You can't con an honest John...or can you?

With the recent spate of financial fraudsters hitting the headlines, from romantic hustlers to cash scams and high profile business swindles, it seems our vulnerabilty to 'the kindness of strangers' has never been greater.

Couples admit to 'romantic road rage'

More than 30% of couples admit to "romantic road rage", a survey revealed today.

Great lovers: A celebration of true romance

There is romance - and then there is the kind of all-consuming passion that passes into romantic legend. In the first part of a two-day Valentine celebration, John Walsh and Ariane Sherine pay tribute to 50 special relationships that still warm the heart.

Dogging: A Love Story (18)

Simon Ellis (108 mins), starring Luke Treadaway, Richard Riddell, Kate Heppell, Michael Socha

Ella Thorold: 'It's more than a love story with vampires'

Teenager's view: It is ironic how the actors are sexualised to the extreme in this film, when the underlying theme is essentially abstinence

DVD: Just Another Love Story (18)

Ole Bornedal (99 mins)

Love happens (12a)

Brandon Camp (109 mins), starring Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart, Dan Fogler, Martin Sheen

Album: Philharmonia Orchestra/Salonen, Schoenberg: Gurrelieder (Signum)

Dramatically realised here by the Philharmonia under Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gurrelieder is a fascinating work which illuminates the development of Schoenberg's compositional style.

(500) Days of Summer (12A)

A friend who saw an early screening of the hip new romcom (500) Days of Summer told me that 10 minutes into the film, her overwhelming urge was to head-butt both the leads.

Andrew Buncombe: Imran and Benazir - a love story too good to be true?

It had all the ingredients of the perfect romantic tale; two good-looking, intelligent and gifted students from Pakistan finding love amid the gleaming spires of Oxford. The only trouble, it seems, is that the story is not true.

The Time Traveler's Wife (12A)

Don't waste your time

Life Support: How to have a long-distance relationship

Make it work

Travelling and working abroad means that we are often separated from partners, friends and family for lengthy periods. Just because these separations are common, does not mean that they are always easy. However, there are lots of things you can do to make it more bearable.

Beyond the fire, Maeve Murphy, 77 mins, (15)

Starring Scot Williams, Cara Seymour

Liz Hoggard: The great Sam Taylor-Wood dilemma

The 42-year-old artist is dating a 19-year-old actor. Do I approve?

Minor British Institutions: Black Jacks

The dangerous thing about Black Jacks is that you forget how easily they make your mouth go all, well, black, which can be socially embarassing. However, if there are no romantic evenings or job interviews in the diary, you ought to feel free to indulge yourself with these delicious retro rectangles.

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