The tourists milling around outside Buckingham Palace stared in amazement as the Queen Mother walked through its gates following an impromptu stroll from her home at nearby Clarence House.
I was as surprised as anyone that she had made the journey on foot.
Life at Clarence House and her other residences followed a sedate routine, revolving largely around lunch and rather a lot of booze. But she loved social drinking and, of course, her life was very social, as I discovered when I replaced her previous equerry in the summer of 1994.All in all, one of the last people you’d expect to have trouble finding a steady date. Three consecutive years...” She’s in a relationship at the moment, but calls it “confusing”. I remember being on date with a nice Swiss guy and then just as he started to kiss me, I stopped and asked: ‘Do you have someone? They’re always occupied, and when they’re not – they’re full of shit. ” It’s no secret that finding love in a big city isn’t easy, especially if you’re a woman who’s looking to settle down. Especially if you’re a female, even remotely attractive. “I’ve been here for three years – three years single!Coming from France, where men do flirt, to encounter the legendary passivity of German men was a crushing blow. ’ Of course he did – back home.” “Do you know the joke? But Berlin has its own special factors that make this already difficult goal nigh-on impossible. Waiting at the bus stop, ordering a coffee, in the elevator, grocery shopping – it is literally raining dick. ” exclaims Simona, a 29-year-old from the Czech Republic who works in the film business, with a jaded smile.“There isn't a huge difference among European countries, although the cliché is that northern countries are more pragmatic and the southern countries more romantic,” Hegmann said.That's not to say that there aren't a few intercultural differences.