► Forest extent broadly tracks with Northern Hemisphere vegetation change.
► Evidence for local seasonality and ice cover influence over forest extent.
Online dating technology is evolving, fuelled by sexed-up 20-somethings furiously swiping left.Where singles once struggled to get a date, apps such as Tinder make it possible to date a different person every night of the week. But there's another vast group of people using these apps who don't want such fleeting interactions.Aged in their late 30s, 40s, 50s and older, those in this group have often survived the breakdown of marriages and long term relationships, they usually have children and/or demanding careers, have the complications that come with middle age – children, houses, demanding careers – and little desire to be hooking up in bars at midnight.An independent chronology provided by correlating the O record at TAN0513-14 to a global isotope stack shows that the record extends back to 210 ka.Glacial to interglacial changes in palynomorph content are characterised by shrub and podocarp-broadleaf forest taxa respectively and are correlated with similar changes in the ca 150 kyr-long terrestrial pollen record from Okarito Pakihi (bog), 110 km to the south southeast.Both records are placed on the same timescale by matching variations in between sites, with a unique tie point provided by the ca 25.4 ka Kawakawa Tephra.Our Southern Hemisphere mid-latitude vegetation records show forest extent is greatest during periods of low ice volume, high mean annual sea surface temperature (MASST) and anti-phased with local insolation intensity."Based on the people I know on Tinder, it is a little less serious, more 'lets hook up and have sex'." IN PRAISE OF TINDER Not so, says Hamish Aitcheson, a Tinder-using 57-year-old father of two.While he's encountered plenty of people looking for a one night stand or just having a laugh, there are hundreds of Kiwis over 40-50 using Tinder to find romance.They broke the ice by talking about their memorable Tinder dates.THE STIGMA IS FADINGAitcheson senses that the stigma once attached to meeting people through technology is fading.