Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Saint George's Day

I was sitting at my desk at work this morning, and my coworker looked over at me and said, "Hey, Happy Saint George's Day."  He then sat up and looked around at all of the others in the office and frowned a bit, as if to say, "You'd never guess it by looking at this lot."  He was commenting on his opinion that on the United Kingdom's National Day, not a single person seemed to recognize it in any way.

I know in general terms the story of Saint George, but I wanted to read a little more, so I went to Google it.  (I hope that my boss doesn't read this blog.)  And what did I see but this:

Turns out that is using the above as their banner for the day.  I could be wrong, but I think that that is the most fantasy-oriented google banner I've ever seen.

So then I did go to the page that I linked-to above.  I thought it was an interesting read, although, being an encyclopedia, wikipedia did down play the fantastical elements of the story.  Oh well.

In closing, I would offer the following to any British readers (and all those others who have some connection to old George) who wander past:

Happy Saint George's Day!


  1. Happy St George Day! I don't remember when it show up in the calendar in Canada, but let's celebrate today! :)

  2. I'm afraid you've confused the English day with the UK. Scots, Welsh and Ulstermen don't appreciate that ... explains all. :)

  3. @ Roger - You are absolutely correct! I apologise to any I may have offended. (I'm rather embarrassed since I've been living here in the UK for almost three years now--shouldn't make mistakes like that.) And thanks for that link. I've come to understand that, but I wish that someone had shown that to me about three years ago--it would have solved a lot of confusion on my part.