Photographer's Note

Today is St George's Day which is England's national day. It's a pity that it's such a lowkey event - people don't really celebrate this day as much as St Patrick's day, in fact I don't think many people feel OK or bothered enough to celebrate all things English. It's perhaps due to the fact that it's a day with racist connotations where a minority of racists act inappropriately. Also England is multicultural which has led to some people being too politically correct. I get the impression that many people don't even realise that today is St George's Day!

Thought I'd mark this day by posting this picture of a lonesome British flag (couldn't find an English flag!) fluttering on a typical English overcast day framed by some pretty blossom.

Saint George is the patron saint of England. He's popularly identified with England and English ideals of honour, bravery and gallantry—but actually he wasn't English at all. Very little, if anything, is known about the real Saint George. Pope Gelasius said that George is one of the saints "whose names are rightly reverenced among us, but whose actions are known only to God."

Some facts about St Georges's Day:

Everything about St George is dubious, so the information below should be taken as mythical rather than real.

Born in Turkey (in Cappadocia)
Lived in 3rd century AD
His parents were Christian
Later lived in Palestine
Became a Roman soldier
Protested against Rome's persecution of Christians
Imprisoned and tortured, but stayed true to his faith
Beheaded at Lydda in Palestine
23rd April was named as St George's day in 1222

He is patron saint not only of England but also of Aragon, Catalonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany and Greece; and of Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa and Venice (second to St Mark). He's also patron saint of soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers, and he helps those suffering from leprosy, plague and syphilis.

Information source: BBC website

On a final note, Winston Churchill aptly wrote:

"There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word,
which means more to me than any other.
That word is ENGLAND."

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Trish Lam (MissTrish) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 47] (213)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-04-21
  • Categories: Event
  • Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2006-04-23 14:39
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