Blind dates are usually the result of the machinations of an
They should be approached with caution and realism - the hit rate
is often low because a third party is trying to direct cupid's
It is wise to gather some advance information. Utilise social networking sites such as Facebook, and quiz the matchmaker - this will provide useful background material and plenty of conversation for the date.
Be safe. If the person you are meeting is a complete stranger and not recommended by a friend, then let a someone (friend, family member etc) know where you are going.
You must establish contact with your date beforehand to make arrangements - email is a convenient (and suitably anonymous) method of communication.
Drinks are a more flexible option than dinner; the evening can be as short or as long as desired.
You must also establish a way of recognising each other: for example, it could be decided that both of you will be carrying or reading a copy of the same newspaper.
If the match proves to be disastrous, excuses shouldn't be made too soon (you should stick around for two drinks). Send an email within a few days, letting the other party down gently.
If the evening goes with a bang, exchange numbers, send a text message the following day (or within two days) and plan more dates.