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Blind date: ‘He probably thinks I’m looking for an Irish passport’

Emily, 26, charity worker, and Barry, 24, maths teacher

What were you hoping for?
A laugh, good conversation and nice food.

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Barry on Emily

What were you hoping for?
A laugh, good conversation and nice food.

First impressions?
She needs to work on her French – she picked the wrong dessert.

What did you talk about?
London geography, travel, dog borrowing apps and swimming.

Any awkward moments?
None.

Good table manners?
Excellent.

Best thing about Emily?
How down-to-earth and easy-going she is.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
No way – my friends are a nightmare!

Describe Emily in three words
Genuine, engaging, funny.

What do you think she made of you?
I hope I had a good sense of humour and didn’t seem too tired – it was a long day.

Did you go on somewhere?
Just a tube to Kennington as we were both going home that way.

And… did you kiss?
No.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
It wouldn’t have been a Monday.

Marks out of 10?
7.

Would you meet again?
Why not?

Emily on Barry

What were you hoping for?
Someone who loves their mum, but not too much, if you know what I mean.

First impressions?
He’s Irish!

What did you talk about?
How he works 100m from my house, getting mugged in South America and being the favourite child.

Any awkward moments?
The waitress took a photo of us with our food, possibly thinking we were food critics. Barry also asked if Oxford is in the north, which I wouldn’t let go.

Good table manners?
We both pretended to understand the French menu, and then he let me share his better dessert.

Best thing about Barry?
He took it very well when I threatened him if he didn’t give me 10 out of 10.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
I’ve got a few that could do with a maths lesson.

Describe Barry in three words
A good guy.

What do you think he made of you?
Probably a bit much and just looking for an Irish passport.

Did you go on somewhere?
No, he gets up at 5.45am to exercise before work, which is beyond the realm of my understanding.

And... did you kiss?
Just on the cheek.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
I’d have chosen the dessert he had.

Marks out of 10?
I’m usually against giving 7s but this was very much a 7.

Would you meet again?
We said we would, but I gave him my number and he still hasn’t texted me, so...

Emily and Barry ate at Le Garrick, London WC2. Fancy a blind date? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you’re looking to meet someone like-minded, visit soulmates.theguardian.com

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