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Yes that's right the English Patron saint's day is today.. hand up who knew this..
I dont know who's been reading the papers as of late, but most have begun a campaign to get today (April 23rd) as an offical bank holiday. The other UK contries have their Patron Saint's day off, yet the English don't. Why? I'd say because it don't have drinking involved...
The English celebrate St Patricks day (an Irish holiday), but not their own saints, this IMO is sad. Have we lost of Patriotism to our country? When councils refuse a pub to stay open to celebrate their country's patron saint, is it going too far? When ships at sea are refused the fly the English flag because it may upset the Turks (who also happen to have a special day on this date), is it too much?
Who's actaully done anything for this day?
I for one has an English flag flying from my bedroom window, I have also seen one across the road and quite a few people in town in the St George's cross looking clothing. What about you?
Patriotism is an ugly thing. Hence why I choose not to celebrate it, although I am conscious of it. And yeah, it's annoying how we can't celebrate anything for fear of offending anyone. I see more Union flags than I do St.George's cross. I know what I'm about to say will offend a lot of people who happen to be proud of this country, but whenever I see a St.George's flag or the Union one, I don't feel proud. I just think of all the idiots who go on holiday wearing Union Flag g-strings and making prats of themselves.
Hence why I hate being English. I'm a lowly Ostermarker through and through ^_^
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I don't have the flag up, mainly since I can't find it lol
But yes, I will be Celebrating St. George's Day with a few beers while I flock and paint my new gaming board =^___^=
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I think it is sad that us english folk have lost our patriotism, I consider myself patriotic but not as patriotic as a lot of americans, that kind of patriotism frankly scares me (no offence). IMO, St. Georges day should be made a bank holiday because St. Patrick gets one, and he did'nt even slay a dragon lol
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I always love when people say things for the reason of offense and then add "no offense." Kind of like Al Franken hiding behind "satire." Nevermind. But for those intimidated, all I have to say is: Live Free or Die.Originally Posted by ozzfan
Back to St. George. He is my favorite of all the saints. His slaying of a Dragon makes him one of the most unique figures in medieval traditions. To my knowledge, which is substantial I assure you, he is one of those rare guys who actually slays a Dragon. Which is rather ironic considering the archetypal image of medieval stories is that of knights slaying dragons. The other two are Sigurd, of the Volsunga Saga and Nibelungenlied fame, as well as Wagner's masterpiece Siegfried. The other is the hero among heroes: Beowulf. Although I should include the Archangel Michael's victory over Satan as the Red Dragon I won't because it was Revelation was written long before.
I would like to include an inspiring quote from Shakespeare's Henry V. I have been told it is still a sort of rallying cry.
Follow your spirit; and, upon this charge
Cry God for Harry, England and St George!
â€œCry â€˜Havocâ€™ and let slip the dogs of war!â€? - Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene I
You forgot another 'satirical' comedian that does the same thing: Whoopi Gholdberg! Maybe on purpose? Hehehe.Originally Posted by Bawdymonkey
Don't be so scared or ashamed of your patriotism ozzfan. Celebrate what makes your country great. It's part of your identity so you may as well make peace with it and embrace it!
Humanity hasn't grasped the 'wholeness' of itself as an entity yet so we narrow ourselves down to smaller more local identities of country or county or neighborhood to help ourselves identify with one another. It's the same with being a fan of a particular sports team. It becomes a substitute whereby you click better with others of your ilk! It's not scary, it's human nature. We are pack animals by design.
But I digress.
Congrats to our neighbors across the pond and enjoy your celebrations!
Its funny how legand becomes a holiday. I know about st patties day, and now i've
just learned about st georges day is a rather interesting tale. Maybe they did
have dragons back in the medevial times... who knows...
But as for patriotism, i find it, gratifying. As an american, I have a few buddies who
are in the war and I've given their parents flags to fly for the block to remember them
by. There is a point of going to far and a point where patriotism is just un bearable.
If you see somebody in an old glory shirt, and a stars and stripes umbrella , knock it off
cause thats obnoxious. That kind of stuff might be good for like fourth of july but any other
time of year it will be considered an eyesore. Flags are cool but going to extreme isnt.
Edit: Ah yes, but other than that: Happy Georges day.
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