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Noah Zark.
23rd Apr 2012, 11:59
Happy St. George's Day to Englishmen (& Women) everywhere! :D

Mallan
23rd Apr 2012, 12:12
Calibrating with some good Belgian beer and followed by some French wine and finished off with a good curry

B Fraser
23rd Apr 2012, 12:13
Wasn't he a Turkish newt botherer ?


;)

Mallan
23rd Apr 2012, 12:24
He also had connections with Portugal.

I'm unaware of the eft bothering. Mayhap Red Ken can shed some light on that???

OFSO
23rd Apr 2012, 12:38
And a happy "St Jordi" from our patron saint here in Catalunia. Mrs OFSO and I have exchanged a red rose each (it's supposed to be that the male hands his loved one a red rose and the female hands her loved one a book, but things are fairly liberal.)

I also rodded out our sewer with a satisfying gurgle as clogged wc paper and turds disappeared with the cleared blockage, although that's not part of the Saints Day. Just though I'd mention it.

Windy Militant
23rd Apr 2012, 12:41
As some of you were gracious enough to wish a happy day to our Nawdd Sant.
It would be churlish not to return the compliment!
Dydd Gwyl Sior Happus i Pawb
A happy Saint Georges day to everyone.

Mallan
23rd Apr 2012, 12:41
OFSO, May your drains flow freely for all the day.

Shannon volmet
23rd Apr 2012, 12:44
It's also William Shakespeare's birthday :ok:

Tableview
23rd Apr 2012, 12:45
Let's not forget also :

Many Patronages of Saint George (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patronages_of_Saint_George) exist around the world, including: Georgia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_%28country%29), England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England), Egypt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt), Bulgaria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgaria), Aragon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aragon), Catalonia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalonia), Romania (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romania), Ethiopia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia), Greece (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greece), India (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India), Iraq (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq), Lithuania (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuania), Palestine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestine), Portugal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal), Serbia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbia), Ukraine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine) and Russia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia), as well as the cities of Genoa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genoa), Amersfoort (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amersfoort), Beirut (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beirut), Fakiha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fakiha), Bteghrine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bteghrine), Cáceres (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A1ceres,_Spain), Ferrara (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrara), Freiburg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freiburg), Kumanovo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumanovo), Ljubljana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ljubljana), Pomorie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomorie), Preston (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preston,_Lancashire), Qormi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qormi), Rio de Janeiro (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_de_Janeiro), Lod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lod), Lviv (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lviv), Barcelona (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcelona), Moscow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow), Tamworth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamworth) and the Maltese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malta) island of Gozo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gozo), as well as of the Scout Movement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scouting)[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George#cite_note-2) and a wide range of professions, organizations and disease sufferers.

G&T ice n slice
23rd Apr 2012, 13:17
Surely it's now a criminal offense :
(a) to claim to be 'English'
(b) to notice, celebrate, promulgate, celebrate or otherwise advertise the patron saint of 'England'
(c) to use the noun 'England' in any way
(d) to wilfully and with malice aforethought to propose any 'wish' to any person or persons whilst refering that wish directly, or indirectly, to any particular aniversary related to,by, with or from the patron saint of a small insignificant has-been country situated just south of Scotland, just east of Wales, just north of France and to the west of the Nort Sea.
(e) to insult the sensitivities of non christians by using the word 'saint'

etc etc

G-CPTN
23rd Apr 2012, 13:49
I was surprised to see a statue of St George (slaying the dragon) at Prague Castle.

Flypro
23rd Apr 2012, 13:53
To add to G&T's problems his flag has also been stolen by 'ENGERLAND' football f...wits:rolleyes:

Firestorm
23rd Apr 2012, 13:54
There are similar statues and depictions in Riga G-CPTN. Seems that knights with a dragon slaying type rating were in short supply at about that time.

Rush2112
23rd Apr 2012, 14:07
Surely it's now a criminal offense :
(a) to claim to be 'English'
(b) to notice, celebrate, promulgate, celebrate or otherwise advertise the patron saint of 'England'
(c) to use the noun 'England' in any way
(d) to wilfully and with malice aforethought to propose any 'wish' to any person or persons whilst refering that wish directly, or indirectly, to any particular aniversary related to,by, with or from the patron saint of a small insignificant has-been country situated just south of Scotland, just east of Wales, just north of France and to the west of the Nort Sea.
(e) to insult the sensitivities of non christians by using the word 'saint'

etc etc

Good. Happy St. George's Day! Cry, God for Harry and England.

Tankertrashnav
23rd Apr 2012, 14:47
The highest (pre Soviet) Russian gallantry award was the Order of St George which depicts St George slaying the dragon, as do our George Cross and George Medal. There was an alternative version for Muslim soldiers (from the Southern fringe) which depicted a black eagle instead. Some recipents complained, saying that they would rather have a brave, albeit Christian, warrier on their medal, than a black bird.

G & T - I should lay off the Daily Mail for a bit - it's obviously getting to you ;)

teeteringhead
23rd Apr 2012, 15:02
Georgia do go a wee bit OTT with the St George's Crosses on their flag ....

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR5pulkWJwUAPQBYltN63k0ESEDgj8MdQBZxQCy23E bY_FWo5lhhQ48oJXU

Storminnorm
23rd Apr 2012, 15:10
Always preferred St Patrick myself.
He always has a much "Jollier" day I think.
And never killed anything. Just "Cast out" the snakes.

Bit more difficult trying to "Cast Out" a Dragon I suppose.

jabird
23rd Apr 2012, 15:22
We have an Irish and an English pub which tends to be frequented by the idiot types mentioned above right next to each other, and both saints' days can lead to tension, but as there is no rugby on and it is a Monday, here's to hoping for a quiet one tonight.

And also, I'll raise a chalice to our local great bard, patron saint of boring English set texts the world over!

Happy St George's day!

G&T ice n slice
23rd Apr 2012, 15:22
well, I used to be laid-back laissez-faire type

then I got older & started to read the Telegraph.

Then I realised what a bunch of left-wing radicals they were

So I started with the D.Mail.

Now I realise that Ghengis was nice to his horses and Adolf was nice to his dogs and really, all in all, they were both not ALL as bad as they were made out to be.

Mind you I'm begining to spot a bit of a drift to the left in some of the Mail's commentaries....

hmmm

Alloa Akbar
23rd Apr 2012, 15:35
I find it rather disappointing that none of my English colleagues have even mentioned what day it is.. funnily enough they all knew when it was St Paddy's day!! :ok:

rab-k
23rd Apr 2012, 15:55
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5e/Animated-Flag-England.gif

Happy St George's Day! :ok:

However, I confess I prefer a somewhat different style of 'Dragon Slayer'...http://fast1.onesite.com/community.wizards.com/smileys/dragon.gif




http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQKqnKRgpWlB-GkgVYrH3PNNPGsfU1YUbjKg3WHCDO16Ydqj7WPr0FoCZOdnw

radeng
23rd Apr 2012, 16:02
W. S. Gilbert had 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 temptations
to belong to other nations
He remains an Englishman
He remains an Englishman"

hellsbrink
23rd Apr 2012, 16:32
Wasn't he a Turkish newt botherer ?

Syrian Palestinian, they reckon......



There has to be something we can work on when you think of what has been happening over there..........

tony draper
23rd Apr 2012, 16:40
Dunno why we didn't adopt Saint Cuthbert as our Patron Saint,he was a Geordie lad,which is even better than being just a Englishman, as was Saint Patrick,though I understand he was living in Carlise when he was nabbed by the Paddies.
:rolleyes:

G-CPTN
23rd Apr 2012, 16:46
Don't forget Wilfred (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilfrid) and the Venereal Bede (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bede) - both good Northumbrians.

Aidan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aidan_of_Lindisfarne) was before them of course.

Local landowner round here called Aidan Cuthbert (http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Alt/alt.talk.royalty/2005-11/msg00998.html) (but he's not a Saint).

vulcanised
23rd Apr 2012, 16:53
Has anyone actually seen a flag flying ?

More than I have.

Noah Zark.
23rd Apr 2012, 16:56
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vh-wEXvdW8&feature=player_embedded

Storminnorm
23rd Apr 2012, 17:10
The DSS office in Crawley usually have a flag flying on
"Special" days.
There's nothing up the flagpole today though.
Must have sacked the "Flag" person.

All part of the "Cutbacks" I suppose.

Or could it be that it's an offence now under the "Racial harmony" laws?

probes
23rd Apr 2012, 18:33
A presenter was wondering what would happen to anyone slaying a dragon these days. What about protected rare species? What about biodiversity?
And it appears it does not even need to be a rare dragon... :hmm:
Giant rat killed by pensioner Brian Watson with lump of wood on his farm | Mail Online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2133818/Giant-rat-killed-pensioner-Brian-Watson-lump-wood-farm.html)

OFSO
23rd Apr 2012, 18:40
The dragon was killed in September 2006. His head was on display in Castelló d'Empurias and steaks cut from the body served up at the Festival de Troubadours that year. (I know, I was there, and I took this picture).

http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu287/ROBIN_100/1.jpg

DC10RealMan
23rd Apr 2012, 18:45
I was driving around various parts of rural Shropshire and Cheshire today and saw numerous England flags flying and I was delighted to see it.