19 January 2017

Japan: Speed dating with a twist - BBC News

Finding the right partner in the modern dating world is no easy feat. And so in a bid to prove that appearances aren't everything, one Japanese dating company is using surgical masks to force their clients to concentrate on character -- instead of superficial looks. 

17 January 2017


Choose one of your fantasy dinner party guests and write a letter of invitation. Include the topics below:

  • who you are and what the event is
  • why you want to invite him/her
  • who the other guests are


Imagine you have been to the mission for three months and are allowed to send your first email home. Write to friends and family about the topics below:

  • the other volunteers and what you think of them
  • what it is like living together
  • the best/most difficult things about the mission
  • how you feel about the mission now

16 January 2017


Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

2nd September - 9th October 2016

The world famous Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival draws huge crowds of over 20,000 people to the busy pubs and hotels every year during the whole month of September. They come for love, dancing, music, racing and a good time, and they don’t leave disappointed! Matchmaking is one of Ireland's oldest traditions and a good deal of it has taken place in Lisdoonvarna during September and early October. The town developed into a tourist centre in the 18th-century when a well-respected Limerick surgeon discovered the positive effects of its mineral waters. People travelled from all over Ireland to bathe in, and drink the mineral waters. The water that was rich in iron, sulphur and magnesium gave relief from the symptoms of diseases such as rheumatism and glandular fever. It was due to the popularity of these mineral springs and the huge amount of people going there that led to the Lisdoonvarna "matchmaking tradition". September became the peak month of the holiday season and with the harvest safely in, bachelor farmers flocked to Lisdoonvarna in search of a wife. Today, the only true Matchmaker left is Willie Daly, who runs a pub in Ennistymon and during the festivities you’ll find him and his precious notebook of love-seeking profiles, in his ‘office’ (aka the snug of The Matchmaker bar). All ages and nationalities queue at his table hoping that he will help find them a mate. Nowadays, Lisdoonvarna's annual festival has grown into Europe's largest single's event. It’s not all about looking for a spouse - they also come in search of a good time. For the month of September, dances run daily and carry on into the wee hours of the morning. Set dancing exhibitions are also a feature of the event and there’s live Irish music in most pubs, although getting to the bar can be quite a task, but don't worry or hurry, because the music carries on until the early hours!


What Does Being ‘Catfished’ Mean?
Chances are you have been hearing the word “Catfish” lately. So let’s talk about what being catfished means…
A “catfish” is someone who pretends to be someone else online. This person completely assumes a fake identity and goes the extra mile to make their victim believe that they are exactly who they say they are. It tends to happen a lot in online dating. MTV airs a show aptly titled “Catfish: The TV Show” that helps victims catch their catfish in devastating lies.
Catfish victims usually end up falling in love with a person that does not exist. For example, a woman may think she is in love with a male model type and in actuality it is a teenage girl behind that computer screen. Have you or anyone you know been catfished?

13 January 2017

Friday the 13th: where does it come from and why is it unlucky?

Friday the 13th has been a part of superstition lore for hundreds of years, but where did that come from? Mo Rocca reports on the origins of Friday the 13th, those that hate the date, and those that love it. (CBS News)
Friday the 13th, considered by many as one of the unluckiest days of the year, is almost here again.
If you are worried about what's in store this time, then you're not alone. Psychologists have even come up with a word for how you're feeling – paraskavedekatriaphobia, or fear of Friday the 13th.
One option is to stay tucked up in bed all day to avoid any potential Friday the 13th bad luck that may come your way, or alternatively, you could ignore the superstitious chatter and embrace it.   READ MORE...