I ask her where the jumbo prawns are, following up with the devastating line: “They’re the only ones that really work in a risotto”.
She looks as horrified with me as I am with myself. It’s not you, it’s them None of the rest of the group have had much luck, and we unburden our failings on Jean.
The first couple of people I do this to seem quite put out. While it’s not quite true that when you smile the world smiles back at you, an old lady looking at a Tudor portrait might. Flirting really is all around For the next task, we leave the gallery and are told to meet Jean at a supermarket in the Covent Garden area.
The twist – she doesn’t tell us exactly where the supermarket is!
“Black Status” users are sent 100 matches per day, which means they have a large number of Facebook friends who also use Hinge.
Tinder is fast, fun and kind of addicting, which is why it seems more like a “hot or not” game than a site for true love connections.
But I digress.) And so I found myself, purely out of socio-anthropological curiosity, signing up to one of the bimonthly tours organised by American ‘flirtologist’ Jean Smith.
Facebook profile photos of nearby singles appear randomly; users respond with an easy “like” or “nope” with the swipe of their fingers.
When both people like what they see, a connection is made. A little bribery can go a long way (for some people). Couples who’ve locked down a serious relationship can join the per month couples section of the site, which offers date night deals by city.
Don’t take rejection personally.” It’s comforting to imagine my interlocutor once had a traumatic experience with shellfish, and if I’d asked about the beef it all could have been different. Why had I selfishly charged in there with MY need for jumbo prawns and MY views on risotto, rather than taking an interest in what SHE was looking for? Flirting is a language and languages take practice Another one straight from Jean’s flirtology manual.
With this in mind, we spend the final 15 minutes of the tour walking around Covent Garden and attempting to flirt with every man and/or woman we can find, though most of our conversations come in under the 30 second mark. As Jean might have put it in one of those syrupy sayings that seem so reassuring at the time but on closer inspection turn out to be rather infuriating: flirting is about the journey rather than the destination.