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The ten ways men text women

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 22 Juni 2014 | 23.08

Teenage girl text messaging on her phone Source: ThinkStock

LET'S be honest — dating in the modern age is nothing short of a minefield.

And the fact that the majority of men don't know how to text doesn't make things any easier for women.

According to writer and life coach Jeff Wilser, despite the fact that we are ten years into the Texting Revolution, most guys still haven't mastered the fine art of text tone.

Texting, Wilser writes in New York Magazine, is an awkward medium.

Stripped of the nuance of eye contact and body language, he says, there's a blurred line between banter and downright insult.

Wilser — the co-author of the upcoming book It's Okay to Sleep With Him on the First Date: And Every Other Rule of Dating, Debunked — says men don't do themselves any favours.

Unlike women, blokes don't use tools such as as exclamation marks and emoticons, which can lighten the tone and change a sarcastic text into a playful one.

For his New York Magazine article, Wilser has listed the ten ways men text. None of them, he writes, are ideal.

The right tone ... this woman has just received a text from a guy and is smiling ... for now. Source: News Limited

1. The Tweener

This bloke, says Wilser, is so afraid of sounding abrupt that he overcompensates by throwing in "LOL" and "OMG". Not cool.

2. The Passive-Aggressive Texter

Ladies, most of you will be able to relate to this one. Mr Passive Aggressive sends those terse responses that seem to say so much by saying so little. You know the ones: "OK"; "that's fine"; "if you want". For the oblivious men who send them to women, Wilser writes, these texts are used as default and are not meant to cause offence. But the recipient can be left feeling cold and thinking: have I done something wrong?

Terse or straight to the point? ... passive-aggressive texts leave the recipient feeling confused. Source: News Limited

3. The Cliffhanger

Wilser says he often applies this tactic in order to avoid sounding passive aggressive. Cliffhanger texts such as "sounds good ..." and "hope you have a good night ..." can strike the right tone by sounding friendly. But there's a downside, he says. The recipient can be left feeling bewildered due to the multiple layers of subtext.

4. The Gusher

This guy often thinks his life is more interesting than it actually is and will bombard the recipient with mammoth texts that go on forever. The Gusher, writes Wilser, hates talking on the phone and fails to grasp that texts should be used primarily for logistics, banter and flirting.

Information overload ... the Gusher hates the phone and can't stop texting. Source: News Limited

5. The Buy-a-Voweller

Time is of the utmost importance to this bloke who texts like we used to in pre-smartphone era and forces the reader to decipher his shorthand. Sample texts, says Wilser, include "C u l8r", Ur 2 funny" and "K".

6. The Vanisher

For this man, texts are for business — not chitchat. If you're trying to engage this guy in some conversational back and forth, forget it, says Wilser. We've all been there. You text someone a joke or a quirky observation and all you get is ... silence. As a recipient you're left wondering — is he blowing me off or does he think I'm just not that funny?

Time waster ... don't even try to work out where The Vanisher's head is at — it may take years. Source: News Limited

7. The Exclaimer!

This one, says Wilser, sprinkles exclamation marks everywhere in a misguided attempt to sound friendly!

8. The Shouter

Sample texts: "SEE YOU SOON"; "SOUNDS GREAT". Enough said.

Sexting ... what's hot for some could be lukewarm for others. Source: ThinkStock

9. The Carver

This guy, says Wilser, models his texts after the short stories of American writer Raymond Carver. Sample texts: "Movie. I'll get tickets. 8pm see you there."; "I had fun."; "I liked meeting your parents. good people."

10. The Sexter.

Sample texts, says Wilster, include "What are you wearing" and "What are you doing right now? (at 2.07am). This guy reveals too much too soon and is borderline creepy. Of course, says Wilser, if the recipient likes the guy, it's game on. But if you're lukewarm, the exact same text will be viewed as slightly, well, ew.

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Block teams ‘taken on too much’

Scott Cam from 'The Block' has been awarded the Golden Logie for most popular television personality.

Eyes on the prize ... the team members of The Block Glasshouse are (from left) Darren and Deanne from Melbourne; Michael and Carlene from the Gold Coast; host Scott Cam; Karstan and Maxine from Newcastle; Shannon & Simon form Tasmania and Jenna and Chris from Sydney. Source: Supplied

GOLD Logie winner Scott Cam is not a man to baulk at a big challenge, but even TV's favourite chippie thinks producers and the new cast on The Block Glasshouse "have taken on too much" with the latest Channel 9 series.

Tasked with converting a 1980s office in the exclusive Melbourne shopping mecca of Prahran, the five teams of two — revealed for the first time today — are already knee-deep in redeveloping the three-storey, 3540-square metre building into five split-level atrium apartments, underground car parks and 70-metre lock-up storage units.

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The former headquarters of communication technology company Vixtel, it was mocked up to look like a Channel 9 office block when the contestants were given the keys to the new TV conversion — expected to air after the current season of The Voice wraps.

The Glasshouse ... the Block's new address on Prahran's High Street. Source: News Corp Australia

Cam revealed "our contestants certainly struggle in the first four to five weeks and we've seen an unprecedented number of rooms just not finished in time for reveal day.

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"Structurally there's an enormous amount of work that needs to be done before the contestants can even get cracking, which is ongoing," he said.

"I still think we have taken on too much, but I'll be proved wrong come auction day when we have some of the most phenomenal luxury apartments we have ever seen in the heart of Prahran.

On top of the living quarters, the couples must also work together to transform the ground floor into 254 square metres of retail and commercial space.

The scale of the project has been made even more difficult with budgets kept to the $100,000 limit (plus sponsor bonuses) of previous seasons.

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Bindi tells teen girls to ‘cover up’

Bindi Irwin introduces her boot camp show.

BINDI Irwin has unleashed her inner nanna ahead of her 16th birthday, telling girls her age to stop flashing so much flesh.

The wildlife warrior, who is increasingly ditching the khaki for the fresh fashions she shares with her almost 100,000 Instagram followers, told News Corp Australia she's started "experimenting" with her style but remains a barefoot girl from the bush at heart.

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"I guess for me, because I wear khaki so much — waking up every day at the zoo, you just kind of grab your khaki uniform and you're pretty much good to go — that when I get out of khaki I like to experiment and see how things go," she said.

Keep it classy ... Bindi Irwin says she feels bad for young girls who feel that they have to wear revealing clothes.

"I suppose the last year or so really I've been starting to have some fun and see what I can do with make-up and wardrobe and be a little bit of a girlie girl.

Growing up ... Bindi hits the red carpet at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards. Source: Instagram

"Finding that great line between comfort and looking semi-good is fantastic."

The daughter of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has always tackled the big issues — from animal protection to human overpopulation — but now she's set her sights on a more conservative cause.

"I'm a big advocate for young girls dressing their age," she said.

"I mean, for me, I look around at a lot of young girls that are my age and they're always trying to dress older. Whether it's wearing revealing clothes or hardly wearing any clothes at all, I feel really bad for them.

"It kind of has the opposite effect in some ways ... it kind of does the opposite where it makes you look younger and like you're trying too hard."

The entertainer, who says she wants to influence others with her fashion choices, has some wise words.

Best mates ... Bindi and her mum Terri Irwin on Mother's Day. Photo: Instagram. Source: Instagram

"I almost wish I could tell young girls, 'look, in 10 years when you look back at yourself, you'll cringe honey, honestly'," she said.

"A lot of times I want to grab these girls and say 'look ... in 10 years you'll regret this. Just dress like who you are. Don't try so hard. A pair of jeans and a T-shirt is just as gorgeous and even makes you look classier'.

"I look at adults and they say 'when I was young I was wearing blue eye shadow' and I'm cringing. So to be able to have that outlook on life is such a blessing and I've gotten that from my mum especially.

"The way I choose to dress, I want to influence other people around me I suppose."

The mature teenager says she strives to share her outlook on life because, at just 15, she feels wise beyond her years.

Good example ... Bindi leads a clean-living lifestyle. Photo: Instagram. Source: Instagram

"My mum and I, we were playing this game, how old would you be if you didn't know how old you really are? Like how old is your soul? And I said 'I'd be 86'," she said.

"I suppose it's just who I am. I find that what I'm passionate about and what I talk about ... I actually have a better connection with older people than I do with younger people.

"I like cups of tea and reading books and poetry and old people things."

And far from the wild ways of other teen stars, Bindi — who turns 16 next month — said she steers clear of cigarettes and alcohol.

"I love a cup of tea and a good book and none of that really interests me," she said.

"I guess growing up at Australia Zoo and getting to travel all over the world I have this great outlook on life and that's what I hope I inspire other kids to have."

Bindi will be celebrating her 16th birthday at Australia Zoo on July 24.

World traveller ... Bindi on a trip to New York earlier this year. Photo: Instagram. Source: Instagram

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Jailed Aussie journo to learn fate

Verdict son. Al-Jazeera's Australian journalist Peter Greste (L) and Egyptian journalist Mohamed Baher stand inside the defendants cage during their trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

AUSTRALIAN journalist Peter Greste is to learn his fate on Monday, when an Egyptian court issues its verdict on charges of spreading false news and supporting former prime minister Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is attempting to contact Egypt's new president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to lobby for the release of Greste.

Greste and two other reporters working for Qatar-based Al Jazeera English news network were arrested in December, and put on trial, in a case that has sparked international outrage.

If convicted, the award-winning Australian journalist faces at least 15 years in jail.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she had spoken overnight with recently appointed Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri, and Mr Abbott was seeking similar contact with Mr Sisi.

"Our prime minister rang the interim president and I know he is seeking to make contact with the new president, President al-Sisi," Ms Bishop told ABC Television.

"So we are making representations at every level in the Egyptian government with a view to ensuring Peter Greste is home as soon as possible."

On trial ... A May photo of, from left, Mohammed Fahmy, Canadian-Egyptian acting bureau chief of Al-Jazeera, Australian correspondent Peter Greste, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed in the defendant's cage in court in Cairo. Picture: AP Source: AP



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Greste's father Juris has said if his son was cleared they would "try and get him out as quickly as possible", although his ­return to Australia would depend on "many factors".

"As you can imagine, somebody who has spent six months in a foreign prison under very difficult conditions can't just pack up and go straight home," Mr Greste said. "It takes some kind of decompression, metaphorically speaking, and how that will work out remains to be (seen)."

Peter's mother Lois said she was feeling "anxious" but was glad to learn a date had been set for the verdict.

"It means we are nearing the end," she said.

Last week, an Al-Jazeera Arabic journalist who had been on hunger strike for more than four months to protest his prolonged detention without charges in Egypt has been released in Cairo, giving hope to supporters of Mr Greste.

Anxious...Peter Greste's family Lois, Andrew and Juris Greste, with Kylie and Brendan in the back in Melbourne. Picture: Annette Dew Source: News Corp Australia

Abdullah Elshamy, 26, walked free late Tuesday evening to cheers and hugs from family members, as well as dozens of friends and supporters. His mother, wife and brothers met him outside a police station in a northern Cairo suburb.

Egypt's prosecutor general had ordered his release, citing "health conditions" after 10 months in jail without charges.

Elshamy, once a chubby young man, looked gaunt and frail, and sported a bushy beard as he left the station in Nasr City, still dressed in a prison uniform.

"I have won," he told reporters, despite pressure from prison authorities to end his strike, including keeping him in solitary confinement. "I have lost 45 kilograms but I was certain that God will make me victorious."

Freed ... Egyptian Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy is released from detention due to poor health, after five months on a hunger strike. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

The case has caused an outcry among journalists and rights groups, who say their prosecution was politicised and undermines freedom of expression in Egypt.

The prosecution was a reflection of the tension between Egyptian authorities and the network. The Egyptian government accuses Al-Jazeera of being biased toward Islamists. The network denies the allegations against it and its detained staffers.

Elshamy had been held since August without charges when he was swept up with other protesters following the violent dispersal of a pro-Morsi sit-in that left hundreds dead.

Al-Jazeera welcomed his coming release.

"This is a relief rather than a cause for celebration. Abdullah has been through a terrible ordeal for over 10 months," the statement issued early Monday said. The network called for the release of the three other journalists on trial.

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Jodhi Meares facing jail over alleged drink-driving

The crash scene at Bellevue Hill / Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

FORMER model and ex-wife of billionaire James Packer Jodhi Meares faces possible jail time after allegedly being caught driving three times over the limit when she crashed into three parked cars on Saturday night.

Meares license had already been suspended when she crashed into the parked cars on O'Sullivan Rd, Bellevue Hill just after 9.30pm, The Australian reports.


The crash scene at Bellevue Hill / Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

It is reported witnesses had to rescue Meares from the wreckage of her 4WD after it rolled onto its side in the crash.

She miraculously escaped without injury.

Police said a breath-analysis of Meares reportedly returned a reading of 0.181 — three times the legal driving limit.

Alleged drink-driving ... Jodhi Meares / Picture: Stylerunner. Source: Supplied

She was arrested at the scene and taken to Waverley police station where a check of her license showed she had been driving with a suspended licence.

Two of the parked cars were left with significant damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Meares was charged with high-range drink driving and driving while suspended and will appear before Waverley Local Court in August.

A spokesperson for Meares was unable to comment.

The crash scene at Bellevue Hill / Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

The maximum penalty for high-range drink driving carries a sentence of 18 months jail and a fine of $3,300.

Ms Meares is engaged to former INXS post-Michael Hutchence frontman Jon Stevens and the ex-wife of billionaire media mogul James Packer.

The former model has also appeared as a judge of Australia's Next Top Model and was the fashioner designer behind swimwear label TigerLily before selling the brand to Billabong in 2007.

She recently launched a line of yoga wear The Upside, understood to be stocked by Myer and Rebel Sport.

Jodhi Meares / Picture: Justin Lloyd Source: News Corp Australia

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First Lord Flashheart, now Nursie

Nursie ... Patsy Byrne in Blackadder. Source: Supplied

SIR Tony Robinson has led tributes to his Blackadder co-star Patsy Byrne, who has died at the age of 80, just weeks after fellow co-star Rik Mayall.

The actor and Time Team presenter joined Blackadder producer John Lloyd in hailing Byrne, who became well-known for playing Nursie in the second series of the hit 1980s' comedy.

Denville Hall, a care home for elderly actors in north-west London, said she died on June 17.

Sir Tony told BBC Five Live she had been like a mother to "her boys" on the show and was "indulgent" towards them despite being an experienced actress whose past included the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

He said: "She had unerring skill to make the daftest, silliest thing sound absolutely real and absolutely plausible.

"I remember seeing her in As You Like It and it was one of those parts where the actress usually goes 'de dum de dum de dum de dum de dum' but the way she said it was so that each word was a revelation to her and I think that was one of her great comic skills."

Byrne was born in Ashford, Kent and studied at drama school before joining the RSC.

She also starred alongside Sir Tony in a series three episode of the children's sitcom Maid Marian And Her Merry Men.

Second death ... Rik Mayall, right, with Kate Moss and Rowan Atkinson, died two weeks ago. Source: News Corp Australia

Byrne is the second star of Blackadder to die in as many weeks. Rik Mayall, who played Lord Flashheart in the second and fourth series, was buried on Friday. He died at his home in Barnes, south-west London, last week.

The two shared screen time during the second series of Blackadder in 1986, with Mayall's sex-obsessed Lothario saying to Byrne's plump middle-aged female character: "Nursie, I like it, firm and fruity. Am I pleased to see you or did I just put a canoe in my pocket?"

Commenting on their recent deaths, Sir Tony said: "How bizarre and hurtful that we should lose two of our friends so quickly.

"Life does that to us all sometimes doesn't it?"

Lloyd said Byrne had been a "proper actress" who struck up a fantastic rapport with Miranda Richardson, who played Elizabeth I alongside her.

He said: "They were a fantastic double act. As they inhabited the roles and made them their own (writers) Ben (Elton) and Richard (Curtis) would write to their skills."

Tributes were also paid on Twitter. John Challis, who played Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, tweeted a picture of Byrne on stage with the RSC, adding: "Sad to hear that actress Patsy Byrne has died."

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Anger at ‘offensive’ Beatles Hitler game

Let it be ... What would life have been like for Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison if Hitler won the war? Source: Supplied

A NEW computer game which imagines a world in which Adolf Hitler won WWII and The Beatles sang their hits in German has been slammed as "offensive" by one UK politician.

Liverpool Labour MP Steve Rotheram said Wolfenstein: The New Order had overstepped the mark by associating The Beatles with Hitler's regime.

"In my opinion, it is abhorrent that game-makers are using any form of Nazi connotation in the production of their computer games. Hitler and his evil philosophy is not something that should be championed for money-making purposes and certainly isn't something that should be associated with Liverpool's most famous sons," he said, according to The Independent .

Ticket to Reich ... German Chancellor Adolf Hitler gestures during a speech in May 1937. Source: NewsComAu

The computer game shot to the top of the bestsellers list in its first week of release. It is set in the 1960s and imagines what the UK would be like if Hitler won the war. The Beatles are given a choice to either sing in German or be imprisoned.

They change their name to as Die Käfer and release a hit album called Das Blaue U-Boot instead of Yellow Submarine.

The Beatles, who started playing in Hamburg in the 1960s, did actually have to record two songs in German by their producer George Martin. Martin made George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr sing German translations of She Loves You ("Sie Liebt Dich") and I Want to Hold Your Hand ("Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand").

Reps for the band declined to comment.

Another road ... The Beatles as seen on their Abbey Road album cover George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon. Source: Supplied

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Uniforms on track for great Games

Joel Pocklington and Ashleigh Whittaker try out their Diadora competition gear. Picture: Alex Coppel Source: News Corp Australia

AUSTRALIA'S Commonwealth Games athletes are attracting attention for their fighting spirit and their style.

As the new uniforms are unveiled for the first time today a month out from competition, long jumper Brooke Stratton is happy just to be going to Glasgow.

The Victorian Institute of Sport star fought a mystery illness for two years, then was diagnosed with coeliac disease.

She is now ranked third in the Commonwealth.

"Any colour medal would be absolutely amazing,'' she said.

Long-jumper Brooke Stratton.

"It's something you dream about so if it actually happened it would be crazy.''

The uniform — to be worn for competition, training and delegations — will be launched in Melbourne today.

Sprint star Ashleigh Whittaker and pole-vaulter Joel Pocklington took the track and field uniforms for a workout for the Herald Sun. "I love it. It's really comfortable and the colours are great," Whittaker said.

A record 104 Victorians will be among 417 Australians across 18 sports at the Games.

Ttrack and field team members Joel Pocklington and Ashleigh Whittaker. Picture: Alex Coppel Source: News Corp Australia

The uniforms, designed and manufactured by Diadora, include everything from track and field shorts, tights, singlets and bodysuits to home and away hockey and netball outfits.

Australian Team Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti said the uniform was "eye-catching" and would be worn by our athletes with pride.

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