Blind date: ‘I hope I made a better impression than I did on our previous date’ | Dating

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Imogen on Ian

What were you hoping for?
An evening that was a bit different from the usual dating sites.

First impressions?
You won’t believe it – we’d had a date in 2020 through Match, so we laughed about that. I recognized him immediately and he broke the ice.

What did you talk about?
Ian’s very interesting with lots of hobbies so we spoke about his walking group, learning Welsh, Portugal, galleries, holidays, Birmingham and how it’s changed. The inevitable swapping dates stories.

Any awkward moments?
When I said I think we have met before – I did wonder if he had recognized me.

Good table manners?
Delicious food, plus an extra cocktail that came with a Brummie twist.

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Blind date is Saturday’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 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 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 best 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! Wedding! 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

Thank you for your feedback.

Best thing about Ian?
He offered to walk me home as I don’t live far from the restaurant. Very polite.

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

Describe Ian in three words.
Warm, intelligent, unassuming – and lovely company.

What do you think he made of you?
I’ve no idea – I’m not even sure he recognized me from previous date.

Did you go on somewhere?
Go on anywhere? No, this is Birmingham, not London!

And … did you kiss?
A goodnight peck on cheek.

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
Would not change anything; maybe slightly bigger portions!

Marks out of 10?
7.

Would you meet again?
Yes. My taxi arrived so Ian offered to pay for the extra cocktails and I’ve promised him a coffee. I’m not sure about a love interest but he is a lovely, interesting person.

Ian and Imogen on their date
Ian and Imogen on their date
Ian

Ian on Imogen

What were you hoping for?
To meet the lady of my dreams. Failing that, enjoyable company and a nice feed.

First impressions?
Had we met before?

What did you talk about?
Why Timothy Spall really isn’t a Brummie. Singing in choirs. Walking. Why the same carousel of profile pictures come up on all online dating sites. Why we didn’t see each other again after the first time we met.

Any awkward moments?
Yes, we had met before.

Good table manners?
Absolutely, with no qualms about using fingers for tear and share necessity.

Best thing about Imogen?
Nice eyes and smiles.

Would you introduce Imogen to your friends?
Definitely. I’m sure they’d get on.

Describe Imogen in three words.
Attractive, engaging, entertaining.

What do you think she made of you?
Hopefully that I made a better impression than the first time we met.

Did you go on somewhere?
No, time flew and we were in the restaurant all evening.

And did you kiss?
On the cheeks, in a “thanks for a lovely evening” style.

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
I wouldn’t have missed the chance to sit next to Imogen when we got round to snapping a photo.

Marks out of 10?
10.

Would you meet again?
I’m very much hoping so.

Imogen and Ian ate at The Wilderness, Birmingham. Fancy a blind date? Email blind.date@theguardian.com