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Just 20 quid will buy you a look at 30 odd sets of genitalia – although not, apparently, a bottle of wine at the pricey Balham venue, The Exhibit pub (no pun intended).

“You must be out of your mind,” my friends told me.

“There is a real trend for quirky events; it seems that people are more willing to do something completely bats*** crazy than a regular event, so there is a real focus towards nights like ‘drunk jenga dating’ and a new one we launched on Wednesday – ‘dirty Pictionary’”, Rob explains.

(A word to the wise, though, for whoever compiled the playlist: if you want to put women at their ease, lay off the James Blunt.

The only thing that “Goodbye, My Lover” was psyching me up for was a funeral.) I heard later the boys all undressed in the bar in total silence, avoiding eye contact. In we shuffled, in our matching Matalan robes, to a reassuringly dark bar filled with small tables.

Boys on one side of the room, girls on the other, with barely repressed giggles and fear sweat in the air – the temperature was turned up to the max, presumably to make sure the women had something to look at when the men stood up.

It was then that Rob informed us that, as predicted by my friends and family but strenuously denied by myself, the clothes would not be coming back on anytime soon. After all, in for a penny, in for a few extra Christmas pounds.

Beforehand, my mother said to me: “Do you have time to get a fake tan?

It’ll make you look way thinner.” Needless to say, I did not.This is an unexpected and surprisingly delightful USP of Date in a Dash events: the organisers really get involved, going out of their way to talk to everyone and put them at ease. Leading me into the changing room, he tells me that before he got into the speed dating business, he was a police officer “with long hours and no job satisfaction” – but had always been entrepreneurial.“I started the business in 2011, when I went with a friend to a rival event and thought it was a good laugh and way to meet people, but not very well put together.“I just thought the lining up wasn’t going to work, I thought it was going to kill the atmosphere, with getting changed.So I just decided to completely change it last minute. Intuition shut down and confusion reigning rampart behind closed doors. Acting on such false reasoning, I allowed myself to live according to no one's rules but my own, and to take no accountability for the pain I'd caused. Instead of arm-wrestling over who will be the nice one first, take the lead. Then you have a chance to make things better and it starts with you putting your “us” first.

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