Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blind Date

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blind Date

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Byline: JANE BURN

last week's date

Benares, 12 Berkeley Square, W1 Last week Gary, 32, an installation engineer from Hayes, chose Rachel, 29, a promotions manager from Brixton WHY? It was a tough decision but I chose Rachel over the other two because she sounded more of a laugh.

How it went Gary says: I had a lovely evening. I was late arriving at the restaurant but when I saw Rachel, I wasn't disappointed - she was attractive and looked just like her photo. We were nervous initially, and it all seemed a bit formal until we'd had a couple of drinks and a good chat. It sounds like Rachel has a great job, meeting bands, travelling with them, looking after them when they're at the record label and some of those caring qualities were very apparent during the date. She was very confident and outgoing, and very much came across as a 'people person'.

We both love travelling and had some interesting conversations about the various places we'd been, and how much we need to work on our snowboarding.

We both have a love of music which, on reflection, I didn't seem to talk about so much.

Then again, as she works in the industry all day it's probably the last thing she wants to hear. Rachel and I move in very different circles, and she loves living in London with all it has to offer. I like going out in London, mainly Islington and Clerkenwell, but she goes out a lot more then me - we'd probably never bump into each other. We didn't have a great deal in common, but we had a laugh - the napkins and breadbasket two tables down from ours caught fire. Though it was quite cruel, it was good entertainment watching them discreetly trying to extinguish the flames.

Rachel's a great girl, but probably better suited to someone who moves in similar circles to her.

I think we both came to the conclusion that we weren't really compatible. …

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