model-actor, on a visit to Delhi to cheer for Delhi Daredevils at an IPL cricket match.
She says the popularity of cricket fascinates her and she wanted to have a first-hand experience about the ‘cricket-craze’ she’s heard so much about.
“In India, Bollywood and cricket are the two biggest obsessions. I have never seen a live cricket match, as back home in the US, we don’t have cricket, so I wanted to be part of the craze that cricket has in India. I don’t know much about cricket, but my friends do tell me about it, so I am here to experience the thrill.”
Though there are reports that after the success of her debut film, Rockstar, in 2011, Fakhri, a New York-based model, born to a Pakistani father and a Czech mother, has signed her second film, Khiladi 786, opposite Akshay Kumar, but won’t reveal anything. “I can’t confirm anything. Wait and watch,” is all she says.
Nargis Fakhri on dating Shahid I wish my life was as exciting as the media makes it out to be. The fact is, I’m single on signing a film I can’t confirm anything (about signing Khiladi 786 opposite Akshay). Just wait and watch.
Is Kim Kardashian Heading for a Breakdown?
Kim Kardashian is so alone or at least that’s what the cover of Life & Style Magazine is claiming.
Kim is not only alone but she is allegedly depressed and headed for a breakdown. Since the break up of her 72 day marriage to Kris Humphries, the magazine is claiming Kim is undateable, losing millions of dollars, gained 15 pounds and has no friends. In other words she has hit rock bottom.
Also in this week’s issue is:
- Demi Moore’s darkest hours – doing drugs in front of her daughter
- The Bachelor’s Courtney dated Reese Witherspoon’s husband, Jim Tooth
- Inside Jennifer Aniston’s $21 million home
Dating scene comes to life in .
They say everything is bigger in Texas, but the dating scene seems biggest in the capitol — Austin.
Yahoo has reported Austin to be one of America’s top cities for dating. The list included 10 other cities: Boston, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Phoenix, Scottsdale, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.
The article, written by Ellissa Richard, states that half of Austin’s population consists of singles. This statement may not be a surprise to many since Austin is home to the University of Texas at Austin.
“I think just being young in general is a good reason for dating because everyone is looking for love in one way or another,” University of Texas at Austin junior Kristi Kacal said.
“And having a school in the middle of this awesome city makes it a lot easier to meet people your age and with the same lifestyle as you.”
The city is also home to many students that do not go to school in Austin, but in other nearby cities, like those who attend Texas State University in nearby San Marcos. The college even offers the Bobcat Tram, to students who commute from Austin to San Marcos. Another service being offered in San Marcos is Blackhorn Buses, which is an affordable and safe way for college students to travel to downtown Austin at night. Baylor, which is less than two hours away from Austin, also brings students to the city on weekends.
“Everybody goes to Austin — definitely,” said Texas State University junior Genis Reyes. “You meet new people and hang out with your UT friends [or] San Marcos people who take the bus up there.”
Austin is known for being weird, and that’s possibly why the dating scene is so big there.
The people that live there are known to be not only diverse, but also friendly.
“Everyone is not so uptight and really laidback. The dating scene is just really different because people are really approachable,” Baylor sophomore and Austin native Lindsey Braun said.
When the weather is nice, many people in Austin find themselves kayaking on Lake Travis, hiking up Mount Bonnell or exploring the Greenbelt. The city also has many parks which citizens take full advantage of.
“During the day we definitely go paddle boarding and canoeing on the lake,” Reyes said, “We also like to walk around the city at night just because it’s so pretty.”
Austin may be beautiful aesthetically, but the city is known for its nightlife, primarily Sixth Street.
However, Sixth Street is also home to many cafes, art galleries, upscale restaurants and entertainment venues.
“Sixth Street is definitely a great place to have a good time and meet tons of single people,” Kacal said, “However, I’m not sure if that’s exactly the place you want to meet your future husband, but other than that, it’s a great place to hang out and get to know a bunch of people.”
Austin is also a music haven. There are more than 200 live music venues in the city. One example is Austin City Limits, a three-day music festival filled with more than 100 bands. Many Baylor students made the drive to Austin to attend the festival.
Being in Texas, people can’t forget country music. Many honky-tonks combine dancing and live music.
“I love country music, so Texas Country concerts at Midnight Rodeo or Nutty Brown Café are always fun,” Kacal said.
Whether it’s dancing the Texas Two-Step or swimming in Barton Springs, people won’t have to go far to meet someone new. Austin may be filled with big things, but the city is still developing.
“It’s a young and small city. It’s growing and a lot of people are moving in here from different places,” Austin Community College junior Kevin Reyes said. “By getting to know the city, you’re bound to meet someone, people are always interacting.”
Dr Brownwen Carroll has worked as a children’s doctor for several years in Boston and decided to carry out her own survey.
After questioning 327 patients, more than 50% revealed they had been physically attacked.
She told Newsbeat: “I expected the numbers to be high but I didnt expect them to be that high. That’s somewhat staggering.
“I am quite confident that if we interviewed 500 adolescents, 1000, probably 10,000 – the numbers would be essentially the same.”
In recent years a number of small schemes have been set up in some schools in the US to educate young people about violence in relationship.
However, campaigners believe a lot more needs to be done to raise awareness.
Dr Bronwen Collins believes rates of violence are much higher in urban areas with higher levels of poverty.
She claims one of the main problems is that many teenagers, like Gabrielle, suffer abuse and don’t realise something is wrong with their relationship.
“To know it’s so common is distressing. We need to do a better job of educating young people about what a healthy relationship really looks like.”
Calls to tackle teen dating violence in the US.
Campaigners in the US have told Newsbeat more needs to done to tackle the high rate of violence in teen dating and relationships in the country.
Recent studies have shown a high number of young people admitting they’ve been attacked by their boyfriend or girlfriend.
Twenty-year-old Gabrielle Lopez from New York City was abused by her first boyfriend at school:
“About two months into the relationship he became very controlling,” she said.
“Where was I going? Who was I talking to? Why was I talking to this person?”
Eventually the verbal intimidation turned to physical abuse and Gabrielle was attacked on several occasions.
“I came to school with bruises. He used to punch me in the ribs a lot. He would also slap my face with the back of his hand,” she said.
There was much worse to come though.
When Gabrielle complained about the abuse to police, her boyfriend was warned about his behaviour but wasn’t arrested.
As an act of revenge for her reporting him, he forced her to an abandoned house where he raped her.
She admits she stayed in the relationship for as long as she did because she didn’t realise her boyfriend’s behaviour wasn’t normal.
“I came from a home where there was abuse and I just thought this was the kind of problem that happened in relationships,” she said.
‘Staggering’ figure .The most recent national survey in the US found one in 10 young people admitted being attacked in their relationship.
Some people believe the rate could be much higher in inner city areas.
On Wednesdays, Amanda Chatel will be sharing stories about her strange, fascinating and sometimes wonderful dating life. If it makes you want to date, check out TheGloss dating page.
When my friend Anne decided she wanted to give online dating a try, she also felt I should as well. I did not agree with her, but this didn’t stop her from creating a profile for me.
Anne, being the complete opposite of me, made my profile just like hers, but to use her words “edgier.” I think “edgier” in her mind was meant to represent the difference between the two of us. She prided herself on having this Jennifer Lopez body and did everything in her power to even look just like her physically. I, on the other hand, had tattoos and I had seen Nine Inch Nails in concert — in high school well over 10 years ago. So considering Anne’s affinity for commercial radio, her favorite store being Express and having never tasted a cheese even remotely more interesting than cheddar, I truly was in her mind “edgy.” We had been friends since 4th grade and somewhere along the line we had changed drastically in our personalities and preferences. I was “edgy” (although I’m really not) and she was something out of crowd of TRL fans on MTV — a show I don’t even know still exists.
Anne updated my profile often — which I only saw once strictly so I could roll my eyes — and sort of marketed us as two friends looking for two male friends for a double date. When she finally heard back from two guys who seemed “normal, sweet and not axe-murderers,” she set up a date for us during a weekend I’d be in Boston visiting her. Our weekend, I thought, would be free of drama and mostly involve her perfectly made martinis (she had been a bartender in college) and movie marathons, but when I met her at South Station she shrieked with excitement when she explained: “They’re MIT grad students! Not only are they smart, but I’m sure they’re going to make so much money someday!” Unlike Anne, I wasn’t concerned with marrying someone with the potential to make the big bucks; I was more concerned with bedding a lead singer of an indie rock band.
It took me all of five minutes to get ready for the date. From the couch, I watched Anne apply and re-apply her make-up, curl her hair and desperately try to discern between which shimmery lipstick was most appropriate. I should point out that this was just a few months ago and from what I’ve gathered about life, shimmery lipstick went out in oh, 2001 or so — and that’s being generous.
When all was said and done, Kate Spade looked like she’d been plucked out of a Victoria’s Secret catalog; the back to be exact, where those clothes that I don’t even know who would ever wear muck up the pages with sweaters and jeans that would make most people cringe.
I was in head-to-toe black and Anne frowned at my ensemble. “You couldn’t even try?” she asked.
“For the last time, my soulmate is drunk somewhere in a gutter at the moment, so I’m not really giving a fuck at the moment,” I explained. She reached for her new Kate Spade bag, I picked up my canvas bag that I had gotten at the Strand after dropping too much cash on Franzen and Eugenides novels just the week before, and we made our way to the bar where we were supposed to meet these “MIT grad students.”
For close to 30 minutes we waited. As each pair of relatively attractive men walked through the door, Kate Spade jumped up with excitement to see if they would see her red scarf — that was what they were supposed to be noticing. But nothing each time. As we began to figure that we had been stood up, much my relief and much to Kate Spade utter disappointment that I feared I’d have to hold her back from jumping into the Charles River on the way home, she got a tap on the shoulder.
“Anne?” asked a lanky guy with thick glasses that sat crookedly on his nose who wore a sweater that I’m quite certain not even my blind great-grandmother would wear. “It’s me. John.” Underneath the bar, I felt Anne give my leg a tight squeeze. She was silent and motionless otherwise.
“Mandy?” asked the other one who was straight out of the 1980′s movie Revenge of the Nerds with his tucked in t-shirt and high-waited slacks (yes, slacks.) “I’m Twain.”
“Twain?” I asked. “As in Mark?”
“Yeah! Just like that!” responded this Twain character with glee as if he were shocked I could put two and two together.
They sat down and joined us for a drink. Being civil, I did most of the talking while Anne sat silently and ordered shot after shot while John proceeded to put, what I’m assuming were “moves,” on her. When Twain spoke bits of froth accumulated at the corners of his mouth, and when John tried to make a joke it was something so far over both our heads that only Twain understood and laughed. They were awkward in their movements, socially inept in their conversation skills and explained that they didn’t drink — which had already become obvious as they consumed tea, while Anne drowned her disappointment in endless shots (that eventually became free once she unbuttoned her shirt a little more) and I sipped my Guinness slowly.
It was when John and Twain suggested we go to a “hot club for some dancing,” that Anne raced to the bathroom, missed the toilet and threw up on the floor instead. As I stood over her, with her hair pulled back from her face, I asked her if she had learned a lesson. “Yes,” she said, “No matter how interesting someone seems online, if they don’t have a photo up, it’s for a reason.”
Dating Hijinks: The Blind Double Date
With Two MIT Grad Students.
“They didn’t have a photo up and that wasn’t a red flag for you?”
“I just want to be in love,” she sobbed. As she continued to throw-up the seven or eight shots she had consumed, I headed to the bar and explained that she and I were going to go home.
“But you seem all right,” said Twain, “You should come home with me. I have new sheets.” As he said this, he put his hand on my thigh, far too close to my crotch, and flirtatiously looked over the rim of his Chester-the-Molester glasses. Could the two of them possibly be anymore stereotypical? Where the hell was Val Kilmer from Real Genius when you needed him?
“No thank you,” I said. I paid our tab and let the MIT kids take care of their tea bill. I carried Anne’s dead-weight drunken body home almost 15 blocks, as cabs in Boston just aren’t as prevalent as they are in NYC while she cried the whole way about love being a joke and being duped by John and his promises. I didn’t ask what promises she meant, but she did promise herself that night to always get a photo before indulging in any online dates again. Since then, she’s had better luck.
I should add, however, that my grandfather went to MIT and he was a pretty crazy, drunken, womanizer, so I’m well aware that John and Twain don’t represent every student there. But I do know that if someone is studying something I can’t even pronounce, I’ll pass. Those people aren’t usually lead singers in indie rock bands who have a habit of being drunk in a gutter somewhere in Brooklyn anyway. And like I said, those are the real “winners” for which I’m always on the look out.
Not all nerds are like Poindexter, some are really hot and cooler than most people. But you won’t know that until you check out TheGloss dating page.
Tim Tebow Responds To Katy Perry Dating Rumors.
Tim Tebow and Katy Perry are a match made in Christian heaven, that’s why it saddens us to report that the two are definitely not hooking up despite rumors to the contrary.
The dating rumor started after Katy’s mother, Mary Hudson, allegedly suggested that Perry date the Christian quarterback. According to an OK! magazine report, Mrs. Perry said that Tebow would be the perfect guy for her daughter. “He’s handsome, charming, intelligent and above all, a good Christian,” Mrs. Perry said.
The dating rumor was then further fueled after Perry dedicated her double entendre song, “Peacock,” to Tebow at a pre Super Bowl performance. Bloggers and tabloids soon began speculating: are Katy and Tim hooking up?
The rumor is finally being put to bed thanks to a kid at the Boys & Girls Club who asked a visiting Tebow if he “has a thing” with Perry. The Broncos star laughed, saying, “No, me and Katy Perry don’t have a ‘thing,’ but she’s a very good artist.”
And there you have it!
Aussies lost $21 million to online dating scams in 2011.
AUSTRALIANS seeking a soulmate are being scammed out of millions of dollars by dating site fraudsters who target lonely singles.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is acting on online dating scams after receiving more than 2100 complaints in 2011.Australians were cheated out of $21 million by online dating scams last year, up from $15 million in 2010.The ACCC has released guidelines that call on dating websites to clearly issue warnings and information about fraudsters as well as publishing examples of scams.Sites should improve their vetting and checking and also respond quickly to complaints.Telltale signs of a possible scam profile include “a prevalence of spelling/grammatical errors” and common names.Users should also be on the lookout for telltale scam signs such as someone professing their love too soon or asking for money.Online daters should also be cautious of a person they meet who “does not match their profile” or claims “to be stationed in or travel frequently to Africa”.
ACCC deputy chairman Dr Michael Schaper says dating and romance scams are “often the work of international criminal networks and cause significant harm”.”These scams often see a genuine user of a dating website being contacted by a potential admirer who is a scammer in disguise,” Dr Schaper said.”After forming a relationship with the victim, the scammer plays on emotional triggers to get the victim to provide money, gifts or personal details.”Dr Schaper said many dating websites had already put protection measures in place.
Facebook Dating: 3 Ways To Get A Date
With Your Crush Through Social Networking.
Forgot to get the number of that hot girl or guy you sit next to in chemistry? Worry not. Facebook flirting is rapidly becoming the new “it” way to date digitally. Three years ago, when we wrote our first book, Flirtexting, texting and dating was all the rage! Everyone was doing it and if they weren’t, they are now. Digital dating has picked up momentum on our social media networks and Facebook is the latest “it” tool leading to landing that first date.
People post a boatload of personal information on their profiles: hobbies, movies and music they enjoy, pictures from past trips, schools they attended, groups they follow, etc. Pull something off their profile and make it a conversation-starter. Example: “Hi, I somehow came across your photos from Costa Rica on my feed and am planning a trip there…”
Today the area of sexual exploration of the scope of trivial physiological “perversion” has moved to soaring heights of intellectual sex online dating. In the foreground is not a fight to the sexual norm, and the struggle with his own mind, too blunt, too flat, and too one-dimensional to accommodate unlimited horizons of new opportunities. Both of them – and the sexual revolution, and traditional morality in his own way trying to revive spirituality in sex. Both of them want to make sex a reasonable, clean, and high. Both of them look at the normal, biological sex only as a vague, incomplete, unintelligible semblance of what it should be online dating. And incidentally, the most promising in a second sexual revolution in precisely those countries which first revolution touched the least. In these countries still maintain the attitudes towards sex as a spiritual phenomenon. Conversely, those countries where in relation to sex too entrenched rhetoric of “overcome”, “liberation”, “removal of barriers”, are doomed to an eternal cycle in the trivial. Behind this rhetoric is to overcome the vague hope that removing the barriers and breaking taboos, restoring rights to the most primitive strata of the psyche, we are supposedly reveals something significant and important, for what these barriers must be overcome. If they forget one obvious thing: freedom, ie the diversity of possibilities, comes with the complexity of the rules of the game, rather than simplifying them. Rules of the game invented, not in order to hinder and obstruct, but in order to make the game more varied – and vice versa, violation of the rules makes the game a primitive and boring. Rules of the game does not hamper the game – they made it. If you cancel the rules, any sport will be reduced to boxing and freestyle wrestling, and from any game, if you simplify it to the limit, will remain only “Chinese tie. Rules of the game – is part of the game itself, they ask a variety of possibilities and combinations, facing partners. By setting limits to our actions on the trivial level, they force us to use more complex and interesting features online dating.
The current situation in our country receiving system (or rather it would say – the acquisition of) the right to drive motor means implies that there is not so exorbitant financial resources and knowledge of the specific mechanisms are not necessarily memorize the rules of the road and wind up dozens of hours of driving practice. Exact figures, there can be, but a considerable percentage of people toured the country with normal exams no right to turn the ignition key and push the gas pedal does not have. So, many bad drivers’ men. A somewhat different situation with Russian women single. Although this system is receiving (again in my mind we write “acquisition”) driver’s license works in their case, but still worse than the women adapted to drive a car by themselves. Given that examples of good drivers not man is, we must recognize the fact that in general, not a woman’s case, turn the steering wheel. And there is no male chauvinism – just not a woman’s business, and all. There are also classes, which absolutely does not fit the vast majority of men – say, Russian women single knitting or embroidery art. It is clear that driving is to modern life far more important than all kinds of needlework, but there is no fault of neither women nor men who just happened. So, we reached the following conclusions. Do all women are incompetent drivers? No. Can a woman be a good driver? Certainly. Are all men are good drivers? Not at all. Driving a male occupation than women? Perhaps so… Russian women single wait you!
In the years identified in the study as the lower threshold, on average, women lost their virginity at age 19, and men – in 18. By 1990, this figure for both sexes has fallen to 15 years. Despite more liberal attitudes toward sex in general, the study’s authors have not noticed a significant increase in the number of sexual partners. There liberalization has a negative side: along with the more liberated sexual behavior, increasing the similarity in the behavior of boys and girls in regard to violence and alcohol. Perhaps, to some extent, changes committed to the study, due to the fact that people are simply more willing to talk about sex. Last year it became known that sexual behavior in Britain in 1940 in fact was much looser than demonstrated. Dr Petra Boynton, 36 years old, an expert on sexual behavior at University College London, says of the psychological pressure on women. “From a Ukraine women is waiting for her to be not just sexual, and geisha. In 1950 a Ukraine women was not required to enjoy sex, and now you want” – she said. She adds that such public pressure means that the study should be interpreted with caution, as unknown to what extent the respondents were truthful. “In 1950 people are less willing to share information about their intimate life, and now they have to say that they are sexy, so this option can be reassessed. Ukraine women waiting you on our web dating!
“I want to get married and seeking a Russian woman!” – A guide to action for single men. If you are thinking about what are the best years of your life, but you’re still lonely man, try one morning to ask yourself: “Maybe I want to marry?” Maybe I want to get acquainted with a Russian woman and start a family? «The answer will follow immediately: “Yes, of course, I like any normal man, I want to marry. I want to find a Russian woman for serious relationship!” Believe me, if you recognize yourself in the desire to find a wife, and then go to take decisive action will be much easier! So, you realize that you want to get married, but now we should think about where you can find a woman for marriage. Do not forget that, despite the fact that marriages are made in heaven; to get acquainted with a woman is only possible on the ground! Take a look around! If among your friends and colleagues you cannot find a Russian woman for the role of your future wife, then the long-awaited love got lost in a maze of bustling cities, and you should choose another way to get acquainted with a woman. To find a woman – your wife-to have patience, information, and do not forget about luck! Put differently, should look like your future wife; imagine a Russian woman with whom you would like to create a family and to man. Now choose the most suitable way to get acquainted with the woman in the light of free time, age, personal preferences and psychological characteristics:
Reason unrequited love for a girl is an unhappy love for him. The result is the substitution of love for another man, claims his love, an attempt to compel another person to fill an empty soul to the brim. Is common misconception that the other Russian girls can make you happy and only need to get such a man? Each partner must find solutions to their problems within their own personality, and not outside it, making the change a partner. And the wrong in the case of an unhappy love – is to beg, buy, seek, and attempt to force the object of your interest in a reciprocal feeling. You not only get you so lack of recognition, respect and understanding, you will be taken away and the remnants of what the keeps your existence. The worse the relationship becomes, the harder it is to end unhappily in love with them because of the severity of the need to be loved. Your actions, your energy and strength will be spent in vain, pour into a bottomless pit. We must understand this and find the internal capacity for more self-sufficient and able to see love. There is a pattern that obsession takes hold of your soul because of its paucity of real life. You must understand that the wiser to invest their talents in such cases, which will bear fruit. So it makes sense not to pour a lifeless desert, and more fertile soil. Is little recognition of love for the man who managed to get bored by the abundance of such confessions? You are immensely appreciating your declaration of love, but for him it is of no value. This happens even though the lovers refuse to believe it. Maybe you must to register on our web site and meet Russian girls here? Your Russian girls wait you!
Why Western men seeking brides from Russia and in CIS countries?
At the first reason it`s feminism. Women do not want to be women who do not want themselves to look after it, do not want men to look after them and the signs of attention are often seen aggressively. Men also want a normal family, children (yes, yes, for western men, children – this is important, they love them, they deal with them, their children value and not a burden). Men want romance, love, and care about someone to care for them. Men of the West (read their forums, discussions) have long complained that women tend to spend their leisure time in bars, but not in the family, they prefer to start thinking about the child when they are about 40 (and the family often, too). They are immersed in themselves and materialistic. Why just a girl from Russia? “Russian women on good date are famous for the fact that family is important to them, children. They are not feminized, and quietly allow men to take care of them, they can combine work and family (or just a family, to decide what is important), and they are good, caring mother. Russian women on good date are famous for the ability to look after himself, dress, dye; all this does not even despite the modest income. Average Russian women on good date, according to the men from the West looks at the model level there. Come on free Russian dating sites as men (they are every year becoming less) who would like to find a girl for 20 -25 years younger, whom some of them want to give birth the child that their previous American wife never gave birth to, someone to feel young again, showing and opening the world for its wife. Many men also come to sites with Russian women on good date ,after their environment comes across a family where the wife is Russian. They see the love and care for the couple to each other, and it inspires them to find their love in Russia, too.