Perhaps from now on I would focus on my relationships with my family. My sons were then aged 35 and 29, and my grandchildren were two and five. Lifting the lid on his relationship with Monica, Tom said: 'We knew we'd never have a conventional relationship.
I knew we'd never live together and that I¿d never meet her family. I would pack in as much as I could while I still had the face, the body and the desire for it. 'Maybe we could get to know each other a bit better...' And so my liaison with Pup was arranged.
But it was still a relationship of sorts' It was a bewildering landscape, but I was glad to see how free of stigma online dating had become. By this stage of my life, I was too battle-scarred to believe in knights on white chargers. Surprised and pleased, I wrote back saying I thought he was cute and that I was all in favour of younger men. Another new young friend, Simon, was 25, slim, sweet-faced and boyish, a little shy.
He was an internet entrepreneur and passionate about digital technology.
He soon began to doubt my identity, demanding to know what I 'really looked like'. I felt an almost constant urge to be looking to see who had been viewing or messaging me; to be checking the mobile for something from my conquests (I use that word with irony) and, if possible, indulge in lengthy, risqué texting sessions, sometimes into the small hours, with any who were around.
Everything was built on shifting sand, nothing was solid or reliable or entirely real.
Increasingly I felt that the big-bellied, baggage-laden oldsters on the dating site couldn't compete with these tempting young men. So it was with a gleeful squeal that I found a message from him one morning: 'Hi "Raven", thank you for looking at my profile and sending a wink. Then all of a sudden I found myself unlocking the door, climbing up the stairs and dropping down on to my bed, with Charles gently pulling off my shoes.
It was like looking into a cake shop and seeing all the scrumptious little cupcakes with their colourful swirly tops. A second date followed a similar pattern, ending at his apartment in Marylebone.
Last night the State Department sent a cable to all American embassies and consulates around the world telling them to put the case against Iran before foreign authorities. The International Air Transport Association has also suspended Iran Air, the Iranian national airline, from the system for processing international ticket payments.I always called him Pup and he generally referred to me as Miss. My partner and I had split up the previous year, after a 13-year relationship.And not long after that, in July 2012, I had woken up to the depressing realisation that it was my 60th birthday.Why on earth would you choose the boring old Victoria sponge? We sat outdoors at a cafe in the morning sun and ordered cappuccinos.
But I was about to learn how weird online dating could be. Tall and cool, wearing jeans and a tight-fitting hoodie that showed off his fit young body. We walked back to my house and it wasn't long before we headed upstairs. Stirring his coffee, Charles told me there was something on his mind: 'I've spoken to my ex-wife a couple of times lately.' I looked up at him.After a couple of dates they start putting on the pressure. And I found his healthy, strong body very appealing.