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Blind date: ‘Would we have kissed? Good question’

·4 min read
<span>Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian</span>
Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian

Nicole on Luke

What were you hoping for?
I’m still just excited to get out after lockdown. I hate dating apps, so was looking forward to getting to know someone in person. Also, free food.

First impressions?
Good-looking, smiley. My mum would say he has kind eyes.

What did you talk about?
We both have science-based jobs, so nerded out about work a lot. We also talked about our childhoods (his in Australia, mine in Zimbabwe).

Any awkward moments?
Luke is pescatarian, and the set meal consisted of mostly meat options – thankfully the waiting staff were nice about it. Also, the table was super wobbly, which made things interesting.

Good table manners?
We both struggled to eat wings (my chicken, his cauliflower) without getting sauce everywhere.

Best thing about Luke?
Easy to talk to, and didn’t mind me nattering on about bat and bird surveys. He also made a point of remembering the names of my family members, which was sweet.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Yes, definitely.

Describe Luke in three words?
Funny, kind, engaging.

What do you think he made of you?
I’d like to think I made a good impression. I guess I will have to wait and see…

Did you go on somewhere?
If you count moving tables to be closer to the canal. I didn’t realise everyone else had left until the bar staff came to kick us out.

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

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
More vegetarian options. Otherwise, the evening was perfect.

Marks out of 10?
The night was 10.

Would you meet again?
Yes, definitely.

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 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?
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 blind.date@theguardian.com

Luke on Nicole

What were you hoping for?
To have a fun evening and meet someone I could get along with.

First impressions?
Very friendly, easy-going and cute.

What did you talk about?
Food, family, bats, work, hobbies, travel plans.

Any awkward moments?
Nicole claimed she’d met David Attenborough and had a photo with him, then couldn’t find the photo. (I’ve since seen it, and it’s pretty great.)

Good table manners?
Considering it was a meal of wings and burgers, very good.

Related: Blind date: ‘How did the call end? I needed to feed the cats’

Best thing about Nicole?
The passion she has for her job is inspiring.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
Yeah, for sure. She was incredibly friendly and fun.

Describe Nicole in three words?
Smart, passionate, funny.

What do you think she made of you?
Hopefully she thought I wasn’t too nervous, relatively normal and nice.

Did you go on somewhere?
We changed tables if that counts (wild).

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

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
Chicken wings. Hard sell to a pescatarian.

Marks out of 10?
7.

Would you meet again?
Yeah, for sure. I had a great time; I hope she did, too.

• Nicole and Luke ate at Randy’s Wing Bar, Canalside, London E15.

Fancy a blind date? Email blind.date@theguardian.com

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