Prisoners, politicians and players do it
Sunday 09 February 1997
Despite advances in technology, the pen is still mightier than the phone, the Internet or the fax, though the latter two may at least be said to keep the art of passionate writing alive: Brooke Shields and Andre Agassi corresponded extensively by fax long before they actually met, and in the States, marriages begun on the internet are not even news any more. But for those who believe in romance, it's got to be pen and paper.
Andre Agassi and Brooke Shields got to know each other by fax long before they ever clapped eyes on each other. Still, the spark was there, and they are currently engaged to be married
Separation was painful for Darius and Patricia Guppy when he was banged up for insurance fraud. But love letters exhanged daily for his three years inside kept the passion alive
Tory MP Jerry Hayes used House of Commons paper to write affectionate letters to researcher Paul Stone, with whom he denies having had a sexual relationship
Life & Style blogs
‘I had to terminate my pregnancies because I was carrying girls’ - the story of a woman forced into gender-selective abortions
'Excluded' dads put the heat on Mumsnet with campaign for parental parity in bringing up baby
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef cooks some American diner classics
GIF inventor Steve Wilhite says it should be pronounced 'jif'
'Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane found in Bermuda Triangle!' Viral Facebook links are profiting hackers
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Ukip and Nigel Farage on course for remarkable victory in European elections
Tony Benn was entirely ineffectual - and usually wrong
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
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- 2 Exclusive: World’s most pristine waters are polluted by US Navy human waste
- 3 Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex
- 4 Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Q&A by Simon Calder: How far could it have travelled? Who was responsible and what would their plans be? And how can a plane just vanish?
- 5 'Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane found in Bermuda Triangle!' Viral Facebook links are profiting hackers
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