Saturday, December 4

Blind date: ‘I was having a drink of prosecco when he told me he didn’t drink’ | Have a date

Johnny in Gen

What did you expect?
A pleasant evening and perhaps the beginning of a new friendship or romance.

First impressions?
Pretty, smart, easy to get along with.

What did you talk about?
Our time in college, living in cold and dirty student houses (truly magical), the purpose of the jury in criminal trials. I worry that I have talked too much.

Any awkward moment?
I used the expression “man” a lot, as in “No way, man!” which is strange considering that Gen is not a man.

Good table manners?

The best of Gen?
It was totally authentic and genuine, she was not interested in presenting any kind of image of herself. I think that’s really special.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
Of course.

Describe Gen in three words
Not a man!

What do you think he made of you?
I’m hoping for something vaguely along the lines of “not a full pitcher.”

Did you go somewhere?
We did not do it. It was raining and it seemed our night had come to its natural conclusion.

And … did you kiss?
No. I don’t think either of us had those feelings for each other, and that’s okay.

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
Ask the restaurant if they had non-alcoholic cocktails. I do not drink

Marks over 10?
8. Although I don’t necessarily see any friendship or romance emerging at night, I think she is a great woman.

Would you meet again?
I’d like to, but I feel like we probably won’t.

Questions and answers

Do you want to be on a blind date?


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Can I choose the photograph?
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Will I see the other person’s responses?
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Will you find me the one?
We will try! Marriage! Babies!

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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.

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Thank you for your comments.

Gen in Johnny

What did you expect?
An excuse not to cook dinner.

First impressions?
Long hair, shorts.

What did you talk about?
All the classics: university, books, movies, the Crusades.

Any awkward moment?
I was having a drink of prosecco when he told me he didn’t drink.

Good table manners?
Perfect, he honorably ate his hamburger with a knife and fork.

The best of Johnny?
Your London museum recommendations.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
I think they could eat him alive.

Describe Johnny in three words
Inquisitive, open, polite.

What do you think he made of you?
A vegetarian who knows disappointingly little about art.

Did you go somewhere?
The bus stop.

And … did you kiss?

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
I would have had a second (or third) cocktail.

Marks over 10?

Would you meet again?
Probably not.

Johnny and Gen ate at And Bab Soho, London W1

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