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Blind date: ‘He probably thinks I’m a stingy and hungry student’

Will 26-year-old software engineer Henry and master’s student Emily, 23, hit it off?

What were you hoping for?
A fun evening with someone willing to look silly in the paper. That, or a good

Henry on Emily

What were you hoping for?
A fun evening with someone willing to look silly in the paper. That, or a good story.

First impressions?
Relief that we were both dressed up to the same degree.

What did you talk about?
Growing up around snakes, the army reserves, open-water swimming, data privacy.

Any awkward moments?
She asked for my number as the doors opened for her to get off the tube.

Good table manners?
Yes. She was unapologetic ordering steak after hearing I was trying to be pescatarian.

Best thing about Emily?
Her conversation: we had to keep telling the waiter to come back because we hadn’t looked at the menus.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
Probably not, but that’s a reflection on them, not her.

Describe her in three words
Smart, interesting, independent.

What do you think she made of you?
I think she had fun, but I suspect the free meal did more for her than I did.

Did you go on somewhere?
We stayed until closing, then had half a tube trip together.

And... did you kiss?
No.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
Not having the (otherwise impeccable) restaurant invaded by Liverpool fans.

Marks out of 10?
7.

Would you meet again?
We failed to swap numbers, so it looks unlikely.

Emily on Henry

What were you hoping for?
A miraculously wonderful evening to tell the grandkids about, or a catastrophically bad one to share with friends.

First impressions?
Relaxed, tall and welcoming.

What did you talk about?
Tumble turning when swimming, the perils of living in Australia.

Any awkward moments?
My miscalculation of the number of tube stops meant I had to fling myself off before the doors closed.

Good table manners?
I deliberately did not order the mussels to avoid scoring poorly on this question.

Best thing about Henry?
He can talk about anything.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Sure, he’d fit in well.

Describe him in three words
Easy-going, polite, passionate.

What do you think he made of you?
A stingy and hungry student.

Did you go on somewhere?
See awkward moment.

And... did you kiss?
Nope (see awkward moment).

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
All tube-related incidents.

Marks out of 10?
9.

Would you meet again?
Difficult, given the tube fiasco meant there was no time to exchange numbers.

Henry and Emily ate at The Belrose, London NW3.

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