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One lady I got on well with on the phone wouldn't meet up because she had to babysit her grandchildren every night.Another was a nurse who was about to start a two-year placement in the West Indies.

But that's for when you're a teenager or in your 20s. And in your 60s, it's more about companionship, someone to do things with and snuggling up on the sofa.Then there were the women who sounded nice, but weren't ever available.After a few minutes of small talk, I made an excuse and left.You get the impression that some women think men like me are so desperate that they don't have to take any care over their appearance when you meet. It's far worse for men - just read their toe-curling tales about the dates from hell...

Brian Fletcher, 70, is a retired restaurant owner from Taunton, Somerset.Being introverts we didn't venture out much to meet new people, so we were both using RSVP which made it very easy to find someone we wanted to meet.Read more From the first moment, the spark in Grants eye was undeniable.I once flew out to Spain to meet a woman living there who'd sent me photos of herself by the pool in a swimsuit.When I arrived, she was munching a Twix chocolate bar and had clearly gained three stone since posing for the picture.Divorced with a grown-up son and daughter, he's been single for 15 years.