#onlinedating | Who’ll find love on our blind date? This week it’s Guy, 40, and Ross, 27 | #bumble | #tinder | #pof


Guy, 40, (pictured) who is a sales executive at Audi, has been single for around 14 months

GUY, 40 

DATING PAST

From 1998 to 1999, I was a Roman Catholic monk (these days I’m not overly religious). I have had one long-term relationship, which lasted 15 years, and a couple of shorter ones both before and after.

I’ve been single for around 14 months, and I’ve done all the online dating stuff — it’s great for meeting people, but not necessarily for longevity, which is what I want.

PRE-DATE NERVES?

I’d never been on a blind date, so it was exciting. It’s a bit strange knowing you’re meeting someone who you know nothing about.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT?

We arrived at the same time and I was pleasantly surprised: Ross is good-looking with a lovely smile. We’d both gone for a similar style of dress, which was a good sign. It made me feel we were on the same wavelength.

VITAL STATISTICS 

Single.

CURRENT ROLE

Sales executive at Audi.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

I tend to go for younger men. I love cars, museums and art, so someone with whom I can share my interests would be great, and I’m up for a serious relationship.

EASY TO TALK TO?

Ross is chatty and friendly, so we discussed everything from what we want to do in life, to travelling and a little about past dating, although we stayed quite safe on that front and kept it brief. We had some deep conversations as well as light-hearted banter. We have the same sense of humour, so I feel we got each other.

EMBARRASSING MOMENTS?

No — we were at Restaurant Ours in London, which was beautiful, so we were on our best behaviour, despite having more than a few drinks!

DID SPARKS FLY?

Yes, there was a little bit of flirting, with lots of eye contact and smiling. We stayed for three hours and I knew I was missing my last normal train home, but I was happy to miss it. In the end, I got the late train and didn’t get home until after 2am.

We messaged on the way home – I think this has potential! 

We got on so well we swapped phone numbers, and it was nice to keep the conversation going on the train home as we messaged each other. I definitely think this has potential.

DID YOU KISS?

We didn’t kiss, but that was largely circumstance as we got the same Tube and he got off first. Possibly under less time pressure, we would have.

GUY’S VERDICT: 8/10 

LIKED? His lovely smile.

REGRETS? That I was on a tight schedule for a train.

COFFEE OR CAB? Coffee.

WHAT DO YOU THINK HE THOUGHT OF YOU?

I found Ross quite hard to read, but I do feel there is some chemistry. I’d like to meet up in a more relaxed manner and see how things go.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE HIM HOME TO YOUR FAMILY ?

Yes, I wouldn’t hesitate to introduce him to them. He’s a great guy.

Ross, 27, (pictured) who is an events manager and student, has been single for three-and-a-half years

ROSS, 27

DATING PAST

I’ve been single for three-and-a-half years and before that I’d had only two relationships, each of which were a year long. My last relationship broke up because I moved to Turkey in 2016. I came back in January.

PRE-DATE NERVES?

I don’t really get nervous.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT?

VITAL STATISTICS 

Single.

CURRENT ROLE

Events manager and anthropology masters student.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

Someone clever — I’m a bit of a nerd and hope to do my PhD. I go for dark hair and eyes.

He was lovely but, sadly, there was no attraction in that sense, as he couldn’t be further from my romantic type. He’s a lovely guy, but I knew instantly he wasn’t for me — I normally go for the Mediterranean look.

EASY TO TALK TO?

YES, and there was no awkwardness. We chatted about everything — we talked quite a lot about travel and living abroad, because I’ve just returned from Turkey and he spent a lot of his upbringing in Abu Dhabi. We laughed a lot and just got on well. You can tell he doesn’t have a problem making friends.

EMBARRASSING MOMENTS?

I don’t think so. I had to apologise for my bad language, because I swear a lot, but he wasn’t offended!

DID SPARKS FLY?

For me, no. He was a lovely guy and we swapped phone numbers because I enjoyed his company. We spent a long time on the date and even stayed for espresso martinis, but there was no romance for me.

He’s a nice guy, but I prefer the Mediterranean look 

DID YOU KISS?

No. I would never lead anyone on if I didn’t think that there was potential.

WHAT DO YOU THINK HE THOUGHT OF YOU?

ROSS’S VERDICT: 7/10 

LIKED? He was so easy to talk to.

REGRETS? None.

COFFEE OR CAB? Coffee.

I assumed he liked me because he asked for my number, and I was happy to give it to him because I liked him, too — but I’d have to tell him only as a friend.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE HIM HOME TO YOUR FAMILY?

No, but only because he’s not my type to date.



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