St Patrick's Day 2008!

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  • DaM 17 Mar 2008 09:45:31 17,459 posts
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    Was moved this year, you've missed it, so don't even think about using it for an excuse to boost the Guinness coffers and pretend you are Irish.

    Why can't they just pick a day that Jesus died, and stick with it? Hmmmm lets see....say 21st March or so - halfway between the longest and shortest day roughly, I am sure it already has a name and ancient religion significance. They did it for Christmas, why not Easter?
  • DaisyD 17 Mar 2008 10:01:42 11,816 posts
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    We didn't miss it. I told El_MUERkO on Saturday that it had moved to then and, as he's irish, there's no need to pretend!
  • DaM 17 Mar 2008 10:05:23 17,459 posts
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    That's fine then!

    I told my wife it was the most ridiculous thing she had ever come up with when she told me this one last night - though her reason was that the Pope had changed it for the benefit of the Irish rugby team on Saturday.......
  • Vroom 17 Mar 2008 10:10:12 4,643 posts
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    Happy Paddies day EG!

    /falls over in a pool of warm (for now) wee
  • Spanky 17 Mar 2008 10:11:54 15,006 posts
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    What exactly is it that's being celebrated?
  • DaisyD 17 Mar 2008 10:13:56 11,816 posts
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    Beer!

    Or maybe St Patrick chasing snakes out of Ireland.
  • elredeyegrande 17 Mar 2008 10:27:46 2,382 posts
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    TBH I don't give a shit what the Church says. Today for me is an excuse to get ossified.
  • plok 17 Mar 2008 10:31:55 1,296 posts
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    Spanky wrote:
    What exactly is it that's being celebrated?

    Some non-Irish bloke chasing non-snakes out of Ireland. What's not to celebrate!!

    So to celebrate I shall have a few pints of Guinness, because that's most likely his favorite drink.
  • DaisyD 17 Mar 2008 10:36:41 11,816 posts
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    This Morning seem to be celebrating by interviewing Dustin the turkey.
  • elredeyegrande 17 Mar 2008 10:38:07 2,382 posts
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    He's probably the only one sober enough.
  • DaisyD 17 Mar 2008 10:38:52 11,816 posts
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    Not judging by his belch.
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2016 17 Mar 2008 10:41:14 47,498 posts
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    So, they changed it to Saturday, but didn't actually tell anyone then?
  • DaM 17 Mar 2008 10:42:46 17,459 posts
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    DDevil wrote:
    So, they changed it to Saturday, but didn't actually tell anyone then?

    They are obviously aiming for 2 piss-ups at the Vatican. I can't get the Father Ted Vatican image out of my head, party city.
  • PhoenixFlames 17 Mar 2008 10:45:17 9,263 posts
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    Fruit_Salad wrote:
    Why do the English celebrate this?

    Cause we're drunks who will take any excuse to get wasted.
  • Inquisitor Moderator 17 Mar 2008 10:48:24 14,557 posts
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    Fruit_Salad wrote:
    Why do the English celebrate this?

    To show solidarity with our Irish brothers...

    Errr, yea, no, cause we get to drink lots and get free silly hats I guess.
  • smoothpete 17 Mar 2008 10:49:39 36,988 posts
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    Fruit_Salad wrote:
    Why do the English celebrate this?
    It's dumb really, we should celebrate St Georges Day but we don't

    St George > St Patrick. St George killed a dragon which is significantly more impressive than doing away with a bunch of snakes
  • PhoenixFlames 17 Mar 2008 10:50:52 9,263 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Fruit_Salad wrote:
    Why do the English celebrate this?


    St George > St Patrick. St George killed a dragon which is significantly more impressive than doing away with a bunch of snakes

    And much more believable too.
  • smoothpete 17 Mar 2008 10:52:07 36,988 posts
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    PhoenixFlames wrote:
    smoothpete wrote:
    Fruit_Salad wrote:
    Why do the English celebrate this?


    St George > St Patrick. St George killed a dragon which is significantly more impressive than doing away with a bunch of snakes

    And much more believable too.
    I don't see any dragons around the place so it must be true innit
  • elredeyegrande 17 Mar 2008 10:54:19 2,382 posts
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    The whole of thing about snakes is something to do with the symbolism of the Druids.

    But, then somewhere along the way we got langered and changed the story.
  • Spanky 17 Mar 2008 10:54:34 15,006 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    I don't see any dragons around the place so it must be true innit
    Innit, he rid the whole world. Unlike St Patrick who is an abject failure given the snakes in dublin zoo.
  • smoothpete 17 Mar 2008 10:56:41 36,988 posts
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    St Patrick is the old world equivalent of a cowboy builder

    "well I've had a look and the problem is definitely loads of loads of snakes"

    "snakes? I've never seen any"

    "Well that's the thing you see, stealth snakes. Worst kind. I can get rid of them but it will cost you"
  • plok 17 Mar 2008 10:59:50 1,296 posts
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    Just be thankful that St Patrick wasn't anything like St David

    Wikipedia:
    "He lived a simple life and practiced asceticism, teaching his followers to refrain from eating meat or drinking beer."

    As for snakes, yeah Ireland doesn't have any evidence of snakes ever crawling its soil...suppose to represent something else. Whatever. I for one like having a Saint who did bugger all....best role model ever. :-)
  • elredeyegrande 17 Mar 2008 11:02:20 2,382 posts
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    Well, he converted people and was a regular penpal with the Pope.
  • JuanKerr 17 Mar 2008 11:35:55 37,710 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:

    It's dumb really, we should celebrate St Georges Day but we don't


    The only reason that St Patrick's day is so well-known is because Guiness pimps it so much.

    What we need is a big English beer company to latch onto it and make it a national day of drinking. Greene King is the 'official beer of the English rugby team', so perhaps it should promote itself as the 'official beer of St George's day' or something.
  • PhoenixFlames 17 Mar 2008 11:46:04 9,263 posts
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    Leolian'sBro wrote:
    Give me a pint of IPA over that Guinness rubbish anyday.

    Leave, now.
  • Deleted user 17 March 2008 11:46:38
    Well I'm off for my annual roll around the gutters in Ashton Lane.

    See yas :)
  • JuanKerr 17 Mar 2008 11:50:15 37,710 posts
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    Leolian'sBro wrote:

    Give me a pint of IPA over that Guinness rubbish anyday.

    +1

    IPA is the nuts, Guiness isn't even in the same league.
  • HarryB 17 Mar 2008 11:50:18 7,626 posts
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    I'll be having my first Guinness today after uni's finished.
    Ridiculously, the biggest nightclub in Dundee is opening at 12 noon, I think they misunderstood what type of club they are.
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