I have been divorced for four years, two grown up daughters, both at university. My work takes me mostly to AFrica Far East and Middle East and perhaps once or twice a year to USA. I very much enjoy Florida and would consider living there. Although I was a professional pilot I still enjoy flying and own my own small six seat aircraft. These days like many people I spend quite a bit of time in front of my computer. Since I have homes in both UK and Malta my business is virtually run from my computer. I do have girlfriends and do not have problems meeting people but I have decided to try the internet as a way of meeting perhaps a soulmate (please excuse the cliche). I am a very happy chap, with fortunately few real worries except the kind most business people face and I am quite used to dealing with that.
First Date? I suppose it would depend where that was (country). Although I love the theatre and cinema I would not go out on a first date to either because a first date should be spent looking carefully at the person you are with and listening to her talk. I think I would probably choose an intimate restaurant, and in Malta there are lots. I pride myself on knowing and using the best of Malta's restaurants over the past twenty years or so. These days I spend about a third of the year at my home in UK and if my first date was there then no contest. I would choose one of the world's best restaurants (in my opinion) in Suffolk and I know my date would enjoy the warm welcome there as well as the wonderful food. During our first date, if we were getting on and enjoying each other's company I would suggest for a next date(if there was one)to invite her to London, walk from Buckingham Palace through St James park to the Houses of Parliment, Westminster Bridge and along the Albert Embankment to just behind the Savoy Hotel, cut through the back of the Savoy past the Coal Hole Pub and across the Strand to Covent Garden. In the old market there is a sort of pit area full of fashionable small shops and a good restaurant where in the summer tables are laid out for "al fresco" dining. In the winter it will be necessary to wear very comfortabl warm clothes because after lunch it's relaxing to sit outside the restaurant, have a coffee and listen to classical music and opera performances from up and coming stars who perform daily there between eleven in the morning and eight at night. It would not be good on a first date but great when you have got to know your date a little better. Around, five we would make our way back to Liverpool Street, visit one or two of the fun bars used by the City of London bankers. Maybe
Corney and Barrow's or Dirty Dick's. If we are lucky energetic young bankers will be letting off steam on the ice just outside Corney and Barrow's playing a mild type of ice hockey known as "broom and ball". It can be fun to watch especially from the comfort of a warm and welcoming bar.
After a couple of hours relaxing and chatting I would invite my date back to Suffolk where I have my UK home. If she accepted my invitation I would show her one of the UKs best kept secrets, the beauty of Suffolk and North Essex. The pubs and fine restaurants of course are an important ingredient....