Monday, February 12, 2007


I want to use this photo for my beloved's Valentine's card. The skellys were recently found in Italy by archaeologists (Read the story here). I think it's utterly beautiful, that they're still entwined after thousands of years.

This is how I'd like to be laid to rest, eventually.

What d'you think? A little too morbid? Should I stick with hearts and flowers?

Apparently there's a bit of St Valentine's kneecap in Glasgow Cathedral, so maybe relics and Valentines go well together. (And boyf, if you're reading this, then you just ruined your surprise.)


Lively Lad said...

gives a whole new meaning to the marriage vow 'til death us do part' doesn't it?
A suicide pact of lovers perhaps?
-but then who buried 'em?
More like an execution I think - they'll know when they do the forensics.
At least apparently they've decided not to part them.

Saskia Walker said...

I thought this was amazing! But sad...maybe some Romeo and Juliet type death, like lively lad suggested.

Showed it to my man, he says: "I bet they were siamese twins who were stoned to death for being freaks." After I got over my annoyance with him for shattering my warm feeling about the image, it occurred to me that he might be right. Think I'll stay with the pretty version for now.

Nikki Magennis said...

Okay, from our control group testing of the bones picture: the females think it's amazing-but-maybe-sad, and the males think it's an execution.

I'm reasonably sure boyf will come up with a similar, practical explanation rather than go all misty-eyed, so it's back to the drawing board. Sheesh.

Then again, he has been drilling 'Valentinesdayisjustacommercialcynicalmoneymakingventure' into me all week, so perhaps he won't get ANY card at all... ; )

Shon Richards said...

I don't think they died like that as much as I think they died, and then the people who knew them buried them in that position.

The first time I saw the image I thought it was lovely. I think its great Valentine's Day material.

Lively Lad said...

Gosh shon, they'd have to do it quick before rigor mortis set in!- and dinna condemn bfr afore Feb 15 I think that like most blokes, he's probably gotta soft underbelly!

Shanna Germain said...

My guy was the one who showed me this in the paper, and he thought it was terribly romantic, and I agreed. So that's two votes for a yes on the v-day card :)

Best, s.

Nikki Magennis said...

Ah, now I'm havering! Thanks, Shon and Shanna, It's looking like the skellingtons win the vote after all.

Now I'm counting on that 'soft underbelly' being true and not just a beer gut...

Georgina Ragazza said...

More votes!

Himself showed it to me and was all misty-eyed; he thought it was incredibly romantic. I do too.

Fie on all you naughty cynics! Smooches to all the romantics!

Nikki Magennis said...

Thanks Georgy, for a late vote there for the romantics. Card has been made and given, and the skellys went in. (Along with a rose photo blown up so it looked like a Georgia O Keefe painting, and an encoded message.)

I think boyf's card won though. He made an actual arrow out of balsa wood to put through the card. Card making is a competitive sport here at chez nikki...