Who said money can’t buy love

THERE are many ways to show your love to the object of your affection this Valentine’s Day.

However, expressing it by “downloading a message for them on a Barclays personalised debit card” is perhaps not one of them.

There are some things money can’t buy – but a thoughtful, romantic gift isn’t one of them.

Unless of course you are one of the seven VERY lucky personalised debit card gift givers who wins the prize-draw for a stay at The Ritz or champagne-fuelled hot air balloon ride, that is.

■ THE City of London loves its ancient traditions, and Shrove Tuesday is no exception. Anybody strolling past the Guildhall today can expect to be greeted with the sight of the City’s elders dressed in chefs’ whites and wielding frying pans for the annual Pancake Race. Running lanes have been created in the historic Guildhall Yard and members from City livery companies will be competing to be the fastest off the starting block. The Capitalist hears it is an all-weather event so here’s hoping the pancakes, and the running track, don’t get too soggy. A timely reminder to this year’s entrants to watch their footing and not to toss too hard.

FOR those who prefer a warmer venue for their Shrove Tuesday fill, Mayfair favourite Langan’s Brasserie is whipping up a simple breakfast of caramelised crepe gateau with blood orange and mint, this morning. The restaurant is also looking to find “London’s best pancake tosser” who will be handsomely rewarded with a complimentary dinner for two with wine.