Blind date: ‘The screaming infants on the following desk weren’t precisely mood-matching’ | Relationship

Philip on Tom

What have been you hoping for? A date story I might inform my pals that didn’t finish in full catastrophe or me discovering out he has a secret spouse.

First impressions? Trendy and cute. He has the identical trousers as me … fortunately, I wasn’t sporting the identical ones.

What did you speak about Our curiosity in theatre: I studied performing arts and he works with a casting company. Popping out to households, on-line courting throughout lockdown, and the way Kelly Clarkson’s Beneath the Tree is the perfect Christmas music ever. I don’t suppose there was a silent second.

Any awkward moments?
I believe a photograph shoot with a whole stranger constitutes as awkward. Nothing both of us stated or did after that topped the preliminary meet.

Good desk manners? He ate an Indian buffet with out making a multitude, so I used to be fairly impressed.


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Smartest thing about Tom?Extremely simple to speak to: it felt like a catchup with a buddy greater than a date.

Would you introduce him to your pals? Sure, he’d match proper in.

Describe Tom in three phrases? Humorous, cute, pleasant.

What do you suppose he made from you?I believe he thought I used to be a bit eccentric when it got here to popular culture, hopefully in a great way. We appeared to share the identical sense of humour. A number of laughter.

Did you go on someplace? The practice dwelling. I had work the following day.

And… did you kiss?

In case you might change one factor concerning the night what wouldn’t it be?
The screaming infants on the desk subsequent to us weren’t precisely mood-matching, nevertheless it additionally made for dialog on whether or not we needed infants ourselves, so their presence wasn’t totally irrelevant.

Marks out of 10? 7.5.

Would you meet once more? I don’t suppose there was a romantic spark for both of us, however as an individual he’s nice and I might meet once more as pals.

Tom and Philip on their date.
Tom and Philip on their date.

Tom on Philip


What have been you hoping for? To interrupt my lockdown courting drought, free meals and drinks, and to get rinsed by the Guyliner.

First impressions? The photographer captured our “first reactions” which was a bit awkward. Good footwear, very smiley.

What did you speak about? Relationship within the pandemic; how Beneath the Tree is the best Christmas music of all time; his frequent holidays to Disneyland.

Any awkward moments? Probably not – just a few lulls in dialog however nothing horrible.

Good desk manners? I believe so. I used to be so hungry I used to be extra centered alone plate. We did joke about how messy the meals was, however he left together with his white T-shirt unstained. He inspired me to take the leftovers, which was good.

Smartest thing about Philip? He was very simple to speak to, very open.

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Thanks on your suggestions.

Would you introduce him to your pals? If we ran into one another.

Describe Philip in three phrases? Variety, smiley, beneficiant.

What do you suppose he made from you? That I used to be consuming too rapidly.

Did you go on someplace? We didn’t, I’m afraid – there wasn’t actually a spark.

And… did you kiss? No – and if we had, it will have been a garlicky one!

In case you might change one factor concerning the night what wouldn’t it be? The screaming infants sitting subsequent to us – even the supervisor made a remark.

Marks out of 10? 7.

Would you meet once more? Most likely not.

Tom and Philip ate at Farzi Cafe, London SW1

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