Maybe even pulled out your phone and pretended to be texting, hoping someone would come up to you and save you from your awkwardness? When it comes to meeting new people, one of the biggest obstacles for most people is simply building up the courage to approach a stranger and start a conversation.Last month I revealed in my monthly newsletter that I was taking on a new 30-day challenge, which was to talk to someone new every day.Among all the invaluable lessons in authors Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider emphasize this point as the most important.It may go against conventional dating advice, which encourages women to flirt and even strike up a conversation.Have you ever seen a really hot girl and wanted to talk to her, but couldn’t figure out what to say?Or have you ever walked into a room full of strangers, and felt extremely uncomfortable?Of those who were sent to custody, more than 500 were given less than a year.
However, I don’t consider it a complete failure because in those 18 days I probably met more people than I had the entire semester.
But just five months later, the Sentencing Advisory Panel, which advising the country's most senior judge, signalled burglars could escape a prison sentence if they are drug addicts or alcoholics.
The rights of individuals to defend their homes has also been thrust back in to the spotlight following the case of Munir Hussain, a businessman from High Wycombe, Bucks, who was freed from prison earlier this month after Lord Judge showed him mercy over his assault on an armed burglar.
But just 684 – or 22 per cent – of them have been handed three years or more while up to another 517 were given three years but then had time taken off for a guilty plea.
Some 463 offenders were not sent to prison at all, including 257 who were given a community sentence, 114 who had a prison suspended, eight who were handed a fine and 18 who were given a conditional discharge.