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Who’ll find love on our blind date? This week it’s Lucy, 35, and Jo, 40

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Lucy (pictured), 35, has been single for 18 months

Lucy, 35

Past dating?

When I was younger, I kissed a lot of girls, but thought nothing of it. I dated men, but I’ve come to the conclusion that men don’t know how to treat women.

Eighteen months ago I broke up with my boyfriend of ten. Since then, I’ve been in a short relationship with a woman and had a number of dates with women. I now know that I am no longer physically attracted to men.

Pre-date nerves?

I knew I was going to have butterflies, but I am a different person now and went into the experience to be myself. I chose to wear cropped jeans and a sheer top, paired with heels and a clutch.

First impression?

Vital Statistics

Single for 18 months, no children.

CURRENT ROLE

Personal trainer.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

A natural beauty with dark hair. She would be well dressed, ambitious and fit, but not so strict that she can’t enjoy a night out.

I was early so I treated myself to a brandy cocktail. Jo showed up on time – I liked that she didn’t keep me waiting. She wore a fitted, flowery dress that looked good on her, and she has a beautiful smile. We complimented each other on our outfits, which broke the ice.

As a trainer, it’s in my DNA to watch people’s physiques, and I could see Jo working out, which was a plus.

Easy to talk to?

We both follow a mostly plant-based diet, so we had a lot to talk about as we studied the menu. When we went on a date, we relaxed our principles and since I’d never had scallops before, we shared a plate of them to start – they were delicious.

We talked about our ‘coming out’ stories. Jo knew she was gay from a young age and was happy to share this with her loved ones. She supported me that I did this recently as well.

We both love poetry and Jo was impressed that one of my poems was in a collection this year. Later I sent her some of my work.

Embarrassing moments?

Lucy’s verdict: 8/10

LIKED? A relaxed evening.

REGRET? No.

COFFEE OR CAB? Coffee as friends.

No, nothing for me, thankfully.

Did sparks fly?

New. Although I found Jo attractive, she’s not for me. I suspect she feels the same. Since I only recently entered the world of lesbian dating, I’m still figuring out what type of person I’m attracted to. Jo has invited me to events where I can meet other women.

Will you see her again?

As a friend for sure. We spent three hours together and Jo commented that we should do it again but I got the impression it was on a platonic basis.

What do you think she thought of you?

She kept telling me how sweet I am, so that’s positive.

Would your friends like her?

She would easily suit most.

Jo (pictured), 40, is recently single

Jo (pictured), 40, is recently single

Yo, 40

Past dating?

I dated a lot in my twenties and thirties, and I’ve always had relationships with women. The last time I dated a man was when I was 17.

Over the past two decades, I’ve had a string of long-term relationships that have usually lasted more than two years, but I’m not ready for a solid commitment.

This is the first time I’ve been completely untethered since I was 34.

Pre-date nerves?

I had zero nerves. I went on a blind date before and we became friends after that. I’ve dated so many times that the prospect of meeting someone new isn’t something I cling to.

Vital Statistics

Recently single, no children.

CURRENT ROLE

Marketing director.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

Someone fun, flirty and feminine who loves what she does, and not insecure or a smoker.

First impression?

Despite being on time, Lucy was already sitting at the restaurant bar with a drink. She is beautiful with beautiful eyes and a warm smile. We were incredibly complimentary to each other about how we looked.

Easy to talk to?

We talked about our love of poetry – one of my favorite writers is the American poet Emily Dickinson. I hope to complete a master’s degree in creative writing in the future, and I was impressed to learn that Lucy has published her poetry.

We both have had interesting love lives. I’ve been dating for 22 years, so I was able to explain the nuances of lesbian life, while giving a few tips on how best to integrate Lucy into our community.

Embarrassing moments?

None – the evening went well.

Did sparks fly?

No, I don’t think so, and that’s on both sides. But I want to be friends and I don’t make empty gestures – I would like to see her again.

Jo’s verdict: 8/10

LIKED? Lucy’s authenticity.

REGRET? No.

COFFEE OR CAB? Coffee as friends.

She is caring and asked for my number to make sure I got home safely. We walked to the Tube together and she gave me a hug.

Will you see her again?

Yes, as friends. I want to introduce Lucy to other women. I wasn’t flirting with her – she certainly would have known if I was.

What do you think she thought of you?

Lucy is a genuine person, and I hope she sees that too.

Would your friends like her?

Surely. I’m already thinking about who to pair Lucy with. She’s a catch.

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