st-george1April 23rd is St George’s Day.

I’d always known that St George is the Patron Saint of England, but I wasn’t aware until I started to travel with my job, that he is also the Patron Saint of many other towns and countries, including: Georgia, Malta and Gozo, England, Egypt, Bulgaria, Aragon, Catalonia, Romania, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, Macedonia, Ukraine, Russia and Syria, as well as the cities of Genoa, Amersfoort, Beirut, Botoşani, Drobeta Turnu-Severin, Timişoara, Fakiha, Bteghrine, Cáceres, Ferrara, Freiburg im Breisgau, Kragujevac, Kumanovo, Ljubljana, Pérouges, Pomorie, Preston, Qormi, Rio de Janeiro, Lydda, Lviv, Barcelona, Moscow and Victoria, various German cities, as well as of the Scout Movement and a wide range of professions, organizations and disease sufferers.

He’s venerated by both Christains and Muslims.

St George was probably a real person as so much is known about his life.

st-george2Born some time between 275 and 285 AD, in Lydda, Roman Palestine, George was a Greek Christian. He became an Officer in the Roman Army of Diocletian.

In the year 302AD, Diocletian declared that all Christian soldiers must be arrested and give up their religion.

George refused. As he was such a good soldier, Diocletian offered him bribes, including land, money and slaves. But still George still refused, and in the end Diocletian had no choice but to have him killed.

Preparing himself for death, George gave away all his possessions to the poor. Then he was tortured, and finally decapitated on the 23rd April, 303AD.

Very soon after this, Christians began to honour him as a Martyr. By the 4th Century his fame was rapidly spreading across Palestine, Lebanon and the Eastern Roman Empire.

st-george3The Crusaders brought the legend of St George and the Dragon back to England in the 11th Century, and this is how he’s usually pictured, riding a white horse and killing the dragon. This was supposed to have taken place in the Lebanon.

He’s also portrayed dressed in armour, like a Roman soldier.

The Arabs believe that St George can cure madness. Someone who has been sent to St George’s has been sent to a madhouse!

On the 23rd April, St George’s flag will be flying over the Houses of Parliament.

No comment about madness. It’s too obvious!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.