St G !

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  1. Today is St George's day, it is also the anniversary of William Shakespeare's birthday.

    So to all Englishmen I wish you a good day and give you this quote from Shakespeare's King Richard II:

    This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
    This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
    This other Eden, demi-paradise,
    This fortress built by Nature for herself
    Against infection and the hand of war,
    This happy breed of men, this little world,
    This precious stone set in the silver sea,
    Which serves it in the office of a wall
    Or as a moat defensive to a house,
    Against the envy of less happier lands,--
    This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England


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  2. I thought it was racist to fly the flag and celebrate St G. How times change.

    Happy St G.s day. Now where's the dragon ... oh ... looks like she's out with the Strimmer shopping ...
  3. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Be blessed.

    You're an Englishman.

    Hated by many, envied by most, unappreciated by the unwary.
  4. I would add that we don't even appreciate ourselves or even fully apprecaiate what we have around us.
  5. Best wishes to all the English members on St George's Day.
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  6. Thank you, Finks.
  7. HMS St George

    A former shore establishment for the Royal Navy, which closed during the 1980s.


    Fraser had been used by the MoD as a firing range and for gunnery training for a significant period of time following the 2nd World War. In comparatively recent times the emphasis on training waned in favour of research and development of electronic and radar detection systems complementing the DERA facility at Portsdown.

    Since the privatisation of the Defence and Evaluation Research Agency and subsequent formation of QinetiQ in its place, the latter have sought to make more effective use of the corporate estate. As part of that process QinetiQ activities on the Fraser site have been redeployed to Portsdown Technology Park and the site has been declared surplus to requirements.

    The Planning Committee resolved to grant permission (subject to conditions - not yet met) on an outline planning application (A*26996/AP) to build 3 large blocks of flats, 131 apartments, directly overlooking the naturist beach. Although they have yet to submit a detailed planning application or to start demolishing the existing radar station.


    PS The adjacent Nudist beach is still popular though.:color:
  8. Thank you SJRM_RN for the quote. I wondered which play it was from as it was one I studied at school and maybe that is why I have since avoided Shakespeare like the plague. However I think I am going to study his works.
  9. flymo, it was only racist if you wanted to celebrate being English under the last government. In London the former mayor supported every other race to beef up their origins and if we English dissented we were being racist, I don't think.
  10. So the previous government stated that is was racist to celebrate St George's day then? Yes, that happened didn't it?
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  11. Guzzler, I don't know that the previous government stated it was racist but people didn't seem willing to celebrate it nor did the press push it like they seem to have done this year. I had a brief search on the web to find out if celebrating St George was illegal but found nothing to indicate this nor a date to indicate when it was made legal. He was Turkish anyway so to my mind that puts it in a different light and I am not anti Turkish either.

  12. As with many comment s about old Georgie boy there appears to be some confusion.
    I can’t be arsed to go into the legend though I understand that the general belief is that he was a Roman soldier. The Turkish thing is that (I think) he is also a saint there - along with Portugal. Georgia and Swindon amongst others – though one of those may be wrong.
    The media has helped promote St George’s day, possibly as a counter to St Guiness’s day and the whinging masses who complained for years that ‘they’ wouldn’t let us celebrate it when, of course, it was always there for celebration as anyone wished. Even Morris dancing if that’s what they needed.
    Sadly, an uncomfortably large minority of my fellow Englishmen have a problem recognising the difference between patriotism and xenophobia, and some dribbling retards decided to stand outside an Irish bar in Plymouth today and give some lovely ‘no surrender’ ditty. The world would be a better place if they were dead.
    I had the pleasure of serving with some Greek soldiers in FYRO Macedonia several years ago and their patriotism (on their national day) was a delight. They wanted to share their culture – not sneer at those ‘inferior’ to them.
    I like being English – I find pride in it difficult at times.
  13. Magda

    Magda War Hero Book Reviewer

    This IS England for me, I love this song!

    Hmph, it won't embed. Anyway...

    A little slice of England:


    Happy St. George's Day!
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  14. Thanks Magda for the music link I was all of a shiver and your garden is my idea of England.
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    Another slice
  16. I've spent too long studying the Wehrmacht. I thought this was a thread about Stukageschwader, commonly abbreviated to StG... :-o

    Anyway, in the finest traditions of the service: St George for England!
  17. Hope your not alluding to her lady garden!!!!
  18. Magda

    Magda War Hero Book Reviewer

    Oh Wrecks, you do drag the tone down ;-)

    Another slice of England...

  19. Magda

    Magda War Hero Book Reviewer

    Stukageschweder were Luftwaffe, weren't they?

    Although Wehrmacht/Marine/Luftwaffe isn't my specialist area... unless it's post war. ;-)

  20. And Catalunya as well, where St Jorid is not only the patron saint but is regarded as having been something of a scholar, doctor, and free thinker. There's little mention of xenophobia or slaying of dragons.
    Perhaps he missed the bit about going out and getting trollied in his honour, but hey ho, whatever works.

    St Jordi, 23 April | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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