"It has reassured me though," I conclude. "There ARE nice men out there, who aren't married, or sleazy, or game-playing. I'm even thinking of inviting him to be guest of honour at my birthday." Lu seems happy with this, if a little perplexed by all the recent developments...
Despite saying I wouldn't again waste my money paying for an online dating service, I found myself signing up for a 3-month period. Its expiry date coincidentally Christmas Eve, 4 years since the first time I signed up to the same site.
At the moment, we are constantly being bombarded with media representations of Christmas that hold at their very core a sense of togetherness, comfort and security. Advertisements are constantly reminding us to get the 'perfect gift' for that 'special someone'.
When I was just eight years old, Christmas Day came to have a different, bittersweet meaning for me, compared to most lucky souls. Because when I was meant to be celebrating my eighth birthday (yes, I was born on 25 December), my Uncle Eddie, who lived next door, and to whom I was extraordinarily close, passed away in the early hours of that morning.
You've been working closely together all year. You definitely fancy each other. It could even be LOVE. And it's the office Christmas party tonight... As you quell the butterflies in your tummy and apply your lippy, contemplate the following ten points before you get hammered and get off with your boss...
Before meeting my other half I spent the best part of five years navigating the peaks and troughs of single life and know all too well the pain and pleasure of flying solo on special occasions. Here are some of my tips on how I enjoyed, made the most of and kept my sanity/perspective in check at Christmas and many other special occasions.
If you're faced with the prospect of a long distance relationship then you're going to hear one of two things from people giving you advice; either the old adage 'absence makes the heart grow fonder' or that you're in for a rough old ride!
Paternity Court is the latest courtroom TV show aired in the States and has already proved to be a huge success. Set in a non-traditional courtroom, (with a studio audience), families can settle paternity disputes by DNA testing once and for all. Presiding as judge is the perfectly coiffured Lauren Lake, a family lawyer and legal analyst.
Often Christmas is a terribly difficult time, not only the expectations, but the rejections and let downs. The trouble - not for all though - is being thrown together with family members, extended family members, or even strangers for several days in a row. And there's little room for escape.
No matter what your relationship status, this is the most wonderful time of year and you should enjoy it! We've compiled our top holiday survival tips for singles, so that you may have your (fruit) cake and eat it, too.
For the last ten years the structure of my day has been dictated by my busy bowels. I've always had a speedy metabolism, but these days my innards conduct themselves like an Olympic bobsleigh team. My daily schedule is controlled by my petulant paunch, and it's become necessary to assess every journey/task and appoint a risk factor.
If you strike up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in a bar then check where they live asap because who wants to start up that long distance thing? It's a pain in the rear for all parties and is 100% guaranteed to end in tears. You may call me a skeptic but I've got real life proof long distance romances aren't worth the bother.
I have just been introduced to Tinder. It's a dating app that matches people by using one simple criterion - you need to like each others' photos. If you do, you have the option to start chatting. In one minute you can have a match with dozens of potential candidates and all of them in your area...
We all know that drag is most commonly associated with describing a man in women's clothing (before I get corrected here, yes I know that it is used the other way around too), but the real drag is a woman who is feminine on the inside and yet putting on a masculine mask.
When it comes to whether being single is a superior status to being married, attitudes across the world are changing but even in the UK many people believe being in a relationship could hold them back.
We all have a right to good sex - and it seems that we want it, no matter what our age or relationship status. In short, if you have a sexual problem you shouldn't shy away from it and try and brush it under the carpet- it's much better to find a way to deal with it.