Well, blog readers, given that it is February the 29th, and bearing in mind the British and Irish tradition, I hope all you women are prepared to pounce on your men- and propose marriage. And those men who don`t want to be caught better be wearing your running shoes today!
The tradition that women could (and indeed should) propose to a man on the 29th February first became observed in mainstream British society in the last two hundred years, although some claim that in Ireland this has been a known loophole in tradition since the 5th century.
Brigid argued the case that it was unfair for women to have to wait for the man to ask her to marry them. Finally, according to the myth, Patrick gave in and agreed that on just this one day- which only occurs every four years- a woman could indeed be so forward as to propose to a man.
In 1288 in Scotland a law was brought in that meant if a man didn`t accept the proposal on this day he would have to recompense the woman financially. There should however be just warning given that the woman may be about to pounce. She was required to wear a red petticoat- thus signalling to all men that that they may be the one who was the object of her affection.
The custom of a woman being allowed to propose spread throughout Europe in the following centuries, and- as these things tend to do- changed in the details along the way. In Denmark, for example, if a man refused the proposal he was supposed to buy the woman 12 new pairs of gloves (one for each month of the following year), so that the woman would not be embarrassed by the lack of an engagement ring on her finger. In various other European countries the forfeit for refusal was to buy the woman a silk dress. The tradition had clearly made it over to the US when the “Sunday States” newspaper from New Orleans featured an article, one hundred years ago today, naming the 100 most eligible bachelors in the area so that women could work out who to target!
So, as I slip on my red petticoat, I`ll be urging all single Second Life women to leap upon their loved ones and p ropose today. As for the rest of you men- BEWARE: any refusals of proposals from me WILL ensue in the penalty of having to buy me a new outfit. My favourite shop (for your reference) is Ever an Angel, however the London Sims also provide many excellent stores in order to purchase my gifts!
Here`s some pictures of my top Ten Sexy Brits (that is those who either work in or frequent Sexy Brits club in the Knightsbridge sim). I can neither confirm nor deny who from this list is single – and therefore likely to be either a pouncer or a pouncee (?), though.
(In no particular order)
Two of London`s royalty- Co-Owners of the London Sims Sun and Jules
Host Sandra (below, left) is driven to ecstasy by DJ Dreamer (below, right).
Two of our newest DJs Felix (above, left) and Graven (above, right)
Sim Manager and Co-Owner Debs (left) and another new DJ Pyp (right)
London builder Dave (above, left) and host and blogger Jas (above, right)
However, many girls might think twice about proposing to either of the men below.
Note to anyone wanting to get caught tonight:-
The “totally unclothed with a box on the head look” might not suggest marriage material, and being tattooed with another woman`s name will probably put off those looking for a husband!