St George's Day

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  • nope - I'm Welsh
  • nope I'm Andy
  • Just had a nice patriotic roast for Lunch. Last time I did that I ran a PB for ther Stevenage 5k! Hopefully will work for my 3k at Watford tonight!!

    Shame the BBC can't put a teeny St. George's cross on thier website. Oh forgot, it 'might' offend someone. Of course, if they actually checked they would find out that it actually doesn't offend anyone.image

  • England arent playing tonight are they ?

    thought it was a football thing ...the flag that is image

  • There are some English players playing tonight (a concept lost on some lesser teams).

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  • hmmm ...cant think of many
  • English players possibly playing tonight? Ferdinand, Brown, Neville (doubtful), Scholes, Carrick, Hargreaves (supposedly English), Rooney.

    And that Henry feller - he used to play for Arsenal, so he must be English. image

  • and the other 12 ?image
  • Welbeck and Heaton as well.

    I swear Wenger only keeps Justin Hoyte around so he can play him occasionally and then say "See? That's why I don't pick English players."

  • probably true

    Welbeck and Heaton... jeez the Barcs will be quaking image

  • We'll probably keep them on the bench, to terrify the Spaniards with our strength in depth.
  • not been able to say that much since the days of Phil Neville.......image
  • St George, the patron saint of Greece,

    why would that mean anything to meimage

  • Wasn't St. George a Turk?
  • Happy St George's Day !

  • Kind of, ...............................the western side of Turkey was called Anatolia (ironically Eastern in Greek) at the time of St George and was populated with Anatolian Greeks. So he was actualy of Greek stock but from Western side of what is now Turkey.

    He had probably never heard of England and the dragon who he suposedly slew, a legendary Turkish soldier.  

  • I would rather have St. Bruce, the patron saint of Entertainment......

    Who's with me?

    Nice to see you....to see you....

    NICE!image

  • It should be someone with at least a loose connection to the country

    Bruce? too Aussie or Scotish sounding

    Wayne, Lee, Chantle, Chardonnay? 

  • St Freddie (Starr) or St Jim (Davidson) or St Ken (Dodd) ?

    or for the more classically minded - St Syd (James) St Kenneth or St Frankie - or even St Hattie St Barbara and St June

    St Pete St Dud ?

    St John St Eric St Terry St Graham ?

  • St Ringo ...any relation to St Mungo (Jerry?)
  • Given that I'm as religious as a peanut, my main reason for recognising any saint's day would be the same as most people's, i.e. a good excuse for a pi$$ up. So why not adopt St Arnold - the patron saint of beer!

    [from www.beerchurch.com, so most probably made up by a daydreaming pi$$ artist, but still a good yarn...]

    Saint Arnold was born to a prominent Austrian family in the year 580. Even back in those days the Austrians were famous for their love of beer, and admired for their brewing prowess. Beer was a proud Austrian tradition that was not wasted on young Arnold.

    As a young man, Arnold entered the priesthood and began moving his way up that earliest of all career ladders. At the age of 32, he was given the title Bishop, and in 612 was named "Arnold, Bishop of Metz." (Metz is in France.)

    He is said to have spent his life warning peasants about the health hazards of drinking water. Water was not necessarily safe to drink during the dark ages, especially around towns and villages. Nasty stuff. Arnold always had the well-being of his followers close at heart.

    Beer, on the other hand, was quite safe. Arnold frequently pointed this out to his congregation. He is credited with having once said, "From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world." It goes without saying that the people loved and revered Arnold.

    In 627, Saint Arnold retired to a monastery near Remiremont, France, where he died and was buried in 640.

    In 641, the citizens of Metz requested that Saint Arnold's body be exhumed and carried from the monastery to the town of Metz for reburial in their local church - The church where Arnold had so frequently preached the virtues of beer. Their request was granted.

    It was a long and thirsty journey, especially since they were carrying a dead bishop. As the ceremonial procession passed through the town of Champignuelles, the tired processionals stopped for a rest and went into a tavern for a drink of their favorite beverage - Beer. Much to their dismay, they were informed that there was only one mug of beer left, and that they would have to share it. That mug never ran dry and the thirsty crowd was satisfied.

    Every Saint needs a miracle. That's how the Church decides you are a Saint. The story of the miracle mug of beer spread and eventually Arnold was canonized by the Catholic Church for it.

    Saint Arnold is recognized by the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of Brewers. He is recognized by Beer Church as a top-notch, supernatural beer stud.
  • personally i think we should adopt all four of the national Saints and have a day off to celebrate each one - or better still have 12 saints day  holidays a year -moveable feasts so we can have 1 a month if we like !
  • George was thought to be a solider in Palestine, martyred for his faith in the 4thC.  There probably never was a dragon that he slayed.  Edward the Confessor was England's parton til King Edward III took a fancy to George, made him patron of the Order of the Garter, and displaced Edward as England's man.

    Anyhow, I don't think the majority of people give a toss, no more than I really do either.  The church made  these people 'saints' half the time to suit their own ends - i.e. rake some money in, by making them people to pay homage to, seeking their favours, etc.  It  = give us some money and we'll ask George, or whoever to help you.  In today's world it might be called a SCAM!  But in the mediaeval world if you asked a question you were most likely to be burned at the stake or have your head chopped off.  There's care and compassion for you, love one another etc

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