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Who'll find love on our blind date? This week it's Luke, 34 and Luca, 31,

Luke, 34, (pictured) is a HR manager, who has been single for ten months

LUKE, 34

Dating Past?

I’ve had two long-term relationships, each lasting seven years. My first partner and I entered into a civil partnership when I was 19, but we broke up when I was 26.

Things fizzled out with my last partner during lockdown, and we ended up as friends instead.

Unlike a lot of people, I’m enjoying dating during the pandemic because it means I can get to know people virtually first.

VITAL STATISTICS 

Single for ten months, no children.

CURRENT ROLE

HR manager.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

Someone ambitious — I can’t stand lazy people with no drive. Ideally, they’ll enjoy running, sea swimming, vegan food and paddle boarding.

Pre-Date Nerves?

I’m confident when I’m doing my job, but in my personal life I can get nervous.

I’m the only one in my social circle who is single. I have plenty of female friends who are always trying to hook me up with guys. In fact, it was my female flatmate who put me forward for this.

First Impressions?

Luca was at our table before me. I’d arrived on time, even though there was a bit of a wait to get in. Initially I didn’t feel any attraction towards Luca. He has a nice smile, though.

Easy To Talk To?

Luca was nervous so I had to lead the conversation at first, but he relaxed when we found out that we have friends in common. I live in Brighton and he doesn’t live too far away.

He told me I was very handsome and could be a model 

We met on his 31st birthday, and he did make me laugh about what he had got up to over his birthday weekend. We both reminisced about the same clubs we’ve been to. I’m amazed we’ve never bumped into one another.

LUKE’S VERDICT: 7/10 

LIKED? Luca is upbeat.

REGRETS? None. He made me laugh and is full of energy.

COFFEE OR CAB? Coffee as friends.

Embarrassing Moments?

There were none, thankfully.

Did Sparks Fly?

No, but I’d like to see Luca again as a friend — he’s a funny guy. I think he’ll feel the same way. He mentioned going cycling together and I’d enjoy that.

I gave him my phone number and we followed one another on social media.

See him again?

Yes, platonically, as we live relatively near one another.

What do you think he thought of you?

I’m really not sure. Luca is a hard read. He was very complimentary — he told me I’m handsome and could be a model.

Would your friends like him?

My friends would think Luca is very funny, but as for dating material? They’d know that he isn’t for me.

Luca, 31, (pictured) is a receptionist, who has been single for five years 

LUCA, 31 

Dating Past?

My most recent relationship lasted for five years and ended five years ago. I haven’t been on a date for a long time as I’m quite picky, and the pandemic hasn’t helped.

Dating apps aren’t great, as most men lie, and lots of married men use them, too. That’s why I applied — I’m hoping I’ll meet the man of my dreams, but even if we end up as friends I’ll see that as a bonus.

VITAL STATISTICS 

Single for five years, no children.

CURRENT ROLE

Admin and receptionist.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

Someone caring and fun. I used to work overseas in the travel industry, so while I’m attracted to outgoing people, I’m ready to settle down.

Pre-Date Nerves?

Yes, I wasn’t feeling myself before the date, even though I’ve been on a blind date before.

First Impressions?

I arrived five minutes early as I was so nervous, but it gave me a chance to calm down. Luke seemed nervous, too, but I could tell that he’s nice, and he is good-looking.

Easy To Talk To?

Yes, we talked about Luke’s obsession with dinosaurs. He plays with them with one of his younger cousins, which I found endearing. He also talked about his work, and is clearly ambitious.

We live fairly close to one another — Luke lives in Brighton and I live near Tunbridge Wells — and we’re keen bike riders, so we tentatively arranged to go on a bike ride.

I have the same name as his ex. Who wants to be the ‘second Luca’? 

Luke has a Mini convertible and I did quiz him on how he’d get our bikes in his car. I don’t think he’d thought it through properly.

Embarrassing Moments?

LUCA’S VERDICT: 8/10 

LIKED? I felt like I knew Luke already.

REGRETS? Not having another gin and tonic.

COFFEE OR CAB? Cab.

Of course. I was nervous so asked Luke whether I was talking too fast — apparently I wasn’t.

Did Sparks Fly?

I think so. But while Luke is attractive, he might be too shy for me. Also, I don’t think he is over his ex — ten months isn’t long. His ex is also called Luca. Who wants to be known as the second Luca?

See him again?

Yes, on a friend level. But for me, to fall for someone the personality has to be there. As the date progressed, I felt I did most of the talking.

What do you think he thought of you?

Probably that I’m outgoing, friendly and interesting. Was I too full-on though? Luke gave me his number and I texted him to say thanks for a great date, but I haven’t heard back yet.

Would your friends like him?

Yes, they’d all fancy Luke! I sent them his picture and they all agreed that he is cute.

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