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The Vision of Beauty

There is no ego boost greater than being contacted by someone very good-looking. I know that beauty is both only skin deep and in the eye of the beholder, and you can call me a shallow old sucker, but you can’t beat a winning smile and a pair of bright, sparkling eyes. He first contacts me after he sees I’ve looked at his profile. I had only looked in awe, not daring to click ‘Like’, but he gets in touch and tells me the usual openers about liking my profile,...
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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...
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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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The Youngling

Young people. I tend to have very little contact with them, except for the ones who play dubstep through their mobile phones on buses or 'tsk' me loudly if I take too long a while packing my shopping bags in the supermarket. So it is with a sense of dread that I discover on the dating site I have been 'favourited' by a mere 25-year-old. He first adds me as a favourite way back when I first join the dating site, and although he doesn't have any publicly-available pictures –...
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The Lawyer

Stats: 31, 5"11", blond/ blue, Wales When: June 2010 Where: Bermondsey, SE1 Pre-date rating: 7/10 This Guy is my first blond date. It's not that I consciously choose dark-haired men, but they seem be the ones I've been attracted to so far. There is great excitement among a couple of my friends who have seen his picture. The messages we exchange differ from previous dates: his replies are formal and structured and without seeing his profession my lawyer friend guesses he's also a legal eagle. 'That's just how a lawyer...
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The Newbie

Stats: 31, 6’1″, brown/blue, Durham When: June 2010 Where: South bank, London Pre-date rating: 6/10 Another day, another date. Being single is hard work. I'm drinking a ridiculous amount of alcohol on these dates, plus expending a great deal of energy exchanging emails in order to make myself seem attractive and 'dateable'. It's somewhat disheartening that I have made it to five dates without meeting my Prince Charming. Save for a few passionate yet confusing weeks with G2, the others have been dead-ends. I am at the cul de sac...
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