Blind date

Pa­trick and Holly

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Pa­trick, 32, ar­chi­tect

What were you hop­ing for?

Some­thing new and ex­cit­ing, in full pub­lic view.

First im­pres­sions?

Su­per-lively and bright. The first mo­ments were re­mark­ably non-awk­ward.

What did you talk about?

Long, life-chang­ing walks, scary-look­ing but friendly gang­sters, her work in pris­ons, tat­toos of body parts on those body parts.

Any awk­ward mo­ments?

None at all. The most ex­pen­sive wine on the menu helped.

Good ta­ble man­ners?

We were hav­ing a good time, I didn’t no­tice any­thing.

Best thing about Holly?

Her ad­ven­tur­ous spirit and fiery red hair.

Would you in­tro­duce her to your friends?

God, no – my friends are a night­mare.

De­scribe her in three words

Re­fresh­ing. Gen­uine. Un­afraid.

What do you think she made of you?

I’m not en­tirely sure. There was loads of laugh­ter, which is al­ways good, right?

Did you go on some­where?

We were the last din­ers stand­ing, then Holly had to run for her train.

And... did you kiss?

No, there was no kiss­ing. No­body went for it.

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

Maybe I wouldn’t have or­dered jelly for dessert.

Marks out of 10?

9.09.

Would you meet again?

We’ll see.

Holly, 30, mas­ter’s stu­dent

What were you hop­ing for?

To meet some­one fun, and not em­bar­rass my­self to too hor­ri­bly.

First im­pres­sions?

Hand­some, smi­ley, w well dressed.

What did you talk about?

Mu­sic, climb­ing moun­tains, what moths ac­tu­ally are.

Any awk­ward mo­ments?

None.

Good ta­ble man­ners?

I be­lieve so. I think I was too c con­cerned with my own to n no­tice, though.

Best thing about Pa­trick?

Very funny – he made me la laugh a lot.

Would you in­tro­duce him to your friends?

Yes, I think our friends are prob­a­bly pretty sim­i­lar.

De­scribe him in three words

Ad­ven­tur­ous, witty, in in­tel­li­gent.

What do you think he made of you?

Very hard to tell.

Did you go on some­where?

No, I was pretty close to miss­ing my last train.

And... did you kiss?

A friendly hug.

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

That last aniseed shot didn’t go down par­tic­u­larly well.

Marks out of 10?

8. Would you meet again?

We shall see...

P Pa­trick and Holly ate at Ali Ocak­basi, Lon­don WC2, alio­cak­basi.co.uk.

F Fancy a blind date? Email blind. d [email protected]­guardian.com. If you’re look­ing to meet so some­one like-minded, visit so soul­mates.the­guardian.com

I shouldn’t have or­dered jelly for dessert

We talked about what moths ac­tu­ally are

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