Jane went to the bathroom leaving me to ponder my situation. Instinctively, I checked my phone and entered #Brockley into Twitter. The first result gave me a jolt: 'another date with a weirdo at The Orchard in #Brockley - at least the risotto was good! Haha #loser'
She wanted to be with men who empathized, have emotional intelligence, as well as being content in their masculinity. For many men this sounds like an impossibility - 'butch and caring' - do they fit in the same box?
The Marriage Foundation, founded by the High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge, has claimed that cohabitation, i.e living together without marrying, is the key driver of family breakdown. The report urged the Government to reverse the trend away from marriage, by "distinguishing, encouraging, promoting and incentivising marriage."
Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus is probably one of the best known dating manuals there is, putting the, "sorry what?" Into "what are they thinking?" Comparing men to rubber bands and women to waves, from the beginning it's clear this dating guide could use its own guide.
A faltering sex life, tensions over finances, and different goals in life, tend to be the biggest causes for conflicts with a spouse, but in most cases no one willingly wants to end their marriage, they simply want something extra for themselves, without causing hurt to anyone else.
Enter stage left Gina, a playwright whose brainchild Rapture, Blister, Burn previewed this week at the Hampstead Theatre, and, under the umbrella of the 'can women have it all' debate, simultaneously discussed housewifery, porn, casual sex, families, feminism, marriage, careers, submission, and everything in between.
Love LB with everything you've got. Love her like you did six years ago, back when you were the boldest version of yourself. Love like you have nothing to lose except solitude, fear and cynicism. The audacity you had then is the audacity you need now.
In the past five years, we've seen an almost 50 per cent rise in the number of cases where one party in the marriage is left claiming they're "picking up the tab" for debts they didn't build up. This can happen for two reasons.
Happy New Year is it? My arse! It's only a fortnight into 2014, and I've just been dumped, like countless thousands of other people in January. I've become another statistic - another soul cast adrift on a winter wreck of broken hearts, created by the likes of Divorce Day, Blue Monday, and oh heck, just because it's THAT time of year.
The withdrawal of attention can be used as a form of relationship control by women as well as men. Being distant can be used as a way of testing emotional interest, but also as a way to manipulate controlling power and become the dominate partner.
She's an attractive blonde, and she's had her fair share of return right-swipes. "So are you going to talk to anyone else?" I ask, and she replies that she'd feel bad doing it before the date she has with this guy. I wouldn't think twice about it.
Just in case I should lose sight of love and cite paperwork as the reason I am wed, I wear a wedding ring. My ring once belonged to my grandmother, and if rings could talk, its story would be a remarkable lesson in love.
Are you dreaming, hoping, wishing and longing for love to come along? Stop. Instead be on a mission to create the relationship you want.
Repeat business is great for me, probably not so much for a plumber; that might just mean they hadn't got it right the first time round. Yet seeing clients more than once ensures I know just where to take them, how far they can go and helps me to push them even further if they wish. I don't get it right every single time though...
To save you some time I have recently been immersing myself in the world of self-help and dating manuals, let's call it "research". So if you were considering buying one to help you in your search for Mr or Mrs Right let me help you out by examining some of the most popular, starting with The Rules
Recent studies suggest that joining to the gym and working to keep fit may not be as useful for your love life as you think - and in many relationships, the couples are happier when they are not worrying about their weight...