31st October – a very special date every year. English literature scholars and lovers of poetry will celebrate the birthday of John Keats in 1795 (of “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” fame). On this date in 1940 the Battle of Britain officially ended. Rather soberingly, on this date in 2011 the world’s population reached 7 billion. And this year, a rather momentous political event was scheduled (again) to take place on this date … but we all know how that’s turned out…
But of course, it’s most famous for being Halloween – or “All Hallows Eve” – celebrated across the world as the eve of the Christian feast of All Hallows Day. Those historians who concern themselves with such things are divided over whether today’s Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic pagan festivals or from a Christian holiday. Either way, it is now associated with remembering the dead – especially saints, martyrs, and the “faithful departed”.
In recent years, Halloween has grown exponentially as an event, with decorations of cobwebs and lanterns adorning shops, venues and people’s houses up and down the country. For the younger generation it’s all about trick-or-treating and dressing up as wizards or witches and carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns – and for those that are past the age of knocking on people’s doors on a cold and damp October night, there’s the opportunity to smile at the increasingly imaginative costumes that the children wear, and the look of pride on the parents’ (usually standing shivering a few paces back) faces who probably spent hours making them.
Speaking of dressing up, there’s the rather wonderful (true) story of the wizard a few years back, who removed the workings from his Oyster card and placed it in his wand, which he then used to pay for his public transport; a true public service, brightening the mornings of many a harried commuter!
You don’t have to be a Tolkien fan to associate wizardry with rings, of course, but wouldn’t it be impressive (not to mention convenient) to be able to pay for your bus journey using a ring? And the thing is – you can (and you can pay for a lot more too) using the wonderful K Ring.
It even looks like magic – when you just point your hand at the card reader and the transaction goes through. Saying “Abracadabra” at this point may well elicit an interesting response from the retailer – and other customers…
Thinking about wizards – real or temporary ones – you probably don’t want to be carrying a wallet around (even if you have the right sized pocket beneath your cape), do you? And of course, you don’t have to be a wizard to want the convenience of not carrying things around that you might lose. Thankfully, the K Ring is all you need for your purchases – any time of the year.
PS: Don’t have a K Ring yet? Enter our Halloween competition on Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win one (or win a £100 top-up if you already have a K Ring) – or enter on both to double your chance of winning! Good luck!