Today is St George's Day, which should mean as much to the English as St Patrick's Day does to the Irish. Here in America, the day is probably unknown. Yet English-Americans probably outnumber genuine Irish-Americans (many Americans falsely claim Irish ancestry). Anyway, I thought I'd list a few interesting things happening in England today:
- Most people are using St George's Day to celebrate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty, The Queen, although she was actually born on April 21.
- This morning saw the running of the famous London Marathon, with Felix Limo of Kenya winning the men's race, and Deena Kastor of the United States winning the women's race. This year's race was notable because a couple got married at the halfway point of the race.
- London's famous Leicester Square has a big screen showing classic Charlie Chaplin films.
- The Globe Theatre (also in London) is using St George's Day to mark the birthday of William Shakespeare, actually born on April 26, by hosting a day of “Warriors and Queens” in the Roman style: 20 Roman soldiers met Cleopatra after she sailed down the Thames. From Antony and Cleopatra:
The barge she sat in, like a burnished throne,
Burned on the water. The poop was beaten gold;
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
The winds were lovesick with them...
- Google UK marked the day in typical fashion:
Unfortunately, the celebration did not extend to Google.com (unlike St Patrick's Day).