The history of Sheffield, a city in South Yorkshire, England, can be traced back to the founding of a settlement in a clearing beside the River Sheaf in the second half of the 1st millennium AD.
In the 1740s the crucible steel process was improved by Sheffield resident Benjamin Huntsman, allowing a much better production quality.
At about the same time, Sheffield plate, a form of silver plating, was invented.
The associated industries led to the rapid growth of Sheffield; the town was incorporated as a borough in 1843 and granted a city charter in 1893.
This is an idea I've been toying with for a while, but I wanted to get as many people's opinions as possible before going further with it.
Basically, I'm about to go into my final year at uni, will be turning 21 in a few weeks, and have been single for far longer than I'd care to mention.
This is for a couple of reasons - mainly that I had quite a few self-confidence issues until fairly recently, and also that I've been preoccupied with work and other activities over the last couple of years.
However, it's a situation I'd really quite like to change, and I'm wondering whether joining a dating site might be a good idea.
Partly that's because virtually all of the attractive, intelligent and interesting women I've met recently seem to be already in relationships, and virtually all of my circle of friends are coupled up to the extent that even at parties I'm often the only single person there.
The other main reason it seems like a good idea is that the major obstacle I've had over the years to getting together with someone, even though I'm perfectly confident and successful in other areas of my life, is my inability to show interest in someone as more than just a friend, due to fear of rejection/making things awkward with someone who I'd like to remain friends with.