I refused as kindly as I could and then he lunged at me anyway, to give me a smacker on the cheek instead. And as I drove home, all I could think was: that was one of the worst evenings of my life.
And the biggest irony of all was that I was actually paying for it!
Team members kept their fingers crossed and hoped that everything would work.
Unfortunately, the jump from development right into production led to disastrous consequences.
While the development phase took longer than expected, the team failed to change the cutover date.
Instead, it cut the time for testing the implementation right out of the schedule.
" Like thousands of others who find themselves single in middle age, Janet, the mother of two grown-up daughters, had put her faith in a dating agency.
The ones you normally see on the news are usually quite devastating and unexpected, although there are some areas of the world where drought and famine exist almost permanently, but because it's not sensational it doesn't make the headlines as much. They've always happened, ever since history was first recorded.
In Part 3 of the IELTS speaking test candidates are asked some questions which are loosely related to the topic they talked about in Part 2 of the test.
I think the most common ones that people would immediately think of are earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis and recently there's been a lot of news about wildfires.
Frankly, the only special connection I felt like having at that point was with a nice cup of tea before an early night - on my own.
"At the end of the date he even asked if he could kiss me on the lips.