Posts Tagged ‘England’

Happy St. George’s Day!

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Well, every day we learn something new. Or we should. And today, I learned about St. George. He is the Patron Saint of England. According to legends, he was a dragon slayer and a crusader. While many do not really celebrate St. George’s Day, it is still a holiday,  April 23rd of every year. So, next year… google it, research it… go to the library even and read about it.  And then let’s see if we can celebrate it in a fun way, shall we? Where we here in the United States and Ireland celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, this is England’s equivalent. Albeit, they are less enthusiastically celebrating it these days…

Another note of interest, St. George’s Day is celebrated in Catalonia as “The Day of the Rose”. According to Wikipedia1,

…since 1436,’The Day of the Rose’ is a day where the exchange of gifts between sweethearts, loved ones and respected ones is effectuated. It would be the analogous to Valentine’s Day. Although the World Book and Copyright Day has been celebrating since 1995 internationally, the first time that books where also exchanged in ‘The Day of the Rose’ in Catalonia, was in 1926; also to commemorate the death of Cervantes and Shakespeare.

And this same day is also the UNESCO International Day of the Book and Copyright.

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The English have had enough!

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Some 4,000 marchers were outside the Bank of England in protest for “Financial Fools Day.” “This is about making it shameful to be a banker,” said Annabel Acton, 25, a consultant. “I’ve come here today so we can engage in a peaceful protest and vent our anger against the greed of the financial institution.They are dealers in death…”

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I wanted to share this news story because it is worth sharing. The English have had enough of the greedy banking institutions leeching them poor. It is disgusting that they have gotten away with it as long as they have. I commend all those people standing up for justice—standing against the financial tyranny. I know this would not work in the United States because our government carries big guns and they are not afraid to use them against us (or anyone).

Thank you for having the courage to stand up for all of us who cannot stand with you. The elderly who saved all of their lives and are now destitute. The parents who worked hard to save for their children’s educations who are now scrambling to pay for their children’s college just to keep up in this failing economy. Thank you for standing up against the greed—the corruption. You are doing the right thing—no matter how the media tries to paint it. Enough is enough!