Blind date: ‘It felt more like a lunch break with a colleague’ | Go out together



Anna in Petra

What did you expect?
Love at first sight? Or just a nice evening with someone new.

First impressions?
Calm but confident. She already had a glass of red wine in her hand, which I respected.

What did you talk about?
My drumming and my love of arts and crafts. His love for Lego, British crime dramas and recent films. We tried to guess the relationships between the people on the other tables.

All the awkward moments?
Not really. Although the servers knew we were on a blind date and were more excited than we were!

Table manners?
Sure, although I think we both talked with our mouths full. A sign of how much there was to discuss.

The best thing about Petra?
She was so easy to talk to and dissolved my nerves as soon as we sat down.

Would you introduce Petra to your friends?
I don’t see why not. I don’t think they would have much in common, but she would get along with most people.

Describe Petra in three words.
Relaxed, funny, confident.

What do you think Petra has done to you?
I really have no idea. I can’t wait to read the review.

Did you go somewhere?
No, we sat in the restaurant drinking wine for a short while afterwards. I think that was enough for us.

And… did you kiss?
No juicy story here, I’m afraid!

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
If we hadn’t met on a work night, we might have stayed for more drinks.

Score out of 10?
7 – a fun evening with good food, wine and talk, but no romantic elements.

Would you meet again?
Just like friends. We had a good laugh, so I would definitely go to the pub with her.

Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: every week, two nstrangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, and then spill the beans nto us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with a photograph we ntake of each dater before the date, in Saturday magazine (in then UK) and online at theguardian.com 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?
Wen ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type ofn person you are looking to meet. If you do not think these questions ncover everything you would like to know, tell us what’s on your mind.

Can I choose who I match with?
No,n it’s a blind date! But we do ask you a bit about your interests, npreferences, etc – the more you tell us, the better the match is likely nto 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?
Honestlyn but respectfully. Be mindful of how it will read to your date, and thatn 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]

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Questions and answers

Want to be on a blind date?

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

What questions will I ask myself?
We ask about age, location, profession, hobbies, interests and the type of person you are looking to meet. If you think these questions don’t cover everything you’d like to know, let us know what you think.

Can I choose who I match with?
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 will be.

Can I choose the photo?
No, but don’t worry: we will choose the most beautiful ones.

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

How should I respond?
Honestly but respectfully. Be aware of how it will read on your date, and Blind date reaches a wide audience, in print and online.

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

Will you find me The One?
We will try! Wedding! Babies!

Can I do it in my hometown?
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 register
Email [email protected]

Thank you for your opinion.

Petra and Anna on their date.
Petra and Anna on their date

Petra on Anna

Petra

What did you expect?
A relaxed, bubbly person I could click with.

First impressions?
Little woman with beautiful eyes.

What did you talk about?
I wish I could tell you juicy stories, but it felt more like a lunch break with a co-worker. We talked about the NHS because we both work there, and about travel and our hobbies because we both have a few.

All the awkward moments?
None, really, we just didn’t click, so we both treated him as politely as possible.

Table manners?
Yes.

The best thing about Anna?
She is a good listener.

Would you like to introduce Anna to your friends?
Not like a date.

Describe Anna in three words.
Smart, kind, shy.

What do you think Anna did to you?
I think she would agree that I was a good conversationalist and also listened to what she had to say. I may have touched my hair a little too much.

Did you go somewhere?
We did not do it. It was quite late.

And… did you kiss?
No.

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change anything.

Score out of 10?
6.

Would you meet again?
I would meet her as a friend, of course, but not as a potential date.

Anna and Petra ate at Gaucho Charlotte Street, London W1. Fancy a blind date? Email [email protected]

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