Sunday, September 26

Blind date: ‘I looked for her online before the date, not sure what she did with that’ | Have a date


Kate on Stephen

What did you expect?
A fun and relaxed evening with some laughs and maybe some chemistry.

First impressions?
Stephen was down to earth and spoke.

What were you talking about?
Covid, vaccines, Woody Allen, movies, travel and politics.

Any awkward moment?
Not really, although their Wi-Fi signal was bad, so the video kept cutting out.

Good table manners?
He had already eaten with his son, so I couldn’t tell, but I suspect he did. He politely excused himself to go to the bathroom.

How long did you stay on the call?
Two hours and half.

Best of Stephen?
He is easy to talk and can speak on any topic.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
Yes, possibly.

Describe Stephen in three words?
Talkative, smart, laid back.

What do you think he made of you?
Talkative, smart, laid back? No idea!

Any connection problem?
Yes, Stephen lives in a town and the connection was not very good.

And … did you exchange numbers?
Yes.

How did the call end?
It came to a natural end. I started early the next day, so I closed the conversation.

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
Better wifi connection.

Marks over 10?
6.

Would you meet again?
Yes, potentially, but not in a romantic sense.

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]

Stephen on Kate

What did you expect?
He had no preconceptions. She would have rolled with anything from a look of disgust and an immediate end to the call to running away to Gretna Green together.

First impressions?
Elegant, well dressed, attractive and friendly.

What were you talking about?
Lockdown television, Jewish comedians, writing, Greece, parents, my children, different styles of drunkenness.

Any awkward moment?
I looked up Kate online before the date, and when I told her (offering her a full disclosure), I’m not sure what she did with that. I’m not sure what the label is for this.

Good table manners?
We did not eat. If I sipped his cava, he managed to shut up before I knew it.

How long did you stay on the call?
Just under three hours.

The best of Kate?
She seemed to know herself and has had a good life.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
After a while. She wouldn’t apply them until she was fully prepared.

Describe Kate in three words?
Independent, strong-willed, elegant.

What do you think he made of you?
Content with life, open, lacking in direction.

Any connection problem?
We lost connection twice, but that didn’t faze us.

And … did you exchange numbers?
We did it.

How did the call end?
Kate had an early date, so she closed things off.

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
I would rather have had a few drinks in a cellar bar with decent music and distracted strangers to talk about.

Marks over 10?
7. We operate in different fields and I am not sure how compatible they are.

Would you meet again?
Clearly Kate is worth getting to know, but the distance and the lack of an obvious union of minds would probably rule it out.


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