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IRISH THIRD MOST ROMANTIC?
crushed-heart1Good God. How did this happen? Irish people were ranked third for romance in a new survey, beaten only by the French and Italians. Surely this is some sort of joke? Apparently not. The poll, carried out by publisher Mills & Boon to celebrate 100 years of romantic fiction found that 32 per cent of those surveyed felt the French to be the most romantic nation, followed by the Italians (22per cent) and the Irish (18 per cent). Meanwhile, the survey showed that 82 per cent of Irish respondents described themselves as romantic (!), while 21 per cent claimed they were very romantic. Poland, on the other hand, has a lot to learn, with just one per cent saying it was the most romantic country. More than 33 per cent of participants osaid showing affection is the most significant characteristic of romance and with Valentine’s just around the corner, 20 per cent said the most significant gesture for this special day was flowers and chocolates (how utterly boring).Romance was rated more important that success and money, while 30 per cent claimed staying faithful to your partner was key to a romantic relationship. A further 26 per cent rated romance as extremely important, while 19 per cent felt the same about their career.

SEMINAR PROMOTING VALUE OF MARRIAGE!
A series of events to promote and celebrate marriage has been held around Ireland this week in the run up to V Day. Organised by Marriage Week Ireland, an umbrella group representing 17 organisations involved with marriage in the country, the week has also been designed to raise awareness of the variety of counselling and support services available to married couples and those preparing for marriage. The main event – a It-Takes-Two seminar for married and engaged couples – took place during the week and focused on effective communication, how to deal with common flashpoints such as financial worries and how to argue constructively. A number of hotels and restaurants were also offering ten per cent off meals for couples during the week. Unbelievable. Just ’cause you’re one half of a couple, you get a flippin’ discount.

SAFE SEX ON INTERNET?
A British woman has gained international notoriety after claiming to have slept with over 200 strangers she met on the internet, which she says is far safer than meeting people in bars. Louise Grant, from Manchester in the UK has laid bare the world of online dating in an interview with newsoftheworld.co.uk. “My friends will meet guys in clubs and take them home,” said the 25-year-old. “That’s more risky than what I do because I can check mine out before we meet. I’ll always insist on safe sex and carry condoms. If the guy complains, I won’t meet him.”
Grant says she started scouring the internet for sex after splitting with her fiance three years ago. It began by looking up an ex on Facebook and soon she was registered on numerous sex sites, rushing home from work every day to check her e-mails. “I hear pals moan about their partners and thank my lucky stars I don’t have to put up with snoring, pants lying around or getting dinner ready,” she added. “When I have a date, I put on sexy undies, drink wine with a gorgeous guy who takes me home and ravishes me. I’ll settle down one day but it’s too much fun at the moment.”
Last year, 5.6 million British singletons went on over 13 million internet first dates. Less than half of them reportedly led to one night stands

GIVING UP SEX FOR A GOOD V DAY!
It’s hardly shocking news, but an online survey in New York has found that women, em love V Day. Yep. ‘Valentine’s Day: Heaven or Hell’ from BlogHer-iVillage has found that 44 per cent of those surveyed – mostly women – said they’d give up something special for a whole month just to have a good Valentine’s. Furthermore, four per cent said they’d give up sex, while eight per cent said they’d give up anything! When the survey asked whether you would dump your mate before or after Valentine’s Day, 41 per cent said before, although it’s not clear if this is ’cause they’re stingy or if they want to make sure they find a new date before the big day. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of single people said they hate the day. Mmm.

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