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That time of year
That time of year again approaches once more.
The one where the subtle forces of marketing of the florists, card shops and chocolatiers of the world exert a subtle pressure on all the adults of the world.
The message is a simple one. If you are a couple, and don't buy them lots of pink fluffy cutesy stuff, you don't really love them.
If you're single, then clearly you are a freak, and must desperately and urgently go and proposition someone by Feb 14th, or go and hide in the corner, with a bag over your head.

Tosh and piffle.

For those who do not wish to give into the subtle pressure of the marketing division of Clinton Cards, I propose a 'nothing to do with valentines day meal'. For those who are single, and revel in it. (Or who are single and not really revelling in it) Or those who are not, but don't need a marketing department to tell them how/when to be romantic.

Venue to be (in order of where I'll ring if they're full):
Monsoon Restaurant
Pizza Hut
Wing Wah

(Other suggestions accepted).

So comment if you're interested. I'm expecting that they might be busy, so will be looking to be booking on Friday or so. Looking like a 7pm 'get there'. Possibly drinkies before/after, depending on proximity of appropriate drinking establishments.
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queex From: queex Date: February 8th, 2006 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd eschew the marketing bonanza, except that it also happens to be my anniversary...

That said, we do not feed the marketing machine and make our own cards. We might go and see Final Destination 3, mind.
ehrine From: ehrine Date: February 8th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm on earlies next week so am up for it. Let me know which we end up going to :)
absintheskiss From: absintheskiss Date: February 8th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
As a smug married, I must also say that I have said to Steve that if he did wish to get me something, I did NOT want anything that was made purely for Valentines day. There is enough tat in the world. I don't want to add to it. The most valueable thing we have is time. Just not enough of it. I'd rather have an extra few hours to spend with him, just enjoying his company without work etc getting in the way than all the cut teddies or roses in Woolies...
crashbarrier From: crashbarrier Date: February 8th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
i have to say I agree, I woul dbe much more apreciative of some quality time with partner rather than random generic things... I have enough things..

Although a random box of nice chocolates would not be said no too:)
girl_working From: girl_working Date: February 8th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's our 6 month anniversary so we're not sure what we'll be doing, but we might come along if we can get a lift... :)

And seeing as Ian's not enamoured with the idea of me dying his hair pink, I doubt I'll be getting any pink fluffy cutesy stuff... Except maybe chocolate. Chocolate is good. :)
jambon_gris From: jambon_gris Date: February 8th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would do Etna my self.
because, Its a safe bet for everybody, it does a very good house red and wonderful esspesso.

Also the beutiful and litterally talented velvet_nothing has discount vouchers. I will ask Angela if she wants to come as well.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 8th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't done Etna myself. How are they for groups? (And I would assume they're liable to be horribly busy...)
elrohana From: elrohana Date: February 8th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can't imagine we'll bother. We're debating not even doing Xmas this year, never mind Hallmark Cards...um, I mean Valentines Day. We're getting very jaded with the commercialisation of various festivals. Valentines Day is an especially nasty one, really. Why pick one day a year to tell your significant other you love them? Why not wish them Happy Unbirthday instead on the other 363 days of the year?

Besides, I have a load of pink fluffy stuff courtesy of Cleo that never gets used any more, why buy more of it???!!!!
sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 8th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the commercialisation of festivals is insidious. I'm good at ignoring 'this is hype, I don't care' but the subtle pressure that 'it's for someone else' is really quite bad.

Valentines day, well I guess if someone wants to go off and be fluffy, then fair enough. It's just the doing so on command from 'those that say' bothers me somewhat. I mean, if you're in love, then it's just a bit ... I don't know, a bit redundant and tacky I guess.

Things like Christmas and Easter are important Christian festivals. It just seems to cheapen the whole affair to easter egg, and buy stuff, especially for those who are 'not exactly religious'.
phyrbyrd From: phyrbyrd Date: February 8th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yah, sounds like fun. Can I come?
sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 8th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, although those venues are ones in Coventry :)
mcnazgul From: mcnazgul Date: February 8th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Keeping off the tat is proving tricky but I think I've found something.
Mind you, the roses are looking very tempting. :)

Besides, if you want to get into the true Roman feel for St. Valentine's sprinkle your house with salt & wheat, get a bunch of leather thongs made from goat hide, dip them in a mixture of goat & dog's blood pass them out to the lads and whip the women with them (who like it as it makes them fertile! One word - odd...). Then draw lots to pair up boy and girl who have to shack up for a year with the blessing of the gods.

Sounds like some parties I've been to... ;-)
the_wood_gnome From: the_wood_gnome Date: February 8th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Am I allowed to say:



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velvet_nothing From: velvet_nothing Date: February 9th, 2006 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
SO... in amongst all the bitching and moaning about Valentines Day, do we have a venue? I'd vote for Etna, and can book it if people are interested. I have some starter-amd-main for £10 vouchers, though the starters are limited to soup or garlic bread and the mains are either meat/veggie lasagne or one of two kinds of pizza. Not exactly lots of choice, but thought I'd mention anyway.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: February 9th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Erm. I was looking to get together some numbers first, just to avoid having to ring up with 'oh, and add a couple more please'.

I've not been to Etna. Wouldn't mind doing so, but it kind struck me as a place that would be busy on that particular day.

So, were you up for it?
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