"Humans who believe that animals are not capable of expressing emotion obviously have never had one to share their life and experiences with. I believe this so strongly that throughout my life, any woman whom I met that neither had time for animals nor didn't recognise the importance of families, however rich or attractive they may have been, they certainly weren't the one for me.
I've never done this conventional type of 'speed dating' where one has a three minute conversation in rotation around the room in the hope that one will find true love; although I did rotate my female conquests pretty quickly as a handsome young man in his early twenties with an abundance of 'testosterone to burn.'
If I did enter into the practice of conventional speed dating today however, my top three questions to potential partners as I chased them round the room would be, ' Do you like animals? Do you appreciate the importance of families, and thirdly, can you make a steak pie, a malt loaf, homemade jam and a bakewell tart that will make my mouth water as much as watching you undress?'
Answer all three questions correctly and the jackpot is yours and I'll make you my Sheila to the exclusion of all others. I got a resounding 'yes' to all three questions that made up my love test and I've not looked back once since! Merry Christrmast everyone. x " William Forde: February 25th, 2014.