By then working as a journalist on her local newspaper in Sheffield, where the couple had settled, Stella knew she would be unable to continue with her career but, with a stultifying marriage, was aware she needed something else to distract her."The fact that my friend had gone to a marriage bureau all those years ago had really stuck in my head," she recalls. "I couldn't help thinking that I could make a success of my own matchmaking service.A nice place to start would be the Dao-Dao Islands some seven to ten minutes away from the seaport, when riding a motorboat.It is a rather big island, with an area size of about 1.1057 hectares.
When a young Stella Groschel heard of her friend's plans to join a marriage bureau in her search for a husband, she was shocked to the core. I thought it was rather on the dangerous side and something that only really desperate, peculiar people would consider." Since then, however, Stella has learned to see matters from the other side.Each came for a personal interview, with Stella carefully jotting down their age, hobbies and preferences into a notebook."I didn't really have the foggiest idea what I was doing," she says now.But some things remain comfortingly constant, among them people's expectations - which are, she says, on the whole, generally unrealistic."Old men always want a young dolly bird, and the plainest girls still like to think they can get themselves a millionaire," says Stella waspishly.