Single this Valentine's Day? Hate everything about it? Here are the apps, movies, TV shows and more you need to get you through in fine style...
For some people, 14 February spells nothing but dread. But you’re not one of those people, because you know that being single on Valentine’s Day opens a lot of awesome doors. Whether you want to relax and sink into a top TV show, learn a new skill or simply enjoy some quality ‘me’ time, we’ve got your back.
Here’s our anti-romantic 4G Entertainment survival guide for the proud Valentine’s cynics out there…
1. What to watch:
Entertainment sans soppiness
Big fixtures (Sky Sports Mobile TV)
Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, which means single sports fans will have a relatively easy time of taking their mind off of things. And with Sky Sports Mobile TV in your pocket (available at no extra cost with Vodafone 4G*), there’s no reason to miss the action. Ready to stream? Aston Villa take on Liverpool at 1.30pm, while Man City go up against Spurs at 4pm, both live and exclusive to Sky Sports.
All is Lost
If Valentine’s Day leaves you feeling a bit lost at sea, thank yourself lucky you’re not in Robert Redford’s shoes. All Is Lost sees the veteran actor struggle to survive a disaster in the open ocean, and it’s sure to take your attention away from anything lovey-dovey; it’s hard to squeeze a romantic subplot into a movie that only has a couple of lines of dialogue throughout.
Boardwalk Empire (NOW TV)
Fancy revelling in the bleakness of it all? NOW TV Entertainment has all five seasons of the Martin Scorsese-produced Boardwalk Empire, which is set in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, and which doles tragedy after tragedy out to its cast of tortured souls – including star Steve Buscemi.
2. What to listen to:
Playlists and podcasts for one
Anti-Valentine’s Day playlist
Kicking off with TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ and only getting stronger from there, Spotify’s own anti-Valentine’s Day playlist will be music to the ears of anyone who’s sworn off dating for good.
Scroobius Pip: Distraction Pieces
If you’re after some single-serving brain food, British rapper and poet Scroobius Pip’s podcast is a great shout. Served up on a weekly basis, Pip’s in-depth interviews with a massive range of celebs – from musicians, to actors writers and comedians – will give you something other than love to think about. Your starters for 10: why not give the Simon Pegg, Stewart Lee and Jon Ronson episodes a whirl?
If all else fails, you could always get out there into the big wide outdoors. Spotify Running has a myriad playlists built to perfectly match your running pace, helping you get your heart pounding in an altogether different way from what old St Valentine would probably want.
3. What to download:
Apps and games for the free and single
Up for investing your time in some awesome self-learning? Swifty for iOS aims to take you from a coding novice to expert via a series of bite-sized chunks that can be done during your commute or lunch break – meaning you can finally turn that great app idea of yours into a reality.
Allrecipes Dinner Spinner | Android, iOS
When all else fails: love thy tum. The Allrecipes Dinner Spinner app will get you into the kitchen with gusto, ready to whip up a feast that’d make all the loved-up couples out there blush. Simply choose your course, you main ingredient and your ideal prep time, and it’ll throw up a multitude of culinary choices.
Drunk Mode | Android, iOS
It’s every singleton’s worst nightmare: waking up and realising you tried to call your ex in a state of inebriation. Drunk Mode lets you select phone contacts to hide from view for up to 12 hours, locking those bothersome blasts from the past from reach. It’s also got a handy ‘breadcrumbs’ feature, which shows where you went and helps fill in the blanks from your big night out.
Game: Grim Fandango: Remastered
If there’s one big advantage to being single, it’s free time. So why not plough some of it into a top mobile game? Grim Fandango Remastered, out now on iOS and Android, is a faithful re-release of one of the best-loved point-and-click adventure games of all time, following Manny Calavera’s journey through the land of the dead. Solve fiendish puzzles, meet memorable characters and listen to some of the funniest dialogue in gaming history.
*Entertainment: Available on 12- and 24-month Red Value Bundles (excludes Red Value 2GB Bundle). Compatible device required. Sky Sports 1&2 only and Sky Sports News HQ only. Content may vary. NOW TV Entertainment Pass: available for Red Value Bundle customers. Access to the NOW TV Entertainment service will automatically renew at £6.99 per month after the initial 6/12/24 months unless cancelled. Retail price paid includes the cost of the Red Value Bundle and the NOW TV Entertainment Pass. Offer not available in conjunction with other NOW TV Entertainment Pass offers. NOW TV Account set up with debit/credit card required. 18+. UK only. Content streamed via BB/4G. Full terms at vodafone.co.uk/entertainment-packs.
4G: Limited coverage, see www.vodafone.co.uk/coverage
By Adam Bunker