Blind date

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Did Henry and Emily swap num­bers?

What were you hop­ing for?

A fun evening with some­one will­ing to look silly in the pa­per. That, or a good story.

First im­pres­sions?

Re­lief that we were both dressed up to the same de­gree.

What did you talk about?

Grow­ing up around snakes, the army re­serves, open-wa­ter swim­ming, data pri­vacy.

Any awk­ward mo­ments?

She asked for my num­ber as the doors opened for her to get off the tube.

Good ta­ble man­ners?

Yes. She was un­apolo­getic or­der­ing steak af­ter hear­ing I was try­ing to be pescatar­ian.

Best thing about Emily?

Her con­ver­sa­tion: we had to keep telling the waiter to come back be­cause we hadn’t looked at the menus.

Would you in­tro­duce her to your friends?

Prob­a­bly not, but that’s a re­flec­tion on them, not her.

De­scribe her in three words

Smart, in­ter­est­ing, in­de­pen­dent.

What do you think she made of you?

I think she had fun, but I sus­pect the free meal did more for her than I did.

Did you go on some­where?

We stayed un­til clos­ing, then had half a tube trip to­gether.

And... did you kiss?


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

Not hav­ing the (oth­er­wise im­pec­ca­ble) restau­rant in­vaded by Liver­pool fans.

Marks out of 10?


Would you meet again?

We failed to swap num­bers, so it looks un­likely.

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