The horror of the ‘alternative’ date

When you first start seeing someone, the choice of dating activity is crucial. In London many of us like to visit the pub where social pressure is minimal. As far as I am concerned, the pub works - why take an iconoclastic approach to dating? Dating is difficult enough as it is without the additional … Continue reading The horror of the ‘alternative’ date

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The time I was nearly beaten up on a date

At home, Luke was working at the kitchen table. He was using an iMac with various plugged-in devices snaking across the desk. I said, "It looks like the Bat Cave in here. Don’t you ever switch off?" Luke closed the laptop. "You're early," he said, "I wasn't expecting you back for ages. Didn't go well, … Continue reading The time I was nearly beaten up on a date

Another poorly managed coffee-shop date

After my mauling at speed-dating, I craved purity. Luke thought I was being ungrateful. "Come on, man," he said. "At least you got laid. I don't understand why you're never satisfied." "Lucas, you make me sound like some kind of insatiable beast. I've told you before, I'm looking for a girlfriend. Instead I meet a … Continue reading Another poorly managed coffee-shop date

I tried speed dating – it nearly ruined me

My housemate Luke suggested we try speed dating... --- I was glad to be doing something with Luke other than drink tea. It had also been a while since I did anything special in the dating sphere. Online dating seemed to reduce everyone to a soundbite, a glib comment, a filtered photo and the illusion … Continue reading I tried speed dating – it nearly ruined me

My friend set me up with his coworker – failure ensues

An old fashioned, oft-overlooked approach the introduction is the classic low-risk/high-gain manoeuvre. And it got me excited. Luke wanted to meet his colleague one-on-one. Should it go well, I could join his work pals; we could form a Summer Gang and link up for festivals and beer garden larks. A sunny montage unfolded in my … Continue reading My friend set me up with his coworker – failure ensues

My friend got the girl – I got the train

I headed over to the Greyhound to meet Luke, and discuss the work-shaped danger rapping at my chamber door. "Your boss sounds like a psycho," he said. "She is. But in business they seem to like psychos. And if the psycho were to have a natural work home, it would be in banking." "True, or … Continue reading My friend got the girl – I got the train

Why do all online daters claim to love travelling?

Why is the online dating world obsessed with travelling? Chloe had leaned on this conversational crutch; she was not the first, of course, nor would she be the last. Indeed, I have caught myself harping on about foreign lands (any old foreign land will do, but as a general rule it is best to opt … Continue reading Why do all online daters claim to love travelling?

I accidentally insulted my date

This is the story of how I accidentally insulted my date via text. -- The second date is always a quandary. I never quite know where to go - in the literal sense. The first date is easy. I have a rolodex of venues in my head (well, I would if it were the '80s, … Continue reading I accidentally insulted my date

A ruinous date in gentrified South London

After several failures I decided to start online dating - again. --- Jane met me at Brockley station. We walked into the Vineyard to find it only half full of people. And yet you could say the bar was packed - with reserved signs. At every table sat a tiny sign with someone's name, 'Sam' … Continue reading A ruinous date in gentrified South London

The different types of tramp in London

I was on a date with Lucy. We were walking through Soho when a disheveled man approached. "Excuse me," he said. "I was wondering if you could help, I've had an accident and lost all my money. I need to get the bus home but I'm 40p short." I scoffed and skipped round him. Lucy … Continue reading The different types of tramp in London