It can be harder than ever before to find a partner – we're all so busy with work and staying fit and healthy that finding the time to date often doesn't happen.
On the way to the station we stumbled across an art installation – a giant swing in a bird cage. If the question you’ve always asked yourself is ‘where are all the hot eligible men?
’ then the answer is likely to be ‘on Rachel Mac Lynn’s speed dial.’ She founded the now globally successful elite matchmaking company, Vida Consultancy, eight years ago and now travels the world making matches.
She asks me a lot of questions - in depth stuff about my family, my upbringing, my core values, my past relationships and how I see my future ones.
If I was one of her clients, she’d do this and two other meetings before even thinking about setting up a date. Chat flowed easily, neither of us looked at our watches until nearly 10pm when, starving, we decamped to a tiny Italian restaurant down the road.
That’s what makes a date go off with a bang.” I tried speed dating once. He just seemed normal, and after a week of extremes, that was exactly what I wanted. Start dropping hints about your plans for the rest of the night (and the fact that they don’t involve him) early on. Give it 45 minutes to an hour and then make your excuses.
There were bells and buzzers and men shifting seats every minute like musical chairs. I was instantly ushered onto the ‘love couch’ [VOMIT] for a mini-consultation with Marcia, who’s running the show. Our mutual friend had warned him about my challenge, and he wasn’t phased. “I’m really sorry but I’ve got to go to xxx” should suffice, or “I totally forgot I had xxxx.” Do not waver. Thankfully, on my way to Pilates that morning, David* started messaging me and we arranged to meet that afternoon.Yet again, I knew within the 3 seconds it took me to spot him outside the station that I didn’t fancy him. I had plans to go east that evening, and after alerting my friends to the state of affairs, some of them promised to bring eligible men to the pub. My mate Lauren duly turned up with the hottest guy I’ve ever seen.Thankfully, date #2.5, which took place in a bar just around the corner mere moments after #2 ended, was a lot more successful…Despite having a spreadsheet which maps out my entire 21 days, I’d been a bit lax and not got anything in writing for Saturday. Enjoying a romantic dinner out, wined, dined and presented with flowers and chocolates from the one you love?