Blind date: ‘He recited poetry to me within the rain’

Blind date: ‘He recited poetry to me within the rain’

Franca on Jimmy

What have been you hoping for?
A memorable expertise. And, if the celebs aligned, to satisfy somebody inventive, type and open-minded.

First impressions?
Jimmy was heat and pleasant from the off and I felt comfy right away. Dialog flowed from the second we sat down and we didn’t cease till closing time.

What did you discuss?
Aphantasia. Sporting pyjamas (I do, he doesn’t). Dungeons & Dragons. Our shared love of Mario Kart. The life span of hamsters. Frank Sinatra. Oh, and he invited me to Turkey.

Any awkward moments?
Maybe when he instructed me my starter seemed as if it had been vajazzled.

Good desk manners?
Nice. He was up for sharing and there have been a lot of fist bumps and high-fives.


Wish to be in Blind date?


Blind date is Saturday’s relationship column: each week, two
strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, after which spill the beans
to us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with {a photograph} we
take of every dater earlier than the date, in Saturday journal (within the
UK) and on-line at each Saturday. It’s been working since 2009 – you possibly can learn all about how we put it collectively right here.

What questions will I be requested?
ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, pursuits and the kind of
particular person you want to meet. If you don’t suppose these questions
cowl all the pieces you wish to know, inform us what’s in your thoughts.

Can I select who I match with?
it’s a blind date! However we do ask you a bit about your pursuits,
preferences, and so forth – the extra you inform us, the higher the match is probably going
to be.

Can I decide the {photograph}?
No, however don’t fret: we’ll select the nicest ones.

What private particulars will seem?
Your first title, job and age.

How ought to I reply?
however respectfully. Be conscious of the way it will learn to your date, and that
Blind date reaches a big viewers, in print and on-line.

Will I see the opposite particular person’s solutions?
No. We could edit yours and theirs for a spread of causes, together with size, and we could ask you for extra particulars.

Will you discover me The One?
We’ll attempt! Marriage! Infants!

Can I do it in my residence city?
Provided that it’s within the UK. Lots of our candidates stay in London, however we might love to listen to from folks residing elsewhere.

Find out how to apply
E mail

Thanks to your suggestions.

Neatest thing about Jimmy?
He’s creatively proficient, open and has some unbelievable tales to inform. I laughed loads.

Would you introduce Jimmy to your folks?
Sure, I’m certain they’d get on.

Describe Jimmy in three phrases.
Refreshing, inventive, charming.

What do you suppose Jimmy product of you?
We appeared to hit it off, so hopefully nothing too horrible.

Did you go on someplace?
He walked me to my resort to verify I bought again safely, whereas reciting poetry to me within the rain. It was beautiful.

And … did you kiss?
The poetry should have gone to my head – we did.

In the event you may change one factor concerning the night what wouldn’t it be?
I ought to’ve ordered a special starter.

Marks out of 10?
A strong first-date 8.

Would you meet once more?
There’s discuss of assembly up.

Jimmy and Franca on their date
Jimmy and Franca on their date

Jimmy on Franca


What have been you hoping for?
Sparks, good dialog and mutual attraction. All have been current in spades.

First impressions?
She’s charming, beautiful and simple to speak to. We shortly reciprocated one another’s honesty and vulnerability.

What did you discuss?
Relationships. Plans. Pets. Political leanings. Neurodivergence. Gaming.

Any awkward moments?
I began speaking to her in Italian, solely to find she doesn’t really converse it.

Good desk manners?
Hers have been impeccable, and she or he even complimented me on mine (a primary).

Neatest thing about Franca?
Her social braveness. She wasn’t shy about telling me her emotions or how she felt the night was going. It’s uncommon to search out folks in your wavelength.

Would you introduce Franca to your folks?
Completely. I’ve shared our selfie with a few of my nearest and dearest.

Describe Franca in three phrases.
Charming, open, resilient.

What do you suppose Franca product of you?
Nicely, she described me as fascinating and instructed me to cease worrying about speaking an excessive amount of.

Did you go on someplace?
Time was towards us.

And … did you kiss?
There was a barely prolonged goodbye.

In the event you may change one factor concerning the night what wouldn’t it be?
For it to not have ended.

Marks out of 10?

Would you meet once more?
I’ve already put the supply out.

Franca and Jimmy ate at STK Steakhouse, London WC2. Fancy a blind date? E mail

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