Table for Two | 'We had a little snog'

How will recruitment consultant Joel and student and part-time bouncer Jamie fare on Attitude's Blind Date?


Joel (left) 
Age: 23
Occupation: Recruitment

Jamie (right)
Age: 21
Occupation: Student/bouncer

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?

Ja: Nothing.

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.

Rate the date!

Joel: 9/10

Jamie: 9/10

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