What were you hoping to get out of the date?
Joel: I’m new to London so someone to join me in exploring the city.
Jamie: Someone I could hold a conversation with over three courses.
What were your first impressions?
Jo: He was so handsome, had a really cute smile and was well presented. His accent was intriguing, too: Scottish with a bit of South African.
Ja: So blond and tall – I almost felt I needed to stand on tiptoes.
How different was he to your usual type?
Jo: I go for shorter guys with fair hair and he was tall with dark brown hair, but otherwise he was totally my type.
Ja: I usually date people a bit older than myself and, again, he’s so blond. I liked his hair, although he said he’d been brunette until recently.
Would you have swiped left or right?
Jo: Probably right.
Ja: Honestly, I would have swiped left but that would have been a mistake.
What did you talk about?
Jo: Why we had agreed to go on the date, our degrees, gender theory, his job as a bouncer. I even used our cutlery to explain korfball, the sport I play.
Ja: In the first five minutes of meeting, we traded pictures of our dogs.
Photography: Markus Bidaux
What was the most interesting thing about him?
Jo: That he is a poet and regularly performs around London. I joked that he could write a tragic poem about our date if it went badly.
Ja: He plays korfball, which I had never heard of and still don’t understand.
What was his best quality?
Jo: His off-the-wall sense of humour, or his smile.
Ja: He was fun and didn’t take the situation too seriously.
What did you make of his dress sense?
Jo: He revealed that his friends helped him pick out his clothes. Great taste.
Ja: He was a bit casual for the venue, but I loved his necklace.
What do you think he thought of you?
Jo: He said he had a great time and that he’d like to see me again. Hopefully that wasn’t the good wine talking.
Ja: We were the last people to leave so he clearly wasn’t desperate to get away.
What were you most worried he would notice about you?
Jo: My shaver ran out of charge as I was tidying up my stubble so I definitely had some rough patches of facial hair.
Ja: How cocky I can be when nervous.
How was the food?
Jo: Possibly the best meal I’ve ever had.
Ja: The food was amazing. I moaned aloud when I tasted my starter.
Joel and Jamie dined at M Restaurant, Victoria Street, London
Were there any deal-breakers?
Jo: He works as a bouncer on a Friday and Saturday, which is when I like to be social. I could work around it, though.
Ja: He lives a 45-minute Tube ride away.
Any awkward moments?
Jo: I joked about getting up and leaving, and in committing to the gag I nearly fell out of the booth!
Ja: I felt comfortable all night. We weren’t afraid to laugh about the weirdness of a blind date.
How did the night end?
Jo: We danced through the streets, singing the Vengaboys’ ‘Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom’!
Ja: We went for a drink, had a little snog and exchanged numbers.
What would you have changed about the night?
Jo: The fact that it ended. Too cheesy?
Snog, marry, avoid?
Jo: Snog – marriage is a bit far off.
Ja: Already snogged him.
Will you meet again?
Jo: We discussed date #2 and #3 on the night. I’m up for it if he is!
Ja: We’ve made plans to meet soon - without a photographer this time.
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