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Sunday, April 23, 2006

A dragon of a day

Happy St Georges day to those who care about such things. He's the patron saint of England, although no-one really seems to know why:-) he almost certainly never came here!

It's also shakespeares birthday & deathday (how convenient!) today. Much more important really (I am an english graduate after all), as well as William Wordsworths deathday. the two greatest poets in the modern English langusge deserve some recognition.

23rd april is also the first day decimalised currency was used in England (1968) - a great idea, even if a bit late:-) And the death day of Ethelred of Wessex & Ethelred II (the Unready)
I get to remember it nice and easily, as it's the day after my twin sisters birthday (31 yesterday, happy birthday to them), but generally people in england are completely unaware of the significance of the 23rd april, which is a shame really. We're due for an extra public holiday - most of europe has more than us, and 23rd april seems an ideal date. I think Paddies day is mre celebrated by the English than St Georges day! I'm not much of one for patron saints - but shakespeare is pretty much a national hero (every child has to study his works at school), and at least he certainly lived here!

We've spent the day getting all dressed up in out re-enactment gear and collecting money at a local supermarket, then getting on with some DIY. I was going to write an essay, but just couldn't get into it. i really needed to sort out all the kids clothes (summer/winter, too big/small, cleann/unironed etc), but I hate all that stuff, so I decided to paint a wall instead:-) Aggie was supposed to make a shutter for mstr a's bedroom, but he got as far as getting the wood, then left me to paint it, and never got any further.

typical

ah well. i shouldn't complain. he has done quite a lot of useful stuff over the past few weeks. Just not a lot of house stuff!

7 Comments:

  • At Sunday, April 23, 2006 8:47:00 pm, Anonymous Claire said…

    I so agree that St Patrick's is celebrated here more than St George's...never quite understood that!!

    I read some of my favourite Shakespeare passages today in honour of his birth/death day...nothing like some Shakespeare on a quiet Sunday!

     
  • At Sunday, April 23, 2006 8:48:00 pm, Blogger margalit said…

    Does one say Happy St. George's Day?

    I think you're right about Shakespere getting his own holiday. Heck, we in the US have Martin Luther King day, and yes, he was important to our history, but Shakespere is important to the world and you should be celebrating his birth/death day. I say Go For It.

    Here via Michele

     
  • At Sunday, April 23, 2006 8:49:00 pm, Blogger Nic said…

    Europe has holiday. I've always liked that idea. Here in the States we don't have anything like that. The norm is that we're given anywhere from 1-3 weeks a year to use for both vacation and sick time. Not every place is like that but most are.

    Hi from Michele's

     
  • At Sunday, April 23, 2006 9:05:00 pm, Blogger craziequeen said…

    I have blogged about the history of St George - although I still don't understand why he is the patron saint of England.....mind you, I spose it's better than St Beckham...

    Oh, and Michele sent me this time, sweetie :-)

    cq

     
  • At Sunday, April 23, 2006 9:07:00 pm, Blogger Prego said…

    Is St. Geo. the guy who killed the dragon? She deserved it. I'm sure the husband was relieved.

    Nice to meet see you today. Here via Michele.
    p

     
  • At Sunday, April 23, 2006 9:56:00 pm, Blogger Carmi said…

    If it were up to me, you'd get all the public holidays you deserve - in other words, lots of them.

    I love that every day of the year offers something special. I make a point of spending at least a couple of minutes each day trying to find out what sets this date inhistory apart from the others.

    Thanks for your unique spin on this.

     
  • At Sunday, April 23, 2006 10:31:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    Nic - in the UK we have a minimum of 4 weeks (or equivelent) paid annual leave, state subsidised sick leave (sometimes employers top it up to your salary, sometimes not) after three days and a number of public holidays where governmental & financial institutions are closed (but not everyone gets them off work, depending on your contract)

    But our salaries are generally lower than the US's.

    it's called a welfare state:-)

    Carmi - every day is special & you can look up any date on good old wikipedia 7 find out loads of fascinating stuff. i rarely have the time to, but it is a good idea to rflect on how special each day is. Well done you. I shall try to emulate!

     

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