In love, but no need to go over the top

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This week the Nuts & Bolts team are pre­par­ing to be all loved-up in time for St Valen­tine’s Day next week. And what bet­ter way to think about the topic than a trawl through our emails to re­veal some of the strangest ap­par­ent facts about our af­fec­tions.

One email we re­ceived sev­eral months ago found that peo­ple in the south east are much less likely to tell their spouse, part­ner or fling “I love you” than those in York­shire.

Ap­par­ently our white-rose lov­ing friends say it at least three times ev­ery day, or 90 times each month on av­er­age, while in the south east, we say it less than 10 times each month.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­search, the rea­son why those in the south east seem so hard pressed to ut­ter those three pre­cious words is be­cause “they al­ready know”.

It would be cu­ri­ous to know how fre­quently less en­dear­ing terms to­wards our loved ones are used in the south east. Who­ever said ro­mance is dead?

If that’s the case, maybe it is time to put some fire back into your re­la­tion­ship.

Sim­ply Ice Cream, based in Bonnington, says it has come up with the per­fect aphro­disiac flavour just in time for St Valen­tine’s Day, by com­bin­ing straw­berry and choco­late ice cream.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Sally Ne­wall said: “This del­i­cately flavoured ice cream is made us­ing straw­ber­ries grown lo­cally in Kent and rich, dark Bel­gian choco­late.

“Choco­late and straw­berry ice cream has a rich in­dul­gent creamy tex­ture with chunks of real straw­berry pieces and chips of choco­late to give a re­ally lux­u­ri­ous taste sen­sa­tion for your Valen­tine.”

It’s of­ten said that a way to one’s heart is via the stom­ach. Al­though in this case the plan might fall down if one ex­pects their part­ner to share.

For more in­for­ma­tion on stock­ists visit www. sim­ply­ice­

But don’t think we haven’t thought about those who Cupid’s ar­row may not yet have struck.

We re­ceived an email from Cherry Pub­lic Re­la­tions about what are the most unattrac­tive drinks to order on first dates.

Ap­par­ently, a pint of cider is not seen as a sexy drink, and nor are shots.

That’s per­haps be­cause, in Ken­tish par­lance, both types of drink leave you prone to end­ing up “gat­tered”.

Re­search shows we do judge our dates by the tip­ple they choose, and 25% said that hav­ing five drinks is too many for a first date.

By way of ex­pla­na­tion, the PR firm said: “If we’re think­ing about start­ing a re­la­tion­ship with some­one, we want to know that our val­ues match, that we don’t find their habits hor­ren­dous, and we have plenty of shared in­ter­ests.”

So our tip for your tip­ple is not to go too over the top.

Noth­ing says I love you like a tub of choco­late and straw­berry ice cream, but if you want to im­press a first date go easy on the cider

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