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Who’ll discover love on our blind date? This week it is Jo, 48 and Ben, 44…

Jo, 48, has been single for 2 years, with a daughter, 26, and son, 11

VITAL STATISTICS

Single for 2 years, with a daughter, 26, and son, 11.

CURRENT ROLE

Advertising and marketing strategist.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

I desire youthful males—they have a tendency to have extra vitality and take higher care of themselves. I additionally like emotionally clever, pushed varieties.

I did not used to suppose I had a kind. Now I notice I actually do

JO, 48

relationship previous

I used to be married till 2015—we had been collectively for ten years. I used to be then in a four-year relationship, however I’ve had nothing long-term since. I am impartial, run my very own enterprise and maintain myself, all of which makes it a lot more durable to satisfy somebody. I do not drink both, so I’ve to push myself to exit.

Pre-Date Nerves?

No, I am used to assembly individuals for my enterprise. I am an introvert however will be extrovert once I must.

First Impressions?

I might inform Ben was extra nervous than me. He went for a handshake whereas I went for a kiss on his cheek. Bodily, he wasn’t my kind, however that made it straightforward to chill out.

Simple To Discuss To?

I already knew that Ben’s mum has most cancers and he was taking care of her, which speaks effectively of him. We talked about how she is doing and I actually felt for him, particularly as he misplaced his canine final yr, too.

We talked about my two canine — Bob, a Jack Russell, and Bear (a Jack Russell-Beagle cross).

I had seemed on the menu prematurely, so I knew what I needed to order, however Ben took ages selecting. I’m humorous (is it OK to say that?) and I did make Ben giggle.

Embarrassing Moments?

Ben did ask me which knife and fork to make use of. Nevertheless it was refreshing that he doesn’t place any significance on ‘fancy eating places’.

JO’S VERDICT: 7/10

LIKED? Ben’s potential to talk.

REGRETS? No lo creo.

COFFEE OR CAB? cab.

Did Sparks Fly?

No. Beforehand I had mentioned I did not actually have a kind. . . however now I notice that perhaps I do. I am going to the gymnasium every single day, and weight-training is my one real love. That is not the case for Ben.

I am unsure how a relationship would work with somebody who would not work out as usually as me.

See him once more?

In all probability not. We left the restaurant after three beautiful hours and we hugged goodbye on the practice station. We have now shared some photos from our date, however that is it.

What do you suppose he considered you?

Ben mentioned he thought I used to be humorous. I gave him a field of candies for his mum, so I hope he thought I used to be a pleasant individual and that I used to be additionally good firm.

Would your loved ones and pals like him?

I could not see myself introducing him to them, to be truthful. Life is simply too brief to be with somebody when you have got so little in widespread.

Ben 44, has been English for five years, and has no children

Ben 44, has been English for 5 years, and has no kids

VITAL STATISTICS

Single for 5 years, no kids.

CURRENT ROLE

Audiovisual technician.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

A heat, bubbly lady with an ideal humorousness. I do not like these impolite stuck-up varieties who take themselves too severely and by no means say thanks.

I mentioned she appears to be like nice for her age. She did not return the praise

BEN’S VERDICT: 8.5/10

LIKED? Jo’s sense of humour.

REGRETS? Not one.

COFFEE OR CAB? Espresso.

Ben, 44

relationship previous

My final relationship lasted ten years. We had been very joyful however, ultimately, mutually agreed it had run its course. I’ve dated on and off, however my mum has lung most cancers so I am centered on her proper now.

Pre-Date Nerves?

If I am trustworthy, a couple of, however I used to be excited to be going out. I made a decision the night time earlier than to put on a pair of good grey trousers with a pink shirt. Mother knew concerning the date; she’d like to see me calm down.

First Impressions?

In a phrase—wow. I wasn’t anticipating somebody in her late 40s to look as superb as Jo, and I did not hesitate to go with her on it. No, she did not return the praise.

Simple To Discuss To?

We talked about Jo’s kids, and the way she shares custody of her son. She already knew my mum was unwell, as we would needed to put the date again by a couple of weeks in consequence.

She even arrived with candies for her, which was considerate. I feel I shocked Jo and the maître d’ once I requested for ketchup for my ribeye steak.

We each love animals and I discussed dropping my canine, Pleasure, final yr. Jo laughed (quite a bit) once I informed her how I might picked her up from the vet as soon as and mentioned, ‘I am right here for Pleasure’, solely to be informed I used to be within the mistaken institution. I actually do miss her.

Embarrassing Moments?

I at all times journey over one thing or say the mistaken factor on a date.

I informed Jo she was ‘fairly good’ — she picked up on the usage of ‘fairly’, asking what I meant by that. Girls!

Did Sparks Fly?

Sure, undoubtedly, although I think she is a bit out of my league. Jo has bought her personal enterprise and her life is sorted.

I am laid-back, whereas she could be very pushed. I like that she lifts weights — she has impressed me to get again to the gymnasium.

See her once more?

I’d like to — Jo is superb and you do not meet many like her. I hope she’d see me for a drink.

What do you suppose she considered you?

Humorous? Immature? A lover of ketchup? It is exhausting to say.

Would your loved ones like her?

100 per cent — my mum and my sister love robust, feisty ladies like Jo.

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