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Liz on Philip

What were you hoping for?
An interesting and entertaining evening, and to meet a soulmate.

First impressions?
Tricky, as we had connection issues: his screen was like a storm in a snow globe. I could see a nice green jumper, though, and he looked friendly.

What did you talk about?
How to manage our technology! Phil was very open in talking about himself. It was touching to hear about his lovely mum whom he adores.

Any awkward moments?
It was hard to keep conversation flowing with the reception issues.

Good table manners?
He had ordered and started, but I waited, as negotiating food, perched on my bed, with my iPad precariously balanced on a pile of books, and terrible reception, was a step too far.

How long did you stay on the call?
About 40 minutes.

Best thing about Philip?
He has a nice laugh.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
I am not sure I would get the opportunity, as we probably wouldn’t meet again in the natural course of events.

Describe Philip in three words
Talkative, accommodating, kind.

What do you think he made of you?
Crikey, no idea. “Arty,” he said. Is that a good thing?

Any connection issues?
Yes, unfortunately.

And… did you swap numbers?
We already had.

How did the call end?
His chilli was getting chilly, so I suggested we both go and eat.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
The connection issues.

Marks out of 10?
A fun experience overall, so 7.

Would you meet again in person?
As friends maybe. I’m not sure we had much common ground.

Philip on Liz

What were you hoping for?
A true connection, and strong physical attraction.

First impressions?
Liz was warm, energetic, outgoing. She has a gap in her teeth, which is charming, and was a bit boho.

What did you talk about?
Single motherhood, open water swimming, male/female dynamics. We started with me confessing that I had already eaten my spicy starter – it had made my eyes stream and my voice squeaky, so she may have thought I was very emotional.

Any awkward moments?
Our tech failed and we had to transfer to mobile.

Good table manners?
Liz did not have food, I did, but in the light of tech issues, we agreed to concentrate on conversation.

How long did you stay on the call?
Half an hour. Liz considerately said she did not want my food going cold.

Best thing about Liz?
Her charm and openness.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
Yes. They would find her fun, up for a laugh, non-judgemental.

Describe Liz in three words
Open, charismatic, attractive.

What do you think she made of you?
A little bit too talkative.

Any connection issues?
Yes, and some mobile glitches, too.

And… did you swap numbers?
We had to, to speak on our mobiles.

How did the call end?
We said we’d talk again, but I said if she was only being polite, to text me.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
To meet face to face.

Marks out of 10?
8.

Would you meet again in person?
Yes.

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