Month: May 2013

Summer of Love: End of Part 1.

Tonight’s date has just cancelled and that more or less concludes Summer of Love Part 1. Let’s review what happened.

Dating Websites Comparison.

As you know, I have profiles on two websites. Brand A is youthful, I have a detailed profile and moderately sexy photos. Brand B is more conservative and I have a shorter profile and photos that are more befitting the brand. How did they compare?

The initial wave of interest when I activated my profiles was similar across the two sites. A lot more people looked at my profile on Site A, but the two sites delivered a similar number of good quality offers of dates.


However, this initial parity quickly disappeared. Brand A and Brand B immediately parted company in terms of rates of conversion from mere offers of dates to actual dates happening in the real world. With one exception, the offers of dates from the gentlemen at Brand B simply failed to materialise.


If you are wondering what happened to those missing three men at Brand A, two cancelled with promises of a reschedule and one fell slightly outside the time frame we are measuring here, as I’m not meeting him until next week.

The Dates

I met 8 jolly nice people. Our dates turned out as follows.

how it went

The person who made it to a second date was of course Mr Environmentalist. I am not counting tea & theatre with the other guy because it hasn’t happened yet and we are just going as friends. Mr E and I are chatting a little bit by text message and I am waiting for him to offer me a third date. Come on! I would be really happy if we could achieve something sustainable for even a few months.

And where did all these people come from, just out of interest?


I feel so incredibly fortunate to live in London where you can meet these fascinating, courageous people from nearly every country in the world.

Next Steps

And here is what we are going to do next. We’ll do this for about a month or so and then after that get out there and meet 10 more people. I am way too chunky and my date clothes are a bit tight on me. That needs to change, seriously change.


And that’s all tonight’s dating news.

Summer of Love #8: Mr Leaving In Fourteen Days plus! Muslamic Regimes

Another really sweet man. Vietnamese. Works in advertising. Is leaving the UK and going home to Vietnam in exactly two weeks. I discovered that even though he’s been in London five years, there are a couple of very important London-type things that he’s never done, including Afternoon Tea and Theatre, so we are going to attempt to do both of those in one day between now and when he gets on the plane.

Now for a music video and a bit of politics. The violent incident in Woolwich a few days ago was responded to with predictable anger and prejudice by the English Defence League, a small group of British Islamophobes. A member of the EDL is interviewed by the press in this video. The gentleman is very concerned about ‘Muslamic regimes’, which he thinks is pronounced ‘ray-gams’. I won’t even discuss the wrongheadedness of ‘Muslamic’, lol.  The whole thing is beautifully edited and set to music by Alex Vegas and it is a work of comic genius. Ready to sing along?

It’s happening, it’s happening, it’s happening in other countries

It’s happening in every countries, like

eh … like … like … you got.

Alex Vegas ft English Defence League: Muslamic Ray Guns (2011)

Summer of Fuck You: Marcel

It must be 30 years since I broke up with someone in a way where I didn’t feel like I wanted to be their friend. Thirty years. Congratulations, Marcel, I suppose that is one way in which our short relationship will succeed in being memorable, because I’m confident that now we’ve met up to exchange our belongings, I’m never going to speak to you again.

I miss JC.

Who’s the one I call Mr Macho, the head honcho?


Notorious BIG ft Eminem: Dead Wrong


Summer of Love #6, Mr PhD Candidate

Wow, that was an energetic two hours, we met at a bookshop and both talked really fast for two hours and gave each other a lot of book recommendations. He is not a PhD candidate yet but he is crying out to become one and already has quite a collection of degrees. There wasn’t really anything else that we needed or desired to accomplish.

Later on I had a second date with Mr Environmentalist. He is really sincere. His English is perfect but I’m not quite used to his accent yet. What else can I say about him. I’m not sure. I need to get back in the gym, sharpish, it is clear which of us needs to shape up. One anticipates a third date.

Summer of Love #5, Mr Slightly Too Young

Lovely boy. Just had dinner with him. Very sweet and charming. A bit too young for me right now.

Plans for the weekend:

– More new dates

– Second date with Mr Environmentalist

– Meet up with Marcel to exchange each other’s belongings. He tried to entice me out with him – why, Marcel? The time to be asking me out on sexy dates was several weeks ago or really any time before we broke up. Not several weeks after the fact. Doh.

Summer of Love #4: Mr Environmentalist

Ooh, readers. He was a bit special. We had chemistry. He is early thirties, slim, nice looking. Portuguese. Nice accent. Well-read. Likes social science, esp anthropology. Was interesting. Was so sweet and considerate and concerned that I should think well of him. Oh, and he has a nice job where he tries to restore nature instead of destroying everything with capitalism.

We had such a lovely time. We have got it all worked out, everything, the whole relationship. We have planned what kind of sex we are going to have and what we are doing about contraception, we have decided what each of us is getting the other for their birthday (mine in August, his in September) and we agreed to go on holiday together and have already picked out a destination. And we kissed and stuff. But mainly we talked and smiled at each other.

We are seeing each other again this weekend. I am excited. It will have to fit in around the 17 other dates that I’ve got lined up.

Squee! Seems like the blue eyeliner paid off.