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Margot Robbie attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Margot Robbie attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Margot Robbie attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards 
Photo credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Margot Robbie attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards Photo credit: Ian West/PA Wire

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Margot Robbie attending the 72nd British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Call me an old romantic but I am rejoicing that Valentine's Day is over. Each year I approach the day with cold dread. Is that normal?

The card had dropped like a depth charge through the letter box. "Roses are red, violets are blue, I love your pigtails and want to marry you too". A flash of purple blazer and my secret admirer was gone. There was the briefest frisson of delight, before my dad erupted. What did I think I was doing up at that school? I was there to get an education, not to attract the attention of boys!


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