St George

by Richard on April 23, 2010

April 23rd. St George’s Day. St George is, of course, the patron saint of England. And the Scout Movement. I’m not sure he existed, but he definitely killed a dragon to rescue a princess. That makes him a fearless hero, unless you regard dragons as an endangered species. That would change your perspective.

Anyroad, David Keen reckons the English should abandon St George so that Britain can have a single patron saint in St Aidan.

But Aidan didn’t kill any dragons. He doesn’t buckle a swash like George.

So my counter-proposal would be St Arthur. He had the courage to take on a dragon. And lost.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }


Tony Buglass 04.23.10 at 5:16 pm

Cuthbert. Proper English saint, took over from Aidan, did a great job.


Kim 04.23.10 at 6:50 pm

St. Michael. Marks & Spencer label. Quintessentially English. Great knickers.


Paul Martin 04.23.10 at 7:11 pm

Saint Michael Ashcroft!


Pam 04.24.10 at 5:07 am

St Andrew’s vineyard in South Australia does a very nice merlot.


Sally 04.24.10 at 5:54 pm

excellent article at the Guardian today reclaiming St George!


Richard 04.24.10 at 10:57 pm

That’s good stuff Sally. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be posting that.

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