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Old 14th Jul 2019, 21:10
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Originally Posted by NoelEvans View Post
It would be interesting to see the divorce rates following each of those categories.
Interesting to see it broke down into Ethnicity.

Stats doesn't surprise me because families smaller, workforce more mobile and old days of local factory employing 2000 from cradle to grave has long since disappeared.
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 21:22
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Originally Posted by lomapaseo View Post
Woke up to the sound of puking
Yours? Hers? Anyway, how romantic.
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 21:30
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Introduced by friends at a disco, which neither of us had really wanted to attend.

She he was whisked off to the dance floor by another bloke immediately after we were introduced. My thought at his intrusion was "bugger". I later learned her thought at the time was also "bugger"- but that was because I'd been too slow to invite her to dance.

It'll be 40 years, 3 kids and 4 grandkids in 8 weeks time.
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Old 14th Jul 2019, 22:09
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Met online on a dating website circa 2002. So I was ahead of my time. It was a last throw of the dice for me. So I thought well I'll try it. Then kill myself I messaged various ladies without much result. I didn't deploy the pilot thing early on.
Only two took the bait. One a rugger fan seemed like fun but eventually told me I seemed rather intense.
The other seemed rather sweet and we wrote for a while then spoke on the phone. Eventually we agreed to meet in a pub. I'd sent a photo of my handsome visage using a very early digital camera but she held back.
Anyway one very rainy evening we met. She smiled at me and I thought 'Thank God, she's good looking' Yes I'm that shallow.

Anyway we got on perfectly. Indeed someone sold us a charity heart pin commenting that we seemed in love. We still have it.

As we went our separate ways. I caught a Taxi. The driver said 'Aren't you going home with your girlfriend?' I said ' I only met her tonight'.

She went home and rang her friend who she had told everything in case I turned out to be a psycho killer. She said: 'I think this is the one'.

I thought the same but having been there before I fully expected the polite rebuff. I'm still waiting. Two beautiful boys later and a few bumps in the road.

So yes online works. I should point out that she's old fashioned and doesn't want anyone to know how we met online. So just her best friend knows and all you people on the Internet.

Pointing out that it's almost the norm these days is pointless so if anyone asks we met randomly in a pub.

I know you'll respect this secret.


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Old 14th Jul 2019, 23:35
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I bet the answer in MiL Av would be predominantly nursed and teachers with some in house.
Especially for those who met their future wives when serving overseas. In Hong Kong the choice was mainly nurses or teachers (no WRAF in HK) and marriage to local girls was frowned upon. Not by the Brits, but by Chinese parents who disapproved of their daughters "marrying out", although there were exceptions. The future Mrs TTN was a QARANC nursing sister at BMH and I met her at a party in her mess. Before I invited her back to our mess she had previously only really met army officers, and she was surprised to meet officers with regional accents!

Still together after 51 years.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 02:37
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Met online (dating app). Don't understand the stigma, although it's reducing. Times change, the ways people meet change. It's not a bad thing.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 04:33
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Graph is a bit 'out'

Looking at the graph that starts this topic, I see that there are 9 'lines' but only 8 'reasons' . Do I read the other line as "it's a secret" (or insert your own because it is illegal!) :-)
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 06:59
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The lady in my life would be classed as " typical benefit scrounger !! " by the JB / Mail reading fraternity. ..... we met, initially, on line thus proving other sites exist as well as this one. The first meeting was for lunch in a pub in Stafford...it wasn't my fault I didn't know there were two entrances hence a " slight delay " in actually meeting. The lunch lasted for about 3hrs so I must have kept her attention. Ever chivalrous, I had brought my umbrella given the wx was "moist " and it kept her dry as we walked back to the station for me to get the train / bus .

This meeting led to another and another, as these things do plus, I had to be approved by madam, which was easy really as madam instinctively recognised a gullible human/ useful idiot and mug. My cholesterol levels have increased thanks to her cooking skills, my nerves are shredded due to her navigational skills and she is routinely bemused as to why I have a capacity to offer my opinions to life's natural ( rude word ) who appear in my life with no apparent effort on my part.

The holiday in Whitby proved pivotal you might say....... because shortly thereafter, her health took a " bit of a battering " and thus she wasn't alone when this happened.

Despite her altruism to others, such as being a former nurse, working for Mencap and helping the homeless, I have yet to convert her to full Guardian reader status.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 07:31
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Online and quite by accident. In a moment of boredom back around 1998 I downloaded mIRC, picked a random server (Dalnet) and checked out a few of the pre-set channels until I found one where the crowd seemed friendly (Speakers Corner). Kept on coming back for a conversation with the regulars and at some stage, neither of us can remember when, the future wife dropped in, found the crowd to be equally friendly and also became a regular of the channel. Months of general chit chat followed and at gradually a spark grew, once both of us had figured that out some more serious subjects were brought up and it turned out we were at really different stages in life. I was a reasonably carefree early 20's single and she was going through a messy divorce with 3 kids in tow...and in the early 40's. Think it shocked both of us and agreed to take a step back and just keep the friendship. Fat chance of that it turned out!
Divorce finally settled, sent her flowers on the day something that pissed off the ex to no end. And after months more talking sometime in late 1999 we had both again figured out there was something there, just not knowing exactly what it would turn out to be but needing to find out, so I booked in all the annual leave I had and a ticket for 4 week holiday to Australia in June 2000. Pretty much knew where I would end up just minutes after getting picked up from the airport and the following 4 weeks confirmed the feeling.
Packed life up in Sweden for good early March 2001, got hitched in May (oh so much easier to get permanent residency if you are hitched to a local) and the rest is history. Stepkid's have taken me in after a few initial hassles, 7 step granddaughters to my name now and celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary this May.

Haven't all been smooth sailing but if it's good when it works then it's worth fighting for when the issues creep in.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 07:31
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Ours came about by a Vesta beef curry. A college friend and myself had gone to the pub with two female students. At the end of the evening I felt a bit peckish and the girl he had taken said that she had a curry in her room. We went back to hers and had a hot night, the curry was ok too,
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 09:23
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I met my first wife at a pub in Morecambe. A few weeks later, my first daughter was conceived in an Austin Mini at Happy Mount Park in the same town
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 09:31
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Originally Posted by hiflymk3 View Post
Same here, Mrs H high octane, me sump sludge but we balance each other.
I'm convinced that the best marriages are founded on differences. When a couple have different strengths and weaknesses, and also have the wisdom, caring and humility to leverage off each of their strengths and mitigate each of their weaknesses, then you end up with a very powerful and resilient team.

Similarities merely give twice of the same, which really brings nothing extra to the table.

I met my wife seated next to her on a daytime Cathay Pacific flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong. Eight hours of good opportunity to make my case.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 09:46
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Originally Posted by jindabyne View Post
I met my first wife at a pub in Morecambe. A few weeks later, my first daughter was conceived in an Austin Mini at Happy Mount Park in the same town
That park was very appropriately named!
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 09:51
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Set up on a blind date by my brother who dating her sister. Went down the aisle 10 months later, 27 years and two beautiful daughters along she is the love of my life.

Brother and sister also married and have two daughters.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 13:20
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First of two

Picked her and her mate up at a bus stop outside of the Palace theatre in vestacliff ..mini countryman.
Number 2..second officer RHS gripper wearing national health glasses..well paid in those days..she had been nominated first class and front end..not popular..
"tea or coffee? "...yes please "methinks I could shag that"..she thinks "smart alec"...fancied a bit of rough..now been sanding down the edges for 45 years.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 16:52
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Met at the radio club Christmas do in 1976 when I was 29 and she was 16. She had her Class A amateur radio licence then....married in 1983. She retired last year, having got fed up with 17 years of travelling round the world teaching people how to use software to design digital integrated circuits.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 17:01
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VP, figures. When I was working M-F Mrs PN did nights F-S. Once children were at school age she could do week days, days.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 18:01
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Just over 40 years ago the Personnel Officer rang and asked me to take our new computer operator to meet the family with whom I was lodging - she needed their spare room as night shifts finished after the last train home. The next evening she walked up to my desk and said something like, "I understand you're taking me home" which impressed my colleague! After she moved in I learned that she liked real ale, so we went for a drink. The local beer festival is always around the time of our wedding anniversary, so we celebrate there...
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 18:07
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Back in 1965 I had a summer job in a medical research lab. Mostly I cut the heads off mice, and used a big wrench to dispatch big tomcats so we could get the livers out quickly. Apparently I was the only one there who liked the tasks.

Mrs O had a job in the adjacent lab, but hers was hooking up chemistry-type glassware into extraction systems. She got her job by simple nepotism.

We did work together on a paper involving the catalytic conversion of Xanthurenic Acid to Kynurenic Acid. But as no Nobel seemed forthcoming, we snuck off to the storeroom instead.
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 18:47
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Originally Posted by Innominate View Post
Just over 40 years ago the Personnel Officer rang and asked me to take our new computer operator to meet the family with whom I was lodging - she needed their spare room as night shifts finished after the last train home. The next evening she walked up to my desk and said something like, "I understand you're taking me home" which impressed my colleague! After she moved in I learned that she liked real ale, so we went for a drink. The local beer festival is always around the time of our wedding anniversary, so we celebrate there...
That really is serendipity!
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