Blind date: ‘He recited poetry to me in the rain’ | Go out together

Frank on Jimmy

What did you expect?
A memorable experience. And, if the stars aligned, meet someone creative, kind and open-minded.

First impressions?
Jimmy was warm and friendly from the start and I felt right at home. The conversation flowed from the moment we sat down and didn’t stop until closing time.

What did you talk about?
Aphantasy. Wear pajamas (I do, he doesn’t). Dungeons & Dragons. Our common love for Mario Kart. The lifespan of hamsters. Frank Sinatra. Oh, and he invited me to Turkey.

Awkward moments?
Maybe when he told me my starter looked like he was blown away.

Table manners?
Great. He was ready to share and there were plenty of punches and high-fives.

Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: every week, two nstrangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, and then spill the beans nto us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with a photograph we ntake of each dater before the date, in Saturday magazine (in then 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?
Wen ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type ofn person you are looking to meet. If you do not think these questions ncover everything you would like to know, tell us what’s on your mind.

Can I choose who I match with?
No,n it’s a blind date! But we do ask you a bit about your interests, npreferences, etc – the more you tell us, the better the match is likely nto 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?
Honestlyn but respectfully. Be mindful of how it will read to your date, and thatn 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
[email protected]

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Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: Each week, two strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, then spill the beans to us by answering a series of questions. It works, with a photo we take of each dater before the date, in Saturday magazine (in the UK) and online at theguardian.com every Saturday. It’s been running since 2009 – you can read all about how we set it up here.

What questions will I ask myself?
We ask about age, location, profession, hobbies, interests and the type of person you are looking to meet. If you think these questions don’t cover everything you’d like to know, let us know what you think.

Can I choose who I match with?
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 will be.

Can I choose the photo?
No, but don’t worry: we will choose the most beautiful ones.

What personal information will appear?
Your first name, your job and your age.

How should I respond?
Honestly but respectfully. Be aware of how it will read on your date, and Blind date reaches a wide audience, in print and online.

Will I see the other person’s answers?
No. We may change yours and theirs for various reasons, including length, and we may ask you for more details.

Will you find me The One?
We will try! Wedding! Babies!

Can I do it in my hometown?
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 register
Email [email protected]guardian.com

Thank you for your opinion.

Best thing about Jimmy?
He is creative, open and has incredible stories to tell. I laughed a lot.

Would you introduce Jimmy to your friends?
Yes, I’m sure they would get along.

Describe Jimmy in three words.
Refreshing, creative, charming.

What do you think Jimmy did to you?
We seemed to get on well, so hopefully nothing too terrible.

Did you go somewhere?
He accompanied me to my hotel to make sure I got back safe and sound, while reciting poetry to me in the rain. It was lovely.

And… did you kiss?
The poetry must have gone to my head – we did.

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
I should have ordered another starter.

Score out of 10?
A solid first date 8.

Would you meet again?
It’s about meeting.

Jimmy and Franca on their date
Jimmy and Franca on their date

Jimmy on Franca

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What did you expect?
Sparks, good conversation and mutual attraction. All were present in spades.

First impressions?
She is charming, gorgeous and easy to talk to. We quickly shared each other’s honesty and vulnerability.

What did you talk about?
Relationships. Plans. Pets. Political leanings. Neurodivergence. Game.

All the awkward moments?
I started talking to her in Italian, only to find that she didn’t really speak it.

Table manners?
Hers were impeccable, and she even complimented me on mine (a first).

The best thing about Franca?
His social courage. She didn’t hesitate to tell me how she felt or how she felt about the evening. It’s rare to find people on your wavelength.

Would you introduce Franca to your friends?
Absolutely. I shared our selfie with some of my relatives.

Describe Franca in three words.
Charming, open, resilient.

What do you think Franca did to you?
Well, she described me as fascinating and told me to stop worrying about talking too much.

Did you go somewhere?
Time was against us.

And… did you kiss?
There was a somewhat prolonged goodbye.

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
So that it’s not over.

Score out of 10?
9.

Would you meet again?
I already made the offer.

Franca and Jimmy ate at Steakhouse STK, London WC2. Fancy a blind date? Email [email protected]

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