Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blind Date

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blind Date

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Byline: ALEX MATTIS

Great Eastern Dining Room, 54-56 Great Eastern Street, EC2 last week's date How it went He says: Last week David, 25, a recruitment consultant from Canada Water, chose Ronnie, 25, a PhD student from Waterloo.

WHY? I looked at the photos and decided one girl definitely wasn't for me.

Another was cute, but said she was buying a house. She's an admin assistant so I don't know how she can afford to do that. She must be a rich daddy's girl, which put me off. She also said that one of her vices was being late.

That's a stupid thing to put, isn't it? I just thought, 'Delete!' I was waiting in the bar and thought Ronnie had stood me up, didn't I? So I ended up getting thoroughly pissed. I only work across the road from the restaurant and had already drunk a few beers before we met. Then we ordered a bottle of champagne and an awful lot of food.

We talked a lot about her. I kept asking her questions to keep things moving. It meant I learned a lot more about her than she did about me. Still, information is power and all that. It was a good laugh.

After we left the restaurant we went to Jaguar Shoes, a bar around the corner. It's very Hoxton, so we played at trying to find the coolest person in the bar, which was fun.

Then we got a cab home. She wanted to go to 333, but I had to work the next day. It's OK for her - she's a student.

We're the same age, but we're definitely at different stages in life.

She's still a student, while I didn't go to university. I travelled around the world for two years and then got my act together and got a job.

Because of that, she's not my usual type. I don't usually hang out at studenty places. But Ronnie was fun, a good laugh, bubbly and sarcastic, which I liked. I'm quite cheeky, which some people take badly, but she handled it well.

It's difficult to say whether I fancied her. …

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