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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.


5 Responses to “Happy Saint George’s Day !”

  1. grannymar said

    And everyone thinks the Irish make up their past as the whiskey flows!!

    Happy Dragon slaying!

  2. Ginnie said

    I’m confused …

  3. Betty said

    My goodness! Old George certainly DID get around. Didn’t he ever just sit down and relax for a while?

  4. rummuser said

    And to think that I had to learn all about St George after all these years, when I could have learnt the same when I was in St George’s Grammar School in Hyderabad!

  5. What a guy Georgie was . . . maybe. Our little city doesn’t have a patron or much of a flag. Think I’ll propose to the council that we join that impressive lineup of those protected by the old dragon-slayer.

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