Be my Valentine: First date disasters
This particular date was one I have tried hard to stash in the darkest recesses of my mind.
We went to a cafe and got a drink, then slowly crept towards me and started trying to give me an arm massage.
My love of cognac was well and truly aflame. My acquaintance with Helen would be much shorter.
Laura Payne wasn't thrilled when her boyfriend offered to take her to the rugby on her birthday.
Despite being rejected on the first date, Amanda Hanan's suitor had to be shooed away with a broom.
She had romantic fantasies about their first date. But it was exquisitely awkward.
Margherita Clarke found out her date was already in love - with the limp-hipped King of Rock'n'roll.
When Ian Robertson met his date, she brought her Mum - an avid nudist - with her.
Monique Sigley's date asked her a question during dinner that shocked her so much spat wine.
Lorraine Anderson got an interesting surprise when she went away with a man whose hair she was in love with.
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Zoe Leach's date turned out to be more interested in crime, and less interested in love.
Diana MacRae couldn't help but giggle when her date turned up drunk, and had one thing on his mind.
When Ben Talia'uli went on a blind date arranged by friends, it turned out it wasn't a set up of the romantic kind.
When a Stuff Nation reader went on a movie date with her new man, she was horrified to be offered a child's ticket at the box office.
An encounter with a friendly guy in the supermarket turned in to a nightmare first date for Jo Gilbert.
When Liz Buckley's date returned to his car and found he'd clocked up $400 worth of parking fines, he demanded she pay them.
Chris Ireland got an unplanned - and unwanted - eyeful in this dating disaster.
Brent Partridge went on a date a few years back, and was surprised by who ended up asking all the questions.
Kimberley Cody had such low expectations for this first date, she wore her running gear so she could go for a run afterwards.
Rebecca's Lloyd's dating disaster ended with her date flat on his back, and not in the way he expected.