Blind date: ‘Did we kiss? A lady never kisses and tells …’


Leo on Zahra

Blind date: Leo to run 30 July

What were you hoping for?
I really didn’t have any expectations.

First impressions?
She had positive energy.

What did you talk about?
Our careers. Comedy. Our beautiful families. Favourite cuisines … The list is endless.

Any awkward moments?
None at all on my part.

Good table manners?
Once we were both settled we took to our African/Asian traditions and opted to eat with our hands. It just made better sense with pizza. We agreed on that one.

Best thing about Zahra?
Interesting storyteller who certainly made me laugh.

Would you introduce Zahra to your friends?
Yes, for sure. I think she would be very cool to hang out with.

Describe Zahra in three words.
Fun, genuine and intelligent.

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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?
We 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?
No, 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?
Honestly 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
Email blind.date@theguardian.com

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What do you think Zahra made of you?
I really have no idea.

Did you go on somewhere?
Time went so quickly in the presence of Zahra. The conversation was flowing so well that we ended up staying till closing time.

And … did you kiss?
Only French-style air kisses: as we met, and at the end of the date.

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
Nothing. The food, drinks, location and Zahra’s company were all excellent.

Marks out of 10?
A strong 8.

Would you meet again?
Yes, most certainly …

Leo and Zahra
Leo and Zahra on their date. Photograph: Courtesy of Leo and Zahra

Zahra on Leo

Blind date: Zahra

What were you hoping for?
That it would be worth the effort of getting ready, which included plucking out a nose hair.

First impressions?
Relief! I quickly felt at ease with him.

What did you talk about?
Extras who are on EastEnders so long they start getting lines. Similarities between Arab and Asian culture. The genius of Goodness Gracious Me. The Queen’s beekeeper. The best thing to do with a cauliflower.

Any awkward moments?
When I asked if I could taste his honey.

Good table manners?
The best, he made me feel comfortable enough for me to abandon my own.

Best thing about Leo?
He’s got kind eyes.

Would you introduce Leo to your friends?
Yes, but only to my sane ones.

Describe Leo in three words.
Interesting, creative, relaxed.

What do you think Leo made of you?
I think he thought I was cool until I declined a Diet Coke because – and I quote – “If I have one so late in the day, I’ll be hyper and want us to go clubbing.”

Did you go on somewhere?
Yes, he took me to this really cool place called … the Northern line.

And … did you kiss?
A lady never kisses and tells …

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be?
The rail-replacement

Marks out of 10?
7. He was great company and didn’t think I was a div for not realising we were in a vegan restaurant, even after I’d tasted his “meat” balls.

Would you meet again?
Yes, but just as friends.

Zahra and Leo ate at Purezza Camden, London NW1. Fancy a blind date? Email blind.date@theguardian.com

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