Blind date: “We were the last people in the restaurant – we were there for four hours! | Relationships


Miranda on Polly

What did you expect?
Someone fun and kind, with good conversation and politics.

First impressions?
Really pretty and cool. She seemed confident in a way that quickly put me at ease.

What did you talk about?
Finance as a religion. A TAXI. The Edinburgh Fringe. Books. Italy. Volunteering. Colonialism. What our parents thought of us doing Blind Date. Grow queer. Getting bad ratings on Airbnb.

All the awkward moments?
We read the biographies that had been sent to us before the date! Certainly both have collapsed against ourselves.

Table manners?
Perfect.

The best thing about Polly?
She genuinely cares about others and the world, but doesn’t take life too seriously.

Would you like to introduce Polly to your friends?
Absolutely. They would love it.

Describe Polly in three words.
Interesting, effortlessly cool.

What do you think Polly did to you?
I hope I was cute and kind!

Did you go somewhere?
We both had work in the morning, so no, but I think we were the last people in the restaurant – we were there for about four hours!

And… did you kiss?
We did not do it. Had to!

Questions and answers

Want to be on a blind date?

Spectacle

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.

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
It was a very nice evening. I don’t think I would change anything.

Score out of 10?
10s at all levels. What a shame if she now gives me a 4!

Would you meet again?
Absolutely.

Selfie of Miranda and Polly
Polly and Miranda on their date. Photography: Courtesy of Miranda and Polly

Polly on Miranda

Polly

What did you expect?
A sunny summer evening with great company, wine and pasta.

First impressions?
Very pretty and she made me feel comfortable.

What did you talk about?
Inflatable bathtubs. Nottingham Queer Community Groups. Want to climb random ladders in the restaurant.

Awkward moments?
I finished my meal in about 10 seconds, when she had barely started…

Table manners?
Flawless, and I really liked when she very bluntly said “no” when I offered her part of my dessert.

The best thing about Miranda?
She is super motivated and interesting.

Would you introduce Miranda to your friends?
Miranda would get along with anyone, so it would be fine!

Describe Miranda in three words
Warm, funny and motivated.

What do you think Miranda did to you?
Maybe I was erratically talkative. I’m also afraid she thought I was serious when I said I was about being serenaded with percussion.

Did you go somewhere?
Just a short ride to our respective transport houses.

And… did you kiss?
We do not have.

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
For fine company, nothing, but I’m not sure it had a romantic spark.

Score out of 10?
8.

Would you meet again?
I’d be pleasantly surprised to run into her at a queer comedy night.

Miranda and Polly ate at Cin Cin, London W1. Fancy a blind date? Email [email protected]

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