There were the daytime vodka-tonics to take the edge off grief’s sharp corners; there was ice cream direct from the tub while sitting with the blinds down, crying over property programmes - the whole Bridget Jones scenario.

I set up dating profiles - at one point 14 of them, from e Harmony to Plenty of Fish, because I was determined not to fail.

It’s hard not to sound full of yourself, but it’s also easy to opt out of saying who you really are and be bland, which gets you nowhere.

Everyone loves country walks, a DVD and a bottle of wine, and that’s all some people say.

There was: ‘Not wanting to sound ungallant but there are lots of pretty girls here.’ There was: ‘I had a look at your pictures and I’m not going to do that again.

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I met a man in a pub one night and, civilities over, there was genuinely nothing to talk about. He got his own Americano and left me to get mine and talked for 20 minutes about the many times he’d seen U2 in concert.

Out on the pavement, he said: ‘It was good to meet you; good luck with it.’ We smiled and parted.

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