Splashed on the front of Metro yesterday were Melanie Speth and Ben Moon who were brought together by Metro after Ms Speth spotted Mr Moon on the District Line and emailed his picture round the world to track him down. The full story of their first date (which appeared to go remarkably well) along with pre-requisite photos in full Cilla Black Blind Date stylie is here.
Funnily enough it was only last week, that I was wondering whether they'd had their date yet. Some of the commenters to an earlier post on this thought the whole thing looked a bit set up and that Ms Speth was a bit of a "stalker". This view was shared by three girls who were discussing the couple on the Piccadilly Line yesterday:
"I'd be mortified if my picture was all over Metro". "Yeah how desparate to email everyone trying to find him". "Did you notice how his girlfriend was chucked by reading it in Metro". "I know apparently they were living together and she didn't know they'd split". "Nice way to hear about it, he's a bastard".
This piece of news puts a sour taste on what could have been a nice romantic story. Jana Burianova, Mr Moon's ex-girlfriend, was out of the country, when Metro first published the story. She only discovered they were splitting up after reading about his not-so-secret admirer in Metro and Mr Moon claimed he'd been single for a fortnight. Which was news to her, the cad. At least Jana can join the ranks of Minnie Driver and Mel B by discovering that they were dumped through the press. She'll probably have loads of guys emailing Metro offering her their shoulder to cry on.
If you fancy your chances with someone you fancy on the Tube, or want a James Blunt "I saw your face in a crowded place" moment, don't despair. There's a whole slew of websites where you can post details of yourself and the person you see each day but can't talk to. These include Tubeping, londontubemates, snoglondon and the oldest to my knowledge, isawyoutoday.com. I expect to see Tubepimp.com coming soon (well someone's bought the domain and I dread to think what else they are going to do with a URL like that).
If anyone has ever got a date out of one I would love to hear. Or if you fancy being a guinea pig, perhaps we could test them out to see which one works best.