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Guiness

Valentines Day

Come and gone. Are there others out there that are skeptical of this day as I am?  I felt "obliged" to buy the Mrs a card and some flowers - even though she didn't want me to go to any effort as she agrees it is all for the sake of commercial gain. Got her some red tulips rather than red roses ...
berck

Skeptical? How so?

Do you think its a ploy by the florist industry? Wink

I bought the Mrs some red roses. She appreciated them.
Guiness

berck wrote:
Skeptical? How so?

Do you think its a ploy by the florist industry? Wink


Spot on. Love can be celebrated any day, so what difference does a holiday make? Somehow I think it's something made up so people can make money with overpriced chocolate and flowers. Valentine's Day and other holidays when people are expected to deliver sentiments through gifts, cards and outward shows of affection often result in deep emotional hurt and disappointment for any one whose expectations exceed what actually occurs. The best way not to get disappointed is to simply do not expect anything and/or to go overboard to please anyone.
Guiness

Bart - how many roses did you give out this year?  Wink

Mrs SR - I hope you didn't use the cattle prod against Mr SR for just that one day  Laughing
Guiness

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berck wrote:
Skeptical? How so?

Do you think its a ploy by the florist industry? Wink


It is a holiday designed by "Hallmark"   Laughing  Very Happy  Laughing  Very Happy
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Hallmark, is that like Clinton Cards, perfect place to splash out on your friends... Very Happy


I did the flowers and card thing, i always do. We might not say the right things or buy them flowers every day so on the special ones we need to ensure the brownie points.....Wink
Biosphere

Roses and chocolates. They were much appreciated. It buys me a bit of leeway for when I'm a plonker at other times of the year.

A little related story while I'm here. Being Italy they give out things in the canteen like pocket calendars with every saints day throughout the year. Out of curiosity I pocketed one today. I was surprised to see that yesterday in the Catholic calendar of saints was not San Valentino but a San Cirillo and his brother San Metodio. Puzzled by this (the likes of Patrick and George get their expected days) I spent a few minutes on Wiki. Turns out there were 14 Saint Valentines. All were martyred and one of them was buried yesterday. He used to have a yesterday as his place in the saintly calendar, but because so little is known about him and the confusion as to which of the 14 he was, he got booted in 1969. None of the UCI shenanigans where the big name money spinners are protected going on in Rome. Wink

As for Cyril and Methodius, they were Greek and got promoted to patron saints of Europe in 1980. So to celebrate their day, it seems their fellow countrymen stuck two fingers up at Europe and said 'screw you, you're not  getting your money back'. Mind you they do that every second day now.
Guiness

Biosphere wrote:
Roses and chocolates. They were much appreciated. It buys me a bit of leeway for when I'm a plonker at other times of the year.


Laughing  Laughing  Laughing
Guiness

Biosphere wrote:

A little related story while I'm here. Being Italy they give out things in the canteen like pocket calendars with every saints day throughout the year. Out of curiosity I pocketed one today. I was surprised to see that yesterday in the Catholic calendar of saints was not San Valentino but a San Cirillo and his brother San Metodio. Puzzled by this (the likes of Patrick and George get their expected days) I spent a few minutes on Wiki. Turns out there were 14 Saint Valentines. All were martyred and one of them was buried yesterday. He used to have a yesterday as his place in the saintly calendar, but because so little is known about him and the confusion as to which of the 14 he was, he got booted in 1969. None of the UCI shenanigans where the big name money spinners are protected going on in Rome. Wink

As for Cyril and Methodius, they were Greek and got promoted to patron saints of Europe in 1980. So to celebrate their day, it seems their fellow countrymen stuck two fingers up at Europe and said 'screw you, you're not  getting your money back'. Mind you they do that every second day now.


Anyway said to you that you should be a history teacher?  Wink
Biosphere

Guiness wrote:
Anyway said to you that you should be a history teacher?  Wink


5 minutes on Wiki before class starts seeming a bit familiar? Wink

Only joking, I flat shared with teachers so I know there's a lot of effort involved.
Bartali

Guiness wrote:
Bart - how many roses did you give out this year?  Wink


Eight valentines cupcakes for various girls at work.  I was playing the numbers game Wink
Biosphere

Bartali wrote:
Guiness wrote:
Bart - how many roses did you give out this year?  Wink


Eight valentines cupcakes for various girls at work.  I was playing the numbers game Wink


But there's only 7 nights in the week Wink
Guiness

Biosphere wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Guiness wrote:
Bart - how many roses did you give out this year?  Wink


Eight valentines cupcakes for various girls at work.  I was playing the numbers game Wink


But there's only 7 nights in the week Wink


Laughing  Laughing  Laughing

Bart, did you get your butler to bake them?  Wink
berck

Biosphere wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Guiness wrote:
Bart - how many roses did you give out this year?  Wink


Eight valentines cupcakes for various girls at work.  I was playing the numbers game Wink


But there's only 7 nights in the week Wink


You're forgetting days... Wink

(Didn't the Beatles sing about Eight Days a week???? Wink)
gerry12ie

I forgot and my missus didn't mind - how cool am I?
Fontfroide

Being half Bulgarian, I immediately questioned the Greek origins of Cyril and Methodius, who I thought were Bulgarian.  borders changed a lot during those centuries, so frankly, getting into it big time, that is,more than five minutes with google, is not worth it.  Here is what one non native English speaker said.  Just a nit.  I would never have a clue about this, save my mother always told me they were Bulgarian.  Of course I believe my mother and this "writer".

In the day May 24, every year we honor Cyril and Methodius for their great achievement. It was really great then in the 9 century and now as well. Creation of the Bulgarian Alphabet, which was used by other Slavic nations, spread then and today half Europe, bring them in the European Civilization.  The gratefulness and thankfulness to the both brothers from Solun in our custom and old tradition leads to full eclipse for other personality, which efforts help to establish the alphabet first in Bulgaria and then in the hole East Europe - Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Montenegro, Macedonia. Some Greek historians falsely identify  Cyril and Methodius as a Greek nationality, just the way they falsify the history of Macedonia. Even they change their name as Cyril-us to look Greek. Their identity is but Bulgarian, because their mother was Bulgarian. This is the ground to create the Bulgarian alphabet. A Greek man will be unable to do this.
SlowRower

Guiness wrote:
Mrs SR - I hope you didn't use the cattle prod against Mr SR for just that one day  Laughing


Mrs SR only puts her cattle prod away after a fly-past by the Royal Porcine Airforce.

Mind you, even that is a more likely event than me doing anything romantic. Smile
Biosphere

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Being half Bulgarian, I immediately questioned the Greek origins of Cyril and Methodius, . . .


I'm even far less fussed about it than you. Countries and borders don't tidily transfer across the millennia, but if the Irish can adopt St. Patrick from the Welsh, then the Greeks can adopt Bulgarians or vice versa. Here's what Wiki says

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius
Bartali

gerry12ie wrote:
I forgot and my missus didn't mind ...


Ha ha ...  that's what you think!
Bartali

Guiness wrote:
Biosphere wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Guiness wrote:
Bart - how many roses did you give out this year?  Wink


Eight valentines cupcakes for various girls at work.  I was playing the numbers game Wink


But there's only 7 nights in the week Wink


Laughing  Laughing  Laughing

Bart, did you get your butler to bake them?  Wink


Butlers don't bake!  I got the cook to bake them!!  Wink
berck

Fontfroide wrote:

In the day May 24, every year we honor Cyril and Methodius for their great achievement.


I think the day before that is a much better day to honor people... Wink
Guiness

Guiness

Bartali wrote:
Guiness wrote:
Biosphere wrote:
Bartali wrote:
Guiness wrote:
Bart - how many roses did you give out this year?  Wink


Eight valentines cupcakes for various girls at work.  I was playing the numbers game Wink


But there's only 7 nights in the week Wink


Laughing  Laughing  Laughing

Bart, did you get your butler to bake them?  Wink


Butlers don't bake!  I got the cook to bake them!!  Wink


One has soooooo many servants, One forgets what they do...
Guiness

gerry12ie wrote:
I forgot and my missus didn't mind - how cool am I?


Don't kid yourself!
MrsSR

SlowRower wrote:
Guiness wrote:
Mrs SR - I hope you didn't use the cattle prod against Mr SR for just that one day  Laughing


Mrs SR only puts her cattle prod away after a fly-past by the Royal Porcine Airforce.

Mind you, even that is a more likely event than me doing anything romantic. Smile

I have to say that this whole thread and indeed the day itself has passed me by this year - as indeed it has for the last 16 years.  Rolling Eyes  Rolling Eyes
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SR....You could be in bother mate!!

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