Someone - but who? - stuck a whole lot of little badly cut out hearts with (mostly) bad poems on them all over the English department today. Hmmmm. This is truly the Hallmark side of Valentine's day. Ditto all the stalls on campus selling roses and, rather more tastefully, and tasty, cookies; and the OTC going round in uniform selling roses, and all the street corner stalls with wilting roses in buckets. And even at the restaurant where we took our job candidate this evening, long stemmed white roses on all the tables, and the hostess rushing out afterwards to make sure that we had our rose, each (or per couple) to take home. We may have made a pretty strange valentine's table, as it was.