At the British HQ of the world’s biggest dating agency, every day is Valentine’s Day.The lift doors ping open to reveal a wall plastered in photographs of happy couples – cliché upon cliché of wedding shots, beach scenes, even a pair strolling through a sunflower field.(...) The system of this curious, and it should seem actually serious, plan — as far as we can learn — is as follows: — Every person, of either sex, who desires to enter into a treaty of marriage, is first to subscribe a certain sum.All ladies and gentlemen to describe themselves, by real or fictitious names, as they may choose". — A gentleman, 40 years of age, a little corpulent, rather of a dark brown complexion, wears a wig, has a place in the Customs, and a small estate in Suffolk, with 750l.
Though most people meet their dates at social organizations, in their daily life and work, or are introduced through friends or relatives, commercial dating agencies emerged strongly, but discreetly, in the Western world after World War II, mostly catering for the 25–44 age group.
Who do you know who would not react in a negative, or destructive way?
It is crazy to imagine that will help anything, in any way.
These days everybody in Nigeria seems to be talking about Michael's agency. He'd already been visiting people with HIV in hospital. "When I looked into their faces, I caught myself thinking this is no life for them and I wondered how I could help." Women under pressure to marry The official figure for the number of people with HIV-AIDS in Nigeria is 3.5 million, but the real figure is probably twice or three times as high. Yet women in Nigerian society are under pressure to find a husband and get married when they are young. In many African cultures, a marriage without children isn't a proper marriage.
Those who know they are infected generally keep this knowledge to themselves. 35-year-old Gloria is one of the women whom Michael has been able to help.