The ridiculousness of Valentine’s Day ought either be fully embraced or ignored entirely.
The space between these two options is occupied by “most people”: the people who brazenly belittle this historically ambiguous, overly-commercialised, annual opportunity to celebrate love, to flirt and to do daft things.
The people who then go on to buy the roses and book a meal anyway.
This year: abandon hypocrisy. Embrace Valentine’s Day fully, or ignore it entirely. And if you choose the first option, best get going a couple of days early…
This Sunday: the fourth year of a pre-Valentine’s quirk-fest known as the “Love-A-Fayre”.
Appropriately housed in a characterful old working men’s club in East London, and running from 12– 6pm, it combines a collection of peculiar market stalls with a bar, live music DJs, and a grooming parlour offering traditional wet shaves.
Stalls at the market sell a variety of unique gift ideas that range from the idiosyncratic (“flat pets” for singletons and the world’s first customizable liquers) to the kinky (rude tableware and, um, handmade nipple tassles).
Also, a Tarot Card reader: a perfect opportunity to check whether or not you’re with the right person, before having to pay for anything on the 14th.
Love-A-Fayre: at The Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on Sunday 12th Feb 2012
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