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Men, it would seem, prefer to furtively hunt in the shadows, and behind the protective veil of online anonymity.Unfortunately, I forgot the oft-quoted maxim that ‘all men are b*****ds’, as I’d only got as far as the front door and signed in before the pair of them had buggered off in terror.But not before they’d taken a camera phone snap of me haplessly holding a big card with the legend ‘singles night score card’ emblazoned across it, lest there be any confusion on Facebook as to my tragic state of affairs.Ah, singles nights: awkward looking, slightly sinister men and earnest, hopeful divorcees of a certain age, mingling with all the ease of an out-of-date bottle of kaolin and morphine.The redemptive tinkle of the ‘three minute’ bell the only thing punctuating the inevitable failure of your stuttering sequence of non-sequiturs. The long walk to the next table, the next woman and the next humiliation. Then there’s the calamitous consideration that just a couple of tables along might be an ex.Belfast is a small place after all and not all your exes are necessarily pleased to see you, especially within the claustrophobic confines of a speed dating encounter. When I blithely offered to attend the QFT’s rather spiffy movie-themed singles night on behalf of , none of these rather dreadful propositions occurred.
As the hour drew ever closer, however, the creeping sense of existential dread took over.There was one bloke who seemed to induce unanimous unease (not me, I’m delighted to say). What speed dating isn’t, it would seem, is a sure fire way to romance. That’s the hard bit you have work out for yourself, the easy, fun bit is doing things like this. A straw poll during drinks after the event proved that nearly all the women found ‘Barry’ (name changed to protect the guilty) had been offensive, rude and 'quite scary'. And that’s why singles nights should be classified under ‘good clean fun’ and not, as some men might think, ‘public exposure as a desperate emotional recidivist’. Of the men there, I can only say that most of the women I chatted to seemed to think they were a fairly normal bunch.The clichés about the creepy males who attend these events did have some foundation in truth, however.If you're stuck for ideas, don't worry - we've got a few suggestions. After a winding meander through Cork’s bustling English market you can take a breather and watch events unfold below from Farmgate Café’s mezzanine, which overlooks the stalls.