Blind date: ‘The photographer thought I was punching above my weight’

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Rudi on Kana

What were you hoping for?
Someone I had things in common with, who was funny and a good conversationalist.

First impressions?
Very good – I’d been tipped off by the photographer that my date was very good looking. (I think he thought I was punching above my weight – he was probably right.) Kana was up for a laugh and very easy to talk to.

What did you talk about?
Jobs. Music. Dating experiences. We also decided in about five minutes how we would reform education policy.

Any awkward moments?
I did start a bit of a weird conversation about the restaurant’s light fixtures – not sure where I was going with that.

Good table manners?
Excellent, we shared our starters and mains so I was chuffed when she left me the better half of the asparagus.

Best thing about Kana?
She was really engaged in the conversation – and has excellent taste in music.

Would you introduce Kana to your friends?
Indeed – I think she would cotton on to the in-jokes pretty quickly.

Describe Kana in three words.
Insightful, funny and charming.

What do you think Kana made of you?
Hopefully that I was a bit funny and didn’t talk too much!

Did you go on somewhere?
A drink in a nearby pub, to catch the last of the evening sun.

And … did you kiss?
We didn’t.

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
The moment of panic when I thought I’d gone to the wrong restaurant.

Marks out of 10?
A strong 8; a great experience overall.

Would you meet again?
I would definitely want to. We did talk about it, so hopefully it’s on the cards.

Q&A

Want to be in Blind date?

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Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: every week, two
strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, and then spill the beans
to us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with a photograph 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 put it together here.

What questions will I be asked?
We
ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type of
person you are looking to meet. If you do not think these questions
cover everything you would like to know, tell us what’s on your mind.

Can I choose who I match with?
No,
it’s a blind date! But we do ask you a bit about your interests,
preferences, etc – the more you tell us, the better the match is likely
to 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?
Honestly
but respectfully. Be mindful of how it will read to your date, and that
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 blind.date@theguardian.com

Kana and Rudi on their date

Kana on Rudi

What were you hoping for?
A fun evening with someone who I’d otherwise never cross paths with – and to relish the absurdity of it all.

First impressions?
Polite and talkative. Maybe a little nervous, but who wouldn’t be?

What did you talk about?
Albums. South London hotspots. Our experiences of being an only child.

Any awkward moments?
Hailing the waiter to bring over our non-existent bill.

Good table manners?
He handled the pita and dip situation much better than I did.

Best thing about Rudi?
Kept up with my questions and had opinions on most things. Observant of things like the waiter’s outfit.

Would you introduce Rudi to your friends?
If we bumped into each other, sure.

Describe Rudi in three words.
Proud south Londoner.

What do you think Rudi made of you?
Inquisitive? Good at picking a pub?

Did you go on somewhere?
To a lovely pub garden with the romantic hum of railway tracks.

And … did you kiss?
No.

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
A bit more buzz to the restaurant, but we agreed it was nice to not spend the night shouting at each other.

Marks out of 10?
A solid 6.

Would you meet again?
I imagine I’ll bump into him at a gig; we share the same taste in music so would be open to finding other bands.

Rudi and Kana ate at Penny Squares, London EC3. Fancy a blind date? Email blind.date@theguardian.com

September 3, 2022 at 10:42AM

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