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Blind date: ‘We disagreed about whether aliens existed’

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Cam on Ash

What were you hoping for?

Romance, of course! But at the least, someone who shared my passion for music and fitness.

First impressions?

As soon as I sat down, he was very charming and I felt less nervous.

What did you talk about?

The English police force, how to plan the best trip to Disney World, and where Nottingham is. He also gave me some Netflix suggestions.

Any awkward moments?

We disagreed on whether aliens existed and had ever visited Earth.

Good table manners?

Willing to share food – that’s always a good sign, isn’t it?

Best thing about Ash?

It was easy to talk to him. He had some incredible stories about his work – from saving a swan on a motorway to herding loose horses in a city.

Would you introduce him to your friends?

We both love festivals, and if Fall Out Boy play at a festival in the UK, I’d happily invite him along.

Describe Ash in three words

Charming, confident, kind.

What do you think he made of you?

It was quite hard to read him.

Did you go on somewhere?

I caught the bus, he went on the tube.

And… did you kiss?

I gave him the traditional two kisses on the cheek.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?

Ordering another plate of melted chocolate brownie.

Marks out of 10?

8 – no sparks but Ash is a lovely guy.

Would you meet again?

Not unless he arrests me one day.

Q&A

Want to be in Blind date?

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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

Ash on Cam

What were you hoping for?

To meet someone interesting, who feels as awkward as me about having their picture taken on the street.

First impressions?

Very pleasant and polite, and I liked her rocker look.

What did you talk about?

Work, lockdown, TV, music, film, Disney, the food, and aliens.

Any awkward moments?

For me, yes. I don’t know if she noticed, but a bit of spicy food caught me off-guard and I was unable to speak because of it.

Good table manners?

Absolutely.

Best thing about Cam?

She has a great sense of humour and an interesting background.

Would you introduce her to your friends?

Yes, I don’t see why not.

Describe Cam in three words

Relaxed, quirky and inquisitive.

What do you think she made of you?

Hopefully, she thought I was nice and interesting.

Did you go on somewhere?

No.

And… did you kiss?

Only on the cheek, as a goodbye.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?

Not sitting next to the front door of the restaurant. The door went into my chair a few times.

Marks out of 10?

8. I had a lovely time.

Would you meet again?

We didn’t swap numbers, so probably not.

Cam and Ash ate at Fatt Punditt, London W1

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

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