I’d rather buy pairs of gloves than fork out for a wedding

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It’s February 29 tomorrow and, this being a leap year, tradition dictates that women may propose to their men and initiate an engagement on this day.

But I don’t think my good lady has any plans to take this opportunity to get down on bended knee and ask for my hand in marriage.

Or if she has, she’s kept it very quiet...

Apparently, in some countries if a man refuses an offer of marriage from a woman on February 29, then he is required to compensate the unfortunate lady in question by purchasing her a dozen pairs of gloves.

Considering the average cost of a wedding nowadays is around the £20,000 mark, I reckon I’d happily take a trip to the local supermarket and buy up their stock of woollen mittens.