Sunday, June 13

Blind date: ‘Describe it in three words? Safe, charming, smart ‘| Have a date

José in Beti

What did you expect?
A nice dinner with interesting company. If that fails, a funny story.

First impressions?
“Great coat, I wonder if that’s my date,” as she passed the table twice in a belated and confused rush after the photoshoot.

What were you talking about?
Traveling, cooking, your opinion on the Neapolitan quartet, the use of the phrase “I am a feminist, but”, Louis Theroux.

Any awkward moment?
When I suggested that we write the responses of others; apparently I have the wrong opinion of what an average score would be.

Good table manners?
I can’t think of any other scenario where I’ve judged someone’s table manners!

Would you introduce it to your friends?

Describe Beti in three words
Inquisitive, warm, talkative.

What do you think he made of you?
Adventurous for eating raw fish on a first date.

Did you go somewhere?
We were both going in the same direction, so we shared a bus trip.

If it was not for social distancing, would you have kissed?
I would have swooped in for a romantic moment under the lampposts on Holloway Road, but, alas …

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
To have been able to enter after sunset.

Marks over 10?
Higher than I think the average score should be.

Would you meet again?

Questions and answers

Do you want to be on a blind date?


The blind date is Guardian Weekend magazine’s dating column: Every week, two strangers get together for dinner and drinks, and then they tell us what’s going on, answering 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 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.

Beti about José

What did you expect?
To meet someone new, who is easy to talk to and who laughs.

First impressions?
Big glasses, nice smile. I was nervous and it quickly made me feel at ease.

What were you talking about?
South London versus North, Welsh Rugby versus English Rugby, Cats versus Dogs, and if tequila and orange juice count as a cocktail. We also talk about being bad singing (me) and good (him), Green wing, trying to make gnocchi and bad student houses.

Any awkward moment?
I managed to lose my mouth trying to eat the entree.

Good table manners?
Definitely better than mine.

The best of Joseph?
Really easy to chat with and made me laugh a lot.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
Yes, they would enjoy their fondness for making cocktails.

Describe José in three words
Safe, charming, smart.

What do you think he made of you?
We stayed a few more drinks, so hopefully he thought it was good company.

Did you go somewhere?
We went out when the restaurant closed.

If it was not for social distancing, would you have kissed?
Never say Never.

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
To have been a little less cold towards the end.

Marks over 10?

Would you meet again?
We trade numbers, so we’ll see.

Beti and Joseph ate at The Tramshed project, London EC2.

Fancy a blind date? Email [email protected]

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