Halifax, West Yorkshire
Social Media: Oliver Doherty
Do you believe in paying on the first date?
"I'm more of a traditionalist when it comes to this and I would always insist on paying on the first date, especially if I asked her out. After that, I usually just offer to pay, but I don’t want come across as patronising, and some women can be insulted if you always insist on picking up the bill."
What fictional character do you most identify with and why?
“I like to think of myself as a Larry David-type character from Curb Your Enthusiasm
. Deep down we all want to believe that we’re the normal ones and it’s everyone around us that’s crazy. But seriously, I can certainly sympathise with Larry’s outlook when it comes to the insanity of perceived social conventions and behaviour.”
What are your top five favourite places to take a date?
“For me, it’s more about the person you are with than the venue, but with so many great spots in London, you can definitely have the best of both. If it’s dinner, I love Roka
on Charlotte Street, whilst for drinks, you can’t go wrong with the Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
in Shoreditch. I love hanging out next to the Thames, so any events at the Southbank Centre or Tate Modern normally get my vote. Truth be told, I’m a big fan of trying new things so I try not to frequent the same places too often.”
What sort of characteristics are you looking for in a woman?
“I don’t have an extensive list of must-have traits, but I’d say she needs to be kind, good-humoured, and self-conscious. I think it shows real confidence to be able to laugh at yourself and not take yourself too seriously. None of us are perfect and that’s what I like about people.”
Tell us a joke.
“A sandwich walks into a bar. The barman says, 'Sorry, we don't serve food in here.'"
How would you describe yourself?
“Outgoing, ambitious, fun-loving, good-humoured, and kind. I like to get out there, live life to the fullest, and experience new things. I consider myself to be gregarious, and yet at the same time, I’m someone who is very independent and enjoys their own company."
What book are you reading right now?
“I love books, but about five years ago I foolishly set myself a challenge of reading the Modern Libraries' '100 Best Novels of the 20th Century' and I’m just about halfway through. I’m currently in the midst of Brideshead Revisited
by Evelyn Waugh, but after that, I’ve still got another 50 books to go!”
What word or phrase do you overuse?
“I’ve been told that I say ‘going forward’ about 20 times a day at work. I think it was recently voted as the most annoying piece of office jargon, so I should probably drop that from my vocabulary.”
What's a total dealbreaker for you?
“A woman who is not comfortable in her own skin and is overly dependent. I also dislike rudeness, specifically people who are overly judgmental and lack empathy.”
What's your motto in life?
“Live a good life. In the end it is not the years in a life, but the life in the years.”
What have your past relationships taught you about love?
“It can hurt, but it’s worth the risk. I don’t subscribe to the idea of soulmates, but I do believe we should share life’s journey with someone we love.”
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