>Happy Birthday to this chap.
He wasn’t a bad writer was he? He was also a considerate chap, having the foresight to die on his birthday, so future generations of children only have to learn one date rather than two for his life.
Let’s also remember that this day is a significant one in the calendar for all us English people.
Happy St George’s Day to everyone. Now before people start accusing those celebrating our patron saints day as being racist….
a) You don’t accuse the Irish of being racist for celebrating their patron saint’s day, nor the Scots or the Welsh…
b) Far from being racist, we are celebrating the life of a Roman soldier. That doesn’t sound like the actions on a racist Englishman
c) There is nothing wrong with being proud of your country and patriotic.
A few facts for you (lifted from Wikipedia)
Saint George (ca. 275/281 – 23 April 303) was, according to tradition, a Roman soldier and priest in the Guard of Diocletian, who is venerated as a Christian martyr. In hagiography Saint George is one of the most venerated saints in the Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, and the Eastern Catholic Churches. He is immortalized in the tale of Saint George and the Dragon and is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. His memorial is celebrated on 23 April, and he is regarded as one of the most prominent military saints.
Saint George is the patron saint of Aragon, Catalonia, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia, as well as the cities of Amersfoort, Beirut, Fakiha, Bteghrine, Cáceres (Spain), Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Milan, Pomorie, Preston, Qormi, Rio de Janeiro, Lod, Barcelona and Moscow, as well as a wide range of professions, organizations, and disease sufferers
Are all the people of these countries also racist?
I’ve a busy weekend ahead of me. After cycling home from work, I’m heading over to Crawley for the night, then driving back tomorrow morning for the AGM of the Lea Valley Youth Cycling Club of which I seem to have become the Chairman. (That’s the penalty for being too loud and bossy at committee meetings!). After the AGM, I’m back to Crawley for a night out with friends. Sunday night will see me back home and time to start preparing for the USA trip. Time to get packing.
Congratulations to Newcastle United who will be presented with the Championship Trophy before a record crowd for a Championship game.
Have a good weekend one and all.