Happy Saint George’s Day !
Posted by Big John on April 23, 2012
OK .. I know, most of us English ‘don’t do’ Saint George’s Day. In fact many of us have a far better time on Saint Paddy’s day with our Irish mates.
However, this year I am flying the flag to celebrate that good old dragon slaying saint, who is believed to have been born in Turkey and served in the Roman Army in the third century ‘AD’ or ‘CE’ if you are ‘PC’ and don’t want to offend someone who isn’t a Christian, which I suppose includes most Turks.
Old George must have got around a lot or else he had a good holy agent as he finished up being the patron saint of not only England, but also of Georgia, Egypt, Bulgaria, Aragon, Catalonia, Romania, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Iraq, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, Ukraine and Russia, as well as the cities of Genoa, Amersfoort, Beirut, Fakiha, Bteghrine, Cáceres, Ferrara, Freiburg, Kumanovo, Ljubljana, Pomorie, Qormi, Rio de Janeiro, Lod, Lviv, Barcelona, Moscow, Tamworth (Tamworth !!!) and the Maltese island of Gozo.
I must admit that I am a bit puzzled as to how he became ‘English’ as there was no such place as England back then, but then …
… there weren’t any bloody dragons either.