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Pegman – Entrepreneur

Here is my story for What Pegman Saw. This week we are in Terni, Italy.

This was the birthplace of Saint Valentine, celebrated on February 14th. I chose a rather idyllic scene from the outskirts of the town. Let’s see how it all began!

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Valentinus looked over his lands and smiled. Life was good.

It had started out slow. He’d carried a love letter from a suitor to his sweetheart. Once others heard, his services were in demand.

Ever the entrepreneur, he’d monetised it. Charged people to take part. Hired a local artisan to build little boxes, each with two sections. If someone liked someone else they placed some papyrus with their name on in the corresponding person’s right-hand section. If the names matched in two right-hand sections, Valentinus would arrange a meeting (for a small extra fee, of course). The left-hand box and he’d let them down gently.

Easy peasy.

He called it “Tinderus”. It sounded catchy, he thought. He was providing an essential service. A service to love. (What a great strapline, he thought.)

He ought to be canonised after he died, he reckoned. “Saint Valentinus” had such a nice ring to it.


  1. February 12, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Tinderus haha! Good story!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. February 12, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Loved it.


  3. February 12, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Happy Valentinus Day! Love this story! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. February 12, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    I love a good boxing match!

    Liked by 2 people

    • February 13, 2018 at 7:15 am

      You’ll be disappointed when you arrive and realise your mistake!

      Ha – I just got it 🙂 I’m a bit slow this early!

      Liked by 2 people

  5. February 12, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Aha, so that’s how it all began. A true visionary! heheheh

    Liked by 2 people

    • February 13, 2018 at 7:17 am

      He was centuries ahead of his time 🙂


  6. February 12, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Ah, so romantic. It was the start of online matchmaking, without the line part.

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 13, 2018 at 7:17 am

      What a lovely (and very rich) chap he was.


  7. February 13, 2018 at 12:56 am

    How clever those boxes are. I love this story…. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 13, 2018 at 7:18 am

      I’m glad you liked it! I actually had to do some research for this one – I’m probably the only person in the world who doesn’t know whether Tinder’s “left” or “right” means “interested” 🙂


  8. Lyn
    February 13, 2018 at 1:43 am

    LOL you really know how to twist in the crazy from what already exists. Love it! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  9. February 13, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Hahah – so this is how it all began 😀 Super cool stuff!


    • February 13, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      Yes, according to ancient texts 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!


  10. February 13, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    So that is how Valentine’s Day got started! Cute story, Ali!


  11. February 14, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Isn’t it more fun to do matchmaking by shooting people with arrows?

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 14, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      He lost an eye but he’s found true love…


  12. February 23, 2018 at 9:43 am

    very droll, maybe a bit sceptical about the whole commercial dating thing ? And why not !


    • February 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      I’m sure they’re not in it for the warm fuzzy feeling they get from bringing people together 🙂


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