Today in England

Posted Apr 23, 2006 in England, Events, Personal.

St George Flag

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:
    Google logo for St George's Day 2006
    Unfortunately, the celebration did not extend to (unlike St Patrick's Day).


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    In England at the moment there is a movement to persude the Government to make St George's day a public holiday. However, I have a feeling the motivation behind this lies more in the desire for another public holiday, than any particular desire to celebrate the country's patron saint.

    Posted by Tim on Apr 25, 2006.

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    Bugger the saint. We are talking about MONEY. Here in the U.S., folks make a small fortune selling St Patrick's Day crap - we even have green milkshake at the Golden Arches! The market for patriotic items like flags, badges, cups, hats, bumper stickers, and just about anything else you can think of is potentially HUGE. St George's Day is just ENGLAND DAY by another name. England, mate! IN-GER-LAND! BARMY ARMY! COME ON YOU SPURS! GLORY, GLORY TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR!

    Sorry. I got a bit carried away there.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Apr 25, 2006.

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    Play up Pompey, Pompey play up!

    Posted by Adrian on Apr 26, 2006.

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    Pompey? No way, mate. You're BARELY in the Premiership.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Apr 26, 2006.