Blind Date: Maddy & Ed

MA History student Maddy Raine met third-year Politics student Ed Hall for a blind date set up by the Courier, with thanks to Ernest.

Grace Dean
18th February 2020
Image: Emma Monaghan

MA History student Maddy Raine met third-year Politics student Ed Hall for a blind date set up by the Courier, with thanks to Ernest.

Maddy on Ed

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I asked my friend and she said: “ditsy, giggly, intelligent, very sweet, absolutely beautiful, and just basically a dream. Easily confused though.”

What is your usual type?
My usual type is someone mature with a great sense of humour. My celebrity crush would have to be Ian Somerholder.

Why did you decide to sign up for blind date?
I decided to sign up for the blind date as I know Grace Dean and she’s been mentioning it for a while now and wanted to see what all the hype was about.

How did you feel before the date, and how did you prepare for it?
I felt quite nervous before the date because I’ve never done anything like it before and didn’t know what to expect.

What was your first impression of Ed?
He greeted me with a hug which was very gentlemanly of him.

What did you talk about?
We talked about a lot of different things like family, uni and our background. I was interested to find out about his life working on a farm.

Speaking of that - if Ed were a farm animal, which one would he be and why?
He would have to be a sheep; he’s a classic sports boy.

What was the highlight of your date?
Getting a free drink - because who doesn’t love that?

Did you fancy him?
Ed was a lovely guy but we are two very different people so I didn’t feel as though there was any chemistry between us.

Will you see him again?
Although the date went alright we didn’t have a lot in common so I don’t think we’ll be seeing each other again.

Have you heard from him since the date at all?
I had a random text from him at 2am the night of the date asking if I was awake, but apart from that no.

Ed on Maddy

So Ed, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m in third year studying Politics, I play quite a bit of football, I’m from Staffordshire…there’s not much else really.

What is your usual type?
Small, blonde, someone I get on with, someone who doesn’t cheat on me.

Have you ever been on a blind date before, and why did you choose to sign up with the Courier?
No, I had never been on a blind date before. All my friends agreed to sign up with me…it turned out I was the only one who signed up and they didn’t.

How were you feeling before the date and how did you prepare yourself for it?
I had a game of five-a-side football, and then I had a very quick change around, nailed a few G&Ts before I went, and went along. A bit of Dutch courage!

What did you talk about?
There was quite a lot of small talk – we talked a bit about where we’re from, what we like doing, a bit of skiing.

How would you describe her in three words?
Bubbly, pretty…sensible?

If she were a type of sweet, what she be and why?
A Crème Egg. She’s quite small, and lovely and soft on the inside.

And what did you make of Ernest as your date location?
It’s quite a cool place. I had never been there before. It was definitely a good place for a first date.

Do you think you’ll see Maddy again?
Probably not.

Have you been in contact at all since your date?
No, I don’t think so.

No late night messages?
I don’t…I don’t think that was meant for her. It’s because she was the most recent person on my texts.

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AUTHOR: Grace Dean
Editor-in-Chief of the Courier 2019/20, News Editor 2018/19, writer since 2016 and German & Business graduate. I've written for all of our sections, but particularly enjoy writing breaking news and data-based investigative pieces. Best known in the office for making tea and blasting out James Blunt. Twitter: @graceldean

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