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How not to say it.
There's a nasty three-question frame that novice speeders slip into: Where are you from? What do you do?
You'd learn more about him by smelling his left sock, blindfolded. More damaging than the three-point frame are the three traits you should never reveal when you're speeding. The first is sarcasm.
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But at least it's easier than the three-minute Marxism banter with Number Five. I'll push it a bit, I think.
I'll show him my loveable dry humour. My next big error is with Number 11, to whom I reveal my dark wit. At first, we're getting on quite well - perhaps because I steer clear of contentious rice dishes and he smiles a lot.
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We talk about Bristol: Then I get a bit carried away. I don't hear the bell ring. I don't hear everyone stop talking and prepare to move to the next date.
It's completely silent as I say: Even the Clifton suspension bridge is best for suicide. The Manchester based dating blogger Cubic Garden had mentioned to me that he had more success meeting suitable dates speed dating than he had internet dating. So we figured it was worth putting any preconceptions to one side and giving it a go. There are a couple of regular speed dating nights on in Manchestereach running nights in different venues on different days of the week.
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We needed to find a night where we both fitted into the same age bracket, which happened to be Elite Speed Dating, which runs on Saturdays at the Circle club. When I mentioned I was going to my friend Alison, she told me about a lesbian speed-dating night her ex-girlfriend had put on a few years back. On the way to the club, Dan was also growing increasingly conscious of what to ask when it came to opening questions. It was beginning to dawn on him that this was a night of intensive small talk.
But we had arrived and there was no point backing out. Walking in, to our relief, there was a real mix of people, and to our relief you got a free glass of champagne to calm any nerves. We sat down and registered. My old married name was on the list due to its being connected to my PayPal account.
The instructions were simple. All the women sat at a table, and the men moved from table to table every time a whistle was blown.