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Friday, October 26, 2007

Speed dating on trains

First, there was "
isawyoutoday.com" for people who'd experienced a James Blunt "You're Beautiful" moment and seen someone they fancied on the Tube & wanted to get acquainted. Metro used to run a weekly Commuter Cupid corner. Londonpaper now run this every day complete with blog. There's a Facebook group with over 100 members for people who "temporarily fall in love with people on public transport". Now there's more commuting dating sites than you can shake a stick at and to top all this a few days ago Germany launched train speed dating.

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn is helping singles to find that special someone, as they look for romance on the railway. The singles are divided into the two groups, the over and the under 30's, and have a series of "speed dates", all while travelling from Nuremberg to Munich on an intercity train. Each traveller has ten minutes to chat before moving onto the next target.


"A trip on the single express may be just the ticket for a new romance" gushes the presenter at the end of the video above.

Over to TfL for what could be a nice little earner for the Tube. Pack a load of singles with red roses & glasses of sparkling plonk on the Northern Line and get them to talk to each other when the trains stop between tunnels. You then swap seats when the Tube moves again. You'd easily have more time alloted to you than on a normal speed date.


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