Sometimes my love life feels like a late night trip to the fried chicken shop.
So, when I was asked if I wanted to try out Berkley Internationala personal dating service for the slightly more discerning patron, it seemed like a nice change of pace. The agency was set up 12 years ago by former hotelier Mairead Molloy when she saw a gap in the market for a high-end, personal dating service.
Before I get ready to go on my dates, I meet Mairead to discuss my possible matches Mairead deals with the international business, while the lovely Jo manages the London office and usually deals with local clients.
Want the perfect online dating profile? Ditch the selfie and big up your ex. Can hypnotherapy stop my 'binge drinking'?
Oh come on, women are just as badly behaved as men. Do we really need women shouting about their periods and sex?
Warwick's naked Calendar Girls have come out stronger. People put invest in it so they can meet someone like them. Nowadays people have much higher expectations. The birth of mobile phones, social media, tweeting texting and chatting online have changed human nature. People cancel by text now. And that culture has spread into the dating world — people want what they want. set-up is distinctly old-fashioned, as Mairead explains: I had a nice time.
Not mind-blowing, not terrible, just quite normal.
But it was still very different to going on a date with a random bloke I met in a bar, or someone on Tinder. Both evenings ended at a civilised hour with a peck on the cheek — after which, Jo calls me with feedback — which is excruciating. As it happens, although I had a lovely time with both men, I felt pretty ambivalent about seeing them again, and told Jo as such.