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10 things to do on Saint George’s Day 2010

April 22, 2010 2 comments
Saint George by Gustave Moreau.

Here be Dragons ...

Tomorrow is St. George’s Day – soldier, martyr, patron saint of England, Catalonia, Genoa, Istanbul, Moscow and protector of saddle makers, shepherds, farmers, Boy Scouts and (perhaps strangely) people with several different diseases we prefer not to mention here. In total, more than 50 different reasons for celebrating a man who may not have existed according to some theories and if he did, certainly was not English (or Catalan, for that matter). But on with the suggestions!

  1. Find out about World Book and Copyright Day, linked to the Catalan tradition of giving books and roses for Sant Jordi.

    The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day. This became a part of the celebrations of the Saint George‘s Day (also 23 April) in Catalonia, where it has been traditional since the medieval era for men to give roses to their lovers and since 1925 for the woman to give a book in exchange. Half the yearly sales of books in Catalonia are at this time with over 400,000 sold and exchanged for over 4 million roses. In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on this date because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the death of Miguel de Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and Josep Pla, the birth of Maurice Druon, Vladimir Nabokov, Manuel Mejía Vallejo and Halldór Laxness.

  2. Read biographies of what is known and supposed about St. George  – Saints SQPNBBC
  3. See how depictions of George have changed over the centuries.
  4. Check out the Sydney Rugby League team St. George Illawarra Dragons
  5. See the famous speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V – Act 3, Scene 1 – that catapulted George to fame in English history or read the whole play.

    SCENE I. France. Before Harfleur.

    Alarum. Enter KING HENRY, EXETER, BEDFORD, GLOUCESTER, and Soldiers, with scaling-ladders


    Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;

    Or close the wall up with our English dead.


    The game’s afoot:

    Follow your spirit, and upon this charge

    Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’

    Exeunt. Alarum, and chambers go off

  6. Visit the City of St. George, Utah
  7. Look at a satellite photo of St. George’s, Bermuda
  8. Find out about the Guild of St George, Interactive theatre company.
  9. See what the local Catalan government have lined up for Sant Jordi.
  10. Check out the latest collection by UK fashion house The Duffer of St. George.
  11. UPDATED 23/04/10Rob Hawley from the UK was kind enough to point out that we forgot to mention the 4th Skipton Beer Festival, which runs from the 22nd to the 24th. It is organised by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale and you can find more info here. Thanks Rob!

Strange Random St. George Quote:

“St George he was for England, / And before he killed the dragon / He drank a pint of English ale / Out of an English flagon.” G. K. Chesterton

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Don’t play with your food – sculpt it!

Carl Warner is an English photographer whose work in advertising led him to branch out into the creation of “Foodscapes” or edible landscapes. You can CARL WARNER - London Skylinesee an example here but be sure to visit his online portfolio to really appreciate the work involved –

Rachel Mount is a self-proclaimed “Cake Artist” whose creations have also been the subject of recent art exhibitions. Despite the fact that some of her work has a particularly solid appearance, as you can see from the retro handbags to the left here, they are still cakes and are there to be eaten!

Strange Random Cake Quote:

Let them eat cake Marie Antoinette

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Official: British are better at cooking than the French | Life and style

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It is one of the pillars of the French “exception culturelle”: haute cuisine so lofty that the president, Nicolas Sarkozy, wanted the United Nations to declare it a “world treasure”. Those perfidious Rosbifs could attack their language and buy up half the Dordogne but they could never compete in the kitchen, declared the Gallic gods of gastronomy. But a poll has undermined France‘s reputation as the home of unrivalled culinary excellence with results that suggest the British cook more often, for longer, and produce greater variety than their French counterparts. As the French television station TF1 put it: “They trounced us at Trafalgar. They whipped us at Waterloo. Now the English have scored their ultimate victory: they are better at cooking than us … we, the self-proclaimed kings of nosh.”

via Official: British are better at cooking than the French | Life and style |

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Strange Random Cooking Quote:
Fish, to taste right, must swim three times — in water, in butter and in wine – Polish Proverb

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“I’m Sorry” – World Leaders get the Photoshop treatment

December 3, 2009 2 comments

In the runup to the Copenhagen Climate Conference next week, Greenpeace & have put up a series of posters around the city’s airport, showing today’s world leaders in 11 years’ time apologising for what they could have done to prevent “Catastrophic Climate Change.”

Although most of the retouching is well done (especially in the case of Barrack Obama and Zapatero), Sarkozy and Lula do look a bit “unreal” and Brown certainly could be older. Even so, the effect is what counts and that has definitely been achieved. You can see the full gallery at the Greenpeace site.

Another  related site worth visiting is Amchitka Concert: in October 1970, a concert by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Phil Ochs in British Columbia raised money for a new environmental organisation to rent a boat which they called Greenpeace and sail to Amchitka Island at the Southern tip of Alaska, in order to demonstrate against underground nuclear tests. The site details the history of the concert, as well as the Greenpeace Organisation. There is also an extensive photo gallery and if you click on the MUSIC tab, you’ll see a green link that says PLAY LIST AND STREAMING, where you can listen to all the tracks for free!

Strange Random Language Fact:

The longest word in the Finnish language, that isn’t a compound word, is ‘epaejaerjestelmaellistyttaemaettoemyydellaensaekaeaen’.

In English it means ‘even with their lack of ability to disorganize’.

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The Great British Breakfast of Champions

November 12, 2009 2 comments
Perfect Breakfast?

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From the New York Magazine via The Guardian.

The Great British fried breakfast, as found in London cafés, airport restaurants and English bars in tourist areas, is fast becoming the trendy way to start your day in New York, according to the New York Magazine. They describe it as a

classic full English breakfast, consisting of bacon, eggs, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, and lots of toast

classic full English breakfast, consisting of bacon, eggs, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, and lots of toast


However, the UK newspaper The Guardian doesn’t agree:

Are New Yorkers traducing the name of our national breakfast? Can it be a fry-up without a fried slice, toast under the egg and a big plate of chips on the side?

We can only hope that Gordon Brown and Barack Obama manage to see eye to eye on such a delicate issue; perhaps a breakfast meeting is in order?

Original article

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