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British men of a certain age make ideal husbands for younger, glamorous Russian women - even if they do have some strange habits, according to a new best-selling book in Moscow.
The vote of confidence comes from author Elena Davydova, once an executive with Russian Playboy, who said she was so happy with her English husband that it made up for living in the 'godforsaken town' of Swanage in Dorset, where she now has a home.
But there are downsides about British men, starting with how they blow their noses.
'They gather as much air in their lungs as possible and do it loudly enough to wake the dead.'Another grumble is her husband's refusal to buy a dishwasher, seeing 'no shame' in washing up himself. Her husband James told her not to mention to his friends that she once worked at a Moscow hotel.
'I once had to pinch myself when I found myself explaining the details of Romeo and Juliet to an Englishman - me a Russian.
And he listened - with interest.' Davydova said she felt comfortable in England.
'It's a tolerant society, easy to become part of it, if you respect and accept its laws, customs and peculiarities.' The author gives little away in her book called English Wedding about her husband, but marriage records show she wed James Robert Beresford Harwood in 2005, when she was 42 and he was 68.
When they first met in Spain he thought all Russian women were like James Bond enemy Rosa Klebb, the SMERSH assassin with the blade in her stiletto, she said.
And Davydova is impressed by those men who wed women with three or four children from a previous marriage - 'and do not mind this'.
They are also 'polite with the servants and cleaners - they will never abuse these people', while seeing it as 'beneath their dignity' to complain about food or poor service in a restaurant.
After meeting her 'dazzling' girlfriends in Moscow, 'his favourite theory now is that the Iron Curtain was specially arranged to hide Russian beauties from Western men'.