Personal dating adverts
The personals industry, online and in print, has come a long way since The Times first allowed matchmakers to advertise lonely spinsters in 1886.The stigma has disappeared and the business in the UK is reportedly worth more than £50m.
If Douglas Adams, Terry Gilliam, and Nein Quarterly had ever hired themselves out to write personals for others, they would have sounded a lot like these: If intense, post-fight sex scares you, I’m not the woman for you (amateur big-boned cage wrestler, 62) I like my women the way I like my kebab. Cynics (and some cheap Brentwood psychiatrists) may say ‘pathological liar’, but I like to use ‘creative with reality’.It began with "67-year-old disaffiliated flaneur, jacked-up on Viagra and looking for a contortionist trumpeter" and has never looked back.It has fans from Australia to the US; there are bloggers devoted to it and now an anthology of some of the best ads is planned for later this year.We're one of the oldest and best-known dating communities on the web, and we have a unique, and very popular, secret weapon our intelligent two-way matching feature.We have helped thousands of people meet women and men alike, and launched thousands of happy and lasting relationships. Join Telegraph Dating now and let us help you find that special someone.
Write to probably the most normal guy you’ll ever see in a lonely heart advert and maybe we’ll end up friends or lovers or despising each other and wincing every time we remember our awful one-night stand or maybe we’ll get married and have children. But if you’re not my ex-wife, why not write to box no. I enjoy vodka, canasta, evenings in, and cold, cold revenge. Better in those Welsh villages where the electricity supply can’t be guaranteed. Newly divorced man, 38, Would like to meet woman to 40 whose heroes don’t include Leslie Cole, Bill ‘Dink’ Hewit, Roger Martinez, Peter Jaconelli, Dave Man or William Corfield. I vacillate wildly between a number of archetypes including, but not limited to, Muriel Spark witticism-trading doyenne, Mariella Frostrup charismatic socialite, brooding, intense Marianne Faithfull visionary, and kleptomaniac Germaine Greer amateur upholsterer and ladies’ league darts champion.