Rosie on Ella
What were you hoping for?
To meet someone interesting, enjoy some nice food and not get roasted in the write up.
She was really friendly and I could tell it was going to be a nice evening.
What did you talk about?
Berlin, where we’d both recently been, London, Morpeth, vegetarian cooking, the Blind Date column (meta), Nick Clegg (negatively), queer fantasy novels, drag kings, yellow carrots.
Any awkward moments?
No, though I dropped a spoon on myself, and a couple at the next table were having a very awkward date.
Good table manners?
Impeccable. We were both up for three courses and sharing multiple starters.
Best thing about Ella?
It’s hard to pick just one thing. She’s really open and engaging. We were able to get to know each other well.
Would you introduce her to your friends?
Definitely, they’d get on well.
Want to be in Blind date?
Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: every week, two
strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, and then spill the beans
to us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with a photograph 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 put it together here.
What questions will I be asked?
ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type of
person you are looking to meet. If you do not think these questions
cover everything you would like to know, tell us what’s on your mind.
Can I choose who I match with?
it’s a blind date! But we do ask you a bit about your interests,
preferences, etc – the more you tell us, the better the match is likely
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?
but respectfully. 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 range of reasons, including length, and we may ask you for more details.