What did you expect? A lovely evening, getting to know someone, good food, good company.
First impressions? A very smiling and happy lady. No discomfort at all.
What did you talk about? No stone was left unturned. Pastry shop. Broken ovens. Family. Functioning. Flying trapeze. Boxing. How an actor’s brain works. How easily we both cry in front of movies and TV. And sleeping habits.
Awkward moments? Made a mess with an appetizer – lost my tenuous baguette grip on it. She was kind enough not to talk about it.
Table manners? Brilliant. She decided early on that chopsticks weren’t the answer for her – I wish I had gone too.
Best thing about Kate? How interested and involved she was in everything she was.
Would you introduce her to your friends? Yes – especially the flying trapeze group, because I think she would like that.
Describe Kate in three words? Warm, engaging, motivated.
What do you think she did to you? Honestly, I have no idea. I hope she found me at least some entertaining and interesting company!
Did you go somewhere? Only the pipe. She gets up very early and I made a long trip to Oxford.
And… did you kiss? No.
If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be? Conversation at the back of the tube was ridiculously difficult, between the noise and the masks. I feel like it all ended quite oddly.
Score out of 10? 8.5
Would you meet again? Fortunately. If we ever did, I suspect it would be at a parkrun, even though she would be ahead of me the whole way!
Kate on Rhys
What did you expect? A great time and, if nothing else, a great story for the grandkids.
First impressions? Not my usual type.
What did you talk about? Llanelli’s pronunciation. Our love of A-level math. How Holiday Inns are better than Travelodges. And why pets should always have human names.
Awkward moments? Not before the end in the subway. Conversations on loud London hits were hard work even before face masks.
Table manners? Flawless. He always made sure my water glass was full and mastered the chopsticks (unlike me).
The best thing about Rhys? A great storyteller and has a kind laugh.
Would you introduce it to your friends? Not out of romantic interest, but maybe when I drag them to one of his shows.
Describe Rhys in three words? Intriguing, authentic, magical.
What do you think he did to you? Overexcitable, easy going, not ready to settle down.
Did you go somewhere? We went to Oxford Circus, where we said our goodbyes.
And… did you kiss? No. I never felt like the evening was heading in that direction.
If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be? He didn’t show me any magic tricks.
Score out of 10? 7
Would you meet again? Probably not “see you again”, but I told her I would come to her magic show – and I’m a woman of my word.
Kate and Rhys ate at Nanban, London SW9. Fancy a blind date? Email firstname.lastname@example.org