And the winner is...
Tuesday, 9 February 2016 | Admin
Those of us - of a certain age - will recognize the line in the title. It's the way they used to announce the results at the Academy Awards in Hollywood. Nowadays, instead, they say: "And the Oscar goes to..." Personally, I preferred the old way.
But in this case, I am referring not those shiny britannium statuettes that the Hollywood film industry gives itself in its annual display of narcissism, but rather to our giveaway of an even more shiny magnetic bracelet that we did last week through our Facebook page. The winner was DB (sorry that's all we can give you) who has been contacted and gets to choose whether to get the MPS™ EUROPE Titanium Magnetic Therapy Bracelet or the MPS™ VENUS' HEARTS Titanium Magnetic Bracelet.
We had 83 entries, which is not bad considering that it only had a limited amount of publicity. Next time we will get more. But maybe we'll even run two giveaways simultaneously. No promises, however.
Valentine's day promotion - magnetic jewellery and copper bangles galore
But now we turn our attention to what's coming up. St. Valentine's Day - the day when people buy gifts for their wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends and lovers, including (we hope) some magnetic jewellery, like men's bracelets, copper and magnetic bracelets, etc.
Most people think that St. Valentine was the patron saint of lovers. The truth is a little more complicated than that. There are actually about fourteen different Saint Valentines! And THREE of these are associated with February the 14th. In truth, not much is known about any of them - especially the ones commemorated in the middle of this month.
What we do know is that most of them were Christian martyrs and that none of them had anything to do with romantic love. So why the connection?
Well first of all, remember that in Christian tradition, marriage is a sacrament that symbolizes God's (and Jesus') love for humankind. Now I am not endorsing any sort of religious agenda here - Christian or otherwise - I merely make this observation by way of scholarship. (Yes, I can be a bit pedantic, without even trying!)
But what about the tradition of actually associating St. Valentine's day with romantic love? It all started when Geoffrey Chaucer (the so-called father of modern English literature) wrote a poem called the Parliament of Foules (his misspelling, not mine) in which he honoured the first anniversary of England's King Richard II to his betrothed Anne of Bohemia in a treaty signed on the second of May 1381. He wrote that: "For this was on St. Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."
Because February the 14th was Valentine's Day according to the Roman Catholic church, which held sway at the time, it was assumed that he was saying that February the 14th was the day when birds chose a mate. But some scholars have argued that 14th of February is too cold for birds to start mating and that Chaucer might, in fact, have been referring to the Feast of St. Valentine of Genoa, celebrated on May the 3rd. Others have argued that because all this took place in the days of the old Julian Calendar, Chaucer might indeed have meant mid-February, which would be the equivalent of he 23rd of February today.
But regardless of Chaucer's intent, a tradition developed that associates St. Valentine's Day with romantic love. This theme was later taken up by Shakespeare, in a melancholy speech by the tragic Ophelia in Hamlet (Act 4, Scene 5):
To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn'd his clothes,
And dupp'd the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.
Later on, in the 18th century, a tradition developed of young men sending handwritten cards to the girls whom they loved. As the tradition grew, hand written cards gave way to printed cards.
There is some dispute as to when the tradition of giving presents developed. Some say that as early as the 18th century, men in England were giving gifts of flowers and confectionery to their the women they loved. However, the chocolate industry only really developed in England in the 19th century. But one things is sure, and that is that today there is a thriving St. Valentine's Day gift industry in the detail sector.
Never one to be left behind, Magnetic Products Store is doing a big promotion for St. Valentine's Day. What is more, they have suitable bracelets for men as well as women, including copper bracelets for arthritis, cable bracelets and extra strong magnets for healing.
So if you want to buy a really beautiful gift that can also be healthy and invigorating, check out their St. Valentine's Day promotion and see for yourself.