Who’ll find love on our virtual date? This week it’s Rachel, 45, and John, 56,

Rachel, 45, (pictured) who has been single for seven years, is a circus skills instructor 

RACHEL, 45

Dating Past

I was in a long-term relationship for a decade, but that ended seven years ago. Since then I have dated on and off, but nothing serious as work was extremely busy. That was until the coronavirus. I had never been on a virtual date before, but I thought: ‘If not now, when?’

Pre-Date Nerves?

I spent the hours in the run-up to the date in a bit of a panic. Despite my profession, I am shy and introverted. I dressed in my favourite teal green dress and laid the table to make it feel more like a date.

First Impressions?

VITAL STATISTICS 

Single for seven years, with an 11-year-old son.

CURRENT ROLE

Circus skills instructor and professional hula hooper.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET . . .

Someone funny, happy and kind, yet also professionally driven — like me. I have no time for people without passions.

The screen was quite dark and the sound kept jumping and cutting out. I’m from the Midlands and was expecting a Brummie, but John is from Kent. He’d dressed up in a maroon jacket and seemed a lovely guy. Our internet connection wasn’t great, but John wasn’t nervous and took it all in his stride.

Easy To Talk To?

As A circus skills instructor, my job is usually a conversation starter. People can’t quite believe I get paid to hula hoop. But John never asked me what I do for fun.

When we talked about religion and spirituality, it became clear to me that our views contrast: I believe in science, while John is into crystal healing.

I enjoy talking to those with different world views, but having such diverging beliefs would rule someone out as a partner.

While we chatted, I had the most delicious Thai takeaway. It was a bit sad, because the day before I’d received a refund for my cancelled holiday of a lifetime to Thailand.

Embarrassing Moments?

Fortunately not. That’s the advantage of a virtual date. If we’d met in real life, I’d probably have fallen over as I’m rather clumsy.

I got through a bottle of wine, but I wasn’t attracted to John… 

Did Sparks Fly?

No. Sadly I wasn’t attracted to John. He is such a nice person, but just not my type. I tend to go for creative, passionate people with whom I share interests.

Like to meet in person?

not to pursue a romance. However, I am a convert to virtual dating.

RACHEL’S VERDICT: 5/10 

LIKED? Nice to talk to an adult.

REGRETS? Absolutely none.

SEE HIM AGAIN? Not romantically.

What do you think he thought of you?

He might think I’m rather partial to booze, because I worked my way through a delicious bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. It was a Friday, after all.

Would your friends like him?

They wouldn’t see us as a couple, but they’d like John as a person.

JOHN, 56

John, 56, (pictured) who is a purchase ledger clerk, has been single for a year

Dating Past

I was married for 21 years but, on reflection, I had not found true love. We didn’t have children and split in 2011. After that I had a one-year relationship, which ended a year ago.

Pre-Date Nerves?

I’m used to talking to people online and have even been doing martial arts classes virtually. But I was nervous during the day. After a shower and change of clothes, I set the table and ordered myself a takeaway pizza.

First Impressions?

VITAL STATISTICS

Single for a year, no children.

CURRENT ROLE

Purchase ledger clerk.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET . . .

Someone kind, with a sweet vulnerability — not cynical. I practise martial arts, and I like women who believe in crystal healing and spirituality.

The sound kept breaking up so, initially, I had trouble focusing on the conversation. Even so, I could tell Rachel is lovely and she was great company. She had a green dress on and I hope I made a good impression in my purple shirt with black trousers.

Easy To Talk To?

I was quite charmed by Rachel’s work as a circus skills teacher. She delivers classes and demonstrations to everyone from children with special needs to the elderly.

While our conversation ranged from the detective series Columbo to the coronavirus, we have different perspectives on what’s going on in the world right now.

We spoke about nature and the universe, and we were both gracious about our different opinions — it shows you can debate without ranting as so many do online nowadays. Not that I would ever rant, because I have respect for Rachel. There is always a way to talk things through calmly.

I had such a good time I couldn’t get to sleep afterwards 

Embarrassing Moments?

No. It was only later that I wished I’d complimented her on what she was wearing. I’m out of practice with dating, but I was smitten.

Did Sparks Fly?

JOHN’S VERDICT: 9/10 

LIKED? Our varied chit-chat.

REGRETS? Zoom kept crashing.

SEE HER AGAIN? Oh, goodness, yes! I was smitten.

That night, I couldn’t sleep straight away because I’d had such a great time. It felt nice chatting to Rachel. She’s a lovely person and a good listener.

Like to meet in person?

Yes, definitely.

What do you think she thought of you?

I’m pretty sure I came across OK. I think she was impressed I gave up my martial arts class so I would be ready for our date.

Would your friends like her?

Definitely. She is a kind person. I can’t imagine anyone not liking Rachel. 

Would you like us to find you a date? Fancy a date with an eligible single like you? Or would you like to play cupid for someone else? Email your — or their — details and a photo to blinddate@dailymail.co.uk

 

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