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Valentine’s Day - Love Is In The Air

Published on February 2nd 2006.

Valentine’s Day happens at the same time every year – it’s hardly easy to forget. For over a month beforehand, the shops become awash with a sea of red - lovehearts, chocolates and teddy bears wearing jumpers with ‘I love you’ written across them.

So why oh why does February 13th every year see a stampede of hopeless boyfriends (and I suppose the odd hopeless girlfriend) crowding the aisles of Clintons, and desperately ringing around every restaurant in Manchester trying to make that reservation that they promised they had made two weeks ago?

Yes, Valentine’s Day is commercial tosh. But, thanks to the joys of capitalism, you run the risk of severely upsetting someone unless you spend a fortune on tacky red and pink things. This year, why not try spending your money on something a little more original and really impress that special somebody by taking advantage of one these great Valentine’s offers (click here)

If you’re despairing with the utter tripeness of Valentine’s day, perhaps a little reminder of how the day came to be may soften you a little to the idea. There are a few different possibilities for the origins of the celebration, but the most likely is this.

St Valentine was a priest at the time of the ruthless Roman emperor, Claudius II, although back then he was just known as plain old Mr Valentine. When the evil emperor brought in a law that prohibited soldiers from marrying their sweethearts lest it affect their performance on the battlefield (?), Valentine rallied to the cause of true love and continued to marry the soldiers in secret. When he was discovered however, Valentine was imprisoned and sentenced to death. While in prison awaiting his execution, it is said that Valentine developed a close bond with the daughter of his gaoler, and on February 14th 269 AD when he was taken away to be executed, he left a note to his beloved, signed “from your Valentine”. Altogether now… aaah.

There are nearly two weeks to go before Valentine’s Day – that’s plenty of time to surprise your loved one on this special, special day, and ensure that this year you end up sleeping somewhere a little more luxurious than the doghouse. Click here to check out some great offers that you can take advantage of to really impress that certain someone.

Here is a selection of other romantic goings on in Manchester this Valentine’s Day:

Whether you’re half of a contented couple or satisfyingly single, Kro Piccadilly and Kro 2 have arranged the perfect evening for you. Kro Piccadilly is offering a delectable Valentine’s Day menu to complement the perfect date and indulge that special someone, while Kro 2 is hosting a raucous Anti-Valentine’s Day party for all the singletons out there!For details of Kro Picadilly’s Valentine’s menu, click here.
For the less romantically-inclined, Kro 2 has linked up with Imagine FM to host an evening of fun and no love! Anti-Valentine’s Day will be a night of drinks promotions and prizes for single people everywhere. It’s the ideal way to escape any embarrassing romantic situation so grab your mates and head down to Kro 2.

Valentine’s Gallery at The Silver Zebra
Jewellery is a great alternative to perishable flowers and chocolates, and for something really alternative and memorable look no further than The Silver Zebra. Click here to take a look at their special Valentine’s items.As an extra special touch, the Silver Zebra will send a handmade Valentine’s card with your chosen item as well as a luxurious chocolate love heart, all enclosed in a Valentine’s gift bag and delivered to the object of your affections.

If you can’t make it out on the night of the 14th but still want to treat your loved one, Obsidian’s Valentine’s menu is running from the 13th to the 15th, to give everyone the chance to celebrate. Obsidian are offering a six course meal for £48.50 per head. For details of the menu, click here.

Matt and Phred’s
If live jazz is your bag, why not romance your partner over a four course meal at Manchester’s only dedicated live jazz club? For £30 a head you will be treated to four delicious courses and entertained by live music from Doreen Edwards. Nice. Click here for details.

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