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Marcello M
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13
Jan

The ludicrous nature of the office high-five

How do you celebrate success in the office? Minor success that is, filling a difficult vacancy for example, or landing a new bit of business. When things go well, how do you show your appreciation? One way is to say ‘well done’ to the relevant individual. Another is to send a congratulatory email. In some...
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15
Nov

I tried to emulate a TV star on a date – and ruined everything

People do cool things on TV. We all know that. TV action heroes are forever rolling out of cars and pursuing shadowy assailants; they leap across rooftops and dive through window glass – all the while racing against the metaphorical clock. These heroes, these men (for they are often men) are utterly driven. Needles to...
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04
Nov

Why you should never meet in a coffee shop for a date

“They do the best flat whites in East London.” This was how Katie described our first date venue – an ‘independent coffee shop’. It sounded like something from an insipid travelogue. I wanted to roil in a cauldron of romance, instead I going to paddle in the tepid waters of Sober Dating. “That sounds great,”...
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26
Aug

My tragic date on Wandsworth Common

Last Saturday I met Donna for a first date on Wandsworth Common. She lived in Balham and suggested we meet for a grassy retreat; a little get-to-know-you summit in the sun. If it’s nice, she said, we can have a picnic. I winced at the proposal. Of all the daytime leisure activities, picnics are my...
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29
Jul

Why Wearing Sunglasses on the Tube is So Wrong

There are countless grave sins you can commit, however, wearing sunglasses on the Tube is by far the gravest. It is a kind of mortal crime, a transgression – an act of indecency, even. Every time I see such travellers – with their overdone hair and constant phone-flicking – I ask myself: what the hell...
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17
Jun

I Tried to Look Like ‘Dad Material’ on a Date

Dating in your thirties is a serious business. I suppose it’s because we’re all on the look out for The One – that special person who represents fulfilment and bliss. It is the Quest of Quests. The search for the Grail. Drink from the right cup and you’ll have eternal youth. Pick the wrong one...
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A date in Borough Market led to foodie-related humiliation
10
Jun

A date in Borough Market led to foodie-related humiliation

If you go a-dating these days you will know all about the pressure to be adventurous – in just about everything you do. From gobbling odd food in backstreet eateries, to dancing a little sober dance at a little sober dance class – the pressure is always there. And you’d better remember that. Know this:...
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13
May

Why are we always called ‘guys’ in restaurants?

I was in a restaurant with Petra. It was a fine-dining restaurant – not quite Michelin Star standard – but fine nonetheless. Petra was a great beauty – something that was proving to be a distraction. She was several leagues up from my own and I felt like a fraud; the reason being I had...
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