Who'll find love on our blind date? This week it's Carole and John

Who'll find love on our blind date? This week it's Carole and John


Who’ll find love on our blind date? This week it’s Carole, 70 and John, 76 but will romance be on the cards?

  • Every week, FEMAIL asks two singletons to report back from their blind date 
  • Carole, 70 and John, 76 who live in the UK, shared their experience  
  • Would you like us to find you a date? Are you a singleton, or is there someone you’d like to send on a blind date? Email: blinddate@dailymail.co.uk 

Carole, 70, (pictured) is a part-time executive coach and body language author 

Carole, 70 

Dating Past?

I was divorced at 28 after five years of marriage. I think we married too quickly. He proposed after just a month of dating. I had a 12-year relationship that ended ten years ago, and more recently a six-month relationship and a couple of flings. I’ve done some internet dating, but I’ve been single for three years.

Pre-Date Nerves?

I’ve never been on a blind date, but I thought it would be a good day out whatever happened. I enjoyed dressing up in a nice dress and jewellery.

Vital statistics

Divorced and single, no children.

current role

Part-time executive coach and body language author.

would like to meet

Someone confident, who can mix in all circles. My celebrity crush is Brad Pitt; well, you can dream!

First Impressions?

John has a lovely smile and good skin. He was smartly dressed and doesn’t look his age.

I was taken aback when he told me that he didn’t have a mobile phone. He lives a quiet life in the country and I live a busy one in the city. I have worked and travelled all over the world. He’s a nice guy, but living in a different world to me.

We talked about our travels and work, but we didn’t have much in common. In fact, at one point he told me, ‘We are complete opposites.’ He was right.

Easy To Talk To?

It wasn’t strained, but it wasn’t light-hearted banter either.

He didn’t really ask me any questions, but I chatted away and he told me about his family. He’s a jolly soul and has enjoyed his life and teaching, and now he’s happy living in the country.

Embarrassing Moments?


Did Sparks Fly?

Carole’s verdict: 7/10 

Liked? John was cheerful.

Regrets? There was no romantic spark. 

See him again? No.

No. I told him he had a warm smile, but he never complimented me. He’s a nice guy for someone who wants a settled life. I didn’t want to flirt, but I’m not bad at it when I do. He told me he was looking for a partner and suggested I wasn’t, so I said, ‘Why don’t you ask me?’

Would you like to meet him again?

I’d maybe meet him if he came to London, but I wouldn’t make the effort to visit him. We’re too different. He plays bridge and I go to art galleries and theatres.

What do you think he thought of you?

He thinks I’m strident and not looking for a relationship. Just because I’m independent doesn’t mean I’m not looking for a partner.

Would your family like him?

My friends would know instantly that he isn’t for me. I need a more creative person who has much more drive within them.

JOHN, 76 

Dating past?

I was married for 45 years, but my wife passed away ten years ago from cancer. Since then, I’ve had some casual dinner dates, but nothing has developed.

I’m not internet friendly, even the telephone is anathema to me. I know that sounds funny as I’m an engineer, but I prefer face-to-face meetings when possible. 

Pre-Date Nerves?

Vital statistics  

Widower for past ten years, with one son, and three grandchildren.

Current role

Retired college lecturer in engineering.

Would like to meet

An honest , sincere, home-loving woman, who is looking for a soulmate, and is pleasant to look at from morning until night

I was looking forward to it and dressed up in a suit and tie. I have a young outlook on life and keep myself in good health. I am of Iraqi origin and came to England to study when I was 17, settled and gained British naturalisation. I’m in contact with my siblings in Iraq and visit them whenever I can.

First Impressions?

Carole is extremely smart and looks great for her age.

Easy To Talk To?

We started chatting immediately as if we had known each other for years, but it wasn’t long before I concluded she has no time for a relationship.

She told me she didn’t believe in soulmates. Almost from the start, I knew she wasn’t interested. She was horrified that I lived in ‘the sticks’ as she prefers London. The conversation flowed, but we differ on many things. I believe opposites can attract, but she doesn’t.

Later, I texted her to say I think we should have a chance to meet again, but she said no.

Embarrassing Moments?

John’s verdict: 7/10 

Liked? Knowledgeable.

Regrets? That she couldn’t meet without judgment.

See her again? No point.

Not at all. We were at ease, partly because she made the decision I wasn’t for her.

Did Sparks Fly?

Carole is an intelligent lady who is not prepared to compromise. She was looking for a male mirror image of herself and I do not meet any of the requirements. It’s back to square one for me.

Would you like to meet her again?

I would, but I know she won’t. She put the shutters down quickly, which is a shame.

What do you think she thought of you?

Carole didn’t see me as a match. When my wife died, in her will she’d requested the song The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face to be played at her funeral; this alone makes me believe in myself.

Would your family like her?

They are accepting so would get on with Carole.

Fancy a posh meal 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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