Welcome to OMEN, a page dedicated to our Love-Hate relationship with all things European.
After several incidents where couples had been run over by trains whilst "otherwise occupied", the French government banned kissing (and various other activities) on French railways.
Portmeirion is was designed and built by a wealthy and fairly eccentric architect, the village is modelled of an archetypal Italian village on the Mediterranean. The only minor difference being that instead of the shores of the Med, the village is located in heart of North Wales. Finished in 1975, the ‘town’ has no residents, but is run like a hotel by a trust who charge a small fee for a day’s entry.
The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. Prior to this, St Valentine's day was merely revered as a religious feast day.
Hands up anyone whose parents own an Ikea bed...