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He has been internet dating since he and his wife of seven years, Christabel, 49, a writer, separated in 2008. But in the flesh she was plain and dumpy, not sylph-like and pretty, and as soon as I spotted her waiting for me in a bar in Canterbury for our first date in January 2010, it was clear she had doctored her picture. It seemed more convenient than using the lonely hearts columns and I felt I was too old to chat up women in bars and clubs.
Incensed, I walked up to her and roared ‘You’re not tall and thin! I stated clearly on my profile ‘my past is part of me’ because Christabel and I remain great friends. My longest relationship was with Alison, a 50-something financial broker I met online in July 2010.
Four dates have ended up in bed; three after just one date.
The women have all made the first move: I’m a gentleman and would never initiate sex, although I suspect they were only doing so to win my affection.
When Nicole and I divorced, we were teachers living in Taiwan.
I wanted to move back to Britain and we agreed it was best for my son to come with me.
When I wasn’t ignored, it often felt as if I were on a production line.
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He and his former wife, Hazel, 66, a shop assistant, divorced in 2000. Although an online affair led to the demise of Bill’s marriage, he remains a dedicated internet dater. When I admitted to one of my dates — a retired divorcee in her 60s — that I’d cheated on my wife, she glared at me and spent the rest of the evening ranting about her ex-husband. I sipped my drink in silence, wondering when I could leave. Hazel and I had been married for 26 years when, in 1999, I logged on to a dating chat room while at work.
Otherwise, they seem to be looking for a replica of their last relationship. I spend so much time listening to how wonderful their recently dead husbands are, I end up feeling inadequate.
A forthright brunette demanded I wear Superman underwear on our date to give her ‘something to remember’.
Still trying to find my feet, I was overwhelmed by the feeling of not being as ready to start dating as I had thought and barely said a word.
Unsurprisingly, as we left she said we didn’t click. My favourite date was with a 39-year-old teacher and fellow single mother. Yet we didn’t have sex — perversely, weeks of emailing had led to over-familiarity and, by the time, we met we’d formed too much of a friendship to take it further.