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Hook Me Up

Published on September 2nd 2005.

Hook Me Up

“My friend fancies you” – cringe. It’s all been done to us. Whether you were fifteen and stood at the school bus stop or twenty five and stood at a bar, we all have one of those annoying “friends” who takes it upon themselves to go and play cupid between you and your crush. But, does it ever work out? Well, at best the object of your affections might come over for a chat, but note, this is purely out of sympathy. At worse they’re going to laugh in your face. And, whilst at twenty five you can always leave the bar and forget about the shame of it all, it’s not so easy when you’re fifteen and waiting for the school bus.

So, bearing all this in mind my rather dubious approach to reviewing new internet dating site, www.mysinglefriend.com, is quite understandable. The idea is that loads of us have fabulous single friends who ought to know about each other. You basically create a profile on the site for your friend, the profile includes a short description of what your single friend is like and a photo of them (beware the ones without photos, they are bound to be fat, bald 60 year olds looking for a 18 – 21 year old girl. Sick). Anyway, both you and your single friend can search the site for “potentials”, dropping them into a “favourites” folder, send messages to people you quite like the sound (or the look) of, and basically wait for the dates to roll in!

In theory this all sounds great, so we decided to put it to the test. Now, although my boyfriend is frequently on the lookout for someone to take me off his hands to save his money, preserve his sanity, and rescue his house from a plague of shoes, I secretly think he quite likes me and wouldn’t be too happy with his girlfriend looking for dates on the internet.

By Thursday of last week I still hadn’t convinced anyone that this site was going to be a good idea and considering that that night it was the Cricket fashion show at Urbis, and my love of fashion was overtaking any urge I had to find any of my friends the love of their life, finding a participant for internet dating fell by the wayside. But, only for a minute!

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That night, I’d managed to drag along my friend David and whilst I was busy persuading him that he did really want to spend the night with Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney and Alice Temperley (sadly just their collections and not the designers themselves) I’d overlooked the fact that David is one of my fabulous single friends! And, after a few too many Campari cocktails and promising on the life of my Jimmy Choos that I wouldn’t make him look like a sad loser, he agreed!

Aaaaahhh David, bless him! I’ve known him since my first day at secondary school and whilst he’s by far the most successful of all of us (he’s the technical director of his own company at 21 and has a particularly swanky pad) he hasn’t forgotten any of his old, skint mates who are lowly writers at Manchester Confidential. He’s kind, funny, polite and looks great in a suit. Your mum would adore him, your mates would think he’s a top bloke, and your ex-boyfriend would be oh so jealous! In fact, I wish I’d said yes when he got his friend to ask me out at the bus stop when we were 15!

The only problem now was as www.mysinglefriend.com is a new website everyone on there seems to be living in London, and whilst David is great, I can’t see anyone travelling all that way for just one date! So, Manchester Confidential have decided to resurrect our dating service, if you fancy a date with David or have a daughter / sister / friend / cousin, / in fact, know anyone who is female who could do with a good night out with a great bloke get in touch!

And if you also fancy getting our dating service rocking and going up on offer yourself, click here to email us now.


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