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More On This Weekend

February 12, 2010

Since Tuesday’s posting, an email has flooded in. Well, about three. Who knew this blog had that many readers? Anyway, all were attempting to throw further light on the subject.

As it turns out, the whole event in fact is in honour of St Valentine, the patron saint of restaurateurs, florists, greeting cards and chocolate manufacturers in the Mamon faith. According to these correspondents, the event is apparently celebrated by women, who are required to use as many of these services as possible in celebration of him on that date – planning beginning on Boxing Day. Fortunately, men aren’t under the same obligations as regards the latter, and may commence their own planning when filling their car with petrol at a service station on the morning of the day itself.

My big mistake, though, was in thinking that the hospital theme applied to the day itself. Apparently it applies to the 15th February, and only to non-single men who do begin planning when filling their car with petrol at a service station on the morning of the day itself.

Either way, it explains why I couldn’t book my usual table at my favourite restaurant on Sunday for half-past six. It’s always advisable, I find, otherwise you end up too near the over-bright red-and-yellow clown on the wall and too far away for the waiters standing at the counter underneath the menus. Think I’ll leave the followers of Mamon to it, and emerge unscathed the day after…

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