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Eva in Anita

What did you expect?
A little brunette and a fun evening.

First impressions?
A little brunette.

What were you talking about?
Coming out of the closet, our favorite Buddhist centers, cheeses, books, whether we enjoy school, our degrees, our mutual love of the sea, and both are from South East London.

Any awkward moment?
Not really. Except I chose to have us sit on the scenic and romantic upper deck of the canal boat restaurant, but I didn’t know about the very limited food menu there so we ordered six blocks of cheese for dinner (which was awesome, to be just). I also said, “I’ll take a nipple from that one” instead of “nibble.”

Good table manners?
Alright, considering I started using my last cookie as a cheese spoon.

The best of Anita?
His laugh.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
Yes

Describe Anita in three words
Child, intelligent, smiling.

What do you think he made of you?
Hopefully cool and fun.

Did you go somewhere?
Just a shared tube back to East London.

If it was not for social distancing, would you have kissed?
The opportunity did not arise.

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
Nothing. Probably would have chosen the scenic upper deck with the limited food menu.

Marks over 10?
10.

Would you meet again?
We have exchanged numbers and I would love to hang out as friends again.

Questions and answers

Do you want to be on a blind date?

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Blind Date is Guardian Weekend magazine’s dating column: Every week two strangers get together for dinner and drinks, and then they tell us what they are saying and answer a series of questions. This is published, with a photograph we take of each person quoted before the date, in Guardian Weekend magazine (in the UK) and online at NEWS BLOCK every Saturday. It has been running since 2009; You can read all about how we make it here.

What questions will they ask me?
We ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests, and the type of person you are looking to meet. If you think these questions do not cover everything you would like to know, please let us know what you have in mind.

Can I choose who to match?
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.

Can I choose the photograph?
No, but don’t worry: we will choose the most beautiful ones.

What personal data will appear?
Your name, job and age.

How should I respond?
Honestly but respectfully. Consider how it will read for your date, and that blind date reaches a large audience, both in print and online.

Will I see the other person’s responses?
No. We can edit yours and theirs for a variety of reasons, including length, and we may ask for more details.

Will you find me the chosen one?
We will try! Marriage! Babies!

Can I do it in my hometown?
Only if you are in the UK. Many of our applicants live in London, but we would love to hear from people who live elsewhere.

How to apply
Email blind.date@NEWS BLOCK

Thank you for your comments.

Anita in Eva

What did you expect?
A fun first date after the lockdown that would be fun, awkward, and not just awkward.

First impressions?
He saw her on the upper deck in a beautiful blue sweater and smiled.

What were you talking about?
Sexuality, canal biking, her surfing life in Falmouth, and of course the awkwardness of posing for a photo with an imaginary date (they overlap together).

Any awkward moment?
The waiter asked if we would like to see the menu of the main restaurant, but he also said that we could not order anything.

Good table manners?
Definitely. I have not seen a cookie made on a fork before.

The best of Eva?
Good vibrations. Easy to follow. It looked great against the pink skies.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
Sure, she could fight back.

Describe Eva in three words
Anti-cake pickle.

What do you think he made of you?
Hopefully it won’t be a terrible first date. It was a really good night. She thought it would be extremely short, so hopefully 5ft 3in isn’t a huge disappointment.

Did you go somewhere?
No, but we were going back on the same subway since we live strangely close.

If it was not for social distancing, would you have kissed?
We will never know.

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
More cheese? No, really, it was enough.

Marks over 10?
10.

Would you meet again?
Sure, as friends I think.

Eva and Anita ate at The cheese barge, Paddington, London W2.

Fancy a blind date? Email blind.date@NEWS BLOCK

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