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Blind date: ‘Max has a penchant for doctors, so in a few years I will be eligible for another date’

Max on Joe

What were you hoping for?
Someone funny and up for a good time. In a perfect world a doctor – we can all dream.

First impression?
Big smile and charming. He clearly had a free-spirited sense of self.

What were you talking about?
Growing up in the countryside and whether London was a great place to live or a terrible one. Our guilty pleasures on reality TV – that he’s a man below deck and my love for Made in Chelsea.

Are there any awkward moments?
Maybe when he said he was vegan and I ordered a steak.

Good table manners?
Sure, he kept my glass full.

Question and answer

Do you want to participate in Blind date?


Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: Every week, two strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, and then they come to us with the beans and answer a series of questions. It will appear, with a photo we take of each date 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 do I get?
We ask about age, location, profession, hobbies, interests and the type of person you want to meet. If you don’t think these questions cover everything you’d like to know, tell us what you think.

Can I choose who I match?
No, it’s a blind date! But we do ask about your interests, preferences, etc. – the more you tell us, the better the match is likely to be.

Can I choose the photo?
No, but don’t worry: we choose the best.

What personal data appears?
Your first name, position and age.

How do I answer?
Honest but respectful. Keep in mind how it will read your date and that Blind Date will reach a large audience, in print and online.

Do I get to see the other person’s answers?
New. We may edit yours and theirs for a variety of reasons, including length, and we may ask for more details.

Do 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’d love to hear from people who live elsewhere.

How to apply?
Email blind.date@theguardian.com

Thanks for your feedback.

The best thing about Joe?
His obvious passion for everything he has done and wants to do.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Sure – not in a romantic sense, but as someone to challenge their beliefs and add a new perspective.

Describe Joe in three words?
Idealistic, witty and caring.

What do you think he made of you?
That I had a good laugh – even though there was no real attraction.

Did you go somewhere?
We had a cocktail in the restaurant after dinner.

And… did you kiss?
New. I don’t think either of us had a strong desire for that.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
I would have encouraged him to order a pudding – I missed my favorite part of an evening.

Points out of 10?

Would you meet again?
In a group of friends – for sure.

Max and Joe Selfie
Max and Joe on their night out

Joe on Max

Joe f

What were you hoping for?
A glitzy night out with someone new.

First impression?
Great – he could talk as loud and fast as I could, which was reassuring.

What were you talking about?
Dating men in the closet and looking for straight people. And we both despaired of rural dating apps.

Are there any awkward moments?
Nothing that wasn’t solved by his funny story about growing up in Weston-super-Mare.

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Good table manners?
Excellent. He repeatedly apologized for getting the steak.

The best thing about Max?
He knows what he likes: enthusiasm for the license fee, that ‘one good bar’ in Aberdeen and living in Chelsea.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Yes, if he went to south east London.

Describe Max in three words?
In his element.

What do you think he made of you?
He got my size, literally. He looked at me and guessed the dimensions of my suit, a skill honed over the years in retail.
Did you go somewhere?
New. We opted for another cocktail.

And… did you kiss?
It never happened.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
I would have looked up a dive bar nearby.

Points out of 10?

Would you meet again?
Max has a penchant for doctors, so in a few years I’ll be eligible for another date!

Max and Joe ate at Nest, Bishopsgate, London EC2. Fancy a blind date? Email blind.date@theguardian.com