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Five men you think you want to date (but actually really, really don’t)

Mr Neat And Tidy Who is he? He’s never got a hair out of place and his flat is a monument to order and hygiene. Why you think you want him: A man who cleans up after himself is the rarest of beasts; to find one is surely the holy grail of dating. Imagine all those gleaming surfaces you can have sex on! Why you really don’t want him: If he’s that fastidious about himself and his environs, think how much control he’ll exert over you and yours. He’ll sneer...
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The Guyliner, as told by 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 my account of the night; it matters not which one you read first. "Most blogs are shit. But, when I discovered theguyliner’s, I couldn’t stop reading. It is a brilliant blog because it depicts an interesting sub-culture and is written with skill and cynicism. But it struck me that he is operating in a comfort zone; aloof and perplexed, the...
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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...
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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 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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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...