Cheap First Date Ideas That Wont Break the Bank

So you finally got up the courage to ask her out and she said yes! But now you have another issue, your low on cash but still really want to take her out.

Don’t worry! Here are several cheap first date ideas that your date will love.

The Zoo

Who doesn’t love the zoo? Not only is this a cheap date idea but also a fun date idea. You can walk around looking at the animals, browse in the gift shop and have tons of great conversation. Don’t forget to tell her one of your funny zoo stories from when you were a kid, she will love it.


If your first date is during the week the bowling can be a fun and cheap first date idea. Many times bowling alleys will run specials on certain days during the week so call before you go to see what special they are having that day.

A Picnic

A picnic is a great first date idea that will give you time to chat and feel at ease together. Grab an old blanket make a few sandwiches, toss in a few snacks and pick up a cheap bottle of wine. Not only will she be impressed at your thoughtfulness but she will also love the idea of talking with you.

Volunteer At A Local Animal Shelter

What girl doesn’t want to see that you have a soft, caring side? Not only will volunteering at an animal shelter be a great way to show her your softer side but also will be a good thing for the shelter and your community. You can walk the dogs, play with the cats and just have a fun, not to mention free, date.

The Beach

You don’t have to wear a bathing suit at the beach, you don’t even have to go in the water. At the beach you can fly a kite, bike ride on the trails, toss the Frisbee around or just sit in the sun. You can also go in the water if you want to in regular clothes so that no one feels uncomfortable wearing a bathing suit on the first date. Bring an extra pair of shorts and shirt just in case and make sure to tell her to do the same. Having fun together is a sure way to impress your date.

A first date doesn’t have to be a budget busting, bank empting event. It can also be a great way to spend time with the girl you have been dying to take out for months and actually getting to know her.

Instead of draining your savings account why not appeal to her softer side and show her that you really put a lot of thought into your date and making it as easy going as possible. No one likes pressure on the first date and with these cheap first date ideas no one will feel uneasy which will surely help move you from date one to date two plus many more!

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This one is (obviously) inspired by the song ‘Rhinestone Cowboy‘ by Glen Campbell – but giving it a little up to date twist. It’s a screenprint on A3 paper with hand-painted pants and added rhinestone goodness. Unfortunately now that i’ve put the words ‘rhinestone cowboy’ down on paper (so to speak) I can’t get the bloody song out of my head. I suppose I should have guessed that would have happened. Oh well, I suppose I could have something more annoying running riot in my brain – perhaps ‘Blame it on the weatherman’ by B*witched. That would certainly count towards self-decapitation…

I can’t wait until we’ve got the screenprinter out again as i’ve got plenty of t-shirts & paper and a whole load of ideas that need to be used up. Hopefully sometime soon…



Title: Like a rhinesone b-boy
Media: Hand pulled screenprint with hand finished pants and a couple of added rhinestones!
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Do You Have Any Hot Date Ideas?

If you have just met somebody new, you will undoubtedly be feeling the buzz of excitement that you get, accompanied by a strong sense of anticipation. Maybe this guy is finally the one for you, the one that you have been waiting for all this time? Now you need to come up with some really hot date ideas to show him what you are made of.

Your new relationship has to work this time as you are tired of all those failed on-again, off-again deals. There’s nothing worse than the feeling of elation and then rejection, when all you really want to do is to have companionship and settlement. You may be apprehensive about spoiling things this time, but if you can create some really hot date ideas you should have a good chance.

When guys and girls are thinking about spending some time together, especially if it is early in a relationship phase, they often choose for the mundane and predictable. Don’t think that you have to spend your Saturday night at a club, just because it is traditional to do so. You have to come up with some hot date ideas to create a much-needed spark.

While you might not think that it would be the craziest idea, spending time together in the kitchen making something really nice can be a great bonding experience for you both. Add a little wine here and there and the correct ambience and you can even include some of those great libido enhancing ingredients in your meal!

Traditionally, we believe that guys are not really interested in spa treatments, but you will undoubtedly be surprised if you set something up with him. Sure, it is not the cheapest of all your options, but you will both undoubtedly feel very radiant when you leave there and you will always remember such a good experience.

You can really make a hot date idea out of something mundane, if you are creative. Just add a special twist to an everyday task and you can strike two birds with one stone — taking care of a chore and having fun with your new love interest at the same time.

There was a time when the girl would always let the guy take the lead and come up with the next move. We live in more liberated times now and it is perfectly acceptable for you to come up with a hot date idea as well as he.

When you get to know him a little bit more, you can really go to town with those new and hot date ideas. Just keep some of the more crazy concepts in hand for a little while, until you can be sure that you’re not going to scare him off. Seriously, though, you will soon uncover some ideas that are of great interest to both of you and will make a good foundation for the future.

Writer Alan Bentley has a lot of information to help you understand hot date ideas. A great resource can be found at at

IMG_2531B Pieter Bruegel II 1564 1638. Anvers.
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Pieter Bruegel II 1564 1638. Anvers. Retour de pélérinage Bruxelles. Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique. signé
On peut observer que les retours de pèlerinages n’étaient pas tristes. Non les populations ne vivaient pas dans la terreur des enfers !

Pieter Bruegel II 1564 1638. Antwerp. Back of pilgrimage Brussels. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. signed
One can observe that pilgrimages returns were not sad. No people were not living in terror of hell!

Contrairement à une idée reçue et considérée comme une évidence à notre époque, le Beau n’est pas subjectif. Non, le Beau n’est pas seulement une question de goût personnel.
La preuve que le Beau existe est qu’il est reconnu et admis de manière unanime par les opinions publiques, et celle des spécialistes, pour des millions d’ oeuvres dont les dates de création vont de – 3000 à nos jours.
Il n’y a absolument aucune discussion quant à l’existence du Beau de l’Art Egyptien à l’Art Moderne, même malgré la diversité des cultures et des civilisations.
Ce qui est subjectif ce sont les préférences des individus. Ce qui est subjectif c’est quand une personne préfère les fresques romanes ou l’art du gothique international à la peinture de la Renaissance Italienne. Quand une personne préfère Lorenzo Monaco à Masaccio ou Tintorêt à Véronèse.
Quand une personne préfère l’art du paysage ou la peinture de moeurs à la peinture religieuse.
Quand je dis que j’aime pas le Corrège, le Gréco ou Paul Signac je ne fais qu’énoncer une préférence subjective, personnelle, mais je ne dis pas que les oeuvres du Corrège, du Gréco et de Signac ne sont pas belles, et ces oeuvres restent communément admises comme belles malgré mes préférences personnelles.
On peut préférer les Impressionnistes aux Académiques, mais personne n’a prétendu que la peinture des Académiques n’était pas belle.
Si on avait dit à Fra Angelico, à Raphaël ou à Rubens que le Beau n’existe pas et est affaire purement subjective, ils auraient haussé les épaules.
Le Beau peut d’autre part prendre des formes différentes selon les cultures ou les civilisations. Il reste qu’il est reconnu comme Beau dans son domaine culturel et même à l’extérieur.
Personnellement je n’aime pas l’art amérindien (sculpture et peinture) mais personne n’a jamais revendiqué pour lui la liberté d’être laid.
La peinture des lettrés chinois est très particulière, il est possible à titre individuel de ne pas l’apprécier, mais il serait stupide de parler à son propos d’un Art du laid.
L’affirmation que le Beau n’existe pas et est affaire purement subjective est une idée fausse, conçue au cours du 20è siècle pour des motifs idéologiques, politiques et économiques.
Elle permet notamment de fabriquer et de vendre du Laid, ce qui est une excellente affaire. Avec cette conséquence que cette idée profitable est largement diffusée dans le grand public. C’est tout simplement de la désinformation. A notre époque on peut répandre en quelques heures dans le monde entier une idée fausse et la faire passer pour une vérité d’évidence. Nos élites ne s’en privent pas.

Contrary to received and regarded as a highlight in our time, the beautiful is not subjective. No, the beautiful is not only a matter of personal taste.
Proof that beauty exists is that it is recognized and accepted unanimously by the public opinion, and that of specialists, for millions of works whose creation dates go-3000 to the present day.
There is absolutely no discussion about the existence of the Beau of the Egyptian Art in Modern Art, even despite the diversity of cultures and civilizations.

What is subjective what are the preferences of individuals. What is subjective is when a person prefers Romanesque frescoes or the art of international Gothic painting of the Italian Renaissance. When a person prefers Lorenzo Monaco to Masaccio or Tintoretto to Veronese.
When a person prefers the art of the landscape or the painting of morals to religious painting.
When I say that I love not Correggio, the Greco or Paul Signac I do that State a preference subjective, personal, but I do not say that the works of Correggio, Greco and Signac are not beautiful, and these works are accepted as beautiful despite my personal preferences.
One may prefer the Impressionists to the academic, but nobody argued that the academic painting was not beautiful.
If someone had told to Fra Angelico, Raphaël or Rubens that beauty does not exist and is purely subjective matter, they would have shrugged.
The beautiful can furthermore take different forms depending on the cultures or civilizations. Still, it is recognized as beautiful in its cultural domain and even outdoors.
Personally I do not like the native American art (sculpture and painting) but nobody has never claimed for him the freedom to be ugly.
The Chinese literati painting is very special, it is possible to individually do not appreciate it, but it would be foolish to talk to his remarks of an Art of the ugly.
The assertion that beauty does not exist and is purely subjective case is a fake, designed idea during the 20th century for ideological, political and economic reasons.
It allows to make and sell the Ugly, which is an excellent deal. With the result that this profitable idea is widely disseminated in the general public. It’s just misinformation. In our time we can spread in hours around the world and a misconception to impersonate an obvious truth. Our elites do not hesitate.

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Romantic First Date Ideas for a Memorable Date

Perfect romantic first date ideas are not easily conceived especially if the guy is not an expert in this particular area. If you want to make your date feel special but you are devoid of the imaginative ideas to do it, then you may find these pointers useful. If you are one of those men, who is not good in planning for a romantic date, check out the tips provided below. Who knows these steps may get you a notch higher and give you a chance to get repeat dates.

Romantic date will surely include spreading the blanket. Oops! I do not mean the bedroom blanket; spread the picnic blanket for a romantic picnic date. A day before your date, you can ask her to help you shop for the food and drinks that you are going to use. A picnic under the moonlight is also a perfect setting for a romantic first date.

Giving red roses to your special girl will certainly complete the romantic date. If money is not a problem, then giving her dozen of roses is probably one of the most romantic ideas on first date. The flowers will sure send the message on how important she is for you and would melt her heart too. The spark that you will witness in her eyes indicates how she appreciates your effort. However do not give her the bouquet of roses while you are in the restaurant, it will be quite awkward for her to carry the flowers all throughout your date.

A gift from you is also an indication on how thoughtful and romantic you are. As much as possible do not give expensive gift on your first date. You have to get to know her first before you give her a pricey gift during your date. It would also be quite difficult for you to top the gift you that you have given her especially if you will have repeat dates. To be on the safe side, you can bring her favourite dessert as your initial present, it shows that you did your assignment on researching what she actually likes.

If you are out on romantic first date, you can do a little flirting as well. Look at your date as if she is the most beautiful woman in the restaurant but avoid staring at her. Compliment her looks, her taste of wine or anything that you think is worth your compliment. You can get a little touchy too on appropriate areas such as her hands, cheeks and even the corner of her lips. Your sweet smile is always one of the best ways to add romance on your first date.

Your first date provides you the opportunity to get to know each other. Let her discover your romantic side during the course of your date. Your goal is to have a great time together and not to feel stressful during the time you are together. There is no need to go overboard just to show your romantic side; you have tome make her feel comfortable and special with your romantic first date ideas.

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This photo:
I saw this photo while looking at entries to the The photo was stuck in my head all day. I loved the curves and simplicity. I don’t like my version of it as much as because I am scruffy faced guy, unlike the subject in the original photo.

One reason that I’ve taken photos with black background for the first two weeks is because nothing in my house works as a good backdrop for photos. I’ll have to find some way to work around that.

I submitted my favorite portrait to the contest.

This week:
Went to the beach with my good friend Lisa. I got some really amazing photos that I’m excited to have time to edit and upload. I also went to see Jason Webley play his accordian at WOW Hall. The show was far better than I could’ve hoped. Partially because I was accompanied by lovley girl who I hope to see more of in the future. 🙂

I’ve been in touch with a local wedding photographer, Sherrlyn Borkgren, for the past month about being her assistant. I’m doing it for free to get an idea how real wedding photography works. We had a meeting today and confirmed that I’ll be helping her with two weddings at the end of August. If all goes well, she’ll hire me to be her assistant on all the weddings she does. It’d be nice to pay off all this camera gear I buy!

Peaked at #2 in explore for August 8th, 2008! What the heck! I didn’t expect that!

Strobist: One SB-28 right behind my head. 1/8 power.

Ideas That Will Win Her Heart

When you go out with a girl, you want her to see you as very “together” and to have a wonderful evening totally planned out. And if you see the same girl over a period of time, that expectation does not go down. She looks to you to come up with wonderful fun dates, cool places to go, exciting adventures from time to time and romantic interludes that will never grow old or get boring. And as much as is possible, we try to keep our girls thinking we can keep up the pace.

But coming up with romantic ideas for dinner each time you take that sweet girl out can get difficult. Maybe it’s because dinner dates are hard to get creative about and not every place we take our gals for dinner is truly romantic. So finding ways to make each dining experience a romantic adventure is something you have to make an effort at especially if you are in the romance of a lifetime that you want to keep moving forward each week.

Guys we have to work as a team even though dating is not a team sport. But we need each other to keep our sweethearts happy with wonderful romantic dinners and the wonderful romance we enjoy after dinner. So for starters, one of the best resources men have for finding new ways to entertain our girls for dinner is each other and our shared knowledge of new ideas and new places to enjoy with our lovers.

Keep your eyes open and get to know the other couples in your social circle that seem to be having one of those “classic romances” that they make movies about. That guy knows something. The girls are ahead of us on this one because they commonly share romantic secrets. So while we may not sneak off to the bathroom together, look to make friends with other guys who seem to have lots of ideas for great dinner dates and share the wealth. This kind of brotherhood can keep all of our girlfriends and wives happy with each new date.

We all have to get used to the idea that we must always have our radar out for new and interesting dating ideas and for romantic ways to take our sweethearts out to dinner. Of course, part of it is knowing the local restaurants. But expand your horizons on this because unless you are in New York, San Francisco or a city where the restaurant options are endless, only so many dining spots fit the qualification of “romantic.”

Money is another consideration. The best restaurants in town that provide the best ambiance for restaurant also change the highest bills it seems. That is why we have to look at a romantic dinner in another light and find ways to make each date romantic without going bankrupt. It may be one of the greatest revelations there is that the woman in your life might view the simplest dinner with you as the most romantic if you put your own heart and creativity into it. Little shared experiences like a picnic in the park or sharing food with the homeless can be as romantic as a night in a four star restaurant to a woman.

By keeping your wits about you, you will find new romantic ideas for dinner dates flying at you every day. Movies, magazine ads, television shows and even stage plays all are bursting with great ideas because the people who write that stuff are paid the big bucks to come up with romantic concepts. So why not make them earn their money and take their ideas for your own.

Keep your ears open and don’t overlook any resource for new ideas for ways to give your special girl a really great evening out for dinner. Along with tapping the imaginations of your friends, look to other women you know who themselves are either being romanced or have been romanced by guys who may have come up with some very creative ways to woo their girls. You have female confidants you can cleverly question for new ideas like your cousins or sisters, friends of your relatives, ex girlfriends who want you to do well or even your parents.

Yes even the older generation can be a great source of dinner ideas for dates. Even though they are from another era in history, there may be some buried treasure in the past that dad or mom can reveal which could be a great romantic dinner concept that will do well with a little updating.

The idea is that you are always looking for great new ways to give your special girl a wonderful romantic night out. If you start to get a good supply of new ideas, start a log of them or put them in your computer because you can never have too many romantic dinner ideas. And when you do get a few dozen ideas ahead, you will be able to live up to that image she has of you of a romantic superhero always able to thrill her with a new romantic adventure every time you and she enjoy each others charms for the night.

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This seems to be a pretty significant dam, but it’s another mystery: I don’t know where it is, nor when the photo was taken, nor who took the photo.

I put in an arbitrary date of 1935, but I have no idea if that is correct…


To the best of my knowledge, most of the photos in this Flickr album were taken by my grandmother, Mabel Yourdon, during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Most of them depict scenes of everyday life in mining camps and small towns near the Utah-Colorado border. Some of them show hunting, fishing, and camping trips in unspecified parts of the American west. It appears that a few of them were taken in southern California, when Mabel and her husband Ike traveled out there to visit relatives.

I have no idea what kind of camera Mabel used for these photos, nor what kind of film. There probably wasn’t that much variety available in the 1920s, and she was not a “professional” photographer. So it may have been a Brownie and whatever B/W film Kodak was selling at the time.

My stepfather, Ray Yourdon, was born in 1922; and his older brother, Marvin, was born two years before that. You’ll see photos of Ray and Marvin when they were young boys, when they were in high school, and when they went off to join the Navy and the Marines to fight in World War II.

Somewhere around 2005, I asked Ray if he could tell me the details of some of the photos; where possible, I have included those details in the notes for the photos. Some of the photos obviously evoked pleasant memories, and I heard stories about minor day-to-day events in his life that I had never heard before. But we rarely got through more than a few pictures before he ran out of energy; and so many of the photos have no explanation at all.

At this point, my parents and grandparents are all gone. I have cousins who grew up in the same area where these photos were taken, and one or two of them are still in that area. They may be able to fill in a few of the details; otherwise, you’ll just have to accept these photos as a glimpse of what life was like nearly a hundred years ago …

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A Fun Date Ideas for Couples

Many folk think about dates as something for young, new couples who are desperately in love. This is right. Nonetheless when folks say that, they suspect fun dating trips and outings are exclusive to this group. This isn’t the case. Couples who’ve been together just a little while as well as couples who’ve been together for a few years both merit to treat their relations to fun date ideas to keep their relationships pleasurable.

Keeping a relationship new with continual dates for just both of you is a good way to stay close as a couple. The methods to pick what sort of date you’re going to take your beloved one on include general interests, experiences you’ve had, and sharing ideas. One of the first things to think about when deciding on where to take your other half on a date is the interests that you have in common with one another.

Many times, couples have a few things in common, but have things that they don’t share also. When you’re considering a place to take a date, always consider whether your date will appreciate your idea. If you are very into soccer, and your date isn’t, maybe it’s not the smartest thing to do to take your date to a soccer game. If you both like go-cart driving, this is a brilliant date concept for both of you. One other thing to consider when attempting deciding the placement of a great date is to recollect the experiences that you and the one that you love have recently had.

If there’s something that you have recently done, and you have got a chance to do something new and different, before you take the incessant date that you have recently had, consider a new option rather than the usual thing. Keeping your intellect open to sharing novel experiences with your beloved one is a great way to get closer to one another. One thing more to consider when making an attempt to settle on a date location is the sharing of ideas. When you’re dating and attempting to become closer by having common experiences with the one you love, it’s important that both parties have the possibility for inputting ideas on where to go.

If one party does all the deciding, the other party could become resentful and begin to hate not having the ability to ever select date locations. A suggestion could be to do every-other dates. Every-other dates are dates where the one that you love selects, then you select, and so on and that kind of stuff. By sharing ideas and sacrificing your likes often, you may have a more happy relationship by permitting the other person to have a say. Wherever you choose to take a date with the one you love, be certain to consider the 3 aspects which have been included in this post. Considering these 3 things will help you to have a better time at whatever sort of date you opt to go on. Do not forget to take into account shared interests between you and your beloved one, prior dates and experiences that you’ve been on with the one that you love, and the sharing of concepts when deciding where to go for a great date.

Young girl with her teddy, ca 1930?
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I was sorting through a drawer of old photographs yesterday and found a small plastic bag of film negatives. I’ve no idea where they came from if I’m honest – possibly an eBay purchase or part of a mixed lot at auction. I certainly have no provenance, although there are a few that may have some location clues. They date from I would estimate about 1930 give or take a few years, but one thing that is certain is that for snapshots they have some real gems in them.

This one I shared a rough phone snap of on Twitter yesterday, but here’s a better scan (or rather photograph, taken over a lightbox).

Sweet, isn’t she?

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Obtain Your Dating Kicks With Great First Date Ideas!

Dating is a massive industry today and there are plenty of ways you’ll be able to find a date. You could go to a bar and get chatting to someone you like, meet someone on-line thru a chat room, or maybe find profiles of potential matches on a dating site. However it isn’t meeting folk that poses a difficulty. You have access to thousands of single folks during the course of a week. No, it is agreeing on a great first date that’s the problem, even if you do have some first date concepts.

Everyone goes for dinner and a movie at some time or another. Not only is this date dull, it’ll barely set your world alight. It is a long way from the remarkable first date concepts that folks look for, and you do spend half of your time in a darkened room with fifty other folk not speaking. First time dating could be a lot better than that! Take a look below for some excellent ideas for a first date.

A Picnic – If you do desire to go for good old normal dating then try putting a new spin on it. A blanket, good food and a bright day are all that you need for a good old picnic! Picnics are better first date concepts because they’re daytime events so you do not have to spend hours on a bad date and it’s simpler to talk with beautiful scenery and the tranquillity it brings. Please be responsible when picking a picnic area choose places like public parks with reasonable traffic instead of secluded country picnics.

A holiday – A festival of art, music or drama can offer any UK dating couple with more than enough to do and talk about. People never select something like this for a first date, but it can be diverting and will help you to work out whether you like each other and have enough in common for a second date.

A Funfair or Theme Park – Get back to your youth and go to a theme park for the day, or a few hours if you have not begun to talk correctly to the person. If you have tapped into UK online dating then you may very well have talked to your date for a couple of hours. You will actually have a good time and remember the date for some time to come.

Bowling – every town centre has a bowling alley now and its ideal for those people who may be shy and struggle to make conversation on first meetings. There’s always masses of eye contact in bowling and you can joke around with one another while blowing away those first date nerves.

These are just some suggestions and perhaps they may give you some ideas of your own to wreck the mold and try somewhere new for your first date and make it as remarkable as possible.

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M6 Control arranged the meeting with representatives of the CIA, Interpol, Mossad and the Russian SVR (successor of the KGB). The meeting was held in Paris because of its central location. 007 hoped he would be able to sell his idea for the next phase of the investigation of the mysterious corporate entity which was in the process of doing something very big in international business affairs, but which no one so far had been able to determine exactly where they were heading.

007 explained all this to the group, apologizing for boring them with some facts they already had, and then pointed out that although the investigation had been going on for weeks, none of our agencies had a clue as to what the final purpose of all the activity was.

007 reminded the group that all the mysterious operatives had been documented fully for the past several weeks and valuable data had been stored in case a lengthy trial should take place in the future. 007 finished the background update with a reminder this part of the investigation must not be jeopardized in any way. Full data was still essential to the success of the groups efforts. There would be no recommendation for shifting people doing the existing surveillance to the new effort.

Pointing out we must continue to build a wall of facts and that we have no hope at this point in determining what specifically was being taken by the female contacts and given to the clandestine operatives. Interrogation of the secretaries and bookkeepers would simply tip off the underground group that they were being investigated and cause them to evaporate and surface at a later date.

“We will NOT interview a single secretary or bookkeeper, but we will begin an around the clock surveillance of them from the moment they are contacted by the underground group in an attempt to fine out why such a high percent leave their jobs soon after as well as the frightening percent who simply turn up missing.

007 then made a prediction, saying, “I believe we will find that the secretaries and bookkeepers are providing confidential information of an unknown nature to the our opponents, whether it be sales statistics, customer relations information or internal business, we have no idea. What we hope to do is prevent the disappearance of any more girls. If we can save a girl, then we will take her into protective custody and for the first time we’ll find out the nature of the data being provided. If we contact the girls now, even the ones who resign from their companies shortly after providing packages to the thin man and is operatives, chances are they will immediately contact the thin man and then our whole target will evaporate, with the chance that when they resume, we won’t be aware of it. I’m going to make one other prediction and that is the girls who are disappearing are the ones who refuse to cooperate with the thin man and leave him feeling they might report the activity to their bosses. I have to warn you this phase of the investigation may begin to turn up bodies, in which Interpol will have to activate all involved local police because homicide is a local crime.”

Asking if there were questions, 007 sat down. Surprisingly enough, there were no questions, but the discussion lasted for several hours. Administrators began immediately determining the manpower needs required to open this new line of investigation.

At the end of the meeting a motion was made that 007 assume the lead in the investigation, but 007 politely declined and said he was too involved in the London area and felt he must bring that area into sharp focus, pointing out that the single thread which would unravel the entire clandestine operation rested simply on one single girl who would provide the information they needed. 007 pointed out that simple thread was more important than any administrative effort he could perform.

The group gave him a resounding applause and were adjourned.

Get Your Dating Kicks With Fantastic First Date Ideas!

Dating is a massive business these days and there are many ways you can find a date. You can visit a bar and get talking to someone you like, meet someone on-line through a chat room, and even find profiles of possible matches on a dating website. Nevertheless, it is not meeting those that poses an issue. You have access to thousands of single individuals throughout the course of the week. No, it is agreeing on a great first date that’s the problem, even when you do have a few first date ideas.

Everybody goes for dinner and a movie at some time or another. Not just is this date dull, it will hardly set your world alight. It’s far from the memorable first date ideas that people look for, and also you do spend half of your time in a darkened room with fifty other people not speaking. First time dating can be a lot better than that! Take a look below for a couple of outstanding ideas for a first date.

A Picnic – If you do want to go for good old traditional dating then try putting a new spin on it. A blanket, great meals and a sunny day are all you’ll need for a good old picnic! Picnics are better first date ideas simply because they are daytime occasions which means you do not have to spend hours on a bad date and it is easier to talk with beautiful surroundings and also the tranquillity it brings. Make sure you be responsible when choosing a picnic area choose locations like public parks with reasonable traffic instead of secluded country picnics.

A Festival – A festival of art, music or drama can provide any UK dating couple with more than enough to do and speak about. Individuals by no means choose something similar to this for a first date, however it can be enjoyable and may help you to figure out whether you want each other and have enough in common for a 2nd date.

A Funfair or Theme Park – Get back to your childhood and visit a theme park for the day, or a few hours if you have yet to talk properly to the person. When you have tapped into UK dating on-line you then may well have spoken to your date for a couple of hours. You’ll definitely have a good time and remember the date for a while to come.

Bowling – Every city centre has a bowling alley now and its ideal for all those individuals who might be shy and struggle to make conversation on first meetings. There is usually plenty of eye contact in bowling and you can joke around with one another while blowing away those first date nerves.

These are just a few ideas and perhaps they might provide you with some ideas of your own to break the mould and try somewhere new for your first date and make it as memorable as possible.

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Going Dutch.
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A Dutch guest at a friends daughters wedding.
The Dutch connection made me think about the phrase "going Dutch" and the fact that I had no idea were the saying came from; so here is a little information.

"Going Dutch" is a term that indicates that each person participating in a group activity pays for themselves, rather than any person paying for anyone else, particularly in a restaurant bill. It is also called Dutch date, Dutch treat and "doing Dutch".

In Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland, the practice of splitting the bill in restaurants is common. In a courtship situation where both parties have a similar financial standing, the traditional custom of the man always paying in restaurants has largely fallen out of use and is by many, including etiquette authorities,[2] considered old fashioned; nevertheless it can be made more acceptable to the other party if explained beforehand. Generally a romantic couple will take turns paying the bill or split it. Generally it is assumed that everyone pays for himself or herself in restaurants unless the invitation stated otherwise.

In most of northern Europe, central Europe and Australia the practice of splitting the bill is common. However, on a dinner date, the man may pay the bill.

In several south European countries such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece or Cyprus it is rather uncommon for most locals to have separate bills and is sometimes even regarded as rude, especially when in larger groups. But in urban areas or places frequented by tourists this has changed over the last decades. In Greece the practice is colloquially called "refené".

Remarkably in Catalonia "going Dutch" is the rule among Catalans. This Catalan usage is so shocking for other Spaniards that it is referred in Spanish language as pagar a la catalana (that can be translated as "to pay the way Catalans do"). Instead pagar a escote means to split the bill equally among all the commensals.

In some parts of Italy (especially the south), the expression pagare alla romana can be translated as: "To pay like people of Rome" or "to pay like they do in Rome". It has a double and opposite meaning, depending by the tradition followed: the modern and more common meaning of pagare alla romana is to divide equally the total cost between all the commensals; the other meaning is the same as "going Dutch". This can lead to misunderstanding.

In France, it is close to "faire moitié-moitié" or "faire moite-moite", which means "each one pays half of the bill". This does not apply to romantic date where the man usually pay according to traditional French "étiquette". In a business meeting, the receiving party usually pays for all – it is considered rude not to do so.

In Middle Eastern cultures, "going Dutch" is seen as being extremely rude. Traditions of hospitality play a great part in determining who pays, therefore an invitation will be given only when the host feels that he is able to afford the expenses of all. Similarly, gender roles and age play a more important role than they would in Western societies. Similar rules apply in Turkey as well, although splitting the bill is becoming increasingly common among the younger generation, especially when all parties have similar income levels.

In Egypt, it is called Englizy, which translates into "English style".

In Iraq, the expression is "Maslawiya", "مصلاوية", referring to the people of Mosul who are supposedly stingy.

In Levant (Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan) and some Arab countries, the expression is "Halabia" "حلبية", referring to the people of Halab in Syria, who are known to be stingy with tight money expenditure.

The corresponding phrase in Turkish is hesabı Alman usulü ödemek, which can be translated into English as "to pay the bill the German way" ("Alman usûlü": German style).

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