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St. George’s Day

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detail of South Shields town hall, Brittania

Brittania

It’s England’s day, our national day, the day of the birth of Shakespeare the bard, it’s St. George’s Day. So, why no white and red flag? Oh, it was there, but I’ve been reading in a lot of blogs today that people are hankering after an anthem for England (God Save the Queen is our National Anthem for the whole of the U.K.) and one of the suggestions I have read is for “Rule Brittania”.

Hence this picture of Brittania, she’s part of the ornate decoration above the grand entrance to our Georgian Town Hall in South Shields, she sits majestically yet symbolically as ruler of the waves with a stricken ship in one arm, a shield in the other, and a captured naval gun at her feet.

Opposite the town hall is a pub, where perhaps they might have celebrated St. George’s Day tonight, it’s called “The Brittania”.

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Written by curly

April 24, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. She does all that yet looks so impassive. I bet she wishes she could lift an arm to call for another round!

    Sandy

    April 24, 2007 at 4:13 pm

  2. happy St George’s Day!

    blueboat

    April 24, 2007 at 7:57 pm


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