Blind date: ‘She tells an excellent story. Certainly one of them is ripe for an eight-part Netflix sequence’

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Blind date: ‘She tells an excellent story. Certainly one of them is ripe for an eight-part Netflix sequence’

Hywel on Leah

What have been you hoping for?
To function in one of many follow-up Blind Date articles about {couples} who get married and stay fortunately ever after.

First impressions?
Actually enjoyable. Leah was 5 minutes late, however informed me she’d truly arrived half an hour early – so went to the lavatory to take heed to a podcast!

What did you speak about?
Palliative nurse TikTok. Nightmare housemates. The respective expertise we may provide in a post-apocalyptic world. Deconstructed cocktails. Our dream meals.

Most awkward second?
Leah discovered a couple of bones within the fish, so I needed to avert my eyes whereas she handled them.

Good desk manners?
Impeccable. She was up for sharing, which is at all times an enormous plus, and really adventurous in attempting scallops and snails for the primary time.

Neatest thing about Leah?
She tells an excellent story. Certainly one of her sagas is ripe for an eight-part Netflix sequence.

Would you introduce Leah to your pals?
100%. Hopefully they’d succeed the place I failed – in getting her to breach her non-disclosure settlement for the TV present she’s at present engaged on.

Describe Leah in three phrases
Assured, curious, artistic.

What do you suppose Leah manufactured from you?
She appeared shocked I wasn’t on TikTok. Other than that, hopefully that I used to be a nice sufficient individual to spend a night with, and that I knew my method round a wine checklist.

Q&A

Fancy a blind date?

Present

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 theguardian.com each Saturday. It’s been operating since 2009 – you may learn all about how we put it collectively right here.

What questions will I be requested?
We
ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, pursuits and the kind of
individual 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?
No,
it’s a blind date! However we do ask you a bit about your pursuits,
preferences, and many others – the extra you inform us, the higher the match is probably going
to be.

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

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

How ought to I reply?
Truthfully
however respectfully. Be aware 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 individual’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 strive! Marriage! Infants!

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

The best way to apply
Electronic mail blind.date@theguardian.com

Thanks to your suggestions.

Did you go on someplace?
We stayed within the restaurant until they virtually mopped us out of the door, after which I needed to sprint for the final tram again to south Manchester.

And … did you kiss?
Only a fast hug on the tram cease.

If you happen to may change one factor concerning the night what wouldn’t it be?
We’d’ve had extra of the gougères – scrumptious baked savoury choux buns.

Marks out of 10?
A really strong 8.5.

Would you meet once more?
We didn’t change numbers, nevertheless it seems we go to the identical yoga studio, so maybe our paths will cross once more throughout a vinyasa move.

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Hywel and Leah on their date

Leah on Hywel

What have been you hoping for?
Pals stored teasing me, saying they hoped I’d meet my future husband. I attempted to disregard them however ended up hoping for Mr Proper.

First impressions?
Candy and well mannered. He appeared a barely fancy, typical English boy. Not Welsh, which I’d assumed from his title.

What did you speak about?
Something and all the pieces! We lined what we every do for work. The place we’re from. Societal collapse and the talents we’d have to survive it. Demise and regrets – he works for a bereavement charity.

Most awkward second?
Once I needed to discreetly spit fish bones right into a serviette.

Good desk manners?
Sure.

Neatest thing about Hywel?
He appears heat. Not sufficient individuals admire how a lot a heat, type power can convey.

Would you introduce Hywel to your pals?
Yeah. There weren’t any purple flags.

Describe Hywel in three phrases.
Heat. Jumper. Glasses.

What do you suppose Hywel manufactured from you?
Hopefully he was charmed, however I wouldn’t be shocked if he thought I used to be nosy or odd.

Did you go on someplace?
We stayed till the restaurant closed and simply walked again into city, then dropped him off on the tram cease.

And … did you kiss?
No, only a hug.

If you happen to may change one factor concerning the night, what wouldn’t it be?
Perhaps my expectations. I let lots of people get into my head and constructed up an image of who this man may very well be.

Marks out of 10?
7.

Would you meet once more?
We talked for hours, so perhaps as a buddy.

Leah and Hywel ate at Climat in Manchester. Fancy a blind date? Electronic mail blind.date@theguardian.com


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