Another excerpt from conversation with a potential groom Mr B:-
Vital Stats: Convent educated from Kolkata, he was calling from Singapore, HR Professional
Me: You say you are posted in Singapore for the next few months, whereto after that?
B: I could settle anywhere in the world..
Me: So, does that mean you could settle in England?
B: Yes, but Hull can't afford me..
Me: [Eyebrows coming closer] What do you mean?
B: I am very expensive, are there HR jobs in Hull that pay over £100,000
Me: Hmmm, no I don't think so... [Trying not to react to the obvious showing off]
Me: However, you could work in London?
B: Yes, I could work in London..
Me: So would you try that?
B: Ultimately, I'd like to settle in Mumbai. You would like Mumbai.. You could be a professor in Mumbai... Would that be such a bad thing?
Me: No it wouldn't. however over there I would have to start from scratch, whereas you've worked in UK, so you already know the system here...
B: Well, whenever I am in London; I get this allergy..
Me: Allergy!? [Fearing the worst sort of Hay fever, when patients can't breath and need to be admitted to hospital]
What kind of allergy? [Sounding evidently concerned]
B: The cold.
B: [repeats himself] I don't like the cold in London.
Me: [! Gobsmacked! Dislike = allergy????
In addition, because he doesn't want to put on some warm clothes and turn up the heating, I am expected to relocate and start from scratch in a totally different and new city??]
Outcome: As my friend Jo would say - 'one word - bin '.