Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Can't Wait for Tuesdate! TRENDSMonday's Too Mundane and Saturday Implies It's Serious. When It Comes to Casual Courting, Now Only One Day of the Week Will Do, Says Ellie White

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Can't Wait for Tuesdate! TRENDSMonday's Too Mundane and Saturday Implies It's Serious. When It Comes to Casual Courting, Now Only One Day of the Week Will Do, Says Ellie White

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Byline: Ellie White

WE ALL know what it's like. Monday is a no-no for romance -- it's the no-mance zone where we're much more likely to be in the gym burning off the weekend's indulgences or heading to bed for an early night. Then Wednesdays and Thursdays are for drinks/dinner with friends and the weekends are reserved for partying and perhaps fun and frolics with someone we really fancy.

Which leaves us with just one night for casual courting. So some sensible London singletons, Liz Ashford and Faye Marriott, both 29, have set up Tuesdate, a firm that specialises in organising singles nights and speed-dating events -- on a Tuesday.

"On Monday we're too tired and so it's the only other day of the week where we don't mind seeing someone apart from our friends," says Ashford. "We also realised that Tuesday is one of the days where guys are less likely to be in the pub watching football. Men are less likely to sign up to speed-dating events than women, so we needed to make sure that football couldn't be used as an excuse not to come along!" So why do so many dating Londoners, myself included, prefer to date early in the week? Well, there's no worrying about missing a highly anticipated event in the social calendar, no pressure to stay out late and, most importantly, the excuse "I need to head off, I've got a really early start" is much more believable (that excuse just won't wash on Wednesday or Thursday). Even if the date is going swimmingly, it's perfectly acceptable to have a couple of drinks and head home at a sensible hour.

Psychologist Dr Funke Baffour also believes that Tuesday is the most "positive" day of the week for a first date or singles night.

"Mondays are associated with the dreaded fear of going back to work but once we've got over Monday, we can believe we're starting the week on a positive note by going on a first date or a speed-dating night," she says. "We have a lot more energy to focus on a potential mate at the beginning of the week too. …

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