Blind date: ‘Did we kiss? Enthusiastically’

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What were you hoping for? At worst, a funny story. First impressions? What did you talk about? Any awkward moments? I nearly choked on a mussel at one point but I think — hope — I managed to conceal that all right.

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What were you hoping for? Something for my mates to mock me about, and a free meal. First impressions? Colourful and confident.

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What were you hoping for? Romance and an injection of excitement to jolt me out of my lockdown routine. First impressions? What did you talk about? Our top pubs, her time in New York, mine in Indonesia, murder mysteries both classic and involving tigers , tactics for making friends with neighbours. Any awkward moments?

It runs in the family is my only excuse. Good table manners? Either she is a quick eater or I was too focused on my saag paneer because I never actually saw her Chinese food.

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What were you hoping for? At worst, a funny date story and a free dinner. At best, a good time with someone I might not have otherwise met, and a free dinner.

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What were you hoping for? To break the monotony of lockdown with someone interesting. To flex my rusty conversational skills. First impressions? Really relaxed, friendly, with a lovely smile, and patient while I struggled to get my sound working properly. What did you talk about? Grassroots theatre, standup comedy, nieces and nephews, gay bars, sexual health, cringe-worthy dating apps, cocktails and city living.

Any awkward moments? With a second delay it was hard to have a flowing conversation.

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Blind date Each week, we fix up two Guardian readers. Blind date: ‘Any awkward moments? Saying goodbye with a face mask on’. Annie, 26, campaign organiser, meets Patrick, 25, climate policy advisor. Published: AM. Blind date: ‘If he had gone in, I would’ve kissed him back’.

Coronavirus has caused a unique set of stressors for single people, and a change in strategy for the dating apps they use.

Dating is a tricky business at the best of times, but even more so if you have a history of mental illness. D ating is hard. I continued to stare at the back of her head from my desk, in the full knowledge that she would never speak to me again. This is how it is for everyone. But what is it like when, in addition to your inability to say anything remotely funny or interesting to the person you are into, you have a mental health problem as well?

How does that affect the way you interact with them? How does it affect a relationship once you are actually in one?

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First impressions? A charming smile, a firm-ish handshake, and an electric blue coat. What did you talk about?

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He said he was a book collector, an avid traveller and a vegan — all pluses as far as I was concerned. Sure enough, at 8pm, Nick calls me. San Francisco based, Bradford said she was flying back from New York in early March when she noticed people practising physical distancing. New memberships are slightly down, but existing members are starting to spend more money within the app.

Video calls though, are definitely up. The date, I would say, is a success. I spy a well-made bed in the background and a clean floor. And he is able to show me his bookshelf as proof of his avid reader status. We tentatively arrange a second date a week later, this time in person, wary that the rules around us could shift at short notice. The following evening when Scott Morrison announces a two-person limit in public spaces, we rejoice.

The date can go on! Now they have had to pivot their offering to focus on video dating, a feature they launched on 7 April. Allysa, 45, was not so keen.

Blind date: ‘Did we kiss? Copiously…’

Surprised, I considered the notification, checked the address, read through the email again, clicked send. It bounced. The email was no longer functional.

Join guardian online dating. Former black caps captain daniel vettori has additional reading meeting new online. Sign in the company in this year, said: online.

What were you hoping for? I tried to leave expectations at the door. First impressions? Great smile. What did you talk about? Family, music tastes I can just about forgive him for dissing Girls Aloud — just and formative gay kisses on Hollyoaks. Any awkward moments? Not between us, but we got to chat to people at various stages of drunkenness round us, which is always a good way to convince yourself you are completely sober we were not.

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