Many online daters put together a strict checklist of “turn ons” and “turn offs”. However, while these checklists can be a great way of filtering down potential partners based on your personal interests and preferences, they can also be restrictive.

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So you've organised to meet up with a promising individual from Antipodate, and now you're trying to plan out the itinerary for when you meet up. Here are some things you might wish to keep in mind for your first date.

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Many people find the idea of meeting new people or going on a first date utterly nerve-wracking. If you're one of these people, then you might want to consider speed dating as a low-risk way of helping you overcome your shyness.

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So, you’ve met someone very special overseas and now it’s time for one of you to go home. You’ve probably made promises and plans to keep in touch and get back together as soon as the practicalities can be dealt with. But admit it - you’re just a bit worried that while you’re oceans apart, the spark of your still new relationship will vanish. Well, the bad news is that it can sometimes be difficult to keep a long distance relationship alive and well. The good news is that absence can indeed make the heart grow fonder and your relationship may blossom rather than wilt. Here are a few things you can do to nurture it:

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If you want a chance to impress a date with your knowledge of London, consider a walk to some famous locations around the city. It helps to narrow down your options by taking a themed walk, so here are three routes that will give you scope to display your erudition about Charles Dickens, classic movie locations, or minor architectural gems in the West End.

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London is full of great dating locations and opportunities to soak up culture, see historic sights, eat fine food, and have a lot of fun. But if you’d like to take a date somewhere a little different, consider a day trip with your date to one of the interesting towns that can be easily reached by train. Let’s look at some of the charms of Bath and Oxford.

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Internet dating is a great way to make new friends. To attract contacts from members who best match your requirements, you’ll have carefully chosen your photos and created your personal profile so as to present all your best qualities. When the time comes to meet someone face to face, don’t let nerves undo all of your careful preparation. Let’s look at three things to be avoided on a first date.

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Travel is all about experiencing new cultures and places far from home. If you’re travelling with friends it’s great to have familiar faces and accents around you, but to truly make the most of your travel destination there’s nothing better than getting to know the locals. If you’re single, internet dating can help you connect with local singles.

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When you join an internet dating site like Antipodate you’re star sign is often part of your personal profile. If you’re well versed in matters astrological this will not seem a strange inclusion, but if you’re not familiar with star signs and horoscopes you might be wondering about the purpose and relevance of this information. Let’s look briefly at star signs.

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East London has more than its share of small museums and art galleries that are well worth a visit and would make a great venue for an afternoon date. Read on for more about some of the fascinating collections and exhibitions.

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Internet dating sites and speed dating events help to take some of the guesswork and uncertainty out of the dating game. A personal profile on an Internet dating site contains all sorts of information, including photographs, to help you choose members you’re interested in getting to know. You can even opt to view candidates only in a specific age group – and they don’t have to be in your age group. Many individuals are more comfortable with an older or younger age group when it comes to dating and even socialising in general.

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As an antipodean living in the UK you’ve had to adjust to different ways of doing things in your adopted country: not just big-scale changes like tax systems, health care, and banking methods, but also customs, practices and unwritten rules that you find in the workplace. You’re probably getting used to British foods (or having some of your favourite staples like pineapple lumps, Vegemite or Pecks Anchovette sent over from New Zealand, Australia or South Africa). If this is your first Christmas as an expat in the UK, prepare yourself for a few taste surprises that are peculiar to the festive season.

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If you’re an expat about to experience your first Christmas in the UK, it’s helpful to be prepared for some of the special features of a northern hemisphere Christmas.

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Ask any writer how many drafts they go through for a given piece of work and the answer will stun you. They'll tell you that attaining that perfect prose takes time and patience, which is something that you should bear in mind when putting together your online dating profile. So how can you make your profile stand out from rest?

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When you’re living far from your homeland, it’s great to immerse yourself in an unfamiliar culture and learn about foreign customs and traditions. If you come from the antipodes and this is your first Christmas in the UK, be prepared for some culture shock - or at least a little surprise. Spend an hour or two one Thursday evening in December in Oxford Street W1 and you’ll see how seriously the Brits take their Christmas celebrations!

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Christmas is a special time of year and usually comes with the additional bonus of a few days free from work responsibilities. If you and your date are spending your first Christmas together, why not take advantage of the free time by travelling a little further during the holiday period?

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If you’re an expat living in the UK and spending long hours in the office, this is a gentle reminder that Christmas is coming. Soon. First, don’t forget to get those Christmas cards and presents in the post soon, so that those at home get their greetings and gifts before the holidays. And second, what are you going to do on Christmas day?

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As if there weren’t enough interesting and exciting places to take your date in the UK, along comes Christmas and your choice is even wider! Read on for some very special dating venues for December.

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When you’re an expat new to the UK, the cold climate is just one of the things you’ll be adapting to. If you’ve joined Antipodate or enjoyed some speed dating events, it’s sensible to think about the climate and weather before you arrange a winter time date.

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Being far from your partner is not an ideal situation, but it is possible to keep the romance of a long distance relationship alive with some effort and a few handy tips.

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