Love, fish and football: research published by the Post Office shows that Arsenal fans and people who own goldfish are the most likely to receive Valentine's Day cards. Those born under the signs of Pisces, Aquarius and Virgo, and people who listen to the Beatles, also receive more cards than average. Those least likely to be sent a Valentine include Phil Collins fans, people with no pets, and those born under the signs of Aries, Sagittarius and Gemini. Women generally receive about twice as many cards as men.

Militant monks: a dispute has broken out between monks at the Po Lin monastery in Hong Kong and monks from China who have been charging less to beat drums and pray at funerals. "It's fair that they're complaining," said a source at the monastery, "they have a right to." A spokesman for the Hong Kong Buddhist Association, however, said: "Monks shouldn't complain about money."