Bring back Guardian Soulmates – my go-to for ‘invariably socialist’ online dating – The Guardian

Before Lizzie Cernik puts everybody off online dating (Dating burnout: meet the people who ditched the apps – and found love offline, 18 January), let me suggest you reinstate Guardian Soulmates, which was by far the most reliable dating site. I met interesting and gracious men, who were invariably socialists too, which was always my top priority. I’m now 83 and in a loving and equal relationship. I was lucky to be able to use Soulmates.
Jude McGowan

One morning, in the 1980s, I phoned BT directory enquiries and asked the operator if she knew a recipe for bread sauce, as I was cooking a Christmas lunch for the first time (Letters, 16 January). She kindly helped me out, and later that evening phoned me back to ask how it went.
Colin Davies

Did the Tories get an early bite at the ChatGPT chatbot (Report, 13 January)? Writing to my MP on diverse subjects, I get back closely typed, two-page replies that resemble each other but are empty of content. Just wondering.
Jenny Tillyard
Seaford, East Sussex

In reply to Ian Grieve’s question (Letters, 20 January), tortoises most certainly can’t swim. As a child my husband demonstrated this by putting Torty in a bucket of water, which sank. Fortunately, Torty lived to tell the tale, dying fairly recently aged about a hundred. My son announced his passing by proclaiming: “The oldest member of the family has died.”
Ros Clayton

I think what Ian Grieve needs is a turtle.
Fiona Collins
Carrog, Denbighshire


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Man suspected of kidnapping and beating a woman in Oregon may be using dating apps to evade police – CNN


Authorities in southwestern Oregon are warning that a man suspected of kidnapping a woman and beating her unconscious may now be using dating apps to evade capture or find potential new victims, according to police.

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Police warn that Oregon torture suspect is using dating apps – Oregon Public Broadcasting

This undated photo provided by the Grants Pass Police Department shows Benjamin Obadiah Foster. Foster is accused of torturing a woman he held captive, less than two years after he was convicted in Nevada of critically injuring another woman he held captive for two weeks.

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A man accused of torturing a woman he held captive in Oregon, and who was convicted in Nevada of keeping another woman in captivity, is using dating apps to find people who can help him avoid the police or to find new victims, authorities said …….