Tuesday, 14 February 2006

Valentine Man strikes again


In Brussels, every 14 February, the Valentine Vigilantes (that's not what they call themselves, they claim it is Cupid that does it) put stickers on traffic lights to make the red lights heart-shaped. I think it's charming. (If you're wondering about the white triangular light, it's for trams.)



My local bakery was selling heart-shaped rolls today, I hadn't even noticed the shape when I bought my usual ones with seeds on. Had carrot soup for lunch.



But this is what I would have really liked!

11 Comments:

At 14/2/06 18:48, Blogger boo said...

yummilicious :) happy valentines day :)

 
At 15/2/06 01:45, Blogger Stu said...

I love the traffic lights!

Brussels is somewhere I'd never really thought about, but I like it more the more I read your blog! :)

 
At 15/2/06 11:59, Blogger miki said...

People in Brussels enjoy Saint valentine's day! The idea of traffic lights is lovely. Who did start this thing? A mayor?

 
At 15/2/06 16:06, Blogger qaminante said...

Apparently the "colleurs de coeurs" (heart stickers!) are mostly students, Miki. The practice is tolerated by the police, perhaps because the people who put them up during the night of the 13th also remove them during the night of the 14th. But it could not be done by any official authority since it is technically an offence: I think the law says that traffic lights have to be a particular size and shape. Anyway, there is nothing like a bit of whimsy to brighten up our lives, and drivers in Brussels need it more than most people!

 
At 15/2/06 16:49, Blogger miki said...

Oh really! I want to participate in "colleurs de coeurs" next year.This is really good idea. Usually in Tokyo many heart neon signs are glaring.It seems to pay high cost by companies for selling high-price chocolate. But "colleurs de coeurs" is more heartful way and low- cost way for enjoying the Valentine day. And if we can participate in putting them up after working at night, it is petit lovely doing.

 
At 16/2/06 02:16, Blogger Green said...

Heart, heart, heart!! How playful and charming they are! This spirit is a wonderful spice for life!

 
At 16/2/06 19:27, Blogger Dakota said...

Brussels loves Valentine! Great pictures :)

 
At 17/2/06 19:35, Blogger miki said...

Hi,Qaminante. I couldn't find out your e-mail on your profile page. Where? A cache-cache?

 
At 18/2/06 15:33, Blogger qaminante said...

Sorry Miki! I thought I had checked the box but it seems I hadn't, I have done it now, so it should work.

 
At 18/2/06 16:17, Blogger miki said...

I found your e-mail, and took a note. Thank you!

 
At 25/2/06 17:47, Blogger miki said...

I told this thing to many freinds in Japan. All of them said " Wow,Brussel is a fantastic city!" I think so too.

 

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