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Blind date: ‘He was very willing when I suggested tequila shots’

David on Alex

What were you hoping for?
To meet someone new and enjoy a few drinks.

First impressions?
He had good vibes, a really nice ear piercing, and a good fashion sense.

What did you talk about?
Living in London, our drinks of choice (tequila), university nostalgia, climate change, what we were reading, past dates.

Any awkward moments?
None stand out.

Good table manners?
Well, we only had a coffee table, but yes.

Best thing about Alex?
He was fun to be around and was easy to talk to.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
I think so.

Describe Alex in three words
Fun, social and engaging.

What do you think he made of you?
Not sure. I think I made a good impression.

Did you go on somewhere?
Nope. It was a little past 11 when we left and everything would have been closed.

If it weren’t for social distancing, would you have kissed?

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
To have a heater, or sit inside.

Marks out of 10?

Would you meet again?
Probably, we’ll have to wait and see...


Want to be in Blind date?


Blind date is Guardian Weekend magazine’s dating column: every week, two strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, and then spill the beans to us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with a photograph we take of each dater before the date, in Guardian Weekend magazine (in the UK) and online at every Saturday. It’s been running since 2009 – you can read all about how we put it together here.

What questions will I be asked?

We ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type of person you are looking to meet. If you do not think these questions cover everything you would like to know, tell us what’s on your mind.

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

Can I pick the photograph?
No, but don't worry: we'll choose the nicest ones.

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

How should I answer?
Honestly but respectfully. Be mindful of how it will read to your date, and that Blind date reaches a large audience, in print and online.

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

Will you find me The One?
We’ll try! Marriage! Babies!

Can I do it in my home town?
Only if it’s in the UK. Many of our applicants live in London, but we would love to hear from people living elsewhere.

How to apply
Email [email protected]

Alex on David

What were you hoping for?
A laugh, free drinks and a reason to get off Hinge.

First impressions?
Funky shirt!

What did you talk about?
Our mutual fondness for Timothée Chalamet, backpacking, London gay bars, our most traumatic drunken journeys home, and climate change.

Any awkward moments?
Not particularly, but he’s never seen Bridesmaids. I was really taken aback.

Good table manners?
I was too engrossed in my falafel burger to notice, but he was still eating his chips an hour after they were served.

Best thing about David?
He was very willing when I suggested tequila shots – both times. Good chat, too.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Why not?

Describe David in three words
Brainy, chirpy, friendly.

What do you think he made of you?
I’ll find out when I read this.

Did you go on somewhere?
Shadwell DLR station. Peak romance.

If it weren’t for social distancing, would you have kissed?
Er… maybe?

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
I’d have brought a portable heater.

Marks out of 10?
7 for the date.

Would you meet again?
Not romantically, but I’ll buy him a drink if I run into him in Heaven.

Alex and David ate at Skylight, London E1

Fancy a blind date? Email [email protected]

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