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Season 8

Episode 10 – What Is Your Best First Date Idea?

In episode 10 aka The SEASON FINALE (can I get a woop woop!) I aim to help my listeners out there even more by putting together the best bits of advice from my awesome guests throughout this season on the topic of what their best first date idea is. There are some great suggestions for you to listen to ranging from park dates to burritos dressed in saran rap (totally random right?), as well as some just generally awesome advice. Either way, I hope this helps. Brown Bear x

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Episode 9 – Finding Balance In Love, Dating And Relationships with Chelsey Sterling

In episode 9 I chat to Chelsey Sterling who is a dating and relationship coach based out in Denver, Colorado. In this episode Chelsey shares a couple of dating stories of hers and we chat about the important role that balance plays in dating and relationships. She has a lot of experience to draw from and she shares her insight and perspective on the compromises and adjustments one has to make when navigating dating and relationships.

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Episode 8 – Navigating The Complex World Of Online Dating With Help from Coach T Anthony

In episode 8 I chat with Coach T Anthony, who’s an online dating coach that coaches people from all over the world. In our conversation we chat about some rather amusing dating anecdotes, one of which shows that even the coach needs coaching from time to time! He also shares some details about the exact type of coaching he offers as well as offering tons of great advice for those wanting to take on the online dating world.

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Episode 7 – Inappropriate Online Dating Messages with @Dudsofdatingapps

In episode 7 I chat with the woman behind the awesome @dudsofdatingapps Instagram account. The account illustrates the inappropriate messages that people are sending on online dating apps, and as we discuss how the line between banter and playful teasing, and sexual harassment is being crossed more often than not, and a lot of people are being made to feel incredibly uncomfortable and distraught in the process. During the discussion she provides plenty of context to go with the content.

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Episode 6 – How To Become A Greater Dater with Jessica Barndt

In episode 6 I chat with Jessica Barndt owner of Greater Dater, a company where people can outsource their dating life. She helps with a range of things such as tips to improve your dating profile or you can do private coaching with her as well if you want even deeper help. She tells us how she started her business, from the beginning when it was a side hustle on top of her full time job, to now being a successful business that properly kicked off when quarantine hit and her work at an ad agency stopped.

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Episode 5 – Dating And Writing About Dating Adventures with Rebekah Manley

In episode 5 I chat with the lovely Rebekah Manley, author of the soon to be published book titled ‘Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun, Truly Bad Dates!’, which is a picture book parody for adults. After sharing some personal dating stories of hers and some experiences in the dating game she chats about her experiences as a writer from a young age to the present day, as well as what inspired her to write her humorous take on dating stories.

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Episode 4 – Dating And Being Fabulous In Your 60s with Niloufar Lamakan

In episode 4 I speak with Niloufar Lamakan who is the genius behind the Instagram account @fabulousinmy60s. As the name suggests she is single and in her 60s but has the vibrancy and energy of someone much younger. After chatting about some of her experiences in the dating game, which the salsa lovers out there might like in particular, we then chat about her unique idea for her book, which will be about the adventures of the main character, Fanny Fabulous… need I say anymore!?

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Episode 3 – Dating And Matchmaking In The Ukraine with Yana Vitoshkina

In episode 3 I speak to the lovely Yana Vitoshkina who runs Freya Dating a professional matchmaking service based in Odessa in the Ukraine. The service helps you meet single women in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Moldova. We discuss in depth Yana’s business and how she helps people find someone, and she explains what cultural differences occur with singles in the Ukraine compared to other parts of the world.

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Episode 2 – The Keys To Effective Dating And Relationships Are Communication And Emotional Intelligence with Celina Bond

In episode 2 I’m delighted to speak to the lovely Celina Bond who is a dating and relationship coach for men. In this episode Celina shares her many insights into the world of dating and relationships, particularly how communication and emotional intelligence are significant aspects and just some of the keys required for successful modern day dating, love, relationships and for forming meaningful connections that go beyond the superficial.

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Episode 1 – Dating As An Irish Comedian In New York with Katie Boyle

In the season opener I chat with Katie Boyle, who is an Irish comedian currently residing in New York city. We chat about her experiences in the New York dating scene, which includes dating whilst meeting people when working as a bar tender, as well as a story about a guy she hooked up with where she got more than she bargained for when things were beginning to get hot and heavy in the bedroom…

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Season 7

Episode 10 – Advice For Daters Who Are Struggling With Being A Social Distancing Singleton

In this final, very special episode of season 7, daters who are struggling with being a social distancing singleton (including myself!) can listen to advice from the wonderful speakers, bloggers and podcasters that have been on the show this season. This episode is a collection of all of that advice given throughout this season so it’s all in one nice, easy, convenient location for you to listen from.

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Episode 9 – Brown Bear chats with Dating in your 20s

In episode 9 I chat with the delightful Mei who writes the lovely and entertaining Dating in your 20s blog. We chat about a dating experience of hers from a girls night out when things went from weird to bizarre when they met a couple of guys who were sat at the table next to them. We also chat about her as an Aussie and what she thought about the dating scene when she was living in London. We finish off by chatting about what inspired her to start her blog as well as what the prospects for the future are.

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Episode 8 – Brown Bear chats with You’re Such a Catch

On episode 8 I’m delighted to bring to you the oh so lovely Erin Ramsey the host of the fabulous You’re Such a Catch podcast. In this episode we discuss her difficult divorce and why it wasn’t the worst thing in the world to happen to her. We also chat about her experiences as a Los Angeles based singleton negotiating dating during a pandemic including what happened when she quarantined with someone after just a few dates.

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Episode 7 – Brown Bear chats with VavaViolet

Welcome to episode 7 season 7! Today I speak to Soph Blackman who is the writer of the fantastic online magazine VavaViolet, which is full to the brim with sex and relationship advice and much much more that the modern woman loves. The magazine was founded by her as she wanted to created a space for intelligent, feisty and creative women to get inspired. We chat about her own personal dating story and discuss all things dating from apps to first message ideas to the best date ideas.

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Episode 6 – Brown Bear chats with Chelsea Black

In this episode I speak to the lovely Chelsea Black writer of an awesome blog on dating tips, slips with plenty of lip. The story she shares can be described as one of randomness, and she discusses what she learnt from that encounter. Whether you’re an internet dater or just interested in dating, Chelsea is someone anyone can learn a lot from as she shares a lot of advice that will not only help people who are looking to improve their dating life but people who are looking to improve their lives period.

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Episode 5 – Brown Bear chats with Dating Kinda Sucks

In episode 5 of season 7 I chat to Sarah who is one of the hosts of the awesome Dating Kinda Sucks podcast. Unfortunately her co-host Adam wasn’t available at the time cos it was errr too early. We chat about a rather creepy dating story of hers where things become too intense too quickly. We also chat about her journey in the dating community which has gone from top blogger to enjoyable to listen to podcaster.

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Episode 4 – Brown Bear chats with Damsel in Dating Distress

In this episode I chat with the delightful Damsel in Dating Distress. She shares the story that actually pushed her into the blogosphere. It’s a bit of a car crash story that continually unravels so strap yourself in for the ride. If you’ve experienced gaslighting before her story will certainly resonate with you. It’s well worth a listen and something that many of us out there have experienced so I think you will be able to certainly sympathise with what she went through.

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Episode 3 – Brown Bear chats with Erika Ettin Founder of A Little Nudge

In this episode I speak to the wonderful Erika Ettin who is the founder of A Little Nudge a company that can help you with all things dating from profile creation to match selection all the way up to message writing and date planning. Before chatting about the specifics of her company and the like she shares a rather amusing dating story where the interpretation of playful banter is very different from both sides and leads to some rather cringeworthy awkwardness.

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Episode 2 – Brown Bear chats with James Preece Celebrity Dating Expert and Dating Coach

In this episode I chat with the UK’s top Celebrity Dating expert and Dating Coach, James Preece. James is the sort of coach who will help you master the secrets of dating, confidence, flirting, body language and attraction. He can also show you THE best online dating sites and dating agencies and is just generally a source of tons of knowledge and advice that he can share. After we chat about one of his own amusing dating anecdotes we chat in depth about the specifics of the work he does.

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Episode 1 – Brown Bear chats with Baggage Reclaim

In episode 1 I chat with Natalie who is the writer of the really informative Baggage Reclaim blog. If you’re someone who wants to overcome your past so that you can raise your self-worth, break depleting habits like people pleasing, unfulfilling relationships, poor boundaries, being self-critical, or being triggered in certain situations then she could be just the person you need to talk to. After sharing her rather amusing dating story we chat about the specifics of her work as well.

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Season 6

Episode 10 – Brown Bear and the Season 6 Debrief

It’s the Season 6 finale!!! Yes that’s right this is episode 10 of Season 6, can you believe it, I certainly can’t! In this episode Emma and I have a debrief over the epic season we’ve just had where we discuss highlights from each episode. It’s a really fun discussion reminiscing over the awesome guests we’ve had and at the end I give my top three highlights from the series.

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Episode 9 – Brown Bear chats with A Dating Dad

In episode 9 I chat with Glen, who is the writer of the awesome blog called A Dating Dad. We chat about his previous experience of a long term relationship where he was married with kids, to then discussing how that relationship ended and forced him to get back in the dating game. Not one to be kept down for too long Glen has thrown himself into the dating world so we chat about firstly how he was able to do this as well as what he thinks following his experiences over the last couple of years.

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Episode 8 – Brown Bear chats with Madeleine Mason Roantree Relationship Expert and Dating Coach

In episode 8 I chat with the Relationship Expert and Dating Coach Madeleine Mason Roantree about the specifics of her work as a coach of people at all stages of a relationship, her involvement with a matchmaking company as well as her findings from interviewing a bunch of different people who are in stable and successful relationships. It makes for really interesting listening and you’ll learn a lot. She’s been in the game a long time and she knows her stuff and it was great of her to share her knowledge.

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Episode 6 – Brown Bear chats with Lucy Goes Dating

In this episode I chat with the lovely Lucy, writer of the quite frankly awesome Lucy Goes Dating blog. Let me tell you this blog is one of the most consistently funny blogs I’ve ever read, it’s very no nonsense and incredibly well written, I reckon after reading one or two posts you will become addicted just like I did! In this episode we chat about her experiences in the dating game, which includes a very bizarre blind date and we also talk about her blog and just exactly how that exploded.

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Episode 5 – Brown Bear chats with John from Los Angeles

In this episode I chat with my buddy John all the way from a much sunnier Los Angeles. John is one of the coolest and down to earth guys you could ever wish to meet and in this episode we chat about some more of his experiences in the dating game, the dating culture in Los Angeles as well as all things apps.

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Episode 4 – Brown Bear chats with Alice In Wonder

In episode 4 I chat with Alice, the writer of the lovely Alice in Wonder blog. We chat about her experiences in the dating game, which includes one about a guy who was being ever so slightly economical with the truth when it came to a certain detail about him. We also chat about her blog as well as what she’s planning on doing in the near future.

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Episode 3 – Brown Bear chats with Dbag Dating

In episode 3 I chat with the writer of the awesome Dbag Dating blog, which details the misadventures of Marina and her many trials and tribulations in the dating game. In addition to chatting about her blog we also discuss some specific dates of hers, which includes a poet reciting electrician. We chat about the differences she’s noticed between dating French and Parisian men compared to American guys, it makes for some interesting listening. 

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Episode 2 – Brown Bear chats with Amy from New York

In this episode I chat with Amy to keep up with my American friends and how their experiences of online dating have been. Amy is based in New York and she talks to me about her first ever online dating experience, which involves meeting a drunken catfisher who almost froze to death. We also chat about her second ever online dating experience, which for very different reasons did not fare much better…

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Episode 1 – Brown Bear chats with Soon2BeCatLady

WELCOME TO SEASON 6!!! In the season 6 opener I chat with the hilarious Soon2BeCatLady. The best way to describe her blog is to just use her own tag line – ‘online dating is going to turn me into a crazy cat lady.’ That probably describes possibly millions of people out there, right now. In the episode you will learn about her own experiences in the dating game as well as what inspired her to start her blog and how she has kept it going over the years. She’s a wonderful character and our chat is certainly high octane and energetic so strap yourself in and enjoy!

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Season 5

Episode 10 – Online Dating Laid Bear: The Origins Story PART 2

After chatting about where and when the whole Online Dating Laid Bear concept originated from back in PART 1 we pick up where we left off by learning more about the evolution of the Online Dating Laid Bear platform. In PART 2 you will learn more about the struggles over the last few years such as building and creating the website and in the end finding a good website designer. In this episode you will also learn how I had to adapt to ever changing financial constraints as well as the pressure to produce high quality content to people who need it the most.

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Episode 9 – Online Dating Laid Bear: The Origins Story PART 1

Want to know where and when the whole Online Dating Laid Bear concept originated from? Well in the 50th episode, yes the 50th episode!!!! you will find out all starting from the initial creation of the idea back when I was doing my undergraduate degree at Newcastle University. In this episode it’s gonna be a bit of a blast from the past as we discuss the Newcastle days then chat about the life after the undergrad and how things continued to evolve from there, this episode is also slightly different as I can’t really interview myself so have roped in someone very special to do the interview for me, so strap yourself in, it’s gonna be a bumpy one!

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Episode 8 – From No Hoper to Singles Coacher: James Tusk PART 2

Have you ever thought about hiring a dating coach? Ever wondered just how some people have the ability to approach anyone, anytime, anywhere? In PART 1 James Tusk discussed his early experiences in the dating game. In PART 2 listen to how he was able to turn his early negative experiences into a positive and how he now coaches other people to improve their dating skills and runs a successful business doing so.

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Episode 7 – From No Hoper to Singles Coacher: James Tusk PART 1

Have you ever thought about hiring a dating coach? Ever wondered just how some people have the ability to approach anyone, anytime, anywhere? Before delving into the specifics of these questions listen to James Tusk talk about his early experiences in the dating game and how he was even able to progress from his first couple of disastrous approaches where he actually vomited, to converting himself into a guy who is competent with approaching women in the daytime. In PART 1 you will learn how and why James was able to push through his initial barriers and stumbling block, to keep learning and developing his now proficient ability.

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Episode 6 – Virtual Online Speed Dating: 1 Event 2 Views PART 2

Are you thinking about doing online speed dating? Want to know what to expect? In PART 1 Cath and Brown Bear discussed in detail what to expect from the initial stages of online speed dating. In PART 2 listen to their own unique and very personal experiences from an online speed dating event they both attended. You will learn about the different approaches they used and also about some of the ‘distinct’ personalities that attended said event. You will also find out what they thought about dating each other…expect the unexpected!!!

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Episode 5 – Virtual Online Speed Dating: 1 Event 2 Views PART 1

Want to know what dating is like in a virtual world? Tempted to give online speed dating a try but just not sure what to expect? In this 2-part special those specific questions are answered as Cath and Brown Bear embark together on the potentially perilous journey that is virtual online speed dating. Listen to them give the low down on an event they recently attended. In PART 1 you will learn step-by-step what happens when you sign up and then attend an event.

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Episode 4 – Virtual Online Speed Dating: The New Normal

Are you a struggling social distancing singleton? Never fear, Ajaz is here! In this episode he talks about how the pandemic created turmoil for his speed dating business but not to be deterred he discusses how he has adapted his previous business model to the current climate. In this episode you will learn why he thinks, even post pandemic, virtual online speed dating might be the way forward. Also, as the guru of speed dating he shares his 5 TOP TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL SPEED DATING.

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Episode 3 – The Shameless Chat Up Line

What’s the worst chat-up line you’ve used? In season 5 Cath is back and she spills all about a cringeworthy line she used whilst working at a Summer camp in Switzerland…and yes, she really used this one. In this episode you will also learn about what dating culture was like at the Summer camp in Switzerland.

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Episode 2 – From Singleton to Businessman: Fastlove Speed Dating PART 2

In PART 2 Ajaz returns to tell us about the first ever speed dating event he ran, and how he’s grown his business to be one of the biggest speed dating events companies in the North West of England. In this episode you will also learn about how he ended up with his current format including settling on the age ranges he uses and the locations he hosts at.

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Episode 1 – From Singleton to Businessman: Fastlove Speed Dating PART 1

We’re kicking off Season 5 with Ajaz, owner of Fastlove Speed Dating, who talks about how he went from being a single guy attending a speed dating event to owning the biggest speed dating company in the North West of England. In PART 1 learn about the origins of speed dating, just exactly what speed dating is as well as the initial trials and tribulations Ajaz went through to set up his business.

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Season 4

Episode 9 – Let The Right ‘One’ In

Ever had to choose between 2 dates? There are worse situations to be in. Catherine’s back and tells us why she picked her now-husband out of 2 contenders.

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Episode 6 – A Taste of America PART 1

We’ve gone state-side! John tell us his story of a chance meeting, an hysterical laughing fit, and Zooey Deschanel makes an appearance. And this is only Part 1.

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Episode 2 – The Accidental Date

Coming in hot from New Zealand! Michael’s mix-up with the trains led to the ultimate first-date. Also, Guy Garvey makes a cameo (on the date, not the episode, duh).

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Season 3

Episode 10 – The Ex-Communication

Ever been on a date when all they could talk about was their ex? This was all too real for Laura, when fate intervened in the form of a fire-alarm one night, her ‘date’ turned out to be not so hot.

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Episode 9 – The (No) Friend-Zone

Ever wondered how people can climb out of the fatal friend-zone? Colin is your guy. Mastering his way into 3 relationships with former friends, he tells us his secrets. 

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Episode 3 – The Big Claims Guy

Ever been on a date where the other person just doesn’t. stop. talking? Sharing is caring, right? Let’s just say Laura’s date may have embellished his life slightly.

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Episode 2 – From Speed Dater to App Creator

Ever thought about creating an app that could make dating better? In this episode Nick tells us what made him create brand new dating app – Venchur. Find out more on the website: ://venchur.org. Or follow their socials – @Venchur4Venchur.

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Episode 1 – Speed Dating Laid Bear

HELLO SEASON 3. Ever thought about going speed dating but got too nervous and was put off? We’re kicking off season 3 with Nick and his guide to speed dating. Hear his story of speed dating, and how it inspired him to create a new dating app – Venchur.

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Season 2

Episode 9 – The Kinder Surprise

Ever got a date using a cheesy pick up line? ‘Date’ and ‘Morgue’ should never be used in the same sentence. Unfortunately, Patrick’s bad luck didn’t end there.

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Episode 8 – The Edinburgh Confusion

Been dating in Edinburgh? Graham’s back, except he’s a little further North in this episode. And he’s laying some thick foundations, but to what end?

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Episode 7 – Tales from the Toon

Ever dated a Rah whilst at Newcastle uni? Graham tell us tales from the notorious night life in Newcastle! Expect Dutch courage, Rah girls and post-club hook-ups. What could go wrong?

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Episode 6 – The Gutsy Guitarist

Ever had that wonderful experience of a holiday romance? Emma returns to tell us about what happens on a girls holiday…and ends up on a podcast. In this episode, Emma introduces Justin Bieber 2.0 and throws back to the fabled Club 18-30 days.

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Season 1

Episode 11 – Carly

Online dating is hard whether you’re at home or abroad. The Online Dating Laid Bear series follows the dating life of Brown Bear, a short 30-something trying to meet someone in today’s Tinder world. In episode 11, hear what it’s like when the night club scene in Switzerland is your vehicle for dating.

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Episode 10 – Date 7

Online dating, sometimes, can actually be fun. The Online Dating Laid Bear series follows the dating life of Brown Bear, a short, 30-something trying to meet someone in today’s Tinder world. In episode 10 Brown Bear finds himself yearning for more, does he finally get what he desires?

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Episode 9 – DATE 6

Online dating can feel like a slog. The Online Dating Laid Bear series follows the dating life of Brown Bear, a short, 30-something trying to meet someone in today’s Tinder world. In episode 9 find out how Brown Bear gets on with someone there may be chemistry with. Is he learning from previous mistakes and finally making progress?

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Episode 8 – Anoushka

Online dating is a tough terrain to negotiate. In this episode, viewers get to see first hand the trials and tribulations that couples with kids go through when trying to plan their own dates.

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Episode 7 – Olivia

Online dating can often spring many a surprise. In another special episode, hear what Olivia has to say about a disastrous date she went on that lead to a shock conclusion.

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Episode 6 – DATE 5

Online dating, is often, not a barrel of laughs. The Online Dating Laid Bear series follows the dating life of Brown Bear, a short, 30-something trying to meet someone in today’s Tinder world. In episode 6 find out how Brown Bear’s ‘progress’ is going. Is he getting better, or getting stuck in the popular routine of online dating?

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Episode 5 – Sarah

Online dating can be a traumatic experience. This is a feeling shared by not just Brown Bear but many many others. In this special episode see what Sarah has to say when she tells Brown Bear about a particularly memorable dating episode of her own.

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Episode 4 – DATE 4

Online dating can feel like a chore. The Online Dating Laid Bear series follows the dating life of Brown Bear, a short, 30-something trying to meet someone in today’s Tinder world. In Episode 4, see how Brown Bear fares when trying to navigate the mundane routine that can be dating.

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Episode 3 – DATE 3

Online dating, sometimes, is just a massive pain in the arse. The Online Dating Laid Bear series follows the dating life of Brown Bear, a short, 30-something trying to meet someone in today’s Tinder world. In Episode 3, viewers can chart Brown Bear’s progress following his first two dating experiences.

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Episode 2 – DATE 2

Online dating can be soul destroying. The Online Dating Laid Bear series follows the dating life of Brown Bear, a short, 30-something trying to meet someone in today’s Tinder world. After the experience of his first ever date see how Brown Bear fares in his second ever date, along with listening to some chat and discussion about dating in general.

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Episode 1 – DATE 1

Online dating sucks, it just really sucks. The Online Dating Laid Bear series follows the dating life of Brown Bear, a short, 30-something trying to meet someone in today’s Tinder world. In Episode 1, get a glimpse of how Brown Bear’s first ever date goes.

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