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Staying fit at over 40

Far too much energy after 10 miles!

Paula (MFS Founder) proved yesterday that we over 40s are anything but over the hill! Paula is now in training for the South Downs Marathon in April 2011, and as part of her training plan entered the Eridge Park 10 Mile Race.

Paula hadn’t run this far before, so was a little nervous, but put in a time of 1hr 43mins…a great time! And what was really encouraging for us all was the sheer number of competitors who were 40+! Out of a field of around 600 competitors, there were easily more than 150 “seniors” in the race, just going to show how popular running has become as a sport for us older members of society, and how more and more of us are looking for ways to stay fit as we get older.

Well done, Paula, and good luck with the Marathon training!

The MFS Team

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MFS Gets a Makeover

We’ve been working for some time on a new look to your favourite senior dating site, and this morning we’re proud to say it’s LIVE!

Login now and see how things have changed. We haven’t done away with any of the great features you like…we’ve just made the whole site cleaner and easier to use. Here are some of the things you’ll find:

  • it’s easier to find the members you’re looking for, with Simple, Detailed and Gallery views of all members
  • an easier-to-use inbox and messaging system, allowing you to swap quickly between messages, gifts, favourites and support
  • simple access to all your account settings, putting you in more control of your senior dating experience while you’re with us.

We’d love to hear your views!

We’ve put these changes together as a result of listening to your feedback. Please help us to improve further, by giving us honest feedback on how you find this new look.

All the best and good luck

Paula

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Using the “Interweb” for Internet Dating

Congratulations, if you have found this article, you are already navigating your way around the internet, and this dating site blog!

Computers in the Grand Scheme of things…

Computers trace their origins back to the ‘50s, and began to fall into mainstream society in the early 80s with the introduction of IBM home computers and then with the launch of Microsoft Windows operating system they became commonplace.  Internet functionality started off a simple Email system, which evolved into the World Wide Web in the early ‘90s – only 20 years ago!  You may be surprised to learn that Google only launched their search engine in 1998 and that Ebay is only 15 years old.  These are all very recent features of modern day life, but now integral to everyone’s work and social life.  It has certainly rivalled traditional methods of dating extremely quickly.

A study by JupiterResearch expects that by 2011, 22 percent of the Earth’s population will be able to surf the Internet. The report also says that 1.1 billion people already have regular access to the Internet. The study excluded access to the web from mobile telephones.  In 2011 the world’s population will reach 7 billion.

The Evolution of Internet Dating and Computers.

Looking at the time man has walked this planet, computers and the web have been around an incredibly short time – lets say 30 years in the public domain, and already nearly 20% of the world’s population has access to it.  Already nearly 20% of the world’s population has access to internet dating sites – no wonder it is an increasingly popular way to meet new people.

I was lucky enough to have access to electric typewriters when I went to school…the year before me had to use the manual ones.  The youngsters of today are growing up using computers.  Even pre-schools for 3-4 year olds now come complete with computers, loaded ready with programs to assist learning – and children are picking it up fast.  By 4 they can use the mouse, the cursors, and if only they could read, would be all over the place!

Help for Internet Users

We mature adults need all the help we can get keeping up with technology available to us these days.  It does after all enable us to share photos with family abroad, keep in touch with everyone by email, or other social sites, go shopping late at night when the shops are shut, keep us up to date on local or world affairs – and enable us to connect with other adults who may be looking for friendship.

If you think you could use some help navigating the internet world – then look to your local Adult Education Centre.  They offer a huge variety of courses – from programming, to basic computer use.  The direct.gov.uk site searches the entire UK for courses available in your area – and can also provide a list of distance or online learning solutions.  Your local library is also a good starting point. Some courses are free, (see the BBC site) so search “Internet Courses Free” and see what comes up.  Best of luck!

Paula Taylor

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Holiday Ideas for Senior Singles

You could try walking holidays in the Alps

The holiday season is here at last, and the travel opportunities available to us these days are endless.  However, it may seem a daunting prospect to many, booking to go on holiday on your own.  If you are clear what you want out of your holiday, and plan it carefully, you can have a fantastic time.

Holidays include any or a combination of: –   Pursuing an interest, hobby or sport, relaxing or exploring.

Special interest holidays for singles:

This type of holiday will give you the opportunity to learn or take part in a planned activity whilst mixing with others with similar interests.  You may be regarded as a “single” in a “group” and may mingle or retreat from this group as you like.   There are now websites catering for every interest.  Whether you fancy pottery classes in Tuscany, white water rafting in Colorado or fossil hunting at Freshwater Bay – everything is possible and most sites offer huge flexibility, so you can organize exactly the type of holiday you are looking for.

Justyou.co.uk specializes in singles holidays. They offer “discovery weekends” in the UK, for you to have a go at a ”singles” weekend before you book anything international, as well as follow up days in UK hotels, to meet up with people who you have met on their holidays.  Their choice of adventure, cultural, all-inclusive, cruising, nature loving, and shopping holidays should give you some inspiration.

If you are looking for a more spiritual experience, Journeysofthespirit.com provides a broad catalogue of holidays with an underlying spiritual experience.  These include hiking, photography and retreats to name but a few.

For our sporty singles, Alpineelements.co.uk arranges trips to the Alps to experience the beauty of nature and adrenalin rushes.

For a truly memorable and worthwhile experience, check out Gapyearfor adults.com.  They offer holidays overseas which have a life experience to them.  You can volunteer to help a community, learn a skill or language, or work with animals.

If your interests are closer to home, then try the National Trust.  They offer a whole host of holidays – from volunteering your services at one of their UK sites, to activity holidays across the UK and beyond.

From golfing,  bowling, tennis, diving, swimming courses, archery, bird watching, deer stalking, learning to paint, horse riding, fishing, white water rafting, skiing, if you can think of it, it is out there – so make the most of it whilst you are able to indulge your interest!

Beach holidays for singles:

All inclusive package deals are also ideal, as they provide you with a fixed base, and all meals included and often the option of signing up for excursions with the hotel or local companies for days out if you are interested.   Again, Justyou.co.uk specializes in all inclusive holidays for singles, or try voyagertraveldirect.co.uk – who has special offers for singles.

Singles go explore!

For the braver amongst you, a safari, trek across a continent, or epic train journey may be more your thing.   Explore.co.uk sends you off to see the world with others, as small groups and is considerate of the needs of their single travelers.

For something different, why not try a train journey.  Greatrail.com offer sociable mealtimes, smaller group sizes and no single supplement.  Travel to Bavaria, Berlin, or Venice as a small group and watch the world pass by your window or meet your fellow passengers, as you please.  There is also the Orient Express, if you fancy journeys further afield.

And not to be scoffed at, Saga offers a huge selection of singles holidays, both relaxing and stimulating, and don’t miss their research on travel insurance as well.

Wherever you go, and whatever you do, have a great holiday!

Paula Taylor

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Sunday’s free messaging a great success

Well, thanks to you our valued members, we had one of the busiest days ever on MatureFreeAndSingle.com yesterday (Sunday 11th July). Our servers were buzzing as people logging in rose by 33% through the day. And members sending messages to each other was at an all time high…up by 64%!

Once again, many thanks to all of you who took part. We really hope you enjoyed yourselves and hopefully made some new connections!

And if you couldn’t make it this time around, don’t worry! This was such a success we’ll try and host another Free Messaging Day some time later in the year.

All the best

Paula

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Free Messaging on Sunday 11th July

We may not be in Sunday’s big football final over in South Africa, but to keep you in the game, we have a special treat for you this weekend:

FREE access to our MatureFreeAndSingle.com messaging system for 24 hours on Sunday 11th July*!
Consider this the perfect addition to Sunday’s big football final if you want to get chatting to like-minded singles before, during or after the match (or for the whole 24 hours!).
All you have to do is login to MatureFreeAndSingle.com on Sunday 11th July where you’ll have immediate access to your inbox, along with the ability to contact as many people as you like, for FREE!
Don’t miss out – login on Sunday, get messaging, and find your match this summer!
See you then
Paula
* Free Messaging is available between 00:00 and 23:59 on Sunday 11 July 2010 only. Subject to site availability.

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