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Abigail on Ryan

What did you expect?
Someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously but is still ambitious, like-minded and ready to laugh.

First impressions?
Very kind – he immediately took my coat and brought me a small bracelet to remember the evening.

What did you talk about?
Dance the salsa. Ryan’s life goals. Skydiving. Foals. Dream job. Duolingo. Morning people versus night owls. And at one point he asked me if I had hairy armpits.

Awkward moments?
I swallowed my plate of olives and almonds while he devoured a big old steak.

Table manners?
Yes, definitely – the more wine we drank, the more Spanish he spoke.

The best thing about Ryan?
He is definitely a yes person and seemed super confident.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
Probably. I imagine we have quite different friends but he was great fun.

Describe Ryan in three words?
Confident, honest, funny.

Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: every week, two nstrangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, and then spill the beans nto us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with a photograph we ntake of each dater before the date, in Saturday magazine (in then UK) and online at theguardian.com every Saturday. It’s been running since 2009 – you can read all about how we put it together here.

What questions will I be asked?
Wen ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type ofn person you are looking to meet. If you do not think these questions ncover everything you would like to know, tell us what’s on your mind.

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

Can I pick the photograph?
No, but don't worry: we'll choose the nicest ones.

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

How should I answer?
Honestlyn but respectfully. Be mindful of how it will read to your date, and thatn 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 range of reasons, including length, and we may ask you for more details.

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

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

How to apply
Email [email protected]

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

What questions will I ask myself?
We ask about age, location, profession, hobbies, interests and the type of person you are looking to meet. If you think these questions don’t cover everything you’d like to know, let us know what you think.

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

Can I choose the photo?
No, but don’t worry: we will choose the most beautiful ones.

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

How should I respond?
Honestly but respectfully. Be aware of how it will read on your date, and Blind date reaches a wide audience, in print and online.

Will I see the other person’s answers?
No. We may change yours and theirs for various 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 love to hear from people living elsewhere.

How to register
Email [email protected]

Thank you for your opinion.

What do you think he did to you?
I don’t really know… We laughed a lot, which is always good.

Did you go somewhere?
No, we separated. I was still quite hungry after the date, so I rushed to grab a meal.

And… did you kiss?
No.

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
A few more vegetarian options and maybe a little organized fun.

Score out of 10?
7 – It was a well spent evening but I didn’t feel a romantic mood.

Would you meet again?
As friends, of course. I would love a free salsa lesson.

Ryan and Abigail on their date
Ryan and Abigail on their date.

Ryan on Abigail

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What did you expect?
A relaxed evening with good food and good company.

First impressions?
Abi was friendly and smiled a lot. I liked the way she had her hair done.

What did you talk about?
His work in graphic design. Travel stories. Indie music. How she would learn to skydive if she won the lottery.

Awkward moments?
We were both nervous at first, but then the conversation flowed easily. I wanted a kiss at the end but it wasn’t.

Table manners?
Yes, especially since we have chosen the most herbaceous dishes possible.

The best thing about Abigail?
his self-confidence; she is happy to travel alone and is proud of her work as a graphic designer.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
She’s really social, so I would.

Describe Abigail in three words?
Open-minded, easy-going, walking enthusiast.

What do you think she did to you?
I’d like to think she felt comfortable and found me fun and chatty.

Did you go somewhere?
No, I had to go home, unfortunately.

And… did you kiss?
Only on the cheek.

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
To have stayed outside a little later, but I had to take a train.

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Score out of 10?
This was my first ever blind date and I would rate it 10/10.

Would you meet again?
We both said we would be willing to meet as friends and exchanged details.

Abigail and Ryan ate at Barrafina Coal Depot YardLondon N1. Fancy a blind date? Email [email protected]

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