into a shop which sells flags and asks for a green union jack. The shop assistant has to explain to him that you only get union jack flags in red white and blue. Matt considers for a while, then decides, 'I'll have a blue one then.'
Only in Britain
Only in Britain... are there disabled parking places in front of a skating rink. Only in Britain... do banks leave both doors open and chain the pens to the counters. Only in Britain... do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and
a diet coke. Only in Britain... do we leave cars worth thousands of pounds on the drive and put our junk in the garage. Only in Britain... do Supermarkets make the
sick people walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front. Only in Britain... do we buy hot
dogs in packs of ten and buns in packs of eight. Only in Britain... do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won't
miss a call from someone we didn't
want to talk to in the first place. Only in Britain... do we use the word 'politics'
to describe the process of Government. 'Poli'
in Latin meaning 'many'
creatures.' Only in Britain... can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
The Legend of St George and the Dragon
A long time
ago, legend has it that a dragon came down from the mountains and terrorised the cattle and ate the crops. Moreover, the dragon would not stop his rampage unless the king tied a young maiden to an oak
tree in the centre of the village. At this point the king's nobles use a pigeon to decide what to do. If the bird flew to the east then, they must take the King's own daughter Sabra and tie her to a tree, as the dragon
According to legend, the pigeon wings off to the east. Crucially, the pigeon manages to attract the attention of a knight called Sir George and guide him back to the princess. Right on cue, just as the dragon was about to devour
the princess, Sir George arrives and fights the dragon. He cunningly slows down the dragon by driving a ball of pitch down his throat, and then follows up by slaying the dragon with a spear, in
traditional style. By way of thanks for saving his daughter, and the village from the evil dragon, the king pronounced Sir George - Saint George. Moreover, he gave George a wonderful gold cross to
wear. Even better, he gave his daughter Sabra's hand in marriage. Note the dead dragon to be seen in the bottom right corner of Rosetti's famous wedding picture. The legend of St George slaying the dragon resurfaces from time-to-time,
especially around St George's day on 23rd April. See also the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
An Englishman, Irishman an Scotsman
An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman were out fishing in a boat on a
lake together and doing very well. 'This is a terrific spot for
fishing,' said the Englishman. 'How will we know where this spot is next
time?' 'I've thought of that,' said The Scotsman, 'I've just put a mark
on the side of the boat.' 'You idiot,' said the Irishman, 'how do you
know we will get this boat the next time?' See more Englishman,
Irishman .... jokes.
St George's Day History
legend of Saint George slaying a dragon, St George was a real person. Historical records show that his father was a career soldier in the Roman army, while his mother was from Lydda (Lod) Israel. What is strange is that
Saint George never actually set foot in England; he spent his life in what today we call Turkey and the Middle East. As with many saints, it is Saint George's death on 23rd April in 303 AD that cements his anniversary in the calendar. Indeed, it was his gruesome death in Palestine, that was instrumental in the
Catholic Church declaring St George an illustrious and Great Martyr. The precise date of St George's birth is not recorded, but it was believed to be in 275 AD, thus he lived for only 28 years.
St George's Flag
If we fast-forward 900 years after St George's death as a martyr, we find that King Richard I (The Lionheart) adopted St George's cross as a uniform for his soldiers. A red cross on a white background
was an ideal symbol for king Richard's crusade against Saladin and the
Saracens. What finalized the St George's cross as England's national flag, was it's adoption by king Henry V during his famous victory over the French at Agincourt in 1415. One constant theme with St
George is how un-English his connections appear. For example, like St George, King Richard spent little or no time in England, also king Henry V was often away from England fighting in Europe.
Another example of how slow England was to adopt St George is that all the best middle age pictures and artefacts are from Greece or Russia. (See
picture above, a Russian frieze of St George and the
dragon with a Cyrillic inscription)
St George's Day Celebration Around the
Interestingly, St George
is also the patron saint of Canada, Greece, Portugal, and of course Georgia in Europe (near to his birthplace). In each case the legend of St George slaying the dragon is part of that country's folklore.
However, England is one of the few countries that does not have a national holiday on its Saint's day. It is no surprise that the Greeks celebrate Agios Georgios (St George) with great festivals.
St George's Day Celebrations in England
What Will and Guy wonder is why St George's day STOPPED being celebrated in England, because from 1200 - 1700 it was fêted as a feast day. Even more bizarrely, at
one time pubs could have an extension in England to celebrate St Patrick's day, but not St George's day. When
will England take St George's day to its heart again? Making 23rd of April a
public holiday would help St George's day to catch people's attention. Here below is a rare picture of a contemporary English celebration of St George's day. David Trepess took this photograph at East Hoathly, East Sussex on St George's Day 2007 For those who do observe this most English day, the most tasteful emblem to announce this
day to one and all, is a single red rose. The other place you see the red rose emblem is on the shirts of the England rugby team. Footnote: See more St George's Day
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