“We met for coffee the the first time; in the course of that meeting, we felt comfortable enough with each other to go on a short cruise on the harbour afterwards. We have since met again, for dinner. I find Rose to be charming, attractive, intelligent and with a nice sense of humour; and on the whole we seem to have convergent attitudes on most things that matter. Another point of common ground is that she has lived for a number of years in Singapore (where I was born and had my formative years). In short, so far,everything is looking good, and all being well, this initial friendship will, I hope, grow and blossom over time. I think I have said before that women should be treated with the greatest of respect, and we have both agreed that we will take things slowly and not rush into anything. Thank you for introducing Rose to me.”