According to Duncan Cunningham of Paravox. the company that set up the service, offering a voice rather than a written ad generates a better response. ‘On average,’ he says. ‘people get between 10 and 30 calls with women and gay men doing the best ofall. However. one thing that has emerged is the number of habitual liars when it
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The 'Lip-smacking, thirst-quenching, 50 bad after 3“-
ace-tasting motivating male of 33‘ as he generously described himself in the Talking Hearts section, actually transpired to be 26-year-old Essex-boy called Colin who listens to ‘the Floyd when I'm feeling sombre' and likes nothing better than ‘little cuddles and t kisses in front of the telly'. v Talking Hearts is an up-dated version i
of the 80s invention tele-dating. but
now incorporates a written and spoken 9, Auto-Dates
personal ad package. For £30 the
advertiser composes a 25-word description such as. ‘l‘ve gone all l hedonistic in 1994' or ‘Gay pilot with i ‘Hi this is Auto-Dates, the newest and great smile’ intended to tempt - hottest dateline service in South prospective dates. Interested parties : Florida . . .' The assured full-throttle then ring the personalised number at volume voice of Cliff Dvorkin is assails the end of each ad and listen to a four 1 my eardrums down the line from minute pre-recorded message telling 1 Miami. The erstwhile Crime Capital them in husky/cheery/downright also doubles as the hub of the driver- depressive tones about the advertiser in dating industry. Set up nearly a year more detail. The caller can then choose ; ago Cliff has already wooed 800
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Two experienced female Auto-Daters have just published a book entitled Love On A Two-Way Street. packed full of handy hints for go-getting singles keen to stop Prince or Princes Charming in their tracks. Here’s a sample which could be the answer to every Lada-owner‘s prayer:
‘1. Honk — give this signal if you are horny and want some attention. 2. Flash cards — get a stack of large index cards and write down brief messages such as ‘You‘re Cute’ or ‘Follow Me’. and of course one card with your phone number. 3. When all else fails — try
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74 The List 1 1—24 February 1994