1) What's the big deal with British people and "mini-breaks"? It seems like such a fraught subject for dating couples. Working hypothesis: British people tend not to date, preferring instead to collide like amino acids. Therefore the decision to voluntarily travel to a second location some 30-40 miles outside London represents a major psychological barrier, beyond which point the romantic interest cannot be plausibly denied by either party, even to themselves. 

2) Why don't independent or locally owned businesses lease space in malls? Central planning issue?

3) Is everyone else okay with the fact that our sun is just one of some 200bn similar stars in the Milky Way, and our galaxy itself is just an insignificant speck in the cosmological scheme of things? Every time I think of this, it causes at least half an hour of metaphysical anxiety.

Below is a picture of my brother Mark's awesome dog Tank. About 80 pounds of pit bull, depicted here lying on a stack of pillows, wearing a holiday sweater, and snuggling. Such a sweetheart.
Tanksgiving nap

Will M
11/27/2011 23:35

I think it depends on the context of the dating couple. See British dating models, below.

Standard British dating model c. 2000. Brits, unlike Americans, prefer to sleep with people they meet and then (maybe) get to know them, rather than getting to know them and maybe sleeping with them. This is largely driven by (i) the British preference for getting drunk around new people, and (ii) who Brits sleep with, typically friends of friends or people met through work. As dating (in the classic sense) people in either of these categories is fraught with problems (conflicting friendships and loyalties in the former case, career progression problems in the latter case), the repeated hookup is less awkward than dating / admitting to an actual relationship. This model is best understood as a fond throwback to a university existence, and for the same reason unlikely to die out any time soon.

New British dating model c. 2010. The increasing use of online dating means that some daring Brits have been experimenting with getting to know the other person in the absence of alcohol, with none of the problems attached to the previous model, aside from awkwardness (it being a British).


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