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How to impress girls at a dance: advice from 1530

How to impress girls at a dance: advice from 1530

It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same. Here are a few very useful tips for decorum at a dance. It's true that passing gas, a dribbling mouth and rabies have never been too charming - in 1530 or in the present day. Call us old-fashioned. Please take note before you ask the lady to check her dance card: "Furthermore never fart when you are dancing; grit your teeth and compel your arse to hold back the fart... Do not have a dripping nose and do not dribble at the mouth. No woman desires a man with rabies.
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Spontaneous picnics are fabulous

Spontaneous picnics are fabulous

By Lulu Gwynne When the weather is gorgeous and you have a pantry of goodies, pack everything and off you go!
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Going steady: retro tips to dating (moving picture)

Going steady: retro tips to dating (moving picture)

by Prunella de Pedant In today's fast-paced world, dating can often feel like entering a human jungle. But have things changed so much since a time that so many of us look back at on so fondly and romantically? Take a little peek at this charming moving picture and see for yourself - even in a world that seems so civilised and "goody two-shoes",  parents encouraged young lovers not to go "steady" too soon. Going steady is a serious decision after all...enjoy!
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Our handsome winner

Our handsome winner

Congratulations to Dylan Temple-Heald - he is the lucky winner of the Kent Brushes shaving brush.  We must say Dylan's moustache is very dapper, but the shaving brush will come in handy when he returns to his silky smooth bare-faced self in December. Hip hip hooray for Monsieur Temple-Heald, a hearty thank you to Kent Brushes, and - of course - hearty congratulations to all of the gentlemen (and apparently quite a few ladies) who took part in Movember.
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Competition: Win a Kent BK4 Silver Tip Badger Shaving Brush!

Competition: Win a Kent BK4 Silver Tip Badger Shaving Brush!

November is drawing to a close and more gentlemen on our streets are donning handsome moustaches. To support tidy and clean shaves, the gentlepeople at Kent Brushes have bequeathed MIEN HQ with a most wonderful shaving brush for one lucky gentleman to win. Take a wee peek at the words below and email us here at info@mienmagazine.com with your answer to win:
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Dating etiquette: a few old-fashioned reminders

Dating etiquette: a few old-fashioned reminders

by Prunella de Pedant With Valentine's Day upon us again, let this sweet moving picture remind you of a few social graces: from asking your date to the dance to making formal introductions to making lively (and polite conversation) and knowing when the date should end...and always saying thank you. Our methods of courting may have changed over the years, but a good date's etiquette should always focus on the consideration of others. "By following these simple rules, all dating can be fun!" Just take a peek...
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Valentine's Day: traditional views from the Etiquette Guy

Valentine's Day: traditional views from the Etiquette Guy

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy I remember when everyone exchanged Valentine's Day cards with one another in grade school. I hope that tradition still exists. It was good because we took some time to recognise the good in each person with
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Hello, 2012!

Hello, 2012!

Hello to a shiny new year! And hello to you, gentlereaders - cin cin to 2012! Let's make this a formidable one, abundant with politeness and innocent frolic.
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When did men stop trying to woo women?

When did men stop trying to woo women?

By Poorna Shetty As a little girl weaned on a diet of Cary Grant, Charlton Heston and a father who wrote poetry to win the heart of her mother, it wasn’t unreasonable to assume this is how the world worked. Men wooed in the manner of amorous birds, seeking to impress a member of the opposite sex with displays of attentiveness,
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First date etiquette: the Etiquette Guy's take

First date etiquette: the Etiquette Guy's take

by Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy First dates are not always easy; we complicate things with anticipation, agendas, and intentions. I have recently been asked a number of questions about first dates. The most burning question  - not surprisingly  - is about finances. Who pays the tab on the first date? The most traditional dates usually involved a man asking a woman on a date. Traditionally,  the man pays -- always, with no exceptions. But in our modern day, the person who issues the invitation should also be the one to pay.
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