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I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for France so I’m always on the lookout for interesting play stories from that part of the world. Playgrounds were not a big attraction for me back then – a good thing probably as I don’t recall seeing many of them in the towns or cities where we lived. Who knew you got to give and receive at almost each encounter with girls? What a revelation for a wee anglo lad from Toronto.

It was my gawky early adolescent phase which I like to think I’ve outgrown.

Family and friends have been declining in their influence over the dating market for the past 60 years.

According to a study done by Match.com, in an effort to determine how much impact their services are having on the way relationships develop today, “17% of couples married in the last 3 years, or 1 in 6, met each other on an online dating site” and “1 out of 5 single people have dated someone they met on an online dating site”. “Spouse-hunting fairs in big city parks by parents eager to see their children tie the knot have made parks in China a haven for relationship hunters and their parents” .

Zhongshan Park has been the location for six years where parents go to seek partners for their children.

Stockholm’s public art for children inspired Székely’s approach to playgrounds.

In the late 1950s he wrote: It’s in this city (Stockholm) that children for the first time found sculptures installed for them.

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