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|[2006-12-29] What maketh the man?|
|What maketh the man?
IS IT style, gallantry … or the ability to put up a shelf? Three Scotsman writers take guidance on the thorny subject of modern masculinity from three new books.
THE KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOUR
'Chivalry is not dead, just dying'
'HONEY, I'm going to learn all about chivalry this week," I told my girlfriend, putting my feet up on the couch after dinner. She looked up from the pile of dirty dishes in the kitchen sink, wiped her runny nose, said how pleased she was, and resumed scrubbing.
Now, there are many things I offer my partner - love, affection, an annual subscripti [...] |
|[2006-12-29] Russiatoday.com in brand name infringement tussle|
|Russiatoday.com, an English language internet site providing news about Russia, has been asked to prove that it has authorisation from the Russian government to use the name 'Russia'. The query is understood to have come from Sergey Frolov, the general director of TV Novosti/Russia Today TV, a Moscow-based media company licensed by the Putin government. Clearing its stance, Russiatoday.com noted that the site was launched in 1996 in advance of the Russian election campaign held in April of that year, and that it has been operating ever with since under that name. The site is owned and operated [...] |
|[2006-12-29] Russia becoming a Muslim state!|
|Imagine Russia in 2050! According to Paul Goble, a specialist on ethnic minorities in the Russian Federation has predicted that within the next several decades, Russia will become a Muslim majority state. There is another bad news with fast decline in country’s population. This has already become a headache for Russian politicians and policy makers. President Vladimir Putin has called already for Russian women to have more children, because demographers predict that Russia’s population will fall from 143 million to 100 million by 2050. This situation has alarmed Russians as well Western leader [...] |
|[2006-12-28] A writer ventures the online-dating scene and turns inappropriate e-mails into a humorous new book|
|Writer Bari Auerbach found herself suddenly single when her 15-year marriage to Aventura Commissioner Zev Auerbach ended three years ago.
Ready to mingle and make new friends, she found it intimidating after being out of the dating loop for so many years. As a mother of two children, son Logan, 14, and daughter Ariel, 13, and as a fitness buff, Auerbach knew the bar scene was not for her.
''I don't even drink,'' said Bari Auerbach, 42, as she sat nestled into her powder pink and gray sofa. Auerbach lives in an Aventura high-rise with a view of Williams Island.
Following a friend's advice, s [...] |
|[2006-12-28] The 41-year-old bachelor has tried other dating options including the online variety|
|"I think the most important thing is having the same interests," he said. "Those are some of the traits I'm looking for."
In an effort to find his ideal mate, Lambrecht was the first to participate in the "Percolate a Date!" service at a downtown coffeehouse.
"Someone's got to be first," he said. "I guess I'm just assertive. Why wait?"
Layla Gigax, an office manager, said she was having a drink and chatting with a friend when Karen Richmond, owner of Cuppers Coffee House, prodded her into participating in her cafe's unique program.
"I did eHarmony and that was such a joke," she said.
|[2006-12-28] Match.com Dedicates 2007 to Celebrating Member Individuality|
|Match.com, an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI - News), announced today the launch of the All- New Match.com which includes a new look and feel, new content and a new advertising campaign designed to showcase members’ individuality with the tagline, “It’s Okay to Look.”
“The category as a whole has been missing real guidance about how to feel good about going online and be proud of the quirks that make you beautiful,” said Jim Safka, CEO of Match.com. “Romance and love are very personal, and yet many people create their profiles in minutes, using photos with bad lightin [...] |
|[2006-12-28] How to have an impressive date with a woman|
|Asking her for a date:* Before asking her out for a date, try to have some conversation together. This will be an opportunity for you to discover if your personalities and ideas are attuned with each other, before you do decide to ask her out for a date.* When calling through the phone. Don't forget to mention to her the conversations you had. This will give her the impression that you do listen, making her feel important. Then if you feel that it is time to ask her, go ahead; ask gently, not in a demanding manner.* Ask when you both are alone. Never ask a girl out on a date in front of others [...] |
|[2006-12-28] Make dating happen for yourself.|
|People will not come and ring your bell from nowhere. Dating requires positive action so go out there and meet people, as many people as you can. Practice your chat and flirting on shop workers, bar attendants, anywhere and everywhere.There are more than 700 dating services online in the United States alone and new sites are cropping up weekly. The huge array of dating services online can be overwhelming even for the most proactive dater. An average dating services online might demand $200 fee or less annually.* Be attentive. Listen to what she has to say, do not interrupt. Let her finish, bef [...] |
|[2006-12-28] Make your first date simple|
|Prior to your date, set a dating schedule... a minimum of an hour to three hours is ideal. A failsafe dating plan will assure the both of you are not obligated or disappointed to prolong a date that may not be going well for either party. Moreover, it avoids the awkwardness of ending the date soon.If your new to online dating you may have allot of questions going through your mind about finding a date online. You have maybe heard things like its not safe or that you wont find a long lasting relationship online. Lets look at my top 5 myths of online dating. A cursory glance around Internet dati [...] |
|[2006-12-28] New Russian Spending Habits are an Insult|
|Today’s Russians have much the same attitude to money as people in the rest of the civilized world. But 20 years ago things were very different, thanks to the specifics of the Soviet set-up. During the Soviet era, everything was relatively cheap, although there wasn’t anything worth buying. For this reason the ability to get hold of quality goods was valued more highly than money itself. Part of the ruling ideology at the time was that money cannot buy happiness, and the most important thing was to nourish your soul, buying books and going to the theater or the cinema.
Modern Russia replaced [...] |
|[2006-12-28] Enigmatic Russia making progress despite problems|
|Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, said Winston Churchill, Britain's World War II Prime Minister. Not much has changed in the world's perception of Russia, even though the press is much freer. The news is dominated by contract killings and poisonings of "enemies of the state."
However, the situation is improving. The old Soviet Union left the new Russia with some advantages, including very high levels of education and social participation by the majority of the population, including women and minorities, secular attitudes, mobile class structure, and better integration [...] |
|[2006-12-28] Hey mom, single doesn't mean sad|
|Q: My 31-year-old daughter is pretty, in good shape and a successful professional with lots of friends and interests. We're close and talk on the phone daily, but there's one topic I can't mention: dating. She claims I'm driving her crazy and putting too much pressure on her because I'm panicky about her situation. I'm worried to death because she's had 10 to 15 "boyfriends" in the six years she's been out of grad school, but none for more than several months. She'll say they have no chemistry, he's too busy at work, has no personality, or they just don't connect. She assures me she'll eventua [...] |
|[2006-12-28] The competition for true love is stiff, especially during prime time|
|Now that divorce is common and kids often grow up being shuttled between two houses, it's easy to become disheartened about the chances of finding true love, but for the hopeless romantics among us, no challenge is too great when it comes to finding The One. Which is why, if anyone happened to drive by my house a couple of weeks ago, they would have seen a girl in a bikini standing on her porch in 45-degree weather holding a digital video camera and talking to herself.
I was auditioning to be a contestant on the 10th season of ABC's The Bachelor, the matchmaking reality show in which one bac [...] |
|[2006-12-27] Online Dating Sites Get Busy in New Year|
|The year might be winding down for many business sectors - but, for online-dating services, immediately before and after New Year's is a peak time for attracting new customers.
As Americans make their New Year's resolutions, beginning a new relationship will be a top priority for singles, and that translates into a surge in new customers for online dating services - which is exactly what the two leaders in online dating, eHarmony and Match.com, want to hear, the Financial Times writes.
But industry-leader Match.com's market share has been eroded in recent years as eHarmonyhas positioned its [...] |
|[2006-12-27] Oh, what wisdom a new year brings us|
|As 2006 comes to a close, the Hookup is taking a break from the dating problems of the masses. Instead of offering insight on how, when, where and with whom to ring in the new year, we want to reflect on what we learned in 2006:
1. Men and women want the same things. Yes, it's true, and we are serious.
2. The double standard is alive and well. There are just some things women can do that men can't, and vice versa. An example: We can buy ourselves granny panties, but woe befalls the man who buys them for us. Of course it's wrong and unfair, but life's like that sometimes.
3. Neuroses, psy [...] |
|[2006-12-27] Online Dating Settles Down|
Online dating sites, once growing at meteoric rates - in 2003, revenue growth was 70 percent annually - have matured and settled down, with revenue growth at 5 percent in 2005 according to Jupiter, writes eMarketer. The top five online dating sites, in terms of unique visitors in Dec. 2005, were Yahoo Personals, Match.com, Spark Networks, True.com, and Mate1.com, according to comScore. Yahoo's was far and away the most popular, with 24.04 million visitors, compared with 3.6 million for second-place Match.Dating sites are now facing competition from social-networking sites; both MySpace and F [...] |
|[2006-12-27] Yahoo Invests in India Online Matrimony Biz|
|Canaan Partners and Yahoo have teamed up to finance an Indian online matrimony firm operating a group of sites.The two companies invested $8.6 million in BharatMatrimony group, with Canaan as the lead investor, its first after having just set up shop in India, writes ContentSutra. The investment is also Yahoo's first in India; Yahoo execs were in the country a couple of months ago. Canaan was the first investor in Match.com, in 1995.
Bharat Matrimony, founded in 1997, has been self-funded; it has helped arrange some half-million marriages online. The company manages a dozen or so matrimony po [...] |
|[2006-12-27] Did you know that using your head, along with your heart, will help you to select the right marriage partner?|
|Those who rely solely on their feelings to select Mr. or Ms. Right will probably wind up in trouble. Why? Other factors besides feelings will determine if you can stay in love.
While none of us should marry someone we don't love, none of us can wind up fully happy with a partner that isn't a good match.
All married people can attest to these facts:
Nine times out of ten you do marry the family. That is, your in-laws will play a major role in how you relate to your spouse.
Money and social status do count. If you marry above or below your social norm, so to speak, there will be stress.
Lif [...] |
|[2006-12-27] In 2007, Copenhagen welcomes a new and growing target group, specifically the single tourist.|
|In Europe, more and more people live the single life but they do not go on holiday alone. Many simply stay at home or choose another type of holiday instead of a city break. Now, singles can experience Copenhagen in the company of lone travellers.Table for one? Who wants to dine all alone in a restaurant where everyone else is enjoying the company of family or friends? Travelling alone can sometimes be lonely. The fact is, more and more people are living the single life in Europe. But, when it comes to a city holiday, many singles stay at home or choose another type of holiday simply because t [...] |
|[2006-12-27] Courting the hearts and money of singles on the net|
|FOR Jim Safka, CE of Match.com, the busy season begins the day after Christmas. That is when some fraction of America’s 89-million singles — perhaps nagged by overbearing mothers — vow never again to spend the holidays alone. When they do, Safka is hoping they’ll turn to Match.com, the world’s largest internet dating site.
“When it comes to relationships, for many people, it is a New Year’s resolution,” he said. “The holiday season really kicks off for us on December 26, and runs right through Valentine’s Day.”
Yet Match is not the only site vying for singles’ hearts — and wallets — this s [...] |
|[2006-12-27] Online Romance Can Ruin Real Life Relationships|
Lots of people use the Internet to obtain useful information, but increasingly people are turning to the web for companionship and it is destroying families and ruining real life relationships.
An instant connection can be made in a chat room or through IM's or E-mails. It may start out innocent, but it's easy to get sucked in. And before you know it, a web of deceit is being spun."You start going down a road and all of a sudden you're talking with somebody and you're getting a level of empathy and understanding you're not getting in your marriage," said Dr. Stephen Treat from the Council [...] |
|[2006-12-26] Hide your love away|
|Some hide it, others flaunt it. Celebrity relationships have always kept the world wondering whether they are for real or not. When Aishwarya Rai was spotted performing special pujas with the Bachchans at Varanasi, speculations were rife about an impending marriage between the beauty queen and the son of Bollywood's first family. The elusive nature of their relationship only added to the fun. While Hollywood has had its share of contemplation with elusive star couples, our desi stars too don't talk beyond being 'just good friends'. Actor Parvin Dabas, who has been linked to actress Preeti Jhan [...] |
|[2006-12-26] "Spouse," "partner," "husband," "wife" - or... ? Civil-union approval opens a new debate|
|Wary of shocking people, Christopher Bellis used to introduce the men he was dating as his "friends."
Now, he and Eddie Bennett, who have been a couple since 1995, are considering replacing the word they usually use for each other - partner - with spouse or husband.
New Jersey's new law establishing civil unions, signed Thursday by Gov. Corzine, gives same-sex couples many of the rights of marriage. Now, gay couples are weighing not what civil unions mean, but what to call them.
Some gay couples refer to entering into a civil union as getting "civilized" or "unionized."
New Jersey joins Co [...] |
|[2006-12-26] Calls for more protection for Singapore's foreign brides|
|Singapore's leading women advocacy group, AWARE, wants more stringent checks on matchmaking agencies so that prospective foreign brides of local men are protected, the Straits Times has reported.
The call by the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) comes amid a growing number of Singapore men marrying foreign brides from neighbouring countries through matchmaking agencies.
According to the Straits Times, one in four grooms or 6,520 Singaporean men married a foreign bride last year, the highest number in the last 10 years.
"The matchmaking agency is the entity in which the [...] |
|[2006-12-26] U.S. out of love with marriage?|
|In the beloved holiday movie "It's a Wonderful Life," George Bailey is allowed to see how miserable the future is without his everyday acts of heroism and self-sacrifice -- and his marriage. Calamities are revealed in scene after scene, but none are more powerful than the loss of his family. His cozy home is a ghostly ruin. Wife Mary is a dried-up spinster. There are no rose petals from daughter Zuzu because there is no Zuzu. Even his town has become ugly and crude -- with plenty of "adult entertainment" but no family homes, no loving couples, no playful children. The Frank Capra film, release [...] |
|[2006-12-26] Russian National Character|
|A lot has been said and written about the inscrutable ‘Russian soul’ – yet, it still keeps its mystery. No wonder. Here are some of our thoughts about the common traits of the people inhabiting this multiform and contradictive country. Certainly, the picture is only approximate, as those traits vary greatly depending on an age group, region, education, profession, belief, etc. Yet, we hope it will help you understand the Russians better.Big natureGo there no one knows where and bring nobody knows whatAll that is done is done for the betterHope for the better and be ready for the worstThe sever [...] |
|[2006-12-26] Russians – hard-working alcoholics|
|The recent poll “Russians seem to be” presented on our website has shown that the portrait of Russians, according to the poll participants, can be depicted as a nation of hard-working alcoholics. The available answer variants have divided in the following order: 32% of participants deem that Russians seem to be heavy drinkers, 31% consider Russian people hard-working, 27% are sure that it’s a hospitable nation, and 10% see Russians as ill-mannered. Let’s try to analyze how close to reality the poll results are.
It’s apparently obvious that such words as vodka and drinking look like sy [...] |
|[2006-12-26] A cup of speech freedom in Russian kitchen|
All Russian people happened to be born in the Soviet Union remember the time when governmental policy, international climate and wars were discussed in the only place (some may think it unsuitable for it) – kitchen. The reason why kitchens functioned this way is quite clear: the tradition dates 60 or 70 years back. Citizens lived then in so-called multifamily units, which still exist by the way, the most part of time each family spent in the room given to them by the government, and usually flatmates talked in the kitchen while cooking or drinking tea. The Soviet Union collapsed but t [...] |
|[2006-12-26] Alexander I Pavlovich Romanov|
11 December 1777 - 01 December 1825
Emperor of Russia
Alexander becomes Emperor in 1801 after his father, Paul I, dies. In 1812 he decides to leave Moscow to the French invaders led by Napoleon. Napoleon occupies Moscow but fire, lack of food, and oncoming winter force him to retreat and flee from Russia leaving his army behind. In December 1825 Alexander’s death stimulates the unsuccessful Decembrist’ Revolt. [...] |
|[2006-12-26] “Russian mafia” gave place to “Eurasian criminality”|
The new tendency was reported by the head of the Russian National central bureau, Timur Lakhonin at a press-conference held in Moscow on December 12.According to his report, it can be now said for sure that the term "Russian mafia" has almost disappeared from lexicon of international police organizations. "Our partners we closely interact with mark nowadays that the term "Russian mafia" has started to disappear from lexicon giving place to another expression – "Eurasian criminality", which is closer to modern realities". By this expression it is meant criminality from Eastern Europe and c [...] |
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