Here's the deal. I've been single since time immemorial. So, in an attempt to remedy my eternal singledom, and to get over my nauseatingly pathological fear of dates, I've decided to challenge myself. The challenge? To go on one first date a week for a year! So in 52 weeks time, I will have either found my Mr Right, or I'll stay forever Miss Write. This is what happens...

The Rules

Here are the rules to the 52 First Dates challenge...

1. A first date must be had once a week, EVERY week, for a year, that's 52 dates in 52 weeks.

2. Taking someone home after a drunken night on the cider does NOT count.

3. Second and third dates are allowed, I must continue first dates unless there are exceptional mitigating circumstances. For example, God forbid, the start of a relationship.

4. Each date must be blogged.

06 July 2012

Parish Notices - Reply To: PO Box 49

Now then folks, this post is a little out of the ordinary, and I know you’re waiting with baited eyes for the shortlist for number #52, but I wanted to take this opportunity to alert you to an exciting little love-related expo that’s popping up in London town next week.

The event is called Reply to: PO Box 49, and it’s a celebration of over 300 years of the lonely heart’s ad (the first ever one was published in 1695, fancy that! That’s even longer than I’ve been single!). It’s an experiential live theatre event which will be held in the delightful Battersea Mess and MusicHall from Wednesday 11th of July until Saturday 14th of July. It includes works from over 70 creatives including film-makers, directors, actors and singers, and documents the eternal quest for love, from the very first lonely heart’s ad to modern day interweb dating. When you enter the event, you’ll be led and coerced through the series of scenes around the building by elusive guides and cross-century characters, and you’ll be absorbed into the weird and wonderful pan-historical world of lonely hearts.

Why am I telling you this? Well one of the lovely producers got in touch having read my other dating blog, Internet Berating, which is all about the weirder side of internet dating emails, asking if I’d like to be involved somehow. And of course, since I’ve become some sort of self-styled Queen of Lonely Hearts, I said yes! So as part of Reply to: PO Box 49, a selection of my dating emails will be performed, recorded, and played in a wide variety of different places including a busy train station and the toilets, and quite frankly, I’m delighted! I shall be popping along to the event myself on Wednesday, which of course will coincide with the reveal of my shortlisted candidates for Mr #52, so I plan to celebrate with a cheeky cocktail or two, and an interactive theatrical experience. Lovely.

So where’s the summary of all the key info? Why, right here of course:


Reply to: Po Box 49

A History of the Lonely Heart

A Curious Dave Production


Wednesday 11th July - Saturday 14th July 2012

Battersea Mess & Music Hall, SW11 1DJ


Website and tickets :
Price: Only £10, for a romantic experiential theatrical artistic adventure. That's like buy one get four free!


Twitter : @PObox49 #PObox49

So what are you waiting for? Click, book, go, and prepare to be moved, amused, shocked and intrigued. But the one thing you won’t be is lonely...