The English don't need to be told what they know,

That they take England wherever they go.

New lands may rail at the old empirical state

That saw them led to a former fate,

But they often retain the ongoing existence

Of worthwhile examples of the old perisistence

Of self-belief, faith and the rule of law

That took England to many a distant shore.

Other venturing empires the old world knew -,

(Germany, Spain and France to mention a few,)

But it still behoves the English way

That in far-off lands you may hear some say

"Today is called St. George's Day!"





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M.C. Newberry

Tue 24th Apr 2018 11:52

David - I wonder if the irish enthusiasm for St Patrick's Day
- wherever they may be - takes a corresponding point of view.

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 24th Apr 2018 00:10

To truly appreciate what it is to be English I think it is often best that we consider what it is to be something other.

I hope all have a wonderful St Georges Day.


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M.C. Newberry

Tue 24th Apr 2018 00:04

Thanks, David and Keith, for your comments...all appreciated. Will Shakespeare wasn't above using the
name in his most famous of plays to set the stage for an exhortation to remember what it is to be English, so why shouldn't we?

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 23rd Apr 2018 23:54

Yeah, lets just have a drink....screw reality for now, especially if fantasy is kinder.

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keith jeffries

Mon 23rd Apr 2018 23:33

Thank you for this as I am mildly patriotic and come from a family who were and still are very patriotic. Having lived and worked abroad in several different countries I have come to realise that so much of being English is held in high regard. Our language, sense fo fair play and phlegm. George might be the patron saint of the land but his origins are certainly spurious, but who cares? Thank uou again.

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 23rd Apr 2018 23:08

Legend has it (and so much is legend-based in the histories
of the world to date) that St George was a Roman who
as a Christian refused to convert in the reign of Domitian(check spelling) and was tortured and beheaded for his pains. Other origins are mooted but in dispute.
From my imperfect memory I seem to recall G.K. Chesterton wrote -
St George he was for England
And before he slew the dragon (*)
Drank a pint of English ale
From an English flagon.
(*) perhaps a euphemism to suit the
ethos of the times.
All good knock about stuff, but somewhere down the days
of past history it was thought he made a good choice to represent the spirit of this small island nation. So, while
we look for our own personal dragons to slay, let's drink a
pint and enjoy the day. Bottoms up!

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 23rd Apr 2018 16:33

It is my belief that the fairest of nations are those which consistently review their past behaviour, the United Kingdom often only does so when events are exposed. Whilst we are seemingly better at this than most of our European counterparts it is nothing to brag about.

It does seem that fairly recently our own officious Home Office did create a hostile environment for many who came to this country to better themselves and this land. Faceless paper shufflers in beige offices should be ashamed, they least of us all represent us, certainly not me.

St George was a bloody French Arab who probably never existed and definitely never killed a dragon.

I am proud to be English and sane, don’t believe in naturalised Saints or dragons. Interestingly would St George qualify for refugee status these days, I mean supposing he was besieged by dragons in his own little fifedom?

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Brian Maryon

Mon 23rd Apr 2018 15:22

Mark - we celebrated at Maryon Towers by throwing two servants off the west wing battlements.

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 23rd Apr 2018 15:18

Thanks, gents.
We are so busy being bitten by the world and its dog at
every opportunistic turn that we as a nation are regrettably modest about
marking and celebrating our own identity.

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Brian Maryon

Mon 23rd Apr 2018 08:29

You and most of the population John. The Royals do though as they seem to have timed the Duchess of Cambridge well.

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John Coopey

Mon 23rd Apr 2018 08:25

I didn’t realise it was today, MC.

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