The San Valentino Special edition

The cunning linguists amongst you will have realised

that St Valentine was actually an Italian…..

…..and that’s about all that’s known about him ! …..

…..The Roman Catholic Church has delisted him as

an official Saint…..

…..and the French have (mis) appropriated him in the

‘La Fete du Baiser’ (the festival of kissing) that is

celebrated on the first Saturday after the 14th

In the French version men and women dress up as

priests and nuns and go around kissing each other

as well as strangers…..

…..a case of theatre reflecting life ! ! ! ! !

The G-man is (self) indulging in full immersion therapy

in La Dolce Vita but can’t help noticing that the Italians

have gone Valentine-mad…..

…..every shop window is red with hearts

Now I can understand why this might work in an

underwear shop (Intimissimi)…..

…..or perhaps a sparkly shop (Swarovski)…..

…..but you won’t win many brownie points if you hand

over a new saucepan tomorrow morning ! ! ! ! !



I’m wrong !

Maybe if the little lady unwraps a shiny new pan she

will breathe a sigh of relief ! ! ! ! !

? ? ? ? ?

Since the expectation of her for his largesse may be no

more than a boiled egg !

Relief !

She can put her false teeth back in and head towards

the kitchen


I would be happy to consign Valentine’s day to the…..

…..Ministry of Love

…..specifically Room 101 (1949, ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’)

Valentine’s has become spoilt by over-commercialisation

So whilst it’s not exactly an Orwellian nightmare it is

completely tainted

Bugger !

Tomorrow night is said day (Valentine’s) and…..

…..all the Groover wanted to do was enjoy a quiet meal

in his favourite restaurant before mounting Giulietta for

the 1000-mile trip back to Blighty on Sunday

Instead, the restaurant (Trevisani) will be chock-full of

earnest men (of all vintages) going through the motions whilst

the little lady encourages him to have another glass or two

or three because she insists she will drive home…..

…..Fingers crossed !

…..Incrociamo ! (as they say here)

Che struggimento ! (as they say here)

What misery ! (as we say in Blighty)




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