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Something had to change, and I knew it had something to do with some rocket fuel, my social life and tearing myself away from Made In Chelsea re-runs.
The first ‘date’ I’d chosen the self-explanatory Talking To Strangers from Thinking Bob as my first foray into the world of friend dating. The idea is that if you talk to a stranger for at least 15 minutes, they’re not a stranger anymore. Two years and many pub quizzes, treasure hunts and late nights later… All directly through going on ‘dates’ with strangers.
And I did it all by going on ‘friendship blind dates’. The idea soon spread to the UK and now there’s thousands of people making new friends every week across the country.
The concept is simple: choose your site, pick a social and turn up on your own.
More than 48% of people over 50 turn to online dating for a serious relationship, 26% for friendship, and 14% for casual dating.
Reality hit after university, and most of us naturally settled down.The company, Elect Club, claimed to have the ‘largest private database of single professionals in London’, including business leaders and entrepreneurs.On its website, it boasted of being ‘the number one dating agency in the UK’ with branches in several major cities.‘Elect Club is an exclusive social network for attractive, dynamic, eligible professionals looking for a serious relationship,’ it said.Impressed by this apparently rigorous approach, Ms Fontaine, 44, rang up to enquire about joining and a consultant invited her to an interview, not at the company’s registered offices in the City of London but at the Charing Cross Hotel on The Strand.‘I thought it was a bit strange but was quite happy because it was on my way home,’ says Ms Fontaine. She was given his email address and sent him a message. They emailed her some more details, for a man with a Persian-sounding name, who was 56 and worked in financial investments.They met at 5pm in the upstairs bar and spent an hour and a half talking about what she wanted in a partner.‘I asked her about the sort of men they had on their books and she told me she had two men immediately in mind for me. I asked specifically if these men were looking for a quick fling or a long-term relationship and she said, “If they’re paying upwards of £500 for membership, then they’re looking for a relationship.” ’She then enquired about meeting Tim but was told that he was now in a relationship and had come off their books. A strange email exchange ensued in which he informed her in pidgin English that while he was ‘very happy and excited to meet a person of such attractive profile’, he was ‘only a novice in the single life’.