St George's Day. In Scotland.

Tomorrow is St George's Day. The day of our (England's) patron saint, which is celebrated by about a dozen English people and one drinks company.

So, guess where I'm going to go tomorrow. Scotland! The one place I can almost guarantee there'll be no bunting or even a mention of St George. Why? Because the Scots hate the English.

Or do they? I've never met a Scot who made it clear they felt that way. Perhaps they've just do a good job of masking their true feelings, but I've always found all the people I've ever met on our mountain biking trips to Scotland to be very, very welcoming and friendly. Same goes of the couple of trips we've made to our other neighbours who (apparently) hate us - the Welsh.

Perhaps the English just like to think everybody hates them? Feeling sorry for ourselves is, after all, a national pastime.

Another thing we like to do is stereotype other nations. Last week I went to London for the day on the train and mentioned to Karen I'd probably have a few cheeky Stellas on the way back. To which she said:

"Erghh, if I was on the train and saw a man on his own drinking Stella I'd think he was going all the way to Scotland!"

Obviously she was joking and doesn't really think all Scots are drunks. Or at least I think so.

For those unclear on the difference between England, Scotland and Wales, here's a bit from the Wikipedia article on Great Britain:

Great Britain is the largest island of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Politically, Great Britain also refers to England, Scotland and Wales in combination

Confusing, init.


    • avatar
    • ChrisC
    • Thu 22 Apr 2010 05:26 AM


    Thanks for letting me know - We will be waiting at the border for you. You better drink your beer before getting here....

    only joking (apart from the beer bit).

    Will raise a glass for whoever the george bloke is ;-)

  1. Oddly enough, when I sit on a train alone drinking Stella, I'm usually heading to Scotland. Being Scottish. But I do it in first class...


    ---* Bill

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      • Jake Howlett
      • Thu 22 Apr 2010 05:59 AM

      Until they realise and turf you out.

  2. Jake

    Contrary to appearances, true Americans don't hate the English. That is just the usurper-in-chief. But, he was born an English subject, and is rejecting his early roots!

    1. Funnily enough, Wayne, much more of his hard work on behalf of "the American people" and I'll have no reason not to move back to England (5 generations removed).

      Did I just dis England? It's my Scotch heritage coming through. ;-D

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    • julien
    • Thu 22 Apr 2010 09:27 AM

    I'm French and I like the English and I love the Scots. By the way, i hate the Italians.

  3. No hater's here in Tennessee :)

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    • Ron
    • Sun 2 May 2010 11:09 PM

    Here in Australia, we like to say whinging poms, cause they complain alot, especially about the weather, insects or how things are done here down under.

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