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Blind date: ‘How did the call end? I needed to feed the cats’

·5-min read
<span>Photograph: Alicia Canter/The Guardian</span>
Photograph: Alicia Canter/The Guardian

Claire on Chris

What were you hoping for?
Belly laughs, mutual interests and chemistry (albeit virtually).

First impressions?
It was nice that he made the effort and was wearing a shirt.

What did you talk about?
Harry Potter, our families, board games, American sports, the places in the world we have travelled to and are yet to visit, work (and only a little bit about Covid-19 and life in lockdown).

Any awkward moments?
When we learned that we live three hours away from each other, two minutes into the call. After that, not really – I hate awkward silences, so have an uncanny ability to witter on about anything. Oh, and when the internet froze, I sounded like a robot!

Good table manners?
I had food envy. I ordered risotto from my local Italian, but Chris’s pizza looked by far the better choice. I’m glad he didn’t opt for the knife-and-fork approach and got stuck in.

How long did you stay on the call?
About an hour and a half.

Best thing about Chris?
His love of stats! There are a lot of similarities in our work.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Of course. Likely in the pub, with a couple of board games on the go or the weekly quiz.

Describe Chris in three words
American football lover.

What do you think he made of you?
Most likely a high-energy chatterbox.

Any connection issues?
I had to move rooms mid-call and disconnected my camera, so Chris didn’t have to endure seasickness as I carried the laptop downstairs. We got there in the end.

And... did you swap numbers?
Nope.

How did the call end?
I needed to feed the cats.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
The food. Always choose pizza.

Marks out of 10?
6.5.

Would you meet again?
The distance would make that difficult, given current restrictions.

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

Chris on Claire

What were you hoping for?
A nice chat.

First impressions?
Pleasant, friendly and a great view of London.

What did you talk about?
Statistics textbooks, the brilliant voice acting of Stephen Fry and half-Ironman training (thankfully Claire’s, not mine).

Any awkward moments?
My computer battery was running low, so I left the table to get the charger. Unfortunately, Claire didn’t hear me say where I was going, so I’m sure it looked like I had left rudely.

Good table manners?
Excellent.

How long did you stay on the call?
Two hours.

Best thing about Claire?
Very easy to talk to.

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Would you introduce her to your friends?
Yes, I’m sure my friends would welcome her with open arms, and they have enough in common that they would get along easily.

Describe Claire in three words
Athletic. Intelligent. Dedicated.

What do you think she made of you?
It’s always hard to tell. Hopefully intelligent, probably nerdy. I hope my humour came across.

Any connection issues?
Yes. We ended up changing platforms, which seemed to solve the major issues, but there were still a few freezes.

And... did you swap numbers?
No.

How did the call end?
We parted on good terms.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
It would have been in person. While it was a fun evening, a lot is missed from just seeing faces on a screen.

Marks out of 10?
8.

Would you meet again?
If she was more local, I’d like to meet as friends. I think we got along and could have a good laugh.

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