Happy Valentines Day

As you eat that chocolate attempting to re-kindle those exhausted desires remember that:

Valentine’s Day gifts leave a bitter taste
(FT)

Labour rights campaigners will take some of the romance out of Valentine’s Day on Thursday by warning lovers that their traditional gifts of flowers and chocolates are often bought at an intolerable cost to those who produce them.

At a briefing hosted by the United Nations, they plan to highlight the suffering of farm labourers in Africa and Latin America, some of whom work in near slave conditions to supply goods to a ­predominantly western market…

As for me I have made reservations for one at a romantic restaurant where from behind a dull book I will undertake a sociological investigation of Valentines Day in Quebec City.

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