Holly, staff training at the University of Bristol
Have you ever been on a blind date before?
Shahan: “This was the first one. At least I have practice should I ever end up on Channel 4’s First Dates…”
What made you want to go on this blind date?
Holly: “The potential to meet the man of my dreams (although I’m not sure if Aidan Turner has time to date between filming).”
Shahan: “I was away from Bristol for six months for personal reasons, and wanted to make attempts at dating again.”
What were your first thoughts when you saw your date?
Holly: “He wasn’t quite Aidan Turner.”
Shahan: “She looked familiar; someone I went to college with. But it wasn’t her!”
What did you talk about?
Holly: “Mainly music, films, and dating failures. My favourite quote of the evening was ‘spreadsheets before bedsheets’ (in reference to relationships with co-workers).”
Shahan: “We talked about ourselves in equal measure. And I brought up the times I was a gameshow contestant, appeared in an AC/DC music video, and I ran against myself to be student president while at uni.”
What was the atmosphere like?
Holly: “Relaxed and friendly – the restaurant was lively and we managed to find lots to talk about.”
Shahan: “It was nice. We were sat by the window so we had a great view of the dark, night river.”
Any moments when you wished you were somewhere else?
Holly: “No, I don’t think we were a great match, but we still had fun (and the steak was delicious).”
Shahan: “Surprisingly, no.”
What would you say is the best characteristic of your date?
Holly: “Shahan is extremely open and friendly, and made me feel at ease.”
Shahan: “Holly was easy to talk to, and was understanding and considerate.”
What do you think your date made of you?
Holly: “Probably that I should drink less wine.”
Shahan: “That I have plenty of entertaining stories!”
Is there anything you would change about your evening?
Holly: “I would have had more wine.”
Shahan: “As it was a date, the setting seemed right.”
Did you go somewhere else after your meal?
Holly: “No, we went our separate ways.”
Shahan: “We were both tired and had work in the morning. Otherwise we would have gone to a bar for another drink.”
Were there any sparks of potential?
Holly: “Not for me I’m afraid.”
Shahan: “Some sparks, but a lot more ignition is needed, if you know what I mean…”
Will you meet again?
Holly: “Not for a date, but maybe as friends.”
Shahan: “We exchanged numbers, but as of writing, we haven’t arranged to meet up yet.”
If you’d like to take part in one of our blind dates, please email email@example.com. You’ll have your food and drinks taken care of, leaving you to concentrate on the chemistry of love.
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