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Yev on Ellis

Blind date: ‘She quickly asked me to stop talking about Star Trek’ |  Relationships

What did you expect?
A fun evening, a great dinner and a great story to have at the end.

First impressions?
A little nervous but sweet. He said he chose the table by the bar instead of the one by the window in case it got colder later, which I thought was very considerate of him.

What did you talk about?
Russia/Ukraine. Wine. Our jobs. Hummus. How Star Trek is apparently the best pre-bed watch. Favorite podcasts. The ups and downs of life on a boat.

All the awkward moments?
Only saying goodbye to the tube.

Table manners?
Definitively. We shared most dishes. Ellis was in charge of halving the portions – 10 out of 10 for knife skill.

The best thing about Ellis?
It was very easy to talk to him.

Would you introduce it to your friends?

Describe Ellis in three words
Friendly, interesting, cute.

What do you think he did to you?
Absolutely no idea! He was laughing at my jokes, so it seemed like he was enjoying the evening.

Did you go somewhere?

And… did you kiss?

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
I would stick to one type of wine – this was an amazing wine, though.

Score out of 10?
7. It was a nice evening but without a romantic atmosphere.

Would you meet again?
As friends, of course. I’ve always wanted a friend who lives on a boat!

Questions and answers

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Can I choose who I match with?
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What personal information will appear?
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Honestly but respectfully. Be aware of how it will read on your date, and Blind date reaches a wide audience, in print and online.

Will I see the other person’s answers?
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Will you find me The One?
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Can I do it in my hometown?
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Ellis on Yev

Blind date: ‘She quickly asked me to stop talking about Star Trek’ |  Relationships

What did you expect?
Food, laughter, and any free therapy, medical or tax advice I could get.

First impressions?
Elegant – although I had three glasses less at this point.

What did you talk about?
What haven’t we talked about? Her work in a dating app. My ideas for a dating app. His belief that it should be illegal to pass someone in a swimming pool. My belief that everyone should be forced to watch Star Trek.

Awkward moments?
She quickly asked me to stop talking about Star Trek.

Table manners?
We were seated at the bar sharing tiny plates; it was a full scrum.

The best thing about Yev?
She effortlessly made a great conversation in her third language.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
I wouldn’t do that to him.

Describe Yev in three words
Not a Trekkie.

What do you think she did to you?
She seemed generally worried.

Did you go somewhere?
Only the Victoria line – we were both quite full at this point.

And… did you kiss?
On the Victoria line?

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
I should have had lunch.

Score out of 10?

Would you meet again?
I’m not pointing fingers, but we didn’t exchange numbers.

Yev and Ellis ate at INO Gastrobar, London W1. Fancy a blind date? Email

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