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    St George’s Day

    Will anyone be celebrating St George’s Day??.
    We were in lockdown last April, so I had a pub crawl round the house with different beers and ales in each room, including two areas in the garden.
    This year will be the same sadly.


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    I will be celebrating the start of asparagus season tomorrow.

    What is St George's Day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    I will be celebrating the start of asparagus season tomorrow.

    What is St George's Day?
    Are you even English?

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    Last person I knew who celebrated St George's day was the major on Fawlty towers.

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    It seems to be something we (i.e. the English) do spectacularly badly unlike the Welsh St. David's Day, Scottish St. Andrew's Day and Irish St. Patrick's Day.

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    It is also my wedding anniversay, so a meal outside a country pub has been booked

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    We will be: it’s my missus’ birthday and our rescue dog’s 10th birthday and 3rd ‘gotcha’ day


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    Always amazed me that every Paddy's day the pubs are always mental, people wearing silly hats etc. Most are English and have no Irish connection what so ever. Ask them when St George's day is and they haven't got a clue.

    I was also thinking of the Major on Fawlty Towers.

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    St George’s Day

    Oh dear not much support it would seem!
    Sad times. I’ve celebrated it since I was about 5 thanks to my Dad. And carried it on. Even took little flags and bunting to have in my office.
    As Mark & Wallasey Runner says, for a very odd reason “St Patrick’s “ day seems to carry more weight?
    Aye for St George, Queen & Country ???????


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    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    I will be celebrating the start of asparagus season tomorrow.

    What is St George's Day?
    Strangely enough, I actually believe you are asking a genuine question.

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    I think we should. Are our patron saint days any different to other nations’ national days, which are generally celebrated by partying and a national holiday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    I will be celebrating the start of asparagus season tomorrow.
    I had no idea it was so late in the UK - it's been available here for a couple of weeks.
    Die Zeit verwandelt uns nicht, sie entfaltet uns nur.

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    I will be, although cornish, I begrudgingly understand I am part of england.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    What is St George's Day?
    Saint George was a soldier of Cappadocian Greek and Palestinian origins, member of the Praetorian Guard for Roman emperor Diocletian, who was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith.
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorkshiremadmick View Post
    I had a pub crawl round the house with different beers and ales in each room, including two areas in the garden.
    This year will be the same sadly.


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    That's made me chortle - especially dividing the garden! 😂😂👍

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    Being English, I will raise a glass to the patron saint of England. Might open a bottle of something for the dragon.
    Last edited by oldoakknives; 22nd April 2021 at 18:48. Reason: patron not patriot!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorkshiremadmick View Post
    Oh dear not much support it would seem!
    Sad times. I’ve celebrated it since I was about 5 thanks to my Dad. And carried it on. Even took little flags and bunting to have in my office.
    As Mark & Wallasey Runner says, for a very odd reason “St Patrick’s “ day seems to carry more weight?
    Aye for St George, Queen & Country ???????


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    OK, a more serious answer: It's because the English flag was hijacked by certain types, and because other types have used that to make all English patriotism synonymous with racism. ...I'm a Forces lifer, and even I sometimes wonder why someone is flying the flag of St George... it's generally either football or the unsavoury reason.

    By the by, it's my birthday; until I was about 7 my parents had me convinced my father had arranged the flags for my birthday.

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    Unfortunately I am delivering the eulogy at my uncle's funeral tomorrow, He was called George, I think he would have enjoyed the co-incidence.

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    Brauner Hund, yes I understand some muppets hijack the cross of St George. I’ve flown it every year until 2018, no flag pole in our new home. But also flew the Yorkshire flag for Yorkshire day and on my birthday. I also flew the Norfolk flag and the Union Flag for the Queen’s birthday etc.



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    I will be celebrating, as a mark of respect to my late father who served with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. St. George slaying the dragon is depicted on the RNF cap badge.

    It is also called ' Fusilier Day '.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Being English, I will raise a glass to the patron saint of England. Might open a bottle of something for the dragon.
    I’ll raise one with you. The dragon can go and do one though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    Saint George was a soldier of Cappadocian Greek and Palestinian origins, member of the Praetorian Guard for Roman emperor Diocletian, who was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith.
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    Are you Was he even English?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorkshiremadmick View Post
    Brauner Hund, yes I understand some muppets hijack the cross of St George. I’ve flown it every year until 2018, no flag pole in our new home. But also flew the Yorkshire flag for Yorkshire day and on my birthday. I also flew the Norfolk flag and the Union Flag for the Queen’s birthday etc.



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    Even at 86, my old man would still fly the flag, saying they were all up for my birthday. This was the last time he did it, , he snuck out and rigged it on a windsurfer mast while it was still dark


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    Quote Originally Posted by Onelasttime View Post
    I will be celebrating the start of asparagus season tomorrow.

    What is St George's Day?
    Shakespeare's Birthday
    Also his death day

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    There is a great staue of St Jordi slaying the dragon in the cathedral in Barcelona

    St Jordi (George) is also the patron saint of Catalonia.

    They certainly celebrate the day.

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    I won't be but I don't celebrate our St Andrew's day either or Paddie's day....

    I do find it strange that folks celebrate these ancient saints that have rally nothing to do with our countries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brauner Hund View Post
    Even at 86, my old man would still fly the flag, saying they were all up for my birthday. This was the last time he did it, , he snuck out and rigged it on a windsurfer mast while it was still dark

    Thanks for sharing
    Bless ya Dad too.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MADDOG View Post
    I will be celebrating, as a mark of respect to my late father who served with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. St. George slaying the dragon is depicted on the RNF cap badge.

    It is also called ' Fusilier Day '.
    Well Done that fellow
    I’m in Northumberland so I’ll toast your father too and thank him for his service.


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    As others have said I see no reason why the day should not be celebrated like Paddy’s, Andy’s and Dafyds.
    The flag has been hijacked by some unsavoury characters but England should celebrate a day just like almost every other country in Europe does.
    Tomorrow is also the national day of Georgia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorkshiremadmick View Post
    Thanks for sharing
    Bless ya Dad too.



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    Thanks! 😊😊

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    As others have said I see no reason why the day should not be celebrated like Paddy’s, Andy’s and Dafyds.
    I'm not so sure we really celebrate St.David's Day here in Wales. Quite a few of us wear a daffodil on our lapels, either a real, cloth, or enamel badge version, and the kids dress up in school. That's about it, nothing like St.Patricks day everywhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Hotel View Post
    Are you even English?
    Half Irish and I go feckin' nuts on 17 March every year

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    I had no idea it was so late in the UK - it's been available here for a couple of weeks.
    It's available all year round, if you don't mind your spears being thrown over from Peru and Argentina. Not for me though.

    There have been some UK-grown examples available but apparently the 23rd of April is the official opening day

    https://britishasparagus.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick P View Post
    Strangely enough, I actually believe you are asking a genuine question.
    That's because you're Mick P … and you are always wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggertech View Post
    I'm not so sure we really celebrate St.David's Day here in Wales. Quite a few of us wear a daffodil on our lapels, either a real, cloth, or enamel badge version, and the kids dress up in school. That's about it, nothing like St.Patricks day everywhere else.
    Still more than the average Englishman that seems embarrassed to fly their national colours or wear the national flower.

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    I thought it had been banned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    Still more than the average Englishman that seems embarrassed to fly their national colours or wear the national flower.
    Yes, I see, we do acknowledge our saints day pretty universally just not with any great fanfare.

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    Time to look for St George's mushrooms - fnar fnar...
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    As an athiest I have no interest in any of this, and nor do most people from a religious point of view, it is basically nationalistic twaddle.
    Where Patron Saint's days are celebrated it is basically just an excuse for a piss up. St Patrick's Day being the most obvious example of a marketing exercise by Guinness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yorkshiremadmick View Post
    Well Done that fellow
    I’m in Northumberland so I’ll toast your father too and thank him for his service.


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    Thankyou Sir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggertech View Post
    I'm not so sure we really celebrate St.David's Day here in Wales. Quite a few of us wear a daffodil on our lapels, either a real, cloth, or enamel badge version, and the kids dress up in school. That's about it, nothing like St.Patricks day everywhere else.
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    Still more than the average Englishman that seems embarrassed to fly their national colours or wear the national flower.
    I think in general we are rather reticent when it comes to national flags in this country etc and not a bad thing IMO.

    Infinitely preferable to flag waving drunken nationalism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markbannister View Post
    It seems to be something we (i.e. the English) do spectacularly badly unlike the Welsh St. David's Day, Scottish St. Andrew's Day and Irish St. Patrick's Day.
    If the English celebrated St George’s day on mass we would be classed as racists

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    Quote Originally Posted by hilly10 View Post
    If the English celebrated St George’s day on mass we would be classed as racists
    Or as Catholics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    As an athiest I have no interest in any of this, and nor do most people from a religious point of view, it is basically nationalistic twaddle.
    Where Patron Saint's days are celebrated it is basically just an excuse for a piss up. St Patrick's Day being the most obvious example of a marketing exercise by Guinness.
    Amen


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    Quote Originally Posted by hilly10 View Post
    If the English celebrated St George’s day on mass we would be classed as racists
    It’s s sad state of affairs, where every nation can have its nation’s day.
    But, if you’re English it’s not seen as national pride, but a racist or bigoted.

    Although not English myself, but born in the sceptered isle I celebrated what should be a bank holiday

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    As an athiest I have no interest in any of this, and nor do most people from a religious point of view, it is basically nationalistic twaddle.
    Where Patron Saint's days are celebrated it is basically just an excuse for a piss up. St Patrick's Day being the most obvious example of a marketing exercise by Guinness.
    And what is wrong with a piss up?
    Or being proud of your country, displayed by raising a glass?

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    Aye, have heard St. Paddys called International Guinness Day not without some justification, full marks to the marketing dept. Over the years they've come up with some classics, 'Guinness is good for you' etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nunya View Post
    And what is wrong with a piss up?
    Or being proud of your country, displayed by raising a glass?
    Nothing wrong with celebrating St George's Day, unless you are a 'woke'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunya View Post
    It’s s sad state of affairs, where every nation can have its nation’s day.
    But, if you’re English it’s not seen as national pride, but a racist or bigoted.

    Although not English myself, but born in the sceptered isle I celebrated what should be a bank holiday
    Blame those who hijacked it for racist purposes, and those who let it happen. And why have a Saint for a nation's day?
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    Nothing wrong with celebrating St George's Day, unless you are a 'woke'.

    … or secure enough in your identity that you don't need to shout and wave a flag to prove your identity. It's called being a grown up.

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    Over here it seems nearly every other day is someones St.'s Day as there's a long list of names of Saints' folks name their kids after. It's kinda cute, Spaniards might have a Birthday and also a Saint's day, receiving good wishes, 'Happy ..... Day' twice a year, there might be a celebration, possibly gifts...mostly it seems for the young'uns, our boy has attended a couple of St.'s Day parties for his little mates, though adults might do a family meal...pre Covid obviously.
    Celebrate yourself and those you care about twice a year and why not.
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