Blind date

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Will Jeff and Ger­ard meet again?

What were you hop­ing for? At min­i­mum, a pain­less evening of con­ver­sa­tion and lots of drinks. At best, some­one I could bring to a Mariah Carey con­cert.

First im­pres­sions? “I re­ally hope he’s got good chat, be­cause he’s quite fit.”

What hat did you talk about? Mostly mu­sic. He had just gone to see Kylie, I’d been to Sha­nia Twain, we both think Spice­world is an iconic al­bum and loved Mamma Mia 2.

Any awk­ward mo­ments? He pre­tended he didn’t know who Janet Jack­son was, which was stress­ful.

Good ta­ble man­ners? A de def­i­nite gen­tle­man.

Bes thing about Ger­ard? When we fin­ished our cock­tails, he sug­gested we get a bot­tle of wine.

Wou Would you in­tro­duce him to your friends? Maybe, but I don’t think we’re there yet.

De­scribe him in three words Hon­est, sassy, and ar­tic­u­late.

What do you think he made of you? Over­all, I think he was pleas­antly sur­prised with how well we got on.

Did you go on some­where? No. We spent over three hours in the res­tau­rant, so we de­cided to call it a night.

And… did you kiss? There might have been a cheeky make-out ses­sion in front of the Novello theatre. Cher would have been proud.

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

I said yes to shrimp, even though I don’t like it, and ap­par­ently, nei­ther did he.

So it just sat there un­til we both ad­mit­ted we didn’t want it.

Marks out of 10? 8.

Would o you meet again?

He has a choir show com­ing up, so we’ll see what hap­pens.

What were you hop­ing for?

A date who wouldn’t ask for the bill while I was still eat­ing (the ex­pe­ri­ence that prompted me to ap­ply).

First im­pres­sions? Hand­some, big glasses, Cana­dian. an n.

What did you talk about? Sha­nia Twain, racism in the LGBT B BT com­mu­nity, why Mamma Mia 2 is isi the great­est film of all time (he’s ’s seen it twice,

I’ve seen it five times).

Any awk­ward mo­ments?

I tend to make overly sassy jokes es s when I’m ner­vous or tipsy. I was as s both ner­vous and had downed d two large glasses of wine with h col­leagues be­fore­hand.

Good ta­ble man­ners? Im­pec­ca­ble.

Best thing about Jeff ? For his de­gree, he did a pa­per on po­lit­i­cal di­men­sions to the work of the Spice Girls.

Would you in­tro­duce him to your friends? Yes.

De­scribe him in three words Charm­ing, chatty, re­laxed.

What do you think he made of you? A com­plex blend of nerves and sass.

Did you go on some­where? No.

And… did you kiss? pt

I’m not one to kiss and tell. If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?

I would be less sassy.

Marks out of 10? 10.

Would you meet again? I would, but it may not be re­cip­ro­cated. At least he didn’t ask for the bill while I was still eat­ing.

Ger­ard and Jeff ate at Ji­dori, Lon­don o on WC2, ji­dori.co.uk. Fancy a blind date? t e? Email blind.date@the­guardian.com. If you’re look­ing to meet some­one on ne like-minded, visit soul­mates. the­guardian.com

Jeff , 26, me­dia man­agerI said yes to shrimp even though I don’t like it

Ger­ard, 30, lawyerHe thinks I’m a com­plex blend of nerves and sass

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