Blind date: ‘He hadn’t read the social-distancing memo’

Eddie on Gisela

What were you hoping for?
A soulmate able to see through the smoke and mirrors, and together see what can be done for our children’s children.

First impressions?
Stylish, confident, engaging.

What did you talk about?
Futures for ourselves and the planet, Jeremy Corbyn, inequality, can corporate “democracy” work?

Any awkward moments?
We were the last to leave.

Good table manners?
We shared everything.

Best thing about Gisela?
Great appearance, good to talk to, engaging, a thinker.

Would you introduce her to your friends?

Describe Gisela in three words
Feisty, warm, open.

What do you think she made of you?
Straight-talking, engaging, optimistic.

Did you go on somewhere?
No. We left a box of chocolates for the crew there; they helped make the evening special.

If it weren’t for social distancing, would you have kissed?
We broke that rule.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
Nothing – it was a perfect evening, a really special occasion.

Marks out of 10?
Full marks.

Would you meet again?


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Will you find me The One?
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Gisela on Eddie

What were you hoping for?
A pleasant night out in London with good company. If something were to come of it, that would be a bonus.

First impressions?
Eddie arrived wearing a keffiyeh and carrying his cycle helmet, and presented me with a heart-shaped box of scented roses. Promising.

What did you talk about?
Politics (we agreed, mostly). Our respective work, and Eddie’s community projects.

Any awkward moments?
Honestly not, even when he turned up at the tube station to check I’d got there safely.

Good table manners?
Yes. We agreed the courses, taster-style, and he gave me the larger part of the two desserts.

Best thing about Eddie?
He’s interesting, active, and wants to change things for the better for the community.

Would you introduce him to your friends?

Describe Eddie in three words
Optimist, idealist, kind.

What do you think he made of you?
That’s a difficult one. I think he was hoping for an instant connection. I’m not sure he found that.

Did you go on somewhere?
No, we stayed until the restaurant, closed, by which time going on was not an option.

If it weren’t for social distancing, would you have kissed?
Eddie hadn’t read the social-distancing memo.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
Perhaps suggesting we answer the questionnaire together.

Marks out of 10?

Would you meet again?

Gisela and Eddie ate at Officina 00, London EC1

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