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Posted: 1 Sep 12 20:18 - Edited By: Maria Rios, 1 Sep 12 20:19
Is the Art of Romance Dead?

Friends and I were discussing 'Romance' and what it means to us a good while back. Whether we see it as being over-rated or undernourished. This led to quite a lively and interesting discussion.

We all agreed that the notion of romance is purely individual. A personal ideal. What one finds romantic another may consider a cliché or even an overtly contrite expression.

Now I appreciate that this is mainly a male dominated board, but thought I'd try my hand at starting a thread. I'm not sure if anyone will take the time to respond, but it would be interesting to see individual takes on the art of romance.

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 20:42
Art?

Art?


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Posted: 1 Sep 12 20:46
That made me laugh, Fergus.

I'm glad you highlighted the word 'Art.' It's quite significant in the title of this thread.

The actual word "art" would imply something that is learned and practiced to achieve a certain level or degree of aptitude. Can you learn romance? Surely if you learn it then it becomes a lesson in the ability to manipulate emotions and that, to my mind, is a rather malicious thought. To manipulate another to achieve your own goals by "playing with their emotions", and whilst there are an awful lot of people of this nature in life - does that make them Romantic? Would you honestly want to date or have a relationship with someone who has practiced to be romantic? Wouldn't practicing said skills actually make you a lothario (or female equivalent)? Maybe it would seem to be ideal, that there should almost be a lack of art thus rendering what is carried out as romance is indeed genuine and sincere. But don't we teach children manners...what's the difference?



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Art?


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Posted: 1 Sep 12 20:55
I'm expecting a decent chunk of money in a tax rebate sometime soon. So I told the wife that she could do whatever she wants with it, as she had surgery earlier this year, and I suppose it's just my way of saying that I appreciate her.

Is that romantic?

I don't think so.

I think the most romantic time we ever spent together was wobbling to the taxi rank through the streets of the old town after a skinfull in Piazza Navona in Rome.

Mind you - we were both a bit pissed.

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 20:59
Skoob,

The most beautiful and romantic thing that ever happened to me was when my partner phoned me, told me to lie down and listen to them read. It might not seem much but it truly was the most unselfish and genuine act of love and romance...well for me anyway. I was stressed, upset and needed to find some peace. He did that by reading something beautiful to me.

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 21:02
Aww...that's touching.

I proposed to the wife on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.

I think they put something in the water in Italy.

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 21:06
I thought so, Skoob.

I love Italy. Ok idea for another thread coming up haha!

Then I'll come back to this one.

Thanks for replying Skoob....keep coming back and lets see if we can get this moving.

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Aww...that's touching.

I proposed to the wife on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.

I think they put something in the water in Italy.

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 21:08
We keep talking about Ischia, in the bay of Naples.

Maybe she'll use the dosh for that.

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 21:12
Come onto the travel thread and I'll tell you where I really like.

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 21:20
Is what some consider to be romance or romantic not some capitalist ploy dreamt up by our wonderful marketing division to separate us from our cash?

We're constantly bombarded by advertisements telling us that flowers, music, chocolates are a romantic gift and yet are they? We're assailed by images of couples strolling languidly hand in hand across sandy shorelines, obviously in love (because they are very well trained actors paid to be in love for that particular 90 second commercial), and told that the only way we can express our inner love is by travelling to exotic climes, involving vast expenditure....shall I go on?

Anyone got any further romantic stories or opinions on romance?

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:02

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We keep talking about Ischia, in the bay of Naples.

Maybe she'll use the dosh for that.

Regards again

Skoob.



Bit ambitious Skoob
A town in Italy would cost a fuckin mint....... Why not just go for the week..


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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:05
Good thinking Ferg.

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:08
Irene and I are always romantic. She promises not to cut my nuts off while I am asleep. And I promise not to sleep with one open. It scares her you see.





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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:11
Hahaha!

See, who said romance was dead? Well me, but....

You lot make me laugh. Wonderful bunch of people.

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Irene and I are always romantic. She promises not to cut my nuts off while I am asleep. And I promise not to sleep with one open. It scares her you see.





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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:14
You should come to one of our meet ups.

I ended up in hospital after one of them. Then spent the night outside Waterloo station.

How I laughed!

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:16
You know something, I just might.

I could do with a night in a decent bed.



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You should come to one of our meet ups.

I ended up in hospital after one of them. Then spent the night outside Waterloo station.

How I laughed!

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:19
Never got a bed!

I was under the arches by a burger van.

True that.

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:20
Christ! NHS really has taken a turn for the worse!





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Never got a bed!

I was under the arches by a burger van.

True that.

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:24
Couldn't get a hotel room on account of all the blood.

I still blame CJ

God love him.

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:25
My best friend lives in Carlisle UK, and I live in Texas.

About a month ago, he remembered that I had told him that my brother (who died 12 years ago) always wanted to go to Scotland. Despite the fact he (my friend was feeling silly the whole time) he took a video of the Scottish border that's close to his village and he talked to me the whole time about the things in the video. I could tell he felt silly, but to me, it was very sweet and quite possibly way more romantic than anything my ex ever did for me.

It was simple, but so very sweet.

I think men believe that women need grand gestures, but that's just not true. It's the little things that matter. And I think that's why so many relationships fail...people forget the little things. Not just men either. Women can be just as guilty.

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:25

Blood? CJ? Was he being a blubbering vagina?





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Couldn't get a hotel room on account of all the blood.

I still blame CJ

God love him.

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:34
Love is: Asking your partner, at 11pm to hold down one of your six foot snakes while you remove a bone from its mouth.

And she was wearing her pyjamas!



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Quote: Ellie James

My best friend lives in Carlisle UK, and I live in Texas.

About a month ago, he remembered that I had told him that my brother (who died 12 years ago) always wanted to go to Scotland. Despite the fact he (my friend was feeling silly the whole time) he took a video of the Scottish border that's close to his village and he talked to me the whole time about the things in the video. I could tell he felt silly, but to me, it was very sweet and quite possibly way more romantic than anything my ex ever did for me.

It was simple, but so very sweet.

I think men believe that women need grand gestures, but that's just not true. It's the little things that matter. And I think that's why so many relationships fail...people forget the little things. Not just men either. Women can be just as guilty.

Ellie






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Some bleedin brickie that Adrian I tell ya.......

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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:39
Right there with you on that Ellie. That's a really lovely thing for him to do.

I've been taken all over the place, bought beautiful gifts, but nothing got close to the time my partner simply read to me. Beautiful.



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My best friend lives in Carlisle UK, and I live in Texas.

About a month ago, he remembered that I had told him that my brother (who died 12 years ago) always wanted to go to Scotland. Despite the fact he (my friend was feeling silly the whole time) he took a video of the Scottish border that's close to his village and he talked to me the whole time about the things in the video. I could tell he felt silly, but to me, it was very sweet and quite possibly way more romantic than anything my ex ever did for me.

It was simple, but so very sweet.

I think men believe that women need grand gestures, but that's just not true. It's the little things that matter. And I think that's why so many relationships fail...people forget the little things. Not just men either. Women can be just as guilty.

Ellie


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Posted: 1 Sep 12 22:43
I read all my Spoofs out loud to my wife. She can't be arsed to look at them.

She usually just shakes her head and rolls her eyeballs.

Am I doing something wrong?

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