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Things to know about dating an englishman

When I lived across the pond, I found myself involved in a number of random dating adventures.

Instead of seeing them as — oh, you know — just another human being, they’ve become Gods among men. I reckon it’s quite like how we stare at your chest rather than your face.

But while I’m able to see the forest for the trees nowadays, there are still women out there who will seek a British man out as if it’s a Cinnabon after a month-long diet.

(Okay, maybe it’s a lot to do with that.) Though, I wouldn’t say no to a charming Irishman. I met a lot of interesting guys abroad, and some of them turned out to be…well, not so nice. But that’s part of life, part of dating, no matter what side of whichever expansive body of water you choose to reside.

Or the cute way the “R” sound disappears at the end of their words.

He was English, witty, slightly bumbling, and had a crooked smile. He was also part of an emerging pattern: He wasn't the first British guy I'd romantically clicked with. When I first moved to Beijing right after graduating from Brown, I never intended to fall for so many English guys.

I'd like to think that I did know, but judging by how headfirst I was diving into the relationship, I couldn't have been sure.

As a Brit married to an American woman I feel I can have a go at writing this… Aversion To Therapy The British male tendency to keep a stiff upper lip, repress their emotions and only ever consider visiting a hospital when a bone is poking out through the skin is not attractive. Due to a lower legal age (16 for entering a pub, 18 for buying alcohol) in the UK, British men see going out for a drink – and even having one too many – as a regular and normal part of their lives.