Monday, November 29

Blind date: ‘His smoking screen made it look like he was in a sauna’ | Life and Style


Lucy in Luke

What did you expect?
A Frenchman or Londoner with the face of Jeremy Meeks, an activist with a passion like Marcus Rashford and the wit of Kevin Hart.

First impressions?
He seems charming and I bet his students at school really like him.

What did you talk about?
Our concerns about the impact of the confinement on the mental health of young people, our experiences distributing leaflets for the Green Party, the theater.

Any awkward moment?
When she switched from her laptop to her phone, we laughed a lot at her smoky screen that made her look like she was in a sauna.

Good table manners?
Very.

How long did you stay on the call?
We talked for an hour and a half.

The best of Luke?
His patience – It took me years to figure out how to order in the Just Eat app and he walked me through the process.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
Maybe my friend Karen (push, push, wink, wink).

Describe Lucas in three words
Kind, distant, affectionate.

What do you think he made of you?
Hopefully someone who is kind, funny, and extremely passionate about children’s mental health. But that is also very cheeky and will get you in a lot of trouble.

Any connection problem?
Almost all the way, which may have spoiled the night a bit.

And … did you exchange numbers?
The conversation did not arise.

How did the call end?
He was politely not eating his food. I suggested that he calm down with his takeout for the evening.

If you could change one thing at night, what would it be?
Meet a French or Londoner with the face of Jeremy Meeks, an activist with a passion like Marcus Rashford and the wit of Kevin Hart.

Marks over 10?
10. Luke was charming, but neither of them had online chemistry.

Would you meet again?
Unfortunately, it is a no from me. But I know there is someone very special to our Luke.

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]

Luke in Lucy

What did you expect?
For a slight relief; maybe meet a partner; to talk to someone outside of my existing virtual set of friends (without offending them).

First impressions?
Incredibly warm, hardworking, loving, dedicated mother … radiant!

What did you talk about?
Shared school work experiences, Lucy’s son’s dinosaur encyclopedic knowledge, Brighton-San Francisco axis of similarity.

Any awkward moment?
Trying to order remote dinners in apps neither of us were regulars in, the tech was running out of battery and my sound was briefly not working.

Good table manners?
Perfect.

How long did you stay on the call?
An hour and a half.

The best of Lucy?
His obvious passion for everything he does. Your dedication. His laugh (may I have several?) His genuine, down-to-earth nature.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
100%. Without a second’s hesitation.

Describe Lucy in three words
Warm, genuine, hilarious.

What do you think he made of you?
I don’t think there is a mutual attraction. I think I find it a bit more problematic than most to participate virtually, especially on a personal / private level.

Any connection problem?
If many!

And … did you exchange numbers?
Do not.

How did the call end?
Wishing each other the best and letting Lucy relax, as her days normally start at 5 in the morning.

If you could change one thing at night, what would it be?
Not to meet the relative stress and peculiarity of the confinement.

Marks over 10?
10 for Lucy and 10 for the general company offering.

Would you meet again?
Absolutely. Although I have a feeling that this feeling is probably unrequited. Regardless, I am firmly of the opinion that she is a total catch.

Fancy a blind date? Send an email to [email protected]


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