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Blind date: ‘A man at the next table was watching a horror movie’ | Life and Style


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Marta about Andrew

What did you expect?
Romance, naturally. If not, someone with whom you could have an interesting conversation.

First impressions?
Positive, enthusiastic, talkative.

What did you talk about?
Autopsies, food, dogs, travel, photography, dating, politics.

Any awkward moment?
Quite a few, all thanks to the guy at the nearby table, who decided to watch horror movie trailers without headphones.

Good table manners?
Absolutely.

Questions and answers

Do you want to be on a blind date?

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Blind Date is Guardian Weekend magazine’s dating column: Every week, two strangers get together for dinner and drinks, and then they tell us the beans and answer a series of questions. This is published, with a photograph we take of each person quoted before the date, in Guardian Weekend magazine (in the UK) and online at theguardian.com every Saturday. It has been running since 2009; You can read all about how we make it here.

What questions will they ask me?
We ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests, and the type of person you are looking to meet. If you think these questions do not cover everything you would like to know, please let us know what you have in mind.

Can I choose who to match?
No, it’s a blind date! But we ask you a bit about your interests, preferences, etc., the more you tell us, the better the match.

Can I choose the photograph?
No, but don’t worry: we will choose the most beautiful ones.

What personal data will appear?
Your name, job and age.

How do I respond?
Honestly but respectfully. Consider how it will read for your date, and that blind date reaches a large audience, both in print and online.

Will I see the other person’s responses?
No. We can edit yours and theirs for a variety of reasons, including length, and we may ask for more details.

Will you find me the one?
We will try! Marriage! Babies!

Can I do it in my hometown?
Only if you are in the UK. Many of our applicants live in London, but we would love to hear from people who live elsewhere.

How to apply
Email [email protected]

Thank you for your comments.

Best of Andrew?
He is very enthusiastic and easy to talk to.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
Sure, I don’t see why not.

Describe Andrew in three words?
Talkative, inquisitive, attractive.

What do you think he made of you?
Hopefully he’s easy to talk to and brave (I studied forensic medicine and criminology at university). I didn’t have any romantic feelings for him, and towards the end of the date, I got the feeling that he didn’t think we were particularly compatible either.

Did you go somewhere?
No.

And … did you kiss?
No.

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?

We would have been more compatible – we didn’t have much in common, and we didn’t get much beyond a little chat, which I’m not a fan of.

Marks over 10?
8 – Andrew is a lovely boy and good company. However, there was no romantic spark.

Would you meet again?
Yes, if we met, but as friends.

ANDREW

Andrew in Marta

What did you expect?
My friend Sheyda vindicated herself by suggesting that I did this.

First impressions?
She was trying to keep either of us from stepping on broken glass when the photographer’s light fell at our feet.

What did you talk about?
Polish blood sausage, an autopsy Marta attended as a student, and how expensive it would be to feed her dog Charlie fresh insides every day.

Any awkward moment?
A man at the next table was watching a horror movie aloud on his laptop. The constant screaming was a bit uncomfortable.

Good table manners?
Perfect! Marta even used a knife and fork to dissect her shrimp bath.

The best of Marta?
His no-nonsense approach to life.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
Sure, my friends are the best of me.

Fast guide

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This article comes from Saturday, The Guardian’s new print magazine that combines the best features, culture, lifestyle, and travel writing in one beautiful package. Available now in the UK and ROI.

Thank you for your comments.

Describe Marta in three words
Fearless, forensic, unflappable.

What do you think he made of you?
It scares me to think. Too shy to ask a partner to turn down the volume?

Did you go somewhere?
We walked to the subway, thanked each other and said goodbye.

And … did you kiss?
No.

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
He would have brought headphones for the horror man.

Marks over 10?
7.

Would you meet again?
You never know, we might meet at a Thai cooking course.


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