‘She tried to bring up politics but I was worried she was more leftwing than me’
First impressions? First impressions?
LIFE ST YLE
Mariana meets Oliver Mariana 34, rights manager What were you hoping for? Not to make a fool of myself, as everyone I know (and have dated) reads the Guardian. He was fashionably early, which is always a good sign. What did you talk about? How London is the best city in the world. The greatness of Abba. Oil companies and the cost of living (is anyone talking about anything else?). How we’re both going to the same Ezra Collective gig. Most awkward moment? It was never awkward and we had the gig to talk about. But I don’t think there was much back and forth. Good table manners? There was lots of rice on the table when we finished – which I think is a sign of a good meal (or a small table). Best thing about Oliver? He is keen on making the most of living in London. Would you introduce Oliver to your friends? I think my friends’ energy might scare him a bit. Describe Oliver in three words. Friendly, punctual, foodie. What do you think he made of you? That I’m way too obsessed with east London. Did you go on somewhere? No. And ... did you kiss? No. If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be? I would have ordered dessert. Also a bit more banter. Marks out of 10? I think everyone always deserves a gold star – that’s why I could never be a teacher! Would you meet again? We will probably bump into each other at that gig, but I don’t think there is a spark between us. Oliver 32, account manager What were you hoping for? To meet someone new, with similar interests and a potential spark. Punctual (we both arrived five minutes early), a little nervous and pretty. What did you talk about? Work. Football. Travel. Music. Swimming in cold water. Film. TV. A bit of Brazilian and UK politics. Most awkward moment? She tried to bring up politics but I worried she was more leftwing than me and we’d clash. Good table manners? Impeccable. Best thing about Mariana? She has lots of interests, including great music taste and a passion for writing. Would you introduce Mariana to your friends? I don’t see why not. Describe Mariana in three words. Stylish, friendly, interesting. What do you think she made of you? She probably thought I was friendly, but that there wasn’t an attraction between us. Did you go on somewhere? No, I don’t think that was ever on the cards for us. And ... did you kiss? No. Just a polite hug. If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be? If I’d known Mariana lived in east London, I wouldn’t have got her to trek for an hour to west London! Marks out of 10? 7. Would you meet again? Maybe if we bump into each other at the Ezra Collective gig ... Mariana and Oliver ate at Dishoom Kensington, London W8. Fancy a blind date? Email email@example.com