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Sunday, April 23, 2017

St George's Day



Today is St George's Day where we celebrate the dragon slaying patron saint of England.  Except we don't.  Unlike the saint's day celebrations of our Scots, Welsh and Irish cousins, St George's Day is almost completely ignored in England.  Worst still, our flag, the cross of St George now has unpleasant associations with far right racist groups so that even displaying it in some parts of the country causes trouble.  The only other time it makes an appearance is when our dire football team takes part in their inevitable disastrous performance in a major tournament.  

Interestingly, when you do a Google search for England flag babe you mostly get pictures of girls draped in the Union flag, which is the flag of Great Britain not England. It may well be that this confusion of England with Britain is part of the reason we don't celebrate St George's Day.  Unlike our Celtic neighbours we don't have to shout out about our national identity.  We are English.  That is enough, 365 days a year.  

Still,we like these five young ladies from 2007's Miss England competition. Eventual winner Georgia (appropriately) Horsely is second from left.  This was the competition where the organisers reputedly told the girls to 'fatten up' - so they had more womanly figures and didn't encourage anorexia in young girls.  Quite right!