Blind date: “A man on the next table was watching a horror movie” | Life and style

Marta on Andrew

What were you hoping for?
Romance, of course. Failing that, someone with whom I could have an interesting conversation.

First impressions?
Positive, enthusiastic, talkative.

What did you talk about?
Autopsies, food, dogs, travel, photography, dating, politics.

Embarrassing moments?
A number – all thanks to the guy at the next table, who decided to watch horror movie trailers without headphones.

Good table manners?

Questions and answers

Want to be on a blind date?


Blind date is the dating section of Guardian Weekend magazine: each week, two strangers are paired up for dinner and a drink, then show us off by answering a series of questions. It works, with a photo we take of each date 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’ve put it together here.

What questions will I ask myself?
We ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type of person you are looking to meet. If you don’t think these questions cover everything you’d like to know, let us know what you think.

Can I choose who I pair with?
No, it’s a blind date! But we ask you a bit about your interests, preferences, etc. – the more you tell us, the better the match.

Can I choose the photo?
No, but don’t worry: we’ll choose the best ones.

What personal data will appear?
Your first name, job and age.

How should I respond?
Honestly but respectfully. Be aware of how it will be read on your date, and this blind date is reaching a wide audience, in print and online.

Will I see the other person’s responses?
No. We can change yours and theirs for a variety of reasons, including length, and we may ask you for more details.

Will you find me the chosen one?
We will try! Wedding! Babies!

Can I do this in my hometown?
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 register
Send an email to

Thank you for your opinion.

Best thing about Andrew?
He is very enthusiastic and easy to talk to.

Would you introduce it to your friends?
Of course, I don’t see why.

Describe Andrew in three words?
Talkative, curious, endearing.

What do you think he did with you?
Hope it’s easy to talk – and brave (I studied forensics and criminology in college). I didn’t have any love feelings for him, and towards the end of the date, I got the impression that he didn’t think we were particularly compatible either.

Did you go somewhere?

And … did you kiss?

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

We would have been more compatible: we didn’t have a lot in common, and we didn’t get past the stage of gossip, which I’m not a fan of.

Notes out of 10?
8 – Andrew is a lovely, good company guy. However, there was no romantic spark.

Would you see each other again?
Yes, if we met, but just as friends.


André on Marta

What were you hoping for?
My friend Sheyda must be justified by suggesting that I did this.

First impressions?
She was trying to stop one of us from stepping on broken glass when the photographer’s light fell at our feet.

What did you talk about?
Polish blood sausage, an autopsy Marta attended as a student, and how much it would cost to feed her dog Charlie fresh entrails every day.

Embarrassing moments?
A man seated at the next table was loudly watching a horror movie on his laptop. The constant screaming was a bit annoying.

Good table manners?
Flawless! Marta even used a knife and fork to dissect her shrimp bao.

The best thing about Marta?
His pragmatic approach to life.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
Of course my friends are the best thing about me.

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Thank you for your opinion.

Describe Marta in three words
Intrepid, forensic, unfazed.

What do you think she did with you?
I’m afraid to think. Too shy to ask another guest to turn down the volume?

Have you been anywhere?
We walked to the metro, thanked each other and said goodnight.

And … did you kiss?

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
I would have brought a pair of headphones for the man from the horror movie.

Notes out of 10?

Would you see each other again?
You never know, maybe we’ll cross paths during a Thai cooking class.

Andrew and Marta ate at Ma & Sanne, London SW3.
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