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Funkodrom
14-02-2005, 15:27:41
Just went to Tescos to find out if that card really is real and found out that it must be Mothers day soon.

Not for you Yanks though.

http://parish.ashtead.org/east04/mother.htm

Drekkus
14-02-2005, 15:29:03
Early may is soon?

Tizzy
14-02-2005, 15:33:25
March 6th, not very far away

Funkodrom
14-02-2005, 15:35:57
*sigh*

In the US it's a holiday that takes place in May.

Here it's a centuries old tradition (really called Mothering Sunday) that takes place on the 4th Sunday in Lent, which is the 6th March this year. Apparently in the 1600s or so girls used to be given the day off to go home and visit their mothers.

That last link is a bit crap. This one's better - except for the snow.

http://www.old-forge.net/motheringsunday.html

Drekkus
14-02-2005, 15:52:32
Originally posted by Funkodrom
*sigh*

In the US it's a holiday that takes place in May. Here as well.

Tizzy
14-02-2005, 15:55:51
I think it is most places except here

Drekkus
14-02-2005, 16:01:45
Stupid brits. They're like my sister, when everyone goes right, she goes left.

Tizzy
14-02-2005, 16:04:16
Left is always the best option

King_Ghidra
14-02-2005, 16:08:32
Contrary to my general position on these things, i'm not into mother's and father's day. But both my parents have their birthdays at this time of year so it all seems a bit much to me.

MDA
14-02-2005, 16:09:29
http://www.mothersdayshrine.org/1/history.html

Funny that this one is the "INTERNATIONAL Mother's Day Shrine" :) 1962. Very old.

I never realized that shrine wasn't Catholic. I just assumed so, because the roomate that pointed it out to me lived there and he was Catholic.

Funkodrom
14-02-2005, 16:26:32
Originally posted by Drekkus
Stupid brits. They're like my sister, when everyone goes right, she goes left.

It's not our fault. Nice old traditional holiday and the Americans invent some crass commercial version. Like with Halloween.

miester gandertak
14-02-2005, 16:34:36
sinterklaas vs. santa claus all over again

miester gandertak
14-02-2005, 16:36:14
bomb the USA.

zmama
14-02-2005, 16:41:30
With chocolates

BigGameHunter
14-02-2005, 17:01:12
I can't wait to see what we do with funerals.

The Mad Monk
15-02-2005, 08:47:10
New Orleans really puts the fun in funerals!

The Mad Monk
15-02-2005, 08:50:03
In my family, funerals tend to be decidedly neutral, emotionally. Tears and sadness over the loss of the deceased tend to balanced out by laughter and joking at the expense of the deceased. :)

Funkodrom
15-02-2005, 09:44:19
I think that's cool. Remember the good stuff about them. :beer:

Oerdin
15-02-2005, 10:45:14
Originally posted by Funkodrom
It's not our fault. Nice old traditional holiday and the Americans invent some crass commercial version. Like with Halloween.

Halloween is great, mate. I get to dress up and scare the shit out of kids who were expecting free candy.

Funkodrom
15-02-2005, 11:07:32
We've imported a micky mouse version of your halloween. It's horrible.

Ellipsis
15-02-2005, 13:20:55
Mother's Day was a couple of days ago where I live.

Debaser
15-02-2005, 13:25:50
Originally posted by Funkodrom
We've imported a micky mouse version of your halloween. It's horrible.

Like it actually has any impact on your life if you don't want it to...

What's wrong kids dressing up and having a bit of fun?

Funkodrom
15-02-2005, 13:27:30
That would be fine but they come round your house and knock on your door and ask for sweets or whatever.

I really, really hate that.

zmama
15-02-2005, 13:28:02
Funko's getting grumpy in his old age ;)

Venom
15-02-2005, 13:29:11
Halloween is gay.

Funkodrom
15-02-2005, 13:29:19
It's not just them I hate it when anyone I don't know or am not expecting turns up.

Trick or treaters, carol singers, jehovahs witnesses, travelling salesmen. They can all fuck off and leave me alone. I'm busy watching TV or something.

Debaser
15-02-2005, 13:30:37
Originally posted by Funkodrom
That would be fine but they come round your house and knock on your door and ask for sweets or whatever.

I really, really hate that.

But it's hardly a new thing, I remember doing that as a kid.

And anyway, you live on the top floor of a block of apartments so they're not going to do it to you.

Venom
15-02-2005, 13:34:37
Originally posted by Funkodrom
It's not just them I hate it when anyone I don't know or am not expecting turns up.

Trick or treaters, carol singers, jehovahs witnesses, travelling salesmen. They can all fuck off and leave me alone. I'm busy watching TV or something.

That's why you get to try and literally scare them to death. Not because it's a part of Halloween, but as a warning not to come back there.

MOBIUS
15-02-2005, 13:34:50
Counterglow Meeting March 6th!

Well I need some excuse for being in London on Mother's Day... :cute:

Gary
15-02-2005, 13:38:42
Originally posted by Debaser
But it's hardly a new thing, I remember doing that as a kid.It's fairly new to the UK. Last decade or so. Unless there were some early adopter parents wanting the neighbours to feed their kids sweets for nothing.

I've no objection to some types of visitor. I may not want what they have to offer, and rather they didn't call, but that's a different scenario to someone calling to make threats.

Which begs the question, does Argos sell water cannons ?

Funkodrom
15-02-2005, 13:39:36
Maybe I'll borrow some of Venom's guns!

Venom
15-02-2005, 13:45:48
Kids don't come by my house. As a matter of fact, no one does. Even on days other than Halloween.

Funkodrom
15-02-2005, 13:47:48
How many did you have to plant in your garden before they stopped?

Living in a flat is great. :beer:

Venom
15-02-2005, 13:52:46
As many as I could catch or shoot on my property.

Chris
15-02-2005, 14:00:28
Mikey is the new Venom, and Venom is the old Venom.

Funkodrom
15-02-2005, 14:01:20
Ha, Venom's old.

Chris
15-02-2005, 14:08:19
Smells bad too.

Venom
15-02-2005, 14:09:50
Stupid mother fucker, too.

zmama
15-02-2005, 14:31:45
Venom =Lurker?

miester gandertak
15-02-2005, 14:32:42
Lurker's son.

Darkstar
16-02-2005, 19:59:57
Originally posted by Funkodrom
We've imported a micky mouse version of your halloween. It's horrible.

That's the normal version of Halloween here, as well. But a few people like to go overboard.

But, as people continue to get even more paranoid, trick or treating is completely vanishing. We've gone several years now without recieving a single treak or treater in our neighborhood. Instead, all the kids are dragged to churches or malls or schools where they can be supervised and chaperoened and run between doors going "Candy! Give me candy!".

Oerdin
16-02-2005, 20:50:00
We get tons of them at my place every year. My sister and her husband live in a newish suburb where everyone has young children so they get mobbed too.