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"Love is an ecosystem. You can’t neglect it, exploit it, strip-mine it, pollute it, and wonder what happened to the birds and the bees.
"It’s time to re-think love."
Jeanette Winterson writes on re-claiming love on Valentine’s Day.
But of course that’s not all we’ve got for this global celebration of all things mushy and romantic - here’s a roundup of what’s on our site so far today in honour Saint Valentine:
- "I said I liked her bosons and then she lepton me" – Guardian Science on how scientists get romantic
- Guardian food has a guide to how to get through the restaurant date (what to do and not to do too!)
- Guardian Life and Style is asking you to share you pictures of the day here & the worst chat up lines here
- And G2 want to know the most romantic thing you’ve every done
- Live from 1pm (GMT) Mrs Edna Fry (Stephen’s better half) will be online to asnwer your questions on affairs of the heart and much more….
- On comment is free, two commenters found love & here’s an extract:
“Last summer I ventured into Cif belief and noticed a commenter there that had the same views as my own. She was full of confidence as she posted. Naturally, I would look out for her posts as I did with other commenters I came to respect over the following months, catching glimpses of her personality as she debated the topic at hand.”
- On the data blog they’ve mapped Valentine’s Day data around the world
- The cynics among you might enjoy this piece on the trending ecards
- Occupy protesters who found love
- Finally in today’s editorial we encourage you to praise the one you love:
“Today – and the day after and the day after that – remind yourself, and your partner, of all the good and extraordinary and lovable things about them.”
Some choice Valentine’s Day candy:
- Guardian Books has a gallery of love letters
- Guardian archive has a gallery of how we’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day at the Guardian over the past 150 years
(and if you don’t want to see all this romantic stuff - just turn off the button:
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I ❤ romance. When I was about 17, I cycled 10 miles across London at 3am to declare my undying love to a girl I fancied but who didn’t fancy me. A modern-day recreation of the balcony scene in Romeo & Juliet would surely – I reasoned – win her round. Sure, it was way creepy. Sure, she lived in a basement. And, sure, it turned out she was with another boy. But I’m a die-hard romantic, and you will have to rip my heart out before I renounce such gestures. Patrick Kingsley on his top romantic moments. G2 are looking for more…
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