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DIY dating

Sick of dating apps, Harriet Minter decided she could do better herself, and set up a matchmaking dinner club. But, was playing Cupid a course in finding love, or a non-starter?


Although I can’t quite believe it now, when I first downloaded Tinder four years ago, I thought all my dating problems had been solved. The never-ending problem of not meeting single men was over at last – there was a smorgasbord of chaps and I didn’t even have to leave the house to find them. I remember scrolling through, doing a jig of excitement each time I matched with someone, and eagerly waiting for them to message me. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

Over four years of using dating apps, I have had one date out of them. It was with a man who claimed to be a journalist. In reality, he’d had one article published (on the daddy issues of Lara Croft) and was unemployed. I may have been able to get over both of those points if he hadn’t been wearing a Call Of Duty T-shirt; or if, when we split the bill for coffee, he’d not insisted on paying in 10p and 20p pieces.

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