From naked dating to dirty Scrabble, singles nights and speed dating have been reinvented. Can these increasingly quirky events lead to lasting love? It was Friday night in London and I was attending my first singles event. When my friend suggested it, I had expected the evening to be awkward. After two hours of painful conversation with other guests, we eventually escaped, although not before our new friend leaned in for a bum grope. I was unlucky at this mixer.
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Strangers hoping to find that right match. On a gloriously warm Tuesday this week, a group of soccer executives, from clubs large and small from across Europe and even as far afield as Brazil and the United States, were getting to know each other at minute intervals inside a banquet hall at Stamford Bridge, the West London home of Premier League giant Chelsea. Outside, tourists visiting the stadium frolicked in the sunshine of the stands. Inside the cloistered, carpeted Centenary Lounge, executives were getting down to the serious business of negotiating player trades as the summer transfer window, an annual multibillion-dollar marketplace, reaches its climactic rush to fill rosters or find new or temporary homes for unwanted or untested talent before the window slams shut in a matter of weeks. With tables numbered and organized in rows, executives wielding brochures and tablets showed off their inventory in short introductory meetings that ended with the sound of a bell and the appearance of two women armed with boxing-style cards announcing the start of the next round of talks. The event, a novelty in the often opaque and secretive world of soccer player trading, is the brainchild of Jonas Ankersen, 33, of Denmark, who launched a player trading platform called Transfer Room two years ago.
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There are, of course, risks to thrusting your dating life into the Internet's great unknown — besides the obvious, like going home with a convict , you'll more than likely spend a lot of time being bored. Which is at least one reason to check out former Rescue Chef Danny Boome 's "Speed Plating," which launched in New York last August, his first foray into the dating world personal life excluded. Speed dating might not be everyone's thing, but great food is as good an addition as any if you want to do it well. We sat down with Boome to ask him how effective it really is. I like to go on dates, but if it doesn't work out you always feel guilty.
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