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tony draper
23rd Apr 2003, 16:20
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,



:rolleyes:

PS, Tiz also the Bards birthday today.

SLF 999
23rd Apr 2003, 17:14
Sorry Drapes but he is only patron saint of part of this Isle, then again we Scots share our St with Russia and if memory serves, Greece !

Actually just a thought what are the patron saints of other countries ?

tony draper
23rd Apr 2003, 17:38
ST GEORGE’S DAY - APRIL 23rd


Patron saint of England. Several stories have been attached to St George, the best known of which is the Golden Legend. In it, a dragon lived in a lake near Silena, Libya. Whole armies had gone up against this fierce creature and had gone down in painful defeat. The monster ate two sheep each day; when mutton was scarce, lots were drawn in local villages and maidens were substituted for sheep. Into this country came St George. Hearing the story on a day when a maiden was to be eaten, he crossed himself, rode to battle against the serpent and killed it with a single blow of his lance. George then held forth with a magnificent sermon and converted the locals. Given a large reward by the King, George distributed it among the poor and then rode away. Due to his chivalrous behavior (protecting women, fighting evil, dependence on faith) devotion to George become popular in Europe after the tenth century.

April 23rd is the day St George was publicly beheaded after the Roman Emperor declared death to all Christians. He became the patron saint of England in the time of Edward the third.

Oh boy they knew how to have fun in those days. ;)

pzu
23rd Apr 2003, 18:41
:D

Saturday 23rd April 1966 - Christ Church, Eston, North Yorkshire;

CMC married EK

:D :D 37 years on, 4 children + 1 grandchild :cool: :D

IFTB
23rd Apr 2003, 18:47
I always thought St.Georges Day was the first of April.
Wonder what gave me that idea?

:} :E

Unwell_Raptor
23rd Apr 2003, 19:09
The English, the English, the English are best
I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest.

The rottenest bits of these islands of ours
We've left in the hands of three unfriendly powers
Examine the Irishman, Welshman or Scot
You'll find he's a stinker, as likely as not.

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!

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

The Irishman now our contempt is beneath
He sleeps in his boots and he lies through his teeth
He blows up policemen, or so I have heard
And blames it on Cromwell and William the Third!

The English are noble, the English are nice,
And worth any other at double the price

The Welshman's dishonest and cheats when he can
And little and dark, more like monkey than man
He works underground with a lamp in his hat
And he sings far too loud, far too often, and flat!

And crossing the Channel, one cannot say much
Of French and the Spanish, the Danish or Dutch
The Germans are German, the Russians are red,
And the Greeks and Italians eat garlic in bed!

The English are moral, the English are good
And clever and modest and misunderstood.

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!

The English, the English, the English are best
So up with the English and down with the rest.

It's not that they're wicked or natuarally bad
It's knowing they're foreign that makes them so mad!

For the English are all that a nation should be,
And the flower of the English are Donald (Michael)
Donald (Michael) and Me!

(Flanders and Swann, of course)

IFTB
23rd Apr 2003, 19:37
""And crossing the Channel, one cannot say much
Of French and the Spanish, the Danish or Dutch""

shows a certain lack of education...... :rolleyes:

WX Man
23rd Apr 2003, 19:54
WX Man, fresh from his recent assessment at MUAC, is looking forward to moving back to England.

There are good points and bad points to not making the grade as an Air Traffic Controller with Eurocontrol...

Surly Bondslipper
23rd Apr 2003, 20:13
Draper,

"Or as a moat defensive to a house"

...to judge by the latest statistics on asylum seekers, somebody's gone and filled the damn thing in! ;)

djk
23rd Apr 2003, 23:53
I always thought it was where Wormingford is now that St George was meant to have defeated the dragon.

Boy_From_Brazil
24th Apr 2003, 00:33
St Georges Day is a Public Holiday in Rio de Janeiro. Only the expats (including the English) seem to be working, all the locals are strutting their stuff on the beach.

Does anyone have an idea why St George would be quite so popular in Rio. As far as I can tell, no other Brazilian cities celebrate it.

LordGrumpy
24th Apr 2003, 06:07
Does anyone have an idea why St George would be quite so popular in Rio. As far as I can tell, no other Brazilian cities celebrate it.

Maybe he did some contract, piece rate dragon killing.
Don't some of this foreign food make you breathe fire?

chippy63
24th Apr 2003, 18:31
Mr D,
Very interesting tale about St G in Libya. Just wondering, did he get to keep that maiden? One hopes that the folk showed some gratitude, because eventually they would have run out of maidens, which wouldn't be very nice.