You can thank the “Mad Men” episode about Pond’s Cold Cream for reminding us of an era when advertising appealed directly to a stereotyped female psyche. As Freddy says about Pond’s: “If young girls started using it, maybe they’d find a husband and they wouldn’t be so angry … if you use Pond’s you’ll get married.” We’re thinking the folks at Lanvin drew inspiration from Sterling Cooper Draper Price, as their new fragrance “Marry Me!” is anything but subtle, cutting right to the chase with its white dress-clad model and company. Ladies, buy this perfume, and your guy will propose. Gag. [Fragrantica]Read more →
A couple who have been married for 43 years reveal the secrets of their enduring love
Rita and Roger Wills, 66 and 68 respectively, have been married for 43 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. They live in Rugby.
ROGER We were set up on a blind date by a work colleague. He’d told me he had a second cousin who was single, so he and his girlfriend invited us both to the pub.
RITA I’d seen him around, but we’d never met. My first impression was that he was good-looking and had a dry sense of humour. He made me laugh a lot. He still does.
ROGER Our relationship grew slowly. We decided to have a break for a few weeks about a year in. Rita had become good friends with my mum by then. While on our break, Mum invited Rita to join our family on a holiday to Liverpool, and that’s where we decided to get back together.
RITA We got engaged a year later, just after I turned 21. He proposed as we were driving back from a friend’s wedding. He turned to me and said: “I think it’s time we get engaged.”
ROGER There was no ring, and I didn’t get down on one knee. I’m the first to admit I’ve never been very romantic.
RITA We didn’t have a grand wedding, but it was lovely. We were married in a little church, had a day reception and then went off on our honeymoon.
ROGER We’ve been really happy, but I’d say the hardest time was when the children were in their teens. There was a lot of upset and stress, which is normal for most families. Rita would want to talk about things and my way of dealing with it was by tending the allotment or going to the rugby club.
RITA Our happiest time, aside from when the children were little, is probably now. Since we’ve retired, we’ve been on lots of holidays; we went to Australia for five weeks with friends.
ROGER One of the things I love about Rita is that she is very easy to talk to. There are no uncomfortable silences – she was so chatty and friendly from the start. She’s always smartly dressed: even though she takes a while to get ready, when she walks out I still think “wow”.
RITA Roger is reliable. He’s taught me not to look at things through rose-tinted glasses. I’ve learned to look at things with a more rounded view.
ROGER My favourite thing about Rita is the fact she likes people. She sees the good in everyone.
RITA Your spouse should be your best friend. As you get older, the friendship becomes the most important thing.
ROGER Understanding and accepting the other’s opinion is important, too. You’re not sacrificing anything, you just have to be flexible.
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Will sparks fly when Alex Bell, 35, a PR director, meets Sam Dodwell, 35, a humanities teacher?
First impressions? Relief, mainly, because he didn’t look weird and was already sitting in the bar drinking a pint and reading the paper, which put me at ease. And when he stood up he was taller than me – result!
What did you talk about? Football, public school, thirtysomething women, unfortunate incidents with grandparents, music, north/south divide, things not to say on dates…
Any awkward moments? Not awkward, but funny as both of us managed to say things you probably shouldn’t on dates – mine about public schoolboys, his about northerners and thirtysomething women!
Good table manners? Yes.
Best thing about him? Sense of humour.
Did you go on somewhere? To the bar of the restaurant and had a port each, which was genius.
Marks out of 10? 9.
Would you meet again? We have been in touch, so will see what happens.
First impressions? Tall and attractive. We both agreed we were nervous but she is easy to talk to.
What did you talk about? The usual stuff, our work, travelling, favourite bands/films/music and the great things about living in London (apart from the cost!). Also about signing up for blind date but never expecting to get picked.
Any awkward moments? No.
Good table manners? Alex had good table manners, I let her choose the wine, yet the waitress asked me to taste it.
Best thing about her? I talked to her like I chat with people I have known for years.
Did you go on somewhere? We shared a cab to Moorgate where we went our separate ways.
Marks out of 10? 9.
Would you meet again? I would like to see Alex again, hopefully she feels the same!
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