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Grade I listed St Andrew's Church in Shifnal, Shropshire, is in danger of losing its stained glass windows and the red sandstone is deteriorating. Reverend Chris Thorpe has praised the "whole community for rallying around".
Can men learn to seduce with humour?
That's the premise of a new workshop which aims to help men use humour as a flirting tool. But will it work?
Woody Allen. Billy Crystal.
Vic Reeves. Funny men, yes.
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Attractive men? Not on their physical merits alone.
But can they pull chicks? You betcha. It is no coincidence that these comics have a way with the ladies.
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Their fame and bulging, er, bank balances may have something to do with the attraction, but what it comes down to is something far more primal. These men make us laugh. Even a cursory glance at the personal shows that the majority placed by women state that a good sense of humour - GSOH - is an important quality in a date. Having long heard his smart, funny - and single - female friends bemoan men's feeble chat-up efforts, comedian Marc Blake has decided that sshifnal time is right to help his fellow bloke.
From April, he is running a series of workshops for the comedy channel UKTV G2, which will teach men to woo with humour.
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As a self-styled dating guru, does Blake himself have much success with women? Ladies, would you? As if by way of proving this theory, Blake's patter includes a stream of questionable battle-of-the-sexes gags. We laugh politely at the predictable jokes, but groan in equal measure.
None of the women present look ready to head to the bedroom just yet. It gets more interesting when Blake moves on to how to adopt the skills of a stand-up comedian, instead of the lines.
Because what laughter does is relax people, put them at ease, make them feel included. And what making people laugh does is make you feel confident, charming, happy and a bit of a risk-taker - all appealing qualities in the opposite sex. He encourages the somewhat diffident l in the front row to try out some come-ons in a mock gym.
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The lines are, for the most part, terrible, but he encourages them to be upbeat in their delivery - even in the face of rejection. As a final exercise, we're asked to come up with a pick-up line to use at the supermarket. There are gags about cuts of prime meat and melons, as you'd expect, but most popular is the self-effacing - and so very British - "Does my failure to come up with a line using melons, cucumbers and ro explain my single status? So whoever came up with that one, get your coat, love, you've pulled.