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St George’s Day is coming…

St George’s Day in England remembers St George, England’s patron saint. The anniversary of his death, which is on April 23, is seen as England’s national day. According to legend, he was a soldier in the Roman army who killed a dragon and saved a princess.

St George's Day

St George’s Day used to be a national holiday in England. It is now an observance that is celebrated with parades, dancing and other activities. Flags with the image of St George’s cross are flown on some buildings, especially pubs, and a few people wear a red rose on their lapel. Church services on the Sunday closest to April 23 often include the hymn ‘Jerusalem’, written by the poet William Blake. The words describe a supposed visit to Glastonbury, England, by Jesus Christ during his youth.

St George was born sometime around the year 280 in what is now Turkey. He was a soldier and rose up through the ranks of the Roman army, eventually becoming a personal guard to the Emperor Diocletian. He was executed for being a Christian on April 23, 303, and is buried in the town of Lod in Israel.

St George is most widely known for slaying a dragon. According to legend, the only well in the town of Silene was guarded by a dragon. In order to get water, the inhabitants of the town had to offer a human sacrifice every day to the dragon. The person to be sacrificed was chosen by lots. On the day that St George was visiting, a princess had been selected to be sacrificed. However, he killed the dragon, saved the princess and gave the people of Silene access to water. In gratitude, they converted to Christianity. It is thought that the dragon represents a certain type of pagan belief that included the sacrifice of human beings.

St George’s Day was once celebrated as widely as Christmas. But the celebrations waned by the end of the 18th century after England had united with Scotland on May 1, 1707. In recent times, there has been a push, involving campaigns and petitions, to make the day a public holiday in England.

St George is the patron saint of a number of other places, such as Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Portugal and Russia

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2015 in news

 

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St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day

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Giggle My Boots

Giggle My Boots

Giggle my boots, gaggle my hat,
Goggle my shirtsleeves and fraggle that cat.
I am friggled with laughter, for I know that it’s true,
That you really do love me and not Johnny Lazoo.

You see, Johnny Lazoo, a man of some strength,
Wanted to court you, wanted to bend,
Your ear with his stories, your eye with his looks,
But you never gave him as much as one look.

The day that you said, Yes, I’ll marry you, I will,
Was the happiest day of my life; it was brill,
To think that you chose me over Johnny Lazoo,
Makes me friggle with laughter knowing it’s true.

Before I head off with my bride and my life,
I will give you this piece of excellent advice.
If you are planning to woo your beau, here’s the rub,
Friggle her with laughter and griggle her with love.

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Posted by on March 12, 2015 in funny story, humor, humour

 

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Horrible Horace and Tinkering Tommy

Horrible Horace and Tinkering Tommy

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Horrible Horace and the very old Motor Bike

Crash, bang, wallop, the ancient motor bike fell to pieces

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Horrible Horace – a FREE eBook you can download today

Horrible Horace flies a kite

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Miss Battle-Scars and Horrible Horace

Horrible Horace meets Miss Battle-Scars

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I am Not Roald Dahl

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I Am NOT Roald Dahl,
I am NOT, no, no!
I am NOT Roald Dahl,
Please let it GO!
I am something quite different,
From that man, it’s a fact,
I am my very own self,
Now where is my cat?

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Posted by on March 12, 2015 in funny story, Roald Dahl

 

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It was cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey

It was necessary to keep a good supply of cannon balls near the cannon on old war ships.

But how   to prevent them from rolling about the deck was a major problem.

The best storage method devised   was to stack them as a square based pyramid, with one ball on top, resting on four, resting on nine, which rested on sixteen.   Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem — how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding/rolling from under the others..  

 Answer.  
The solution was a metal plate with 16 round dimples, called, for reasons unknown, a Monkey. But if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls quickly rusted to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make the plates of brass – hence, Brass Monkeys.  
Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts more. More rapidly than iron when chilled.  
Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannon balls would come right off the monkey.  
Thus, it was quite literally, cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. And all this time, you thought that it was just a vulgar expression, didn’t you?

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2015 in funny story

 

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