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22
Mar

Marcello | Swipe Left, Swipe Left: a sublime new dating podcast

I have collaborated on a podcast. A dating podcast. After years of intermittent singledom, it would seem that ‘dating’ has become my specialism. Yes, I am a dating specialist – and while being a specialist is usually considered a good thing, this is not. To be an expert dater means you have failed in your...
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22
Mar

Marcello: Love in the City | 15 | The day my boss threatened me

This is a serialisation of the novel Marcello: Love in the City. After accidentally insulting a well-connected woman at a networking event, Marcello must face his boss’s wrath. “Oh, look, it’s the male Carrie Bradshaw. Good morning.” Jess was sitting at her desk, fiddling with her phone. “Why do I tell you anything, Jessica? Honestly.”...
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02
Mar

Marcello: Love in the City | 14 | I insulted my date

This is a serialisation of the novel Marcello: Love in the City. This week Marcello accidentally insults his date via text. The second date is always a quandary. I never quite know where to go – in the literal sense. The first date is easy. I have a rolodex of venues in my head (well,...
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23
Feb

Marcello: Love in the City | 13 | I tried to reinvent myself in the office

This is a serialisation of the novel Marcello: Love in the City. This week Marcello tries to reinvent himself in the office. I walked into the office on a sunny Monday morning. It had been just over a week since my networking meltdown and – as I was yet to reap the whirlwind – I...
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29
Sep

Marcello: Love in the City | 11 | A ruinous date in gentrified South London

This is a serialisation of the novel ‘Marcello: Love in the City’. After several failures Marcello decides to start online dating – again. Jane met me at Brockley station. We walked into the Vineyard to find it only half full of people. And yet you could say the bar was packed – with reserved signs....
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08
Sep

Marcello: Love in the City | 10 | This is how men talk about women

This is a serialisation of the novel ‘Marcello: Love in the City’. Marcello has just been on a hellish date with his work colleague, Charlotte. I thought a lot about Charlotte while checking my dating apps on the way home. Nothing erases the past quite like the prospect of fresh degradation. That evening, I fumbled...
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11
Aug

Marcello Love in the City | 8 | The day I asked out a work colleague

This is a serialisation of the novel ‘Marcello: Love in the City’. Jess, Marcello’s friend, has just tried to set Marcello up with their work colleague, Charlotte. Jess had done the heavy lifting with Charlotte, all that was left was for me to ask her out. I should have been overjoyed but I was concerned...
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07
Aug

Marcello: Love in the City | 7 | Why women prefer my brother over me

This is a serialisation of the novel ‘Marcello: Love in the City’. After a string of flailed dates, Marcello (City worker and obscure dating blogger) meets his suave, older brother Dan for drinks. I bought two pints of Peroni and we took up a table in the corner. The Greyhound used to be a notoriously...
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