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What you really need this Valentine’s Day is small-time romance

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Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year.

Or so marketers, Hollywood rom-coms and Instagram influencers would have us believe.

If you buy into the hype, you must lavish your partner with expensive gifts, overpriced menus (unless you’re a Greggs fan) and try to recreate the smouldering pretensiousness of an French perfume advert.

Or, if you’re single (and look to Bridget Jones for your life choices) the Valentine’s options seem to be to mope around or learn to love yourself.

And the latter, Valentine’s guides for singles suggest, is… Read the full story

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