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tony draper
23rd Apr 2004, 07:59
A happy and prosperous St Georges Day to Englishmen everywhere.
Look around you wherever you are and remember, we prolly owned the place once.

:rolleyes:

And English Women of course

THIS ENGLAND

This England never did, not never shall,

Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror,

But when it first did help to wound itself.

Now these her princes are come home again,

Come the three corners of the world in arms,

And we shall shock them: Naught shall make us rue,

If England to itself do rest but true.

ORAC
23rd Apr 2004, 08:07
St George? Wasn´t he a foreigner? :)

angels
23rd Apr 2004, 08:09
Many thanks Drapes, and a good one to you as well.

And also to all citiizens of Beirut, Catalonia, Lithuania, Malta, Palestine, Portugal and other places he's patron saint of!!!!

lasernigel
23rd Apr 2004, 08:10
I'll second that greeting.Proud to be English.( Oh before anyone starts because of where I live..I am NOT BNP!!!! or racist).

flyblue
23rd Apr 2004, 08:20
Look around you wherever you are and remember, we prolly owned the place once.

Hey, you are right Drapes!!! Wholi has owned the place where I am for a while!

flyblue, from Wholigan Towers :E

Wholigan
23rd Apr 2004, 08:23
Yep Drapes ..... I've got the lady flyblue and flapseeee locked in the basement with me broken pilot mate!!!!!!

Actually it's the wine cellar...:p

flyblue

AerBabe
23rd Apr 2004, 08:40
I wished my work colleagues a happy St George's Day as I walked in... and one of them replied "What's that?"

Miserlou
23rd Apr 2004, 08:48
Shouldn't we all be singing Flanders and Swan today then?

I'll give you the first verse and you can all join in (each in his own key, of course).

"The rottenest parts of these islands of ours,
We've left in the hands of three unfriendly powers.
Examine the Welshman, the Irish or Scot,
You'll find him a stinker as likely as not!

The English, the English, the English are best.
I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest!"

whiz
23rd Apr 2004, 08:51
If it's all about England, why do you sing about Jerusalem ? :eek: ;) :rolleyes:

Gainesy
23rd Apr 2004, 08:53
Dragon Flambe for lunch methinks.

keyboard flier
23rd Apr 2004, 08:55
I am also proud to be English, I am not british and sure as hell not european. I was born in England can trace my roots back many generations all of whom were English.
And I for one am wearing my rose with pride today.


PS.
St George is also the patron saint of Scouts. Of which I'm one as well.

lasernigel
23rd Apr 2004, 08:57
England was the New Jerusalem,just haven't bothered to build a wall round it like the original.

Gainsey...Rare or well done?

BALIX
23rd Apr 2004, 09:03
If it's all about England, why do you sing about Jerusalem

Well, for some reason Blake wanted us to build Jerusalem in England's green and pleasant land. This is all stirring stuff but I have often wondered about the logic behind it. Jerusalem is a volatile melting pot of creeds and cultures in the middle of a desert. I'm actually glad that it it is in Israel/Palestine/Jordan (delete as appropriate) and not in England.

Happy St George's day :ok:

Stockpicker
23rd Apr 2004, 09:04
Just to show we can take a joke:

The Scotsman is mean, as we're all well aware
And bony and blotchy and covered with hair
He eats salty porridge, he works all the day
And he hasn't got bishops to show him the way!


.... but can I also point out ....

And all the world over, each nation's the same
They've simply no notion of playing the game
They argue with umpires, they cheer when they've won
And they practice beforehand which ruins the fun!

:E

flower
23rd Apr 2004, 09:06
Happy St Georges Day

If only you were able to celebrate it with all the gusto we celebrate our Saints days in Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

But then apparently you may cause offence to non English people, what a load of B*****ks.

I bet even in the English schools it is barely given a mention.

pzu
23rd Apr 2004, 09:10
As I've said in the past:

I did it for England - 38th Anniversary today!!!:) :cool: :

whiz
23rd Apr 2004, 09:12
Jerusalem is a volatile melting pot of creeds and cultures in the middle of a desert. I'm actually glad that it it is in Israel/Palestine/Jordan (delete as appropriate) and not in England.

With tongue buried deeply in cheek .... That place mentioned above sounds a bit like Birmingham to me ;)

Stockpicker
23rd Apr 2004, 09:16
I was under the impression that "Jerusalem" referred to the possibility of Jesus having actually visited England, in the company of Joseph of Arimathea?

whiz
23rd Apr 2004, 09:18
I wonder if he flew El Al ? .. and if they made him remove any sharp objects that he may have had about his personage :rolleyes:

Mr Chips
23rd Apr 2004, 09:31
A thread I am most pleased to join.

Happy St George's Day. I am greeting everyone with that today, and I am wearing my St George Cross tie with pride.

One of my students is a Kiwi, nad asked what happens in England today. I gave a rather embarrassed answer!

I heard on the radio on the way in that most English people feel more allegiance to the Union Flag than to the Red cross... but the Scots and the Welsh would rather march behind their respective flags....

Like Keyboard Flier I too am a Scout, and will be on parade on Sunday with a huge group of young people marching behind the Cross of St George.

Chips
British by Birth
English by the Grace of God :ok:

GroundGirl
23rd Apr 2004, 09:37
I am English and Proud. I saw some other proud English people sitting on a Roundabout on the A24 in Dorking this morning!! Sitting on Plastic Garden Chairs with flags and painted faces dressed in red and white. Good for them, it is nice to see people celebrating:D :ok:

Windy Militant
23rd Apr 2004, 09:38
Why Do people have a Problem with Saint Georges day?
Traditionally
The Irish celebrate Saint Patricks Day By getting P*ssed
The Scots Celebrate Saint Andrews day by Getting P*ssed
We The Welsh Hold an Eisteddfod and sing a bit and then get P*ssed. (except for the Chaple bashers ;) )

The English however used to Celebrate Saint Georges day by going off and conquering sombody. So it's little wonder that people got sniffy about it.

Any hoo you seem to be getting over this anti social tendency so

Happy Saint Georges Day :ok:

I can't believe that I just did that :rolleyes:

topcat450
23rd Apr 2004, 09:52
Yup Happy St Georges day to you all!

I say lets get all traditional this year! The English however used to Celebrate Saint Georges day by going off and conquering sombody. - did we? Wicked! Lets bring back the good ol' days

Last one over to France is a sissy! :p

radeng
23rd Apr 2004, 10:00
W.S. Gilbert got it right....

For he himself has said it,
And it's greatly to his credit,
That he is an Englishman,
That he is an Englishman,
For he might have been a Roosian,
A French or Turk or Proosian,
Or perhaps Italian,
Or perhaps Italian!
But in spite of all temptation
To belong to another nation,
He remains an Englishman,
He remains an Englishman!

(H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass that loved a Sailor)

Gainesy
23rd Apr 2004, 10:12
Lasernigel,
I understand that dragon is traditionally rare. Wing or leg?:)

lasernigel
23rd Apr 2004, 10:39
Gainsey...I'm a leg man personally,don't see any with silicon implants. However two questions.
1. Would it be PC to eat dragon?
2. Is it within EU/Defra regulations?

I don't give a damn 'cos I'm English,but you've got to humour the rest of the nimby's!

Gainesy
23rd Apr 2004, 10:47
I ain't PC
**** the EU.
What's Defra? Some sort of cult?:suspect: :)

BlueDiamond
23rd Apr 2004, 10:47
HAPPY ST. GEORGE'S DAY

To everyone. Now ... all we need is a dragon to make an appearance.

:ok:

OneWorld22
23rd Apr 2004, 10:49
Happy St. Georges day to all English people wherever you may be in the world.

Come on lads, go mad for gods sake, fly those flags, get pi**ed, wear the colours!! Be proud!

Send Clowns
23rd Apr 2004, 10:49
You forgot Georgia, angels!

Happy St George's day
to the English and all others who fly his cross. I'll certainly be having a few drinks in his honour!

timmcat
23rd Apr 2004, 10:54
Happy St. Georges Day!!

And also happy birthday to my twin girls, age 12 today.. Double cause for celebration. :ok:

lasernigel
23rd Apr 2004, 11:05
Definitely misread the last word on Gainsey's reply.Heard Defra had more than a few,or that's what farmers said after BSE.
Ride on ST.GEORGE!!Slay a few frogs as well as dragons.

DishMan
23rd Apr 2004, 11:16
Happy St George's day to one and all!

Happy Birthday to Timmcat's twins girls! (I've got one 12yr old so I wish you all the best tonight mate!!!)

Hope Flaps survives the day - seems it may get a little risky come the afternoon and a few pints have been supped and broadswords removed from scabbards to be waved around in the air!! :oh:

(There's one inthere for Carnsie if he'll bite!)

Dop
23rd Apr 2004, 11:58
Check out the logo on google.co.uk (http://www.google.co.uk) today!

Won't find that on google.com though. bah

OneWorld22
23rd Apr 2004, 11:59
I still think St.Patrick would've kicked his ass though!!!!

Rugz
23rd Apr 2004, 12:03
Give me a politician that will make today a national event with flags allowed and all that without being made to feel racist and they'll get my vote!

Would like to celebrate the fact the I'm English, but in a country where being English is seemingly frowned upon (and yes I'm talking about England!) it's somewhat difficult.

Good to know that the company I work for have got a traditional English menu in the canteen today, with flags and all. How it should be, in my opinion.

Happy St. Georges day to everyone still proud enough to be English :ok:

OneWorld22
23rd Apr 2004, 12:21
Well then move to London and vote for Ken Livingstone, he's planning a celebration next year in the capital I believe.....

noisy
23rd Apr 2004, 12:45
Let's have some Shakespeare:

This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England

OneWorld22
23rd Apr 2004, 12:47
Get down to the Globe then hendon, its the great bards birthday as well you know, you should be celebrating him as well!!

The Globe has opened its doors to the public for free today by the way......

noisy
23rd Apr 2004, 12:59
Crikey, you know you're right-I'd forgotten 'twas his birthday too.

Beautiful day down here, but I can't escape from this desk. A mate of mine pointed out that it should be a public holiday here.

I'm a plastic paddy, but I also think it should be a day off.

MMEMatty
23rd Apr 2004, 13:21
Matty has unfortunately had to resort to displaying the Union Flag outside of his window at Uni, the St. George Cross getting lost when i was drunk on previous Apr 23rds. However i am wearing an England Football Top, and greeting everyone with "happy St Georges Day."

Never learned nowt about it in school though :sad:

Matty

(lets invade france, just for the fun of it, its been a while since we gave them a good hiding)

redsnail
23rd Apr 2004, 13:58
Happy St George's day :D

I bet Flaps is resisting all attempts to be rescued from the wine cellar. :E

DishMan
23rd Apr 2004, 14:41
So who managed to raise a glass to St George today?

I'll raise mine tonight :E

LGS6753
23rd Apr 2004, 20:37
I raise a glass of English Ale to my compatriots - Happy St George's Day.
And a very happy birthday to Will Shakespeare, the king of the most expressive language on the planet.

Dead_Heading
23rd Apr 2004, 20:51
A happy Birthday AND a happy Deathday to Mr. Shakespeare! :)

Happy Saint Georges day everyone else!

bubba zanetti
23rd Apr 2004, 22:14
To ST. George ! ....


and to William S. ...

"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks"

:ok:

Bletchley
23rd Apr 2004, 22:17
The following was composed in 1943 by Sgt. Maurice Dudley Chasmer, wireless operator - Air Gunner with 434 Squadron RAF.

"I would not have you grieve when I am gone,
I have no sorrow that my life is spent,
As happy a man as ever sun shone on,
My life has been a joy, and I'm content.
I have known the glory of an English day,
The soft whisper of rain on grateful trees,
The happy song of birds at break of day,
The drifting wood-smoke on the evening breeze.
No regrets that all these things are fled,
I shall find joy whatever lies ahead."

On the night of 27/28 September 1943, 73 Halifaxes from 419, 427, 428, 429, and 434 Squadrons were joined by 9 Wellingtons from 432 Squadron for an attack at Hanover.

P/O O. Lytle RCAF and crew, flying Halifax V LK-917 coded WL-X, failed to return from this operation.

The rest of the crew were:-

Sgt E. Elder RAF
Sgt H. Lindsay RAF
W/O2 R. Pedlar RCAF
F/Sgt J. Monteith RCAF
Sgt M. Chasmar RAF
F/Sgt H. Hansell RCAF
F/Sgt J. Leach RCAF

RIP

StbdD
24th Apr 2004, 00:07
Happy Saint George's day from your friends from across the pond.

Watching the 1945 version of Henry V and drinking a flagon or two as I type this.

Hope it is playing there as well. Words and events to be proud of.

Regards,
StbdD

Algy's Monocle
24th Apr 2004, 08:51
Recovering from the effects of celebrating Empire and St. George's Day under the guns of HMS Belfast, moored in that most English of rivers, the Thames.

With my ex-RN mates, our boarding party got as far as the rear deck. The stated intention was to get up a head of steam, and set sail for India.

Seemed a perfectly natural thing to do at Closing Time... :confused: