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Well done on not being foreign or islamic, go and slay your dragon today! Much love x
it was shit.
Fuck you St George.
For tomorrow only I am delegating my DiS authority to Epimer for all Balonz related issues.
You'll be pleased to know that my landlord is coming round today to address a few issues we raised the day after our move (August 2nd 2014)
I wonder when my new bin day is?
the excitement after all that stress must be worth it
but it didn't matter at all, because the bins (one rubbish, one recycling) just sit in front of the house all week and the binpeople take them whenever. It's a brave new world.
you don't have a national anthem of your own or a parliament of your own so your own patron saint (easily the shittest one too) is only fair
St. Georges day is celebrated in a lot of Spain and Italy too
poor english :(
but it's dreadful.
we've definitely got our own parliament, and the best thing is we get to rule some extra little countries with it!
it's pretty boring doing that
what with the constant threat of Scottish marauders who hate our freedoms coming to parliament to break up the union and spook the markets.
they 'can't celebrate St Georges day because it's racist' today?
Has anyone who is not English ever told you not to celebrate St Georges day?
St George was probably swarthy.
St George is celebrated (often to a greater degree) in many other countries.
EdwardIII was a bit warry, he adopted St George because it suited what he wanted.
St George is not the patron saint of England, he was the patron saint according to EdwardIII's warish aspirations.
The Dragon bit is probably an invention along the lines of the symbolism of Christianity pervailing over (local more 'primitive' natural paganism), as in St Michael often depicted in killing Snakes or Dragons (serpents) with his technology of steel armour and weapons given by centralised authoritarian control....(St Patrick also dealt with all the serpents in Ireland) (Marduk killed Tiamat)) It represents Patriarchal Authoritarian Rule triumphing over that which isnt.
I therefore reject your St George and that he is the patron saint of England....unless the definition of that is if you can get a lot of people to vaguely think that (no one in this country really gives a toss about ST George's they just want and inglund day)
People in Brazil and in Georgia and armenia celebrate st george more
even the germans
look at this fucker......If we had done this in England or anything like it, then I wouldnt be so scathing
and how do you think other countries chose their saints? a popular vote?
nor do most english.
I understand why you are questioning why I single out england above other countries, and my answer is that english people seem to be people who 'celebrate' a patron saints day, with less knowledge or info or any cultural attachment, than any other country.
People in other countries celebrate st george in far more colourful and varied ways, with more nuance.
The average englishman associates the following with st george
Engerland....the flag (which is more tied up with football)
A mounted figure wearing shiny plate armour with a lance.
Killing a dragon.
Thats it.....that is literally it.....you know thats true, its a real paucity of cultural involvement.
St George was born in turkey and it is in the middle east that most of his life took place (probably had not association with England at all) St George is not even SAID to have killed a dragon, he merely didnt persecute chrisitians as enthusiastically as his masters demanded and refused to give in or submit under torture? and was killed and thus regarded as martyr by some christians.
The majority of English people who will be displaying st george's cross will not know about st george........they are displaying it because they want an 'ENGLAND DAY'......now there is nothing the matter with that......but lets call it that.....it is the false and irrelevant equating of nationality with faith and false concepts and ideals that causes much of the confusion and illogicality in peoples thought when they consider the worlds problems.
Oh I forgot.....Lawrence Olivier says 'for st george' in his st swithens day speech in Henry V.....which is why some english also consider it a battlecry.....although it is just as misappropriated as 'geronimo!'
its fine to use it.....but to describe him as a patron saint is a bit misleading, don't you think?
would meekly peacefully submit to being killed rather than persecute others? St George has instead been used as a battle cry to help overcome qualms prior to 'going to attack'
(culturally speaking.......thus it is mistaken to think that St George's 'fatherly' actions and behaviours have informed and guided people in their own behaviour)
credited with bringing christianity to wales ireland and scotland?
so I guess it would be more consistant with having whoever it was who brought christianity to england as the patron saint?
as I mentioned, the slaying of serpents is a symbolism used by centralise authoritarian powers to represent their conquest over other more 'untamed' lands/peoples/ideas
yeah Fanny is definately an invention....but a great one
to symbolise the way we turned Wales (big fans of the dragon and all that) into a province of England back in the 13th century. True Facts*
* facts were just made up on the spot.
I couldn't give a monkeys about st andrews day?
did he have any animal related legends