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looking, slightly sinister men and earnest, hopeful divorcees of a certain age, mingling with all the ease of an out-of-date bottle of kaolin and morphine.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.
Happily though, I was bolstered by a couple of rather selfless friends offering to join me on the evening 'for moral support'.
Even then it took a couple of stiff drinks and not a little cajoling to get us all moving in the direction of the QFT.
One friend in particular made the ultimate sacrifice, forfeiting watching a ‘crucial’ Northern Ireland match to accompany me.
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