Living in New York, it often feels that you can't get anywhere with a girl without a hint of future marriage. Meanwhile, back in London, it seems that you just...

Living in New York, it often feels that you can’t get anywhere with a girl without a hint of future marriage. Meanwhile, back in London, it seems that you just have to bump into a girl at the Coach & Horses around closing time and she’ll have your kid. No questions, or vows, asked.

OK, that might be a slight exaggeration. But only a slight one: a report suggests that many folk in Britain are having kids these days without the clangs of the ol’ church bells for accompaniment: The proportion of children born outside marriage in the UK has leapt from 12% in 1980 to 42% in 2004, according to the Office for National Statistics. In contrast, 15 other EU countries had an estimated average of 33%, the annual ONS’ Social Trends report said. How this is actually happening, we’re not too sure. Young men are tending to stay at home with their mums longer while young women are move out, the BBC reports.

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