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TMCNet:  Weekend: RELATIONSHIPS: Blind date Political journalist David Torrance, 35, meets software developer Daniel Cini, 32

[February 09, 2013]

Weekend: RELATIONSHIPS: Blind date Political journalist David Torrance, 35, meets software developer Daniel Cini, 32

(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) David on Daniel Before the date, what were you hoping for Someone engaging and amusing. Oh, and a good "I once did the Guardian blind date" anecdote.

First impressions Good, although I thought he was Irish [rather than Maltese]. He took that well.

What did you talk about Radio 4, politics, Malta, Edinburgh, West End theatre - lots of stuff.

Any awkward moments He looked slightly disappointed when I said I didn't like The Archers.

Good table manners Absolutely fine, although we both struggled a bit with the scallops.

Best thing about him The conversation flowed easily.

Would you introduce him to your friends Sure. He probably gets along with anyone.

Could he meet the parents Perhaps, although my mother doesn't really approve of foreigners.

Did you go on somewhere No - I had to get up early and he was moving house.

And. . . did you kiss Only a slightly awkward French-style kiss (my fault).

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be The area was a bit lifeless.

Marks out of 10 7.

Would you meet again Yes, but probably more as theatre buddies.

Daniel on David Before the date, what were you hoping for An engaging evening with someone I wouldn't normally get to meet.

First impressions Handsome and smartly dressed. Extra points for the glasses.

What did you talk about Politics, Radio 4 presenters, Asia, theatre, the joys of travelling by train over air.


Any awkward moments Saying goodbye. Hug Handshake Combo Good table manners Impeccable, although the starters tested our mettle on the spiciness front.

Best thing about him He was polite and very smart.

Would you introduce him to your friends Sure. The more the merrier.

Could he meet the parents My mother loves meeting my London friends, so you never know.

Did you go on somewhere No - we both had early starts the morning after.

And. . . did you kiss No.

If you could change one thing about the evening what would it be The long, cold train journey back.

Marks out of 10 A solid 8.

Would you meet again We exchanged numbers and agreed to make plans for a theatre outing.

Daniel and David ate at Blue Elephant, London SW6, blueelephant.com.

Fancy a blind date Email blind.date@guardian.co.uk.

(c) 2013 Guardian Newspapers Limited.

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