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Table for Two | 'I was confused by the ring he was wearing'

Will sparks fly between student Pieterjan and media and communications co-ordinator Danny on Attitude's Blind Date?

2019-12-16

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Pieterjan (left)
Age:
23
Occupation:
Student

Danny (right)
Age:
23
Occupation:
Media and communications co-ordinator

What were you hoping to get out of the date?

Danny: I hadn’t been on a blind date before. It was a little out of my comfort zone, but I like to try new things.

Pieterjan: Since I moved to London, dating has turned out to be more difficult than expected – “the bigger the city, the bigger the choice”. I saw an opportunity and took it.

What were your first impressions?

D: He seemed confident and sweet.

P: I saw him out of the corner of my eye when I walked in, looking cute in his blazer and glasses, and hoped he was my date – lucky me!

How different was he to your usual type?

D: I usually go for someone a few years older.

P: I don’t really have a type. Danny was handsome and sweet, what else do you need?

Would you have swiped left or right?

D: On first glance, probably left. However, if it were towards the end of the evening, right.

P: Definitely right.

How was the conversation and what did you talk about?

D: We chatted about travelling, ski trips and future aspirations.

P: It flowed pretty easily. I’m not an awkward person, and he was really good at making conversation.

What was the most interesting thing about him?

D: I appreciate when people are bilingual as I’d love to be. He seemed to have travelled a lot, too, which was cool.

P: I was confused by a ring he was wearing on his right hand: “Is that a wedding, or promise, ring?” But it turned out it used to be his grandfather’s and he almost never takes it off, which only made me like him more.

Photography: Markus Bidaux

What was his best quality?

D: He was very relaxed and seemed comfortable in his own skin.

P: He would never let a conversation die, and his smile and laugh were invigorating.

What did you make of their dress sense?

D: Standard Primark chic.

P: Classy. My mum would have absolutely loved his outfi t, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing either.

Were there any deal-breakers?

D: He doesn’t know whether he will stay in the UK.

P: It was a lot of fun, but I didn’t really feel a spark… yet.

Any awkward moments?

D: None whatsoever on my part.

P: The hostess led me to the table where he was sitting and, as a Belgian, I would have given him a kiss, but I wasn’t sure whether that was acceptable in the UK, so I went in for both the handshake and the kiss.

What do you think he thought of you?

D: We got on pretty well. We laughed and there weren’t any awkward silences, so I reckon he would feel the same.

P: I had a lovely night, but had the feeling he didn’t really like me.

What were you most worried he would notice about you?

D: That I have a habit of inhaling food and wine!

P: I wore a light-blue shirt and was pretty nervous, so I’m sure I had sweaty armpits all night.

Pieterjan and Danny dined at M Restaurant, Victoria Street, London

How was the food?

D: The starter and dessert were amazing, and the service was faultless.

P: The Snickers and the red velvet desserts were revelations.

How did the night end?

D: We kissed on the cheek, and he headed for Victoria and I made my way to Charing Cross.

P: We said goodbye and went to our own stations. Sadly.

What would you have changed about the night?

D: I’d have ordered my steak rare.

P: I would have loved to have gone for another drink, just to see each other in a different atmosphere.

Snog, marry, avoid?

D: What’s the harm in a snog?

P: Snog. To start…

Will you meet again?

D: Probably not. PJ was a nice guy, confident, handsome and sweet, but just not for me.

P: He gave me his business card, and I wasn’t sure whether he wanted me to use it or just wanted to show off. I’ve texted him already, so time will tell.

Rate the date!

Pieterjan: 8/10

Danny: 7/10

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