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February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Photo courtesy Lee aka Litchi

With so many romantic locations and things to do, there is no better place to be on Valentine’s Day than Cape Town, whether you opt for a romantic horseback ride along Noordhoek Beach, a spectacular sunset atop Table Mountain or a dinner for two at one of the many world-class restaurants at the V&A Waterfront, among many other options.

The Mother City is not the only place that will be overflowing with hearts and flowers this weekend, however. Romantics all over the world will exchange cards, chocolates, gifts, and notes to show their loved ones just how much they mean to them come Valentine’s Day, named – unsurprisingly – after St Valentine.

According to History.com the origins of Valentine’s Day can be attributed to ancient Roman tradition.

St Valentine was a priest who lived in Rome during the third century AD. To protect their empire, the Romans introduced a law that no man would be allowed to get married or engaged, so that they could serve as soldiers without the distractions of family.

St Valentine defied the Roman laws and started conducting marriage services in secret. According to the website, Emperor Claudius, who ruled in that time, found out about his activities and St Valentine
was imprisoned and then killed on February 14.

February 14 is a reminder that there was once a brave man who was willing to defy the laws of his own country in order for people to live and love happily.

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Photo courtesy Candy Tian

Kiss and tell

The Guinness World Book of Records recorded 6 980 couples (13 960 people) as the most couples kissing simultaneously at an event organised by Radio Kameleon in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 1 September 2007.

The longest kiss record was achieved by James Belshaw and his girlfriend Sophia Severin. According to the Guinness World Book of Records these two kissed continuously for 31 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds, at the Plaza Shopping Centre, in London, on July 6-7, 2005.

Throughout the event the pair wasn’t allowed to sit or fall asleep, they had to consume food through a straw and had to stay kissing even while visiting the toilet. Now who can beat that?

It’s what you say that matters…

Stuck for something to say or put on the card this Valentine’s Day? Here are 10 quotable quotes about love.

“Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life.”
Lord Byron

“The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”
Bertrand Russell

“I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for their religion
I have shudder’d at it.
I shudder no more.
I could be martyr’d for my religion
Love is my religion
And I could die for that.
I could die for you.”
John Keats

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”
Victor Hugo

“All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.”
Leo Tolstoy

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
Aristotle

“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“A kiss is a lovely trick, designed by nature, to stop words when speech becomes superfluous.”
Ingrid Bergman

“When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.”
Kahlil Gibran

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
Helen Keller

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