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Blind date: ‘I found myself in a monologue about toilets from around the world’

Did Niamh, 23, a teacher, and Kabillan, 28, a business development manager, hit it off?

What were you hoping for?
A good story.

First impressions?
Good-looking and friendly.

What did you talk about?
He was really easy to talk to – anything from Pixar, travelling, society, weird dating shows. A good flow between funny and serious topics.

Any awkward moments?
No, and anything that had the potential to be awkward, we would joke, “That’s going to be the headline!”

Good table manners?
Perfect, great on chopsticks!

Best thing about Kabillan?
His sense of humour.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Yeah, I reckon he’s the kind of person who could hold a conversation with anyone, plus he would definitely make them laugh.

Describe Kabillan in three words
Gentlemanly, funny, confident.

What do you think he made of you?
That I should try more new food.

Did you go on somewhere?
Yes, to a pub next door.

And… did you kiss?
No.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
I would have made a better attempt to eat that soup dumpling in one go.

Marks out of 10?
9.

Would you meet again?
Never say never!

Kabillan on Niamh

What were you hoping for?
A fun non-Tinder date, like the old days.

First impressions?
Apologetic for being late, but soon settled down and broke the ice by discussing Ted Bundy.

What did you talk about?
The pain of having a name spelt contrary to its pronunciation when ordering in Starbucks, her fear of Scottish accents, woke kids and Countdown.

Any awkward moments?
I found myself deep in an accidental monologue about toilets from around the world.

Good table manners?
Exceptional chopstick skills, especially considering she had never eaten a dumpling before.

Best thing about Niamh?
Her lovely smile and passion for a well-poured Guinness.

Would you introduce her to your friends? 
I don’t see why not.

Describe Niamh in three words
Friendly, polite and warm.

What do you think she made of you?
A weirdo who wasn’t afraid to discuss disabled toilet etiquette and crack sex jokes about dictators on a first date.

Did you go on somewhere?
A pub nearby for a drink.

And… did you kiss?
No.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
I’d leave it as it was. She’s a lovely girl, but there wasn’t any romance.

Marks out of 10?
7.

Would you meet again?
As friends.

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