Category Archives: City Life

Get more at your local farmers’ market

I thought I might have a nice story to tell my grandchildren the other day. I was having dinner with some friends of mine and they mentioned a charming stall-holder at their local farmers’ market whom they had talked to several times whilst buying his delicious soup. On their latest visit, the good-looking soup-seller had a sign on his stall stating that he was ‘looking for love’ and asking interesting parties to ‘apply here’.

My friend, who has very patiently listened to my dating tales over the last few months, enquired politely and mentioned that she knew someone who might be interested. Having obtained his contact details she agreed that I would drop him an email with a recent photo and a little bit about me.

It sounded like a good opportunity. He was my age, an entrepreneur with his own music company and fledgling soup business, and as a result, too busy to go out much to meet new people and not keen on online dating.

Sadly it turned out – at least he was honest – that he was looking for some female company but love wasn’t on offer: he was just looking for the occasional night together with no strings attached. I think he should change his sign…. talk about misleading advertising!

Love underground

Ever since a friend of mine told me that her parents met on the tube after her father finally plucked up the courage to speak to her mother having shared the same journey to work for several years, I have wondered how many people find love on the underground in London.

An interesting fact about people advertising in one London newspaper to meet up with people who they have seen, and admired, on public transport is that there are twelve respondents, on average, for every advert posted. There are obviously lots of people wanting to believe that the future love of their life spotted them across a busy carriage or platform and now won’t stop at anything to find them again.

Londoners most likely to want to get married

London’s Evening Standard newspaper recently cited independent research which found that around 4 million single people in the capital are currently looking for a relationship. A separate survey published earlier this year found that seven out of ten Londoners under the age of fifty said they had dated within the previous 12 months– underlining just how few people are in long-term relationships. Yet, dating website Match.com’s LoveGeist Report 2009, an annual nationwide survey into love and dating, found that out of all the UK population, Londoners are the most likely to want to get married. Is that we’re all working such long hours that we don’t have time to meet people, or is that the decline in traditional face-to-face social networks, such as the church, sporting and other membership groups, has meant that it is getting increasing harder to meet people in ‘real life’ outside our personal networks?