I find Valentines Day a frustrating holiday. Like New Year's Eve, when we're required to have more drunken fun than ever before, on Valentines Day amour and more is forcibly de rigueur. Well, kiss my arsy-varsy St Valentine! I'm not keen on compulsory sentiment, but I do appreciate a well-timed 2nd-hand gift. Yesterday, before today's frantic romantic celebration, my husband gave me this huge Taschen tome, spotted in the window of the British Heart Foundation (naturally) in Streatham. Taschen books CLICK HERE were launched by a clever comic book collecting kid in Cologne in 1980. Today Taschen is synonymous with Big Beautiful Art Book. I don't know what my husband paid for this lovely page turner, full of photographs, illustrations and maps but I know, like me, he loves a bargain!