Sunday, 8 April 2012

Looking for love in London

So, I have this friend (really, I know people often say this and really mean themselves - but rest assured, in my current state, this really is about my friend) and what she really wants is to meet a decent bloke. Unlike some of my other single friends, her list of requirements isn't off the scale ridiculous (he doesn't have to earn a shed load of money, look like George Clooney or have a loose connection to the Royal Family - although these would all be a distinct bonus, naturally) - just a normal guy, who'll treat her with a bit of respect. That's it. Not asking that much, I would have thought, given she lives in a city with more than 3.5 million men in it. 

Apparently, however, this is no easy task. You may ask - is she really trying?  The answer is yes. Internet dating? Check. (Most men seem to be quite up for sex, but not much else.) Singles nights? Check. (Apparently, mainly attended by women.) Flash mob dating? Check. (I have absolutely no idea what this is, but the sound of it makes me grateful I'm married to be honest.)

So, what to do? A quick Google search indicates that the ratio of women to men participating in online dating is 2:1. The odds are definitely not in our favour. Sport would be my default plan if I found myself in a similar situation, but unfortunately, she's really not sporty, and there's nothing worse than doing something and being really bad at it - especially if everyone else is at least semi-acceptable. Which, of course, they would be be, because they're doing it in their spare time and therefore must enjoy it at least a bit.

When I put a straw poll out on Twitter, Guardian Soulmates was recommended. She has tried that, and continues to do so, but it's not leading to much success. I have to admit, I'm at a loss. Neither Mr. Martini nor I have any single male friends to introduce her to, and it seems to be the same with most of our gang - all the men at least are settled down. If you've got any ideas, let me have them. I'll be sure to pass them on.

And of course, I'll be keeping an eye out for eligible doctors at Kingston hospital. On that note, I really should pack that hospital bag. 

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