ronglimeng
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Happy St. David's Day

Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:53 am

I'm not Welsh, but happy St. David's Day to those who are.

Admittedly most of my notions of Wales are based on Hollywood depictions, but I have good impressions of the country and the people. I hope they're reasonably accurate.

Besides, I always think that winter is starting to end when the calendar flips over to March.
 
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RE: Happy St. David's Day

Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:10 am

Where is Wales?
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Now seriously, I bet that if a survey was conducted amongst the British Population on when St Georges Day was, most people wouldn't know. If you asked the SAME question about when St Patricks Day is, they would know.
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RE: Happy St. David's Day

Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:14 am

Quoting Ronglimeng (Thread starter):
I'm not Welsh, but happy St. David's Day to those who are

Thank you very much, it is good to see that people around the world know when St Davids Day is  Smile
 
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RE: Happy St. David's Day

Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:17 am

Quoting Speedbirdie (Reply 1):
I bet that if a survey was conducted amongst the British Population on when St Georges Day was, most people wouldn't know.

And why should they? Is it really that important? Britain is the only (I just know someone's going to correct me here Big grin ) major country in the world not to have a national holiday. It's the way it should be, in my view, and the English,Scots and Welsh all going "Errr.....not sure" when asked what day their patron saints day is, is perfect!
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RE: Happy St. David's Day

Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:22 am

I tend to agree with Speedbirdie, Ask anyone in Ireland / Wales / Scotland when their Saints day is and they will be able to tell you. However, for some reason England seems to be different. Heck, even I am not sure when St Georges day is!!

It is all down to clever marketing, the main reason people know about St Patrick's day is becuase of the marketing of a certain black Irish Stout!

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RE: Happy St. David's Day

Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:25 am

Quoting Antdenatale (Reply 4):
Heck, even I am not sure when St Georges day is!!

April 23rd, which is also Shakespeare's birthday. Now, THAT is worth commemorating, not some mythical figure who'd probably never even heard of some island off the coast of France.
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RE: Happy St. David's Day

Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:30 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 5):
not some mythical figure who'd probably never even heard of some island off the coast of France.

Are you talking about JGPH1A there?
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RE: Happy St. David's Day

Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:33 am

Thanks Banco, I will put it in my diary now for future reference. Never saw the appeal of Shakespear myself, went to Stratford last year and saw the 'Scottish Play' and Mrs D was impressed but it left me wondering what all the fuss was about....... You can take the boy from the Valley's but never the Valley's from the boy I guess  Yeah sure
 
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RE: Happy St. David's Day

Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:47 am

Quoting Antdenatale (Reply 7):
Never saw the appeal of Shakespear myself, went to Stratford last year and saw the 'Scottish Play' and Mrs D was impressed but it left me wondering what all the fuss was about.......

At least you went to see it. One of the things that does my head in is the way schoolchildren are given dry texts and expected to spot the magic somehow. It's crazy, Shakespeare was written to be performed and seen.

As to his importance, it's on several levels: he's the single most important person in the history of the English language, coining more than 2,000 brand new (or at least, first published) words on his own, plus putting together combinations of words that no-one had ever thought of - for example "ill-used". Shakespeare, more than any other single person is modern English. Shakespeare's plays used a variety of language unmatched, his own vocabulary was bigger than some entire languages! We use Shakespeare every day of our lives, mostly without even realising it: you don't "budge an inch", or play "fast and loose" or vanish "into thin air", "cruel to be kind", "more in sorrow than in anger" - it's absolutely endless. If you talk about quotability alone, Shakespeare is in a league of his own, no-one comes anywhere near.

And this is even before you get to the sheer quality of his work. The writing is utterly stunning, the poetry simply the best ever written in English. I can't tell you to like it, any more than I can tell you why my favourite band is better than yours, but Shakespeare commands the language and the stage, unlike anyone before or since.
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RE: Happy St. David's Day

Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:10 am

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 6):
Are you talking about JGPH1A there?

What actually happened to him?  Confused
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RE: Happy St. David's Day

Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:27 pm

Whats this about St Davids day.We dont celebrate it here.Any details.
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RE: Happy St. David's Day

Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:36 pm

Quoting Daleaholic (Reply 9):
What actually happened to him? Confused

Last seen in a McDonalds in Vietnam.

Anyway, as for the English not knowing when St Georges Day is, that has a very simple answer.
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