UK Romance

B Is For Ben (An A-Z Index Of Bad Dates, Exes And Aubergine Emojis)

Stephen Bailey | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Comedy
Stephen Bailey

I am still scrolling through my phonebook, looking at my past "conquests" (this is a questionable world - none of them were Jamie Dornan) and have had...

The Grass Isn't Always Greener - So Value The One You're With On Valentine's Day!

Lisa Palmer | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Palmer

It's easy to take each other for granted, especially when you're in a long term relationship - but the fact is, the grass isn't always greener! When you've found the one, you need to value them - especially on Valentine's Day!

How To Be Romantic (Without The Effort) This Valentine's Day

Beth Searle | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Searle

My ex-boyfriend used to describe himself as a 'hopeless romantic'. Not because he couldn't help but be romantic, unfortunately, but because he considered himself completely hopeless at doing anything romantic. The mere thought of Valentine's Day would bring him out in a cold sweat.

What Sort Of Love Did Medieval Women Want?

Elliot Kendall | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Elliot Kendall

It is all the more fascinating, then, to find such texts imagining female desire and imagining it strikingly and unsettlingly. In endlessly surprising ways, popular medieval stories recognize that women have understandable erotic desires

The Most Important First Loves Aren't The Romantic Kind

Stephen Mayne | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Mayne

Everyone remembers their first love, even if they soon discard the relationship. There's something about that intoxicating rush of emotion, something ...

What Not To Wear This Valentine's Day

Danae Varangis | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Style
Danae Varangis

It's almost Valentine's Day, which means there's plenty of love in the air and many of us will already be thinking of what to wear. Whether you're heading out on a first date in the evening or spending a chilled out day with your loved one, it's a welcome opportunity to dress to impress.

Forget Sexting, Here's Why Love Letters Should Make A Comeback This Valentine's Day

Philip Ellis | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Ellis

As leaked nudes continue to go viral, and the government gears up to listen to your phone calls and read your emails, remember: it's impossible to hack a piece of paper.

Valentine's Day And IVF (Not Tonight Honey - I'm Watching My Ovaries)

Rachel Cathan | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Parents
Rachel Cathan

I once imagined that having a baby would be a pretty romantic affair. I figured that we'd conceive this baby on holiday or following a candlelit meal. I fantasised about how I would tell my husband, maybe by wrapping the pregnancy test as a gift, or spelling out the news in Alphabetti Spaghetti on his plate.

These Are The Hints Women Drop To Let You Know They're Interested

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to dating, the majority of us regress to acting like children. Yes, we could just ask you out, but it’s easier if we get our mates to ...

Living In A Jane Austen Novel (When You're Not Elizabeth Bennet)

Krishen Samuel | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Krishen Samuel

As a single gay man, it has long been my earnest aspiration to be Elizabeth Bennet. But as time passes (I have recently turned 30), I realise that I may more likely be one of the other characters instead. As a man, one might imagine that the situation would be very different for me and that I would have much more agency in this regard.

We Are All Dateable. We All Need Love

Shaine Singer | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shaine Singer

The title can be a bit controversial, but when 'The Undateables' sign knocks off the 'Un' with cupid's arrow it shows we are all dateable. We all need love. Sometimes with a disability it's difficult, it's difficult for everybody.

Proposing On New Year's Eve? Buy The Ring Before Popping The Question

Robert Lane | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Lane

It's far less pressure to spend time looking for rings online, on your own, so that you can compare gradings, carat sizes and reviews of the jewellers. You can also decide if you want to search around for discount codes or wait for a sale, which you are unlikely to do if you are shopping together.

Ladies - All He Wants For Christmas Is You!

Lisa Palmer | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Palmer

"All I want for Christmas, is youuuuuuuuuuu!" We've all sung Mariah Carey in front of the mirror, haven't we ladies? Well, I'm here to tell you that a...

Is Romance On The Decline In The UK? Google Says No

Robert Lane | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Lane

The all-time peak was at the end of 2015, as people rushed to buy engagement rings for new year proposals. I expect the peak will be beaten this month (December 2016), though that's just a guess based on previous data.

Today Is The Least Romantic Day Of The Year

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Love Actually has us all believe that Christmas is the most romantic time of the year, full of mulled-wine-fuelled-mistakes and mistletoe rendezvous. ...

No More Netflix and Chill! Why Cinema Dates Are Cool Again

Sam Lewis-Hargreave | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Lewis-Hargreave

Ever since the invention of the silver screen, romantics of all ages have headed to the cinema. From drive-in movie theatres to the fake-yawn-and-stre...

Dating In 2016

Lewis Oakley | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lewis Oakley

As a bisexual man and a reformed serial dater I have a lot of experience in the field and whether you like men, women or both my advice is to be happy with yourself first. Don't go out there like some desperate incomplete person searching for your other half. Put yourself out there with no expectation of finding someone, just enjoy meeting people and having a nice evening

How To Write The Perfect Romance

Douglas McPherson | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

Romance writers are often reluctant to talk about formula, for fear of cheapening the genre or making something creative sound mechanical. There is, however, a cast iron formula used by every one of them, from the best to the worst, and which will never let you down whether you're writing a magazine story, a Mills and Boon novella or a full length novel....

The Pace Of Change

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

Life changed again, deeply and irrevocably so, with the arrival of R's girls. They landed in Mombasa when the city was labouring under a simmering, sweltering heat. R's youngest daughter came running when she saw us. R held it together better than I did.

The Next Online Revolution: A Date With Destiny

Marie Cosnard | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Tech
Marie Cosnard

Dating apps are evolving to remove expectations of romance and to simply solve the problem of introducing people. We are witnessing the start of the next evolution in the way society interacts with the internet - welcome to the world of 'meeting apps'.

This Playlist Is Everything You Need To Get You Through Your Break Up...And Brexit

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Break-ups suck. One minute it's all dinner dates and dick pics via Whatsapp, the next he's asking to meet you in a Harvester car park to tell you it i...

Balancing Writing With Motherhood

Claire Copland | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Copland

It makes me feel slightly uneasy, that in 2016 I can still find myself pondering the issue of balancing writing with motherhood - perhaps I should discuss writing and parenthood, as I'm sure there are many father's out there doing a similar juggling act. However, that is not my reality, so I'm going to address the issues I have encountered during the writing and publication of my first novel, Russian Redemption.

You Couldn't Stop Me From Talking About Men With My Best Friends If You PAID Me

Tamar Broadbent | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Tamar Broadbent

There's a kind of rumour going round that it's not very 'good' for women to talk about men all the time. As if it trivialises us. Well, meh. OF COURSE we talk about other things: like Brexit, the threat of Donald Trump, and how would you genetically engineer a unicorn?.. but you couldn't stop me talking about men with my friends if you paid me.

Life in Kenya's Italy

Joanne Dwyer | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Dwyer

'Bella, you go to the supermarket?' 'Yes, please,' I say to the taxi driver. He takes us past the Italian butchery, the Italian cafe, the Italian re...

Teenager Gives A Flower To Every Girl In His School

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK

A boy in the US has handed out a flower to every girl in his school, prompting classmates to call him an "amazing" person who pulled off a romantic "f...