Perhaps the biggest difference between English and North American women is that English women just seem to laugh a lot more.
No man is held to possess any intrinsic value â€“ weâ€™re all just the sum of our assets.
Luckily, towards the end of my time in New York, I met a nice English girl.
I always found the experience of being on a date in New York extremely uncomfortable.
The trouble is, like most Englishmen, I'm very easily embarrassed.
Whenever I produced it at the end of a long meal, my dining companion just assumed Iâ€™d stolen it from a Korean medical student.
I even hired a market research company to â€œrebrandâ€� me.
Once youâ€™ve embarked on the dating rat run in America, there are no short cuts to the cheese.
Part of the problem was that, as a short, balding, William Hague-lookalike with no visible means of support, I wasnâ€™t considered much of a catch.
When American women complain that thereâ€™s a shortage of eligible men â€“ and Leah Mc Laren is no exception â€“ what they mean is thereâ€™s a shortage of tall, unattached, rich men who still have their own hair.
I tried everything to turn myself into a more eligible bachelor.
Being from London, Caroline was a breath of fresh air.