Blind date: ‘He’s very, very different from my friends’ |  Have a date

Blind date: ‘He’s very, very different from my friends’ | Have a date

Blind date: ‘He’s very, very different from my friends’ |  Have a date

Jillian on Alan

What did you expect?
A diversion after a long period of isolation.

First impressions?
Alan came in with a flowering plant for me, which was a very sweet gesture. I realized immediately that it was evident that we were very different.

What were you talking about?
He travels, South Asia, his job, my job, his life in the fields and gardening, my experiences working in different countries, our diverse shared tastes in music and concerts, his vacation this summer, where he is staying at a UFO!

Any awkward moment?
Only he was 30 minutes late and I was wondering if he was going to show up.

Good table manners?
I did not notice any major errors. We ate with chopsticks.

The best of Alan?
Curious and culturally interesting.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
No. He is very, very different from my friends.

Describe Alan in three words
Interesting, friendly and well traveled.

What do you think he made of you?
He said he found me glowing with positive energy, which was nice. He asked me about my life regrets and was totally dumbfounded when I told him I had none. Then Edith Piaf called me, which was pretty funny.

Did you go somewhere?
No, he had to take a train.

If it was not for social distancing, would you have kissed?
No, this was definitely never going to be a romantic encounter.

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
Nothing. The food was delicious and Alan was an interesting company. I’m curious about people who are different from me, you always learn something.

Marks over 10?
Nice night – 6.5.

Would you meet again?
No, we are in different stages of our life.

Questions and answers

Do you want to be on a blind date?


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’re 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 [email protected] BLOCK

Thank you for your comments.

Alan about Jillian

What did you expect?
An evening of joy, conversation and encouragement. I have all three.

First impressions?
The pale blue light that surrounded her. I wondered if other people could see it too. His calm demeanor, as if nothing could disturb her. Also, she is beautiful.

What were you talking about?
Our work stories and our offspring, rap music, the next vacation, Dylan, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, TS Eliot, the loss of our parents, the bands we’ve both seen, and the miracle of the seeds.

Any awkward moment?
The problems with the trains meant that I was late; I was very embarrassed upon arrival.

Good table manners?
Impeccable; Jill is an Olympic Chopstick Champion.

The best of Jillian?
His karma and a smile that could light up Piccadilly.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
Yes. Everyone I know would benefit, and probably everyone I don’t know as well.

Describe Jillian in three words
Beatific, open, welcoming.

What do you think he made of you?
Nothing special, but nice enough.

Did you go somewhere?
No, I lacked the courage and confidence to ask.

If it was not for social distancing, would you have kissed?
We did, the farewell version of the two cheeks.

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
I wish I had gotten there first so I could have shown Jill our table.

Marks over 10?

Would you meet again?
If only!

Jillian and Alan ate at Wun Tea Room and Bar, London W1

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