How We Met: Aidan McArdle & Olivia Colman

'I ended up spending Valentine's with them. It was a good evening, if not terribly romantic'

How fireworks night lost its sparkle

<b>Jonathan Brown</b> investigates whether our fixation with health and safety has killed the British bonfire party.

What does 'heart' mean to you? Enter our photo competition

They are usually associated with the cheesy cards, stuffed toys and foil-wrapped chocolate lollies of Valentine's Day. But red hearts are taking on a new significance with the launch of the "Red Heart" digital photo competition, in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The best gift bar none? Beer vouchers

People unsure about what gifts to buy for friends and relatives have long relied on woefully unoriginal presents such as book tokens and high street store vouchers. Now, they will be able to provide their loved ones with something they might really want – Pub Vouchers.

Queen of broken hearts: Kathleen Horan's website offers bittersweet memorials for wrecked relationships

How many ways are there to deal with a painful break-up? There's bagging up or burning an errant partner's belongings. Perhaps a few evenings of weepy movies and a bottle or three of Pinot Noir. You can cry it out, exercise it out, diet it out. Or just go-out-it out, hurling yourself around the nightclubs in search of deliciously meaningless rebound sex.

ABC, Royal Albert Hall, London

Yes, we get the gold lamé suit, but only at the end of a glorious night that has placed one of the Eighties' most perfectly constructed albums back near the top of the pop pantheon.

Walker's World Race Diary - 26 March

Green Dragon skipper Ian Walker analyses the latest developments in the Volvo round the world race in his exclusive diary

Credit crisis diary: No fun if you're with a nationalised bank

To Twickenham, courtesy of Royal Bank of Scotland, for England v France. There was a time when one could depend on RBS for some decent hospitality – a three-course lunch before the game, a free bar and so on. Not any more. So determined is RBS to appear frugal now it's owned by the taxpayer that guests at the match were told to meet at the gate 15 minutes before kick-off – and very much expected to buy their own drinks.

Robin Scott-Elliot: ITV in tights spot again as hoarding looks tough to swallow

View From The Sofa: The big match revisited, ITV 4, Thursday

Second British woman nears finish of round-the-world race

Dee Caffari will be the first woman to circumnavigate world solo in both directions

Mad Men, BBC4<br>Hustle, BBC1<br>Just Read with Michael Rosen, BBC4<br>How Reading Made Us Modern, BBC4

Sixties advertising folk have marital problems, but children in Wales discover a new world between the covers

Anthony Rose: It won't come as any great surprise that the French have their share of amorously named wines

According to my contacts in the PR world, today is the day for romance. I'm not quite sure how they think we're supposed to fill the remaining 364 days of the year, but amid all the encouragement to ply my love with champagne and say it with flowers and chocolates, one wine PR had the honesty to preface its brazen plug with the words, "Even for those who consider Valentine's Day to be a cheesy, opportunistic marketing ploy, it's still a good excuse to pop open the pink".

First Person: 'I've written 200 romance novels'

Penny Jordan, 62

Desire: What really turns us on?

A new generation of sexologists is trying to discover what really ignites our lust. On the most passionate date in the calendar, John Walsh and Catherine Townsend uncover the truth about what turns us on
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

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All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
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In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
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Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
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The quirks of work perks

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Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
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The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada