Blind date: ‘The photographer thought I was punching above my weight’ | Dating

Blind date: ‘The photographer thought I was punching above my weight’ | Dating

Rudi on Kana

What were you hoping for?
Someone I had things in common with, who was funny and a good conversationalist.

First impressions?
Very good – I was informed by the photographer that my date looks very nice. (I think he thought I was punching above my weight – he was probably right.) Kana was up for a laugh and very easy to talk to.

What were you talking about?
Job opportunities. Music. Dating experiences. We also decided in about five minutes how we will reform the education policy.

Any awkward moments?
I did start a bit of a weird conversation about the restaurant lights – not sure where I was going with that.

Good table manners?
Excellent, we shared our starters and mains so I was stuffed when she left me the better half of the asparagus.

Best thing about Kana?
She was really involved in the conversation – and has excellent taste in music.

Would you recommend Kana to your friends?
Indeed – I think she’ll keep up with the in-jokes pretty quickly.

Describe Kana in three words.
Informative, funny and charming.

What do you think Kana made of you?
Hopefully I was a bit funny and didn’t talk too much!

Did you go anywhere?
A drink in a nearby bar, to catch the last of the evening sun.

And… did you kiss?
We didn’t.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
The moment of panic when I thought I had gone to the wrong restaurant.

Points out of 10?
A strong 8; a great experience overall.

Will you meet again?
I would definitely like to. We did talk about it, so hopefully it’s on the cards.


Want to be in Blind Date?


Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: every week two strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, then spill the beans to us and answer a set of questions. It runs, with a photo we take of each dater before the date, in the Saturday magazine (in the UK) and online at every Saturday. It’s been going since 2009 – you can read all about how we put it together here.

What questions will I be asked?
We ask about age, location, profession, hobbies, interests and the type of person you want to meet. If you don’t think these questions cover everything you’d like to know, tell us what’s on your mind.

Can I choose who I match with?
No, it’s a blind date! But we ask you a little about your interests, preferences, etc. – the more you tell us, the better the match is likely to be.

Can I choose the photo?
No, but don’t worry: we’ll pick the best ones.

What personal details will appear?
Your first name, job and age.

How should I answer?
Honest but respectful. Be mindful of how it will read to your date, and that Blind Date reaches a large audience, in print and online.

Will I see the other person’s answers?
No. We may edit yours and theirs for a variety of reasons, including length, and we may ask you for more details.

Will you find me The One?
We will try! Marriage! Babies!

Can I do it in my hometown?
Only if it’s in the UK. Many of our applicants live in London, but we would like to hear from people who live elsewhere.

How to apply
Email [email protected]

Thank you for your feedback.

Kana and Rudi on their date.
Kana and Rudi on their date

Kana on Rudi


What were you hoping for?
A fun night with someone I would never have crossed paths with otherwise – and enjoying the absurdity of it all.

First impressions?
Polite and talkative. Maybe a little nervous, but who wouldn’t be?

What were you talking about?
Albums. South London hotspots. Our experiences of being an only child.

Any awkward moments?
The waiter greets to bring over our non-existent bill.

Good table manners?
He handled the pita and dip situation much better than I did.

Best thing about Rudi?
Kept up with my questions and had opinions on most things. Paying attention to things like the waiter’s outfit.

Would you introduce Rudi to your friends?
If we bumped into each other, sure.

Describe Rudi in three words.
Proud South Londoner.

What do you think Rudi made of you?
Curious? Good to pick a bar?

Did you go anywhere?
To a lovely pub garden with the romantic hum of train tracks.

And… did you kiss?

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
A bit more buzzed after the restaurant, but we agreed it was nice not to spend the night yelling at each other.

Points out of 10?
A solid 6.

Will you meet again?
I imagine I’ll run into him at a gig; we share the same taste in music so will be open to finding other bands.

Rudi and Kana dined at Penny Squares, London EC3. Fancy a blind date? Email [email protected]


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