I was going to go this year, but work made sure that I didn't.
St Patricks Day is quite an occasion here in the UK, with pretty much every pub doing the obligatory 'Guinness' promotion.
It's quite an occasion in Ireland too, I'd wager.
Just as St Andrew's day is a big deal in Scotland and St David's day is a big deal in Wales.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for St George's Day here in England.
Somehow, we have allowed the situation to arise where it is acceptable to be proud of one's Scottishness, Welshness of Irishness, but decalring yourelf as 'English' is frowned upon and the declarer deemed to be a rabid racist of the worst order.
If you are 'English', then one has to be 'British' in order to be politically correct.
The last few years HAVE seen a few St George's Day parades, but these seem to be discouraged at every turn by whichever local authority is in charge.
My local council have refused to grant a licence to hold the Sandwell St George's Day parade this year, their excuse being that the British National Party were distributing leaflets at last year's event.
I'm in no way a supporter of the BNP, but they are a legitimate political party who have every right to dostribute leaflets if they want to. I don't agree with them, but I agree with their right to free speech.
Everyone is equal, after all.......
Unless you happen to be English......
And have the audacity to actually live in England.....
TODAY'S MOOD: Disliking double standards.
SOUNDTRACK: The Clash - 'This Is England'
Even the slideshow put together for this video seems to mistake 'British' and 'English'.
FOOTNOTE: I am an Englishman, Wednesbury born....
The Victimised Groover