I have always been baffled by the sour and rigid English view of affairs.
So why have modern British couples resisted for so long and are they finally ready for this new 21st‑century approach to marriage? Even as religion has lost its influence, Britain has remained coy about openly embracing sex for pleasure, stubbornly conflating sexuality with procreation.
There is also the army of therapists and counsellors who continue to pedal their own secret agenda of enforced exclusive monogamy.
Affairs are about excitement, being alive, seduction, flirtation, love, affection, sexual bliss, lust, caution, eroticism, fantasy, danger, adventure, exploration and the determined refusal to grow old gracefully.
There is also evidence that the more permissive the attitudes of a country, the longer marriages last.
Meanwhile, Nordic countries are already way ahead of the game.