What were your first impressions?
Thank goodness he’s not the size of a house and is dressed for the occasion.
Great smile, eyes, teeth and hair, the first things I notice about a guy. He said he was glad I wasn’t like Peter from Family Guy
— we laughed because I thought the same thing!
Would you have swiped left or right?
Truthfully, before our date based purely on looks I’d have swiped left as he seemed a little young looking and I usually swipe older guys.
How was the conversation and what did you talk about?
I had a cocktail or two to calm my nerves first so the conversation flowed well. We discussed a lot: from work and TV, to social anxiety. And the thing you never should on a date — ex boyfriends.
We chinwagged about Beyoncé (the twins news came an hour before) and he didn’t know Jay-Z was the father, the differences when living alone — he has his own place and I’m in a house share — and why gay men are mummy’s boys.
Were there any dealbreakers?
Not at my end. I was really pleased with the whole experience.
He lives in Bournemouth and I live in London. But I’ve done long distance before.
What do you think he thought of you?
Maybe that I was a little tipsy, possibly a bit of a chav next to him! But going on what he told me, I’d say he enjoyed my company and thought I was a fun, genuine person.
He texted me the next morning saying he thought I was handsome. I returned the compliment. I hope I didn’t ask too many questions though — there’s a fine line between being interested and interrogation.
How was the food?
Divine. We got the steak, medium rare for me, well done for him. He doesn’t like it mooing like I do.
Any awkward moments?
I went the whole date not knowing his name and didn’t want to ask again!
: The light falling over on the table which caused everyone’s eyes to be on us when the photographer came. Dominic also mentioned his mum saying she wanted him to have a nice date and not be set up with an idiot, to which I said, “you’re not an idiot” and he said “she was talking about you, not me.” We howled.
Dominic and Padraig dined at M Restaurant, Victoria Street, London.
How did the night end?
: With a drink in a different venue, a nice walk and a little kiss.
We shared dessert and went to another bar where he bought us tequila shots chased by pineapple juice. For tequila haters like me, it actually works. We may have exchanged a kiss. Or eight.
Snog, marry, avoid?
We’ve spoken since so not avoid. Snog? Had a little one already. Marry? He’s certainly somebody you could introduce to your mum.
: Snog, but who knows where the gay gods may take us?
Will you meet again?
: We’re already texting to meet again. He’s even offered to let me stay over at his place if I visit him in Bournemouth.
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