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...
Good dates

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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Dating 101: The big bang

Dating. A great way to meet people, sure. The chance to get out of the house and do different things with guys who you wouldn't normally have met, yes. But let's not forget another reason why we date – to get sex. Uh-huh. Oh yes, yes, avert your gaze and look coyly to the floor but let's cut the crap here. As nice as your date may be and as much fun as you may be having, if you don't fancy them it's pretty pointless. And when you fancy someone,...
Bad dates

The Wrong Peter

Stats:5'9", 34, brown/blue, Bristol When: May 2011 Where: East Dulwich, London Pre-date rating: 4/10 There are good days and there are bad days in the dating world. What constitutes a good day varies greatly. Sometimes it will be a day where you have myriad emails from suitors to reply to: all of them handsome and witty and wise, with porcelain teeth, bright eyes and shiny hair. Sometimes a good day is a day when you don't have anyone to respond to, as you have despatched your oh-so-clever, multi-layered communiqués with...
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Dating 101: One night only

Not sure whether they like you or not? Or whether you like them? Really? Do yourself a favour. Ten signs the first date will be the last: 1. They are otherwise perfect but there is one fatal flaw that you can't stop looking at, thinking about and trying not to mention, even though it is taking over your mind and threatening to launch itself from your tongue and across the table like a bile-covered missile. It could be anything: a crooked tooth, a liney forehead, a third eye. If you...
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The Keen Bean

The fag-end of summer approaches over the horizon and I have fair torn through the dates in the last 4 or 5 weeks. To say I'm weary by this point is an understatement, and when this guy gets in touch and starts whispering virtual sweet nothings, I'm fairly indifferent. He doesn't have a lot to say for himself, and when he does his grasp of grammar isn't a huge selling point, but he seems a  decent guy and in the absence of any other stimulating suitors, I think I might...
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Dating 101: The big bad brush-off

As regular readers will know, not all of my dates have gone very well. In fact my hit rate for me actually enjoying my dates is hovering at or below around 40 per cent. When you consider the amount of dates I have out myself through, that can make for some depressing times. So given that most of these first dates have ended in disaster, how do you make it clear that the first date shall be the last, and that the only thing unique about your fateful meeting is...
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Dating 101: Playing favourites

There are a variety of ways to show someone that you're interested in them on an online dating site. Some sites allow you to 'wink' at the object of your affection, while others allow you to 'star' them or 'add them as a favourite', which has given rise to a new, dreadful verb: to favourite. Winking, for me, is a cop-out. It doesn't say that you're flirtatious, it says — nay, SCREAMS — 'I'm not a paid subscriber and this is the only way I can register my interest in...
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Location location location: How to pick a place for the perfect first date

Where you meet on a date can be quite a tricky decision. You don't know this person very well — you may not even have spoken on the phone — so you won't be quite sure of their taste. There's no duller a question than 'where do you like to go out?' on email or on the actual date, but sometimes it's good to get an idea of where these people socialise, as you can usually get a pretty good handle on what kind of person they are. Unless they're...
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