Blind date: ‘She might be the only person who has never seen a Star Wars or Harry Potter film’

Jay on Dinelka
What were you hoping for?
An improvement on my only previous blind date from years ago. If nothing else, I knew this one couldn’t possibly go that badly.

First impressions?
Dinelka was polite, nicely dressed, and even more nervous than I was.

What did you talk about?
Marmite, Stephen Hawking, unusual sock patterns, and the two Queens – the band and the monarch, both of which I dislike. Dinelka was shocked to learn about Prince Harry’s controversial past, including a certain fancy-dress costume choice.

Any awkward moments?
Dinelka might be the only person in the world who has never seen a single Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings or James Bond film.

Good table manners?
Hers were good. Mine, perhaps less so. I have quite an appetite.

Best thing about Dinelka?
She’s extremely intelligent, and so humble about it.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
Absolutely.

Describe Dinelka in three words
Pleasant, cerebral, unassuming.

What do you think she made of you?
Not quite boyfriend material.

Did you go on somewhere?
No, her presence was required elsewhere. That’s what she told me, anyway.

If it weren’t for social distancing, would you have kissed?
Romantically, I don’t think the spark was there. Physically, it would have been hard for me to bend that low.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
Maybe having another blind date couple on a nearby table would have been interesting.

Marks out of 10?
7.5.

Would you meet again?
Yeah, as friends.

Dinelka on Jay
What were you hoping for?
A nice evening out after a long lockdown.

First impressions?
Very tall.

What did you talk about?
Life during the pandemic, foreign films, travel, music, writing and restaurants in London.

Any awkward moments?
Probably when I mentioned that I had not seen any of the Harry Potter or Star Wars films (the list kept going).

Good table manners?
Yes. He ate his pizza with a knife and fork!

Best thing about Jay?
Easy to talk to.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
I’m not sure they would get along.

Describe Jay in three words
Tall, interesting and laid-back.

What do you think he made of you?
Hopefully, that I asked good questions and was interesting.

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

If it weren’t for social distancing, would you have kissed?
Probably not. He was nice to talk to, but there was no spark.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
More potato croquettes – they were out of this world.

Marks out of 10?
7.5.

Would you meet again?
We weren’t very similar and a second date was not on the cards.