Certainly my friend Dave was: he had a new Sveyta, Lena, Olya or Nadia on his arm every night, each as dazzling as the last, the cocaine sparkling in the woman’s eyes. She sits in the car and waits for me to come round to her side to open her door! Me, I admired the uncompromising tenacity of his latest Russian squeeze.What was always interesting though, was that Dave did end up feeling used, and was unable to build a proper relationship with the pragmatic Moscow girls he met late on vodka-fuelled nights under strobe lighting. Dave now lives in London with his English wife and two children.

It is a Western woman’s nightmare to be compared with the goddesses who populate the late night money scene. “When I go out here, I feel as if I have USA tattooed across my forehead.” I immediately beamed and stopped holding my tummy in.

However, most of the expat men in their sharp suits are fully prepared to exploit those virtual tattoos.

However, some facts in the Dutch dating game remain true regardless of where you meet new people in the Netherlands.

What is the Dutch men dating culture or how should you approach Dutch women?

The big firms book out ritzy private saunas in steamy pre-Revolutionary buildings tiled in green and gold, where white-coated staff bring you sliced apples, honey and a silver samovar for tea.

It is accepted that prostitutes and vodka will be included. Somebody phoned me up only last week and said: “Remember Dima?

Many are quite charming, though I am not talking about those out to secure a new life in the UK.

No Russian man I met during my many years of being a student, singer, television reporter and newspaper correspondent would ever have dreamt of turning up for a date without a bunch of flowers.

It is usually Western men, not women, who spend their evenings watching women dancing in cages and buying drinks for the uncaged ones at the bar.

But there are plenty of Russian men hanging around those same bars and clubs in the hope of ensnaring susceptible Western women.

It was a matter of pride for these men to turn up at the next day’s early meeting on an hour’s drunken sleep, call the wife and have a beer at lunch to steady the shakes.