Good dates

The Male Nanny

I went out on a 'date' with another anonymous blogger, the very charming Male Nanny. We each wrote a post about it, and both appear here. You can also read his account of the night; it matters not which one you read first Stats: That’s classified, I’m afraid Where: London, W1 When: November 2011 Pre-date rating: 8/10 If there’s one thing I’ve learned after going on first dates with a large number of men, it’s to expect the unexpected. I’m currently taking a break from the dating scene, the hapless...
Bad dates

The Right Peter

Stats: 30, 6’0”, blond/blue, London Where: East Dulwich, SE22 When: Summer 2o11 Pre-date rating: 8/10 I’m a big believer in putting things right if I can. If I’m in a supermarket and knock something over, I’ll quickly pick it up and place it back on the shelf. Should I underpay (or overpay) for something, I’ll endeavour to fix it so that nobody’s out of pocket. I like everything just-so. My date with this guy, then, simply had to happen whether I wanted it to or not, so I could make...
Dating 101

How the internet makes liars of us all

Putting yourself ‘out there’ on an online dating site is a little like climbing into a shop window and begging people to peruse you. Most love-seeking sites have an engine which matches you and any potential suitors – I call them suitors as it's about as romantic or fairy-tale as this experience gets – based on the 1,001 questions you have answered on signing up. Don't like smokers, railway enthusiasts or people who read a lot? No problem! The website's magic matchmaking elves will ensure you never see them in...
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Five reasons we can never be together

I never dreamed it would come to this. Even though we've never met, have never had that first flush of exciting romance and have even yet to share our very first kiss, I'm already thinking about the end. Yes, my non-existent boyfriend who never happened, I'm afraid that, for you, the light at the end of the tunnel isn't the open air – it's an oncoming train. It's not you, it's... well, it's everything you do. Even though you are a virtual man and have no corporeal form, I feel...
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The Banker

Stats: 5'8", 38, greying/blue, Essex When: July 2011 Where: Pimlico, SW1 Pre-date rating: 6/10 So we're on another summer of "yes", it would seem. My iPhone calendar heaves with dates and I'm looking as ravaged as only one can when one has been necking beers in a variety of pubs with a slew of strangers. As a result of my packed schedule, which I pore over with all the enthusiasm of a dead cat, it is a few weeks between arranging a date with The Guy and actually going on...
Bad dates

The Latecomer

Stats: 5'9", 26, mousey/blue, London Where: Exmouth Market When: October 2010 Pre-date rating: 6/10 After a frantic August and a much quieter September, October comes into view at full throttle. I line up three dates in the space of a week and the third one, on the Friday, is This Guy. Our communication so far has been fairly one-sided; out of the 3 dates I've arranged, he's the one I'm less interested it. I'm also dreading the thought of polluting my liver once again so am not particularly keen to...
Dating 101

Dating 101: How to be a bad date

I do not advocate rudeness on dates. Even if the guy sitting opposite you is a crashing bore, with chronic halitosis and a set of teeth like an overloaded dish rack, I just like to sit it out. Why make someone else feel like shit just because you're having a bad time? But, if you are determined to make sure that this is a one-off date with no hope of repeats or returns, there are a few things you can do to try to make sure that your date is...
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The Backpacker

Stats: 26, 6'3", blond/blue, Home Counties When: August 2010 Where: South bank, London Pre-date rating: 8/10 It's always surprising when someone gets in touch who you may, at one point, have considered to be out of your league. In an utterly pointless act of 'playing hard to get', I have resolved not to add any new men as 'favourites' and instead see if they come to me. After all, the first law of internet dating appears to be "The ones you like, don't like you", so I figure it's time...
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