first_img whatsapp whatsapp Tags: NULL THERE are no excuses for disappointing Valentines dates this evening who fail to produce a plush dozen roses: rose deliveries to the UK this year are at record highs. Virgin Atlantic’s cargo division has reported a 40 per cent increase in the volume of flower deliveries to the UK from Kenya, our main supplier of roses, compared to the same period last year.That equates to 15 tonnes of flowers shipped over in just the last ten days, with Kenyan roses making up a third of the blooms you’ll see sold and bought this Valentines. Japan and the US have likewise upped their rose consumption. And while Kenyan roses remain ever-popular, Brits also seem to be looking for an original way to greet their dates: imports of South African chrysanthemums and American carnations have also been on the rise.But to add a grim dose of guilt to your romantic pleasures, Lake Naivasha, the fresh-water lake in Kenya that supplies much of the irrigation for many of the country’s rose plantations, has been so depleted by failed rains recently that the country is considering rationing water use. Which would make your dozen roses another data-point in the scourge of global commodity price inflation. BEND IT LIKE HOLMESFinancial education and football are rarely associated with one another, but yesterday Standard Chartered attempted to form a beautiful relationship between the two at its London Football Clinic. Ex-Liverpool striker Ian Rush joined Standard Chartered’s Richard Holmes for a training session with local and visually impaired children, who were then given a lesson in personal finance, incorporating a football theme.At this rate it’ll only be a matter of time before Wayne Rooney is offering stock tips. Sunday 13 February 2011 10:18 pm Show Comments ▼ Share KCS-content More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse VALENTINES ADDING TO OUR TRADE DEFICIT last_img read more