Valentine's Day - date our readers
- Anna Millar
- 2 February 2012
Need a date for February 14th? Ten eligible List readers are ready and waiting...
Let's be honest, finding someone decent to date can prove a tricky old business. Rejoice then, for the cupids at The List have done it for you. Prepare to be enchanted as you meet 10 List readers that you (yes you!) can ask out on a date
Work: Arts marketing
Where do you live: Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Hobbies: Frequenting the cinema, gym-ing, watching live dance and opera, wandering around galleries and museums and dancing in my bedroom.
Describe yourself in 5 words: Passionate, loyal, geeky, ambitious and curious.
Guilty pleasure: Sometimes I enjoy eating Flamin' Hot-flavoured Monster Munch and Kinder Bueno at the same time. Trust me.
Pet peeve: Very loud and unnecessary nose blowing and throat clearing.
Animal lover? I wouldn't go as far as to say 'lover' but I do find a little ball of fur pretty cute and would love to have a French Bulldog called Colin some day. At the moment I'm happy enough looking after my goldfish, Gemma.
What's your idea of a great night out? Nights which start without a real plan or just happen after a day at work are often the best. Meeting for a drink and ending up grabbing some food. Having excellent chat and giggles with friends and strangers and ending up somewhere with a dancefloor where massive shapes can be pulled. Perfect.
What's your idea of a great night in? A cold winter evening curled up on the sofa with a real fire, a nice bottle of red wine, pizza and a really good film. Throw in some alpine knitwear and we're in business.
Sum up your perfect date: Someone a bit awkward (but cool with it) with beautiful eyes. Someone with some form of career and ambition who is comfortable having a proper adult conversation but also more than willing to ramble on into nonsensical chat. Good glasses and/or a beard are a significant advantage.
Work: Marine renewable energy
Where do you live: Meadowbank, Edinburgh
Hobbies: Photography, music (listening more than playing – singing along loudly, though), getting outdoors (though not in any sort of militant way, usually).
Describe yourself in 5 words: Tall, blatant, dry, spectacular and laid-back.
Guilty pleasure: Listening to Madonna.
Pet peeve: Bad grammar.
Animal lover? Definitely, particularly dogs, though I don't own any. Chuck a dog into the bargain and that's a good date.
What's your idea of a great night out? Dinner with friends, lots of dirty chat, going to a gig, being antisocial on Grindr, lots of dancing and laughter.
Sum up your perfect date: The guy: beardy, dark hair, blue eyes, not too short, not too tall, moobless, intelligent, creative, music-lover, motivated and witty (though he doesn't have to be Oscar Wilde). Other than that I don't really have a type.
Work: Self-employed / assistant front of house manager at a hotel
Where do you live? West End, Glasgow
Hobbies: Running my wee business, meeting up with friends, running and travelling.
Describe yourself in 5 words: Friendly, outgoing, pro-active, chatty, sentimental.
Guilty pleasure: That cheeky 'one more beer' at the end of the night.
Pet peeve: People not being friendly.
Animal lover? Yes, dogs.
What's your idea of a great night out? My ideal night out would have to have lots of people in it. We would start with meeting at the flat for some drinks before heading on to a pub somewhere. Pubs and bars are always great banter if you are out with the right group, whereas clubs can be too loud to talk. I'm a big fan of proper bars or 'old man pubs', especially the Park Bar in Kelvingrove, which has live Scottish music at the weekends. After the bar we would head on to a gig or a club for some more drinks.
What's your idea of a great night in? My ideal night in would involve a good DVD, a curry from Mother India and a few beers.
Sum up your perfect date: My perfect partner would be a bubbly, friendly girl who loved meeting people and chatting. She would have a nice balance of being active but also chilling out in front of the TV now and again.
Work: Theatre producer
Where do you live: Edinburgh
Hobbies: Cooking, going to the theatre, eating out, going to the gym, recently discovered my 'outdoorsy' side and that I like camping. Oh and visiting new places or cities around the world – but I'm in need of a travelling companion! I recently went to Thailand and now would love to see more of Southeast Asia.
Describe yourself in 5 words: Honest, empathetic, vivacious, decisive, discombobulated.
Guilty pleasure: Making myself a seafood platter and homemade chips; getting so into a TV box set that I've finished it in a week.
Pet peeve: Ignorant people.
Animal lover? Yes: cats, elephants and dolphins.
What's your idea of a great night out? Some drinks, good food (any kind, I love trying new places) and lots of laughs.
What's your idea of a great night in? Same as above (I'm into making Thai curries at the moment), with a good movie thrown in – a thriller or something which makes you think like Memento, Donnie Darko or The Usual Suspects.
Sum up your perfect date: Someone with good banter and who can make me laugh. A man who is charismatic (but on the right side of arrogant!), with a naughty twinkle in his eye. Someone who doesn't take longer than me to get ready for a night out (and I'm fairly quick), who knows how to be a gent and make a girl feel looked after.
Work: Digital carbon-saving superhero
Where do you live? Leith
Hobbies: Outside of the office I play music, indulge in amateur cheesemongery, write fiction and enjoy planning adventures.
Describe yourself in 5 words: Musical, clumsy, coffee, confident and amused.
Guilty pleasure: Almost certainly the music of Elton John.
Pet peeve: Not a lot annoys me, but my pet peeve is undoubtedly people who don't appreciate what they've got: enjoying life should always be the priority.
Animal lover? Animals are ace and I can't wait for the day I get my own dog. Until then I make do walking the family hound whenever I get the chance.
What's your idea of a great night out? My favourite nights out start somewhere small for food, like Café Marlayne, then take in a gig before hurrying back to a cosy wee pub – like the Blue Blazer – for either rum or port, or wine if we're behaving ourselves.
What's your idea of a great night in? I love cooking with other people, so a night in would be all hands on deck to rustle up a feast (the more meat, cheese, fish and pastry the better), before spending all night listening to records with red wine.
Sum up your perfect date: My date with the perfect lady would start with a nice wholesome walk, maybe along the Water of Leith to the galleries, then a well-deserved long lunch somewhere with a real fire. Recharge with a few drinks and then head off to a gig, followed by dancing. Always finish with dancing. Failing this, we'd head to New York.
Where do you live: Edinburgh
Hobbies: Any sport I can fit in (including horse riding, touch rugby, netball and training for Tough Mudder), helping out a local charity, baking, cooking for friends, exploring castles. I'm a massive fan of historical buildings.
Describe yourself in 5 words: Cheerful, adventurous, loyal, independent and reliable.
Guilty pleasure: Amaretto. British detective dramas. Preferably together.
Pet peeve: Rudeness or bad manners; it's so easy to be polite.
Animal lover? Yes, dogs, or more particularly, Spaniels.
What's your idea of a great night out? A gang of friends, a spot of questionable dancing and finishing round the piano in Fingers bar.
What's your idea of a great night in? Good company, good food, a bottle of red, and Cranium.
Sum up your perfect date: Ideally, something adventurous like rock climbing, or a visit to a castle, maybe that we had to rock climb up some cliffs to get to, followed by a picnic on the beach. Realistically, I wouldn't say no to a coffee, provided there was carrot cake involved. My perfect person would be intelligent, non-smoking, meat-eating, sporty and/or outdoorsy, chivalrous, easy-going, and able to laugh in most situations. Not much to ask for then …
Work: Barman / librarian / editorial assistant
Where do you live? West End, Glasgow
Hobbies: I'm real big on literature and writing. Right now I've been reading Sergei Dovlatov and BS Johnson and I'm a raging fan of David Foster Wallace and Vladimir Nabokov. I'm really into stand-up comedy (I used to stand-up, but haven't in about nine months due to University). I'm really into politics and debating. I also play guitar and keyboard. Once or twice a week (totally depending on the weather), I play tennis.
Describe yourself in 5 words: Up front, irreverent, honest and wired.
Guilty pleasure: Bondage.
Pet peeve: Riding the bus can totally ruin my day.
Animal lover? Absolutely, I'm a veggie and my favourite animal is probably the Pug dog because they are nature's little ugly asthma cases.
What's your idea of a great night out? One that isn't planned out and just develops out of its own inertia. Like having a nice dinner that turns into a few drinks that turns into leaving a club at half two convinced that you're still having an early night because you didn't have to wait an hour for a taxi. Those are the best nights out.
What's your idea of a great night in? I think I speak for everyone when I say there's no greater night in than eating nachos, drinking a beer and sitting on Twitter and Tumblr.
Sum up your perfect date: I'd just like to point out that this isn't necessarily a first date or anything but we'd have dinner at Café Andaluz and then we'd go to a Demetri Martin show and we'd sit in the front row and he involves us in the show or a joke somehow and afterwards we'll have a few drinks and then go home and put on Death From Above 1979 and have sex and then we'll just lay about in bed talking and maybe watch half of Man on the Moon or Robocop and then either nod off or have lazy, slow follow-up sex and then sleep. Breakfast will be huevos rancheros, coffee and lively debate on the scum that phone in to Radio 5 Live in the morning.
Work: Customer service advisor / studying for a masters in occupational psychology
Where do you live? Yorkhill, Glasgow
Hobbies: Reading, baking, sewing, going to see local bands.
Describe yourself in 5 words: Inquisitive, loyal, creative, straight-talking and strong.
Guilty pleasure: I have to admit I watch a lot of mind-numbing TV. I like to be able to switch off after a long day of studying.
Pet peeve: People who say 'pacifically' instead of specifically.
Animal lover? Yes, I like cats although I don't have any myself.
What's your idea of a great night out? Dinner and a great band, preferably in a small venue like Tut's or The Captain's Rest in Glasgow. The atmosphere is always so much better than huge venues.
What's your idea of a great night in? Thai food, a bottle of prosecco and a film.
Sum up your perfect date: Something a little bit different. I think a visit to the Science Centre would be fun. There are also amazing stargazing events organised by Glasgow University that would be very interesting. I like dates that spark a conversation or a discussion. I'm not a fan of the traditional cinema type dates. I prefer to be able to talk to the guy!
Work: Science communication
Where do you live? Edinburgh
Hobbies: I like trying new things, and I've recently started tap dancing. Not likely to become the next Ginger Rogers but its good fun. I'm into cooking and food in general – I love trying new recipes, ingredients and experimenting in the kitchen. I also really like a good browse around a farmers market or any other food festival. I'm quite creative and enjoy making my own cards, and the kid in me absolutely loves colouring in. I love a good puzzle too – mostly logic or number puzzles.
Describe yourself in 5 words: Energetic, inquisitive, fearless(ish), sociable and geeky.
Guilty pleasure: Cheesy 80s films and music.
Pet peeve: Shower curtains that stick to you!
Animal lover: Guess I wouldn't call myself an animal 'lover' more a 'liker of all animals'. My favourite animal is the giraffe.
What's your idea of a great night out? Lots of friends, cocktails, some dancing, and possibly some karaoke thrown in for good measure. If my feet aren't hurting by the end of the night, I haven't danced enough.
What's your idea of a great night in? A bottle of wine, pizza, a comfy sofa, in front of the telly watching a good detective series.
Sum up your perfect date: Would definitely have to involve a good restaurant (not necessarily expensive, just really nice food) for a meal, but doing something a bit different would be great, like going to an interesting concert or doing an introductory class of some sort – rock climbing, sushi-making, fencing, anything really! And plenty of opportunity to chat. My perfect man would be sociable, funny, a bit adventurous and pretty open-minded.
Work: Marketing and events
Where do you live? East End, Glasgow
Hobbies: DJ-ing, shopping, cooking.
Describe yourself in 5 words: Passionate, creative, irreverent, driven, spontaneous.
Guilty pleasure: Only Fools & Horses, Electric Light Orchestra.
Pet peeve: Text abbreviations (particularly LOL) and emoticons.
Animal lover? I like peacocks, mainly because of their outfits. I'm not sure I'd keep one as a pet though.
What's your idea of a great night out? The greatest nights never have plans but inevitably start somewhere with live music and end somewhere that's open late and has a good jukebox.
What's your idea of a great night in? A bottle of wine and a load of records.
Sum up your perfect date: I like to keep it pretty simple, a couple of relaxed drinks and a chat with a girl I find interesting.
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