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[2006-12-12] Russians flood into Finland for Christmas and New Year holiday
Border crossing points in the southeast of Finland are getting ready for the onrush of Russian Christmas tourists. After a couple of quieter years, car-, bus-, and trainloads of Russian shoppers and holidaymakers are expected to storm Finland in record numbers. Already some 70,000 Russian have made accommodation reservations. Last Christmas the total number of Russian overnight visitors was 50,000. Also the number of visas granted by the Finnish Embassy in St. Petersburg has risen by a third from Christmas 2005. "The measures introduced to tackle congestion at the border crossing points incl [...]
[2006-12-11] While Internet addiction is not yet recognized by psychiatrists, cyberspace compulsives obviously need a large dose of reality
A young mother logs 12 hours a day on her laptop, perusing chat rooms and dating sites while neglecting her children until she loses custody of them. Teenagers turn down invitations to real social events in order to pull Red Bull-fueled all-nighters playing fantasy warcraft games online. An IBM employee -- reportedly fired for spending work hours visiting a sexually explicit chat room -- sues the company for failing to provide counseling for his "Internet addiction." But is the Internet really addictive? Do some people come to regard the frenetic clicking as seductive hits on the cyberspa [...]
[2006-12-11] Love or Chasing a Pipe dream?
For most of us love swings into action in a jet set tempo. A whirlwind tour of some distant exotic island. Filled with red hot intensity, with wild episodes of passionate sex. The spine-chilling sensation of discovering someone new is mind boggling. I would like to refer to it as the preliminary stage or the stage of euphoria, where each of you think he or she is the last man/woman on earth. Every word, every touch, every glance seem like magic. The sheer presence of this person creates a tornado and you are at the vortex. With time however, the intensity mellows. You get to know each other [...]
[2006-12-11] The Singles Report: Birmingham is the clear winner
It's a treasure trove for Britain's community of lonely hearts; a list of the country's postcodes ranked by how many singletons they contain. Those seeking Mr Right should take the next train to Reading, Berkshire. Here, the town's 63,600 single men outnumber their female counterparts by nearly 11,000. Reading is closely followed by other south-eastern towns, including Rochester, Chelmsford and Hemel Hempstead. The Isle of Man also makes the top 10, with nearly 4,000 more single men than women. Those looking for that ever elusive Miss Right need to venture much further north: Glasgow is [...]
[2006-12-11] Dating and Definitions
There was recently a discussion on Dr. Helen's blog in which the term, "mail-order brides" got whipped around something fierce. This is not unusual in discussions in which problems with the misandrous American culture are discussed (a not uncommon theme on Dr. Helen's blog). The use of the term bothers me for a variety of reasons. It's a term used to justify heaping a huge amount of contempt on any male who even alludes to the desirability of foreign women. Yet the particular scenario that gave rise to the term ... "here's some money, send me a woman" ... doesn't really exist any more in ou [...]
[2006-12-11] Newly married?
Forget food: You are what you speak. Unless you married after dating for just two weeks, you probably have fallen into specific couple behaviors. Some good (he cooks, she cleans) and some bad (he sulks, she nags). While there's some comfort in preestablished styles, you might be selling yourselves short when it comes to growing your relationship.It's time to pinpoint your couple personality and learn to work within who you are - communication quirks included - to make your marriage thrive. We've illustrated some typical partner types and the role ruts unique to each. Now these styles are prett [...]
[2006-12-11] 'Something's drastically wrong with me!'
Rahul Bose — one of the most eligible bachelors around — an actor with personality. Intelligent, opinionated, smart, active in sports and social service. Only, in his last film he played a man scared of commitment and can't help but wonder if Bose suffers from 'marriage phobia' in real life, too? Says he, "Yes, I suffer from all kinds of phobias — marriage phobia, love, relationship phobia, dating phobia, girl phobia... I haven't been in love for six years. I haven't taken a girl out for dinner in a long time. I don't even have romantic notions about girls anymore, there's something drasticall [...]
[2006-12-11] A marriage 47 years in the making
High school sweethearts reunite on Internet Bootsie Hall doesn’t remember when she broke up with her husband, Beverly — but he remembers every detail. “That was very traumatic,” he said, “right there on the porch in the swing.” It was the late 1950s, and the Halls were ninth-graders at Rocky Mount Senior High School in North Carolina. Bootsie was starting to get calls for dates from high school boys, and she was ready to move on. For 47 years after the break-up, the Halls had nothing to do with each other. Yet, their lives followed remarkably similar arcs. Last year, their paths came full [...]
[2006-12-11] Pets and people connect in cyberspace
COTTAGE GROVE - Looking for a female? How about China or Missy or Dreams? A guy? How about Frankie or Seymour or ... Baby Bear? He's black and white and has a bobtail. And, no, he's not a bear or a bobcat. He's just a regular cat with a stubby tail who would be long gone by now if not for Nancy Ede. The Cottage Grove woman found Baby Bear ready for euthanasia at Eugene's Greenhill Humane Society and, like a lot of other lucky cats, he found a temporary home with Ede before he hopefully finds a permanent one. Ede runs a foster home for cats out of her house. Three months ago she joined [...]
[2006-12-11] Man behind the mouth
IT FEELS oddly incongruous to be discussing conservation issues with Robin Williams. Not because he isn't thoughtful or the subject isn't pertinent, but because if ever there was someone who seemed wilfully spendthrift about energy levels, it's Williams, who has just flown into London to do press for his new animated feature Happy Feet, having played a comedy benefit in Las Vegas the previous night. Here he is, fizzing animatedly about George Bush. "There's no such thing as global warming," he spits. "That's why they had Michael Crichton speak to Congress. When you want scientific fact, get [...]
[2006-12-11] Single women in the UK outnumber single men by around half a million, figures out today show.
The 75-plus age group makes up the largest group of people in the UK who live alone at nearly one fifth of the total. Birmingham has the greatest number of people living alone in the country, according to the EuroDirect Singles Report. The 60 to 74 age group makes up 19% of those who live by themselves. People in the 35 to 39 age group account for 10% of single dwellers, while the 40 to 44 bracket makes up 9.5% of the total. In the 75-plus age group the proportion of single women living alone outnumbers men by 36%, according to EuroDirect. Belfast comes second in its list of areas with th [...]
[2006-12-11] The facts about US family life
1. Boys raised outside of an intact nuclear family are more than twice as likely as other boys to end up in prison, even controlling for a range of social and economic factors (Harper and McLanahan 1998). 2. Children who grew up in a single parent home are twice as likely to get divorced than children who grew up in a two parent biological family (Bumpass and Sweet 1995). 3. Children raised in a single-parent family are twice as likely to drop out of high school, and girls raised in such a family are more than twice as likely to have a child out-of-wedlock as a teenager compared to children [...]
[2006-12-11] Africa bride price moves from cattle to cash
It once cost several head of cattle for a South African man to set himself up with a new wife, but these days many pay in cash, and inflation — or abuse — can be a problem. December is wedding season in South Africa, with flashy German cars blitzing through dusty township streets and families gearing up for traditional economic negotiations that often precede the ceremony. The tradition of “lobola”, or dowry, has long been common throughout southern Africa as the groom’s family gives a gift, typically cattle, to the family whose daughter is joining their household. But in modern South Africa, [...]
[2006-12-11] Being gay is faddish in today’s Russia
Homosexuals were rare species in Russia some 10 years ago. Homosexual males met one another in secrecy, they might be sent to prison because sodomy was a punishable practice under the penal code effective at the time. But things have changed dramatically. These days it is faddish to be a gay in Russia. The “lavender invasion” has reached the scale of an epidemic. Nowadays Russia’s gays launch they own web sites, open cafes and clubs. Family man with a “boyfriend” on the side I did not have to talk Sergei and Pavel into coming for an interview. I just asked them, and they agreed on the spot [...]
[2006-12-11] Unfortunate lover jumps out of the window and lands on a mugger
Slava, a resident of the city of Bavlov, Tatar Autonomous Republic, was visiting an apartment of his lady friend one day. He was about to charm the woman into a quickie when the doorbell rang. Slava had to flee the apartment by jumping out the window. Much to his amazement, he landed on a robber who just relieved his victim of a fur hat. The story looks quite typical. Slava’s female colleague, a married woman, took his fancy. So he began to court her by giving flowers occasionally and paying compliments all the time. At times the woman allowed him to see her home but that was all. Slava must [...]
[2006-12-11] Single bells all the way
A COUPLE cuddling beside the tree in matching Aran knits, an angelic nuclear family gathering around the piano to sing O Come, All Ye Faithful. A father, complete with comedy paper hat, sitting at the head of a dinner table carving up his brood's giant turkey. These are the clichéd images of which "Christmas" is made. But thanks to a seasonal box office hit, The Holiday, the myth that Christmas has to, or should be, a communal experience is now in question. Starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two single career high-fliers desperate to get away from it all, the film shows that want [...]
[2006-12-11] Inequality at home between men and women leads to poorer health for the children and greater poverty for the family
The UN children's agency, Unicef, found that where women are excluded from family decisions, children are more likely to be under-nourished. There would be 13m fewer malnourished children in South Asia if women had an equal say in the family, Unicef said. Unicef surveyed family decision-making in 30 countries around the world. Their chief finding is that equality between men and women is essential to lowering poverty and improving health, especially of children, in developing countries. The conclusions are contained in the agency's State of the World's Children 2007 report. Lack of o [...]
[2006-12-09] Choosing the right dating site
Choosing the right dating site can be daunting. For one, there are thousands of dating and matchmaking sites on the web. Two, each including popular dating sites, is tailored to meet specific needs or objectives. Three, what's good for one person is not necessarily good (or right) for another. So, how do you find the best dating site for you? Here are some pointers to help narrow the field and make it easier for you to make the right choice. 1. Know what you are looking for. Are you seeking a serious or casual relationship? If seeking a serious relationship, go to a site that caters to that. [...]
[2006-12-09] Judicial session above russian scam agency
27-years old Alena Fedorovskaya and her friend 28-years old programmer Vladimir Osipov got 5 years of general regime colony. Judicial session above scam agency The judge of Verkh-Isetskiy court begins reading the materials of the affair: within a short period of time from 2000 till 2002 these two people scammer more than 15 fiances from Canada, Great Britain, and the USA. The total sum of money, got by a “fiancee” is more than a million rubles. Gold vein scam girl Alena Fedorovskaya specially attended the courses of English language. Vladimir created the site of marriage meetings - “Russia [...]
[2006-12-09] Dating hiatus during holidays?
I have a friend who has totally immersed herself in dating. She has profiles on several dating Web sites and is out at parties, events and dates several times a week. The girl is committed.And while she especially loves to date during this time of year -- "There's so many parties! And everyone is out shopping! There are people and opportunities everywhere!" (yes, her enthusiasm can be gag-inducing at times) -- she reminded me that many people don't dig it. In fact, just yesterday she was talking about people she knows (especially guys) who avoid dating during the Christmas season altogether be [...]
[2006-12-09] My Daughters' 8 Simple Rules for Dating Single Women
Rule One: If you say you'll call me and don't, it can only be because you lost my phone number. Next time I run into you, I'll have it tattooed to your forehead. I'll include the area code. Rule Two: If you show up more than 30 minutes late for a date, bring flowers. If you show up more than an hour late, bring chocolate. If you show up two hours late, bring a date because you're not going out with me. Rule Three: You will compliment my shoes. My toes feel like they're caught in a mousetrap and are evolving their own tear ducts so they can cry by themselves. I spent 45 minutes emptying eve [...]
[2006-12-09] Finding the perfect partner for China's rich and famous
ON Nov 25, some 50 millionaire men and beautiful women gathered on a ship on Shanghai's Huangpu River for matchmaking. Chen, a man who owns a business in health care and was one of the male participants, is looking for a mature woman in her thirties. Chen is around 50 and once-divorced, with children. ``People might be wondering why people like me cannot find someone to marry, but it is true,'' he said. ``My networking is very limited,'' Chen said his children all supported his participation in the party. ``They even want to come to cheer me up.'' Xu Tianli, the brains behind the party and [...]
[2006-12-09] How are Christmas/New Year holidays celebrated in Russia?
Most Russian families cannot imagine Christmas/New Year season without a Christmas tree in the house. If a family can afford a tree it will most likely buy it. Decorating such tree will the good fun for children and, perhaps, some adults. Gift giving is also very popular, although many people have become too poor to afford expensive gifts. The value of gifts varies from family to family and it is widely recognized that it is the full-heartedness of gifts (not the money spent) that matters. Such notion does not apply to the New Rich (so called New Russians, common characters of Russia's most fa [...]
[2006-12-09] You probably wonder why do Russians Orthodox people celebrate Christmas on January 7th? Why not on December 25th?
Well, the reason is that the Russian Orthodox Church still lives according to the old Julian Calendar, which is currently 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar, which is adopted by most countries in the world (and by the Russian government). When in the end of 1917 the Bolshevik government decided to adopt Gregorian calendar, the Russian Orthodox church decided not to follow the rules set by the incresingly oppresive civil authorities. Part of the reason was to protest against the Bolsheviks and their interference in church affairs. Another reason, perhaps, was to stick to the older rules, the [...]
[2006-12-09] Tenbasic factors with females that strongly irritate men
1. Men do not like women pretending they are chaste. Men believe that women should stay themselvesand give up every attempt to seem better. Indeed, women these days are not restricted inentertaining themselves and can enjoy life to the utmost, just exactly the way that men do.2. Men hate it when their women criticize other females. This is a proven fact that women oftentreat other women as rivals. But remember that a woman will gain no popularity with men if shecontinuously criticizes other women's dresses, shoes and handbags and also their compatibilitywitheach other. Men actually do not care [...]
[2006-12-08] Online Dating Services Advantages
Tired of the cattle call down at the local bar? Are those supposed “happy hours” enough to make you need to go into therapy? Have you all but given up on finding anyone to date? Then you, my friend, are ready to sign up for an online dating service membership. Not only does an online dating service offer you the chance to connect with lots of singles that you wouldn’t mind being seen in public with, but that you might also someday be willing to take home to meet Mom. An online dating service definitely expands your dating options and for a fraction of what you’re paying for all those drinks [...]
[2006-12-08] Virtual Dating - A Safe Way Of Checking Out Potential Romance
The personals ads in the local newspaper are getting old, and online dating services have applications that are long and ask a lot of questions. Do you often wonder how many phone connections you'll have to go through before you meet the person of your dreams? Well, seeing the right person is just a webcam away with virtual dating. This revolutionary technique involves going online at a singles website, logging in, and using a special password to get in your wannabe special friends webcam. There the two of you can talk, share laughter, and best of all-see each other before you decide to take [...]
[2006-12-08] The Russian politics of vodka
Russians love their national drink to death, and the state and black market can reinforce its ruination of health and relationships, says Zygmunt Dzieciolowski. Lena, a 42-year-old teacher, lives in the Russian far east, in a city called Khabarovsk. For years she struggled to help her husband, Dmitri, overcome his alcoholism. "Why do you drink?" she would ask him. "Do you really have to?" It was rare that she could find a sober moment to speak to him. "All men do," was Dmitri's standard reply. "My friends would not respect me if I didn't." The talk and the consultations with local therapi [...]
[2006-12-08] Online Dating Services Not Just For The Younger Generation Anymore
If you’re over the age of 40, you may not think the online dating scene has very much to offer you. But you would be wrong! Not only are people 30 years old and younger signing up for online dating services memberships in record numbers, so are people much older than that. So if you’re a little more, shall we say, mature, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find yourself in good company on an online dating service website. Actually, the company may be so good, that you can finally tell your nosey friends to bug off and stop trying to fix you up. You can make your own dates using an online da [...]
[2006-12-08] Before heading down the aisle, more young couples are saying “I do” to premarital counselling
Divorce rates are high. As a result, the decision to commit is being approached more cautiously than ever, say local love doctors. “Are you going to build a house on quicksand or on a good, solid foundation?” says counsellor Melinda Hollis of Loussa Counselling Centre in Edmonton. In the past three years, she’s seen a skyrocketing number of couples in their mid-20s and 30s, either contemplating a trip to the altar, engaged or newlywed, who want to begin their marital journey with “eyes wide open.” “Young people are more open to counselling. They can get past the stigma attached to therapy that [...]
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