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Lemarc Thomas, the managing director, is a gentle but determined Cupid, and the rich beat a path to his door from as far away as Canada and America.
The suave Lemarc has a background in psychology, asks about my relationship history, my ideal man, my career, taste in music as well as travel and holiday preferences.
But if you are paying someone to matchmake, it’s up to them to get it right.
My next stop is Seventy Thirty (the ideal split between work and play, apparently) and just signing up costs £15,000.
First call was Drawing Down the Moon, a respected introduction agency, where I found myself chatting to the indefatigable Mary Balfour over a cup of tea in West London.
Mary runs a dating website as well as Drawing Down the Moon.
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She gives me a few pre-selected CVs (with photos) to peruse, too.I’ve been married, and enjoyed a long relationship since my divorce in 2003. If I was really honest, Christmas, when everyone else is sitting down to the turkey and cranberry sauce with their spouses and children, can make me feel lonely.When that didn’t work, I still had my fabulous friends, work I love and, recently, a house to renovate. Then, there’s my birthday, bank holidays and August.Kate is adamant that a first meeting should last no more than one and a half hours.
The following week I hear about “Freddie” and he is given my mobile number (in all my encounters, the man was given my phone number and either rang or texted. Freddie is a 57-year-old Irish businessman, public school and Oxbridge - and a total delight.
My selection includes a banker, a doctor – and a bike-racer. He strikes me as much younger than his 66 years, boasts dark good looks, and the couple of hours we spend together over brunch flies by.