Opinion: Broadcaster Steve Allen looks at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 February 2018

Time FM Steve Allen.

Time FM Steve Allen.


This week the planets aligned to allow us to answer a question that theologians have toyed with for centuries. What’s better – Pancake Day or Valentine’s Day?

With these two events occurring on consecutive days we could judge them more clearly.

For both days the theme is pleasure but Pancake Day is meant to be a big blow out before the deprivation of Lent. After Valentine’s Day you don’t have to go for 40 days without.

Or maybe you do, I don’t know how long you’ve been with your partner. But that’s a point to St Valentine.

Valentine’s Day is only good for people with partners, whereas the single and divorced folk can sit around tossing their own pancakes without feeling like they’re missing out. A point to St Pancake.

This may be a controversial point but when you have been in a relationship for a long while Valentine’s Day becomes an admin job.

You shouldn’t need to send a card to make your feelings clear, the shared house ownership, joint accounts and the fact you’ve given a quarter of your life to someone should say more, but if you don’t send a card it looks bad.

Meanwhile Pancake Day gets better with age.

A first date on the national day of batter and you pretend you don’t eat much and worry about dropping jam down your front.

Later in life there’s no shame in getting your Pancake Day bib out.

If you get a bib out on Valentine’s Day it would be seen as a very strange way of dropping some big news.

The results are in and pancakes beat romance.

But if you still can’t make your mind up hold out for the year 2040 when Pancake Day falls on Valentine’s Day.

Cook yourself a pancake in the shape of a heart and you’re sorted.

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