Speed dating events in belfast

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Happily though, I was bolstered by a couple of rather selfless friends offering to join me on the evening 'for moral support'.

Even then it took a couple of stiff drinks and not a little cajoling to get us all moving in the direction of the QFT.

Women appear to be perfectly happy to take part in such evenings, simply because they’re more emotionally open anyway and don’t take it quite as seriously.

Men, it would seem, prefer to furtively hunt in the shadows, and behind the protective veil of online anonymity.

There was one bloke who seemed to induce unanimous unease (not me, I’m delighted to say). What speed dating isn’t, it would seem, is a sure fire way to romance. That’s the hard bit you have work out for yourself, the easy, fun bit is doing things like this.

A straw poll during drinks after the event proved that nearly all the women found ‘Barry’ (name changed to protect the guilty) had been offensive, rude and 'quite scary'. And that’s why singles nights should be classified under ‘good clean fun’ and not, as some men might think, ‘public exposure as a desperate emotional recidivist’.

THEY WOULD PERSONALISE EACH MG WHICH LEFT THE GARAGE WITH THESE PLAQUES .

IN THE 1950'S THEIR ADDRESS WAS STRATTON HOUSE AND THE PHONE NUMBER WAS GROVENOR 4141.

Belfast is a busy city and some people may not have the time to meet new people.

Belfast is a small place after all and not all your exes are necessarily pleased to see you, especially within the claustrophobic confines of a speed dating encounter. When I blithely offered to attend the QFT’s rather spiffy movie-themed singles night on behalf of , none of these rather dreadful propositions occurred.

As the hour drew ever closer, however, the creeping sense of existential dread took over.

One friend in particular made the ultimate sacrifice, forfeiting watching a ‘crucial’ Northern Ireland match to accompany me.

It was a touching and - if you’ll pardon the expression - loin-girding gesture, the classically celebrated love two men can have for each other where one gives up his Saturday footie to accompany the other to a 35-50 singles night.

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