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Michael on Dom

What were you hoping for?
A face out of Caravaggio’s sketchbooks? A body cut from the Parthenon friezes? Hopes should outpace expectations.

First impressions?
Good. With cocktails on order when I arrived, Dom was clearly on the same page as me.

What did you talk about?
Our talk was extravagantly digressive. Here’s some of it: feeling at home in other countries, Rome in winter, Catholic families, coming out, that it has become un-chic to like Timothée Chalamet, peaches, the professor-student relationship.

Any awkward moments?
When his knowledge of Australiana outstripped mine. Being Australian is my whole shtick. Take that away and what am I?

Good table manners?

Best thing about Dom?
He manages to be unstoppably funny without sacrificing sincerity. He has an inner warmth.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
In a heartbeat. He’d charm them all.

Describe Dom in three words
Dalston’s hottest ticket.

What do you think he made of you?
Earnest. In need of direction.

Did you go on somewhere?
He offered to walk me to the station. (Notice how I didn’t answer the question?)

And … did you kiss?
The better question is how we kissed.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change a thing. Even the rain added something. He lent me his jacket.

Marks out of 10?

Would you meet again?
We exchanged numbers …


Want to be in Blind date?


Blind date is Guardian Weekend magazine’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 Guardian Weekend magazine (in the
UK) and online at 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
to 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?
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.

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

Thank you for your feedback.

Dom on Michael

What were you hoping for?
Either a free pint or a proposal – nothing in between.

First impressions?
Tall, good-looking, dressed like an extra in Call Me by Your Name.

What did you talk about?
Lots: Catholicism, Desert Island Discs, death row meals, whether “Australiana” music is a thing.

Any awkward moments?
In hindsight, I think my outrage at him (an Australian) not knowing who Holly Valance was might have been a bit much.

Good table manners?

Best thing about Michael?
He’s an engaging and engaged conversationalist.

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Thank you for your feedback.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
If they promised to be nicer to him than they are to me.

Describe Michael in three words
Intelligent, articulate, charming.

What do you think he made of you?
A laugh, I hope?

Did you go on somewhere?
No comment.

And … did you kiss?
He came all the way from Cambridge – it would have been rude not to.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?

Marks out of 10?
A solid 9.

Would you meet again?
Michael is lovely, but Cambridge is a long way away.

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