St Andrews Day

Courtesy of Wiki

According to legend, in 832 A.D. Óengus II led an army of Picts and Scots into battle against the Angles, led by Æthelstan, near modern-day Athelstaneford, East Lothian. The legend states that whilst engaged in prayer on the eve of battle, Óengus vowed that if granted victory he would appoint Saint Andrew as the Patron Saint of Scotland. On the morning of battle white clouds forming an X shape in the sky were said to have appeared. Óengus and his combined force, emboldened by this apparent divine intervention, took to the field and despite being inferior in terms of numbers were victorious. Having interpreted the cloud phenomenon as representing the crux decussata upon which Saint Andrew was crucified, Óengus honoured his pre-battle pledge and duly appointed Saint Andrew as the Patron Saint of Scotland. The white saltire set against a celestial blue background is said to have been adopted as the design of the flag of Scotland on the basis of this legend.[13] However, there is evidence Andrew was venerated in Scotland before this.
Andrew's connection with Scotland may have been reinforced following the Synod of Whitby, when the Celtic Church felt that Columba had been "outranked" by Peter and that Peter's brother would make a higher ranking patron. The 1320 Declaration of Arbroath cites Scotland's conversion to Christianity by Andrew, "the first to be an Apostle". Numerous parish churches in the Church of Scotland and congregations of other Christian churches in Scotland are named after Andrew. The national church of the Scottish people in Rome, Sant'Andrea degli Scozzesi is dedicated to St Andrew.

Im going to eat some porridge to mark this day, and be snotty to English people, (not doing anything different)

So anyway to get the Jocks V English Argument started, I think England is Crap Because its full of English people
Many happy returns! Birthday Dinner up the Spinaker then?
Just to turn this into a three way fight. You do know that your patron saint was Palestinian, George was imaginary, Dai was Welsh and so was Patrick. As patron saints go Wales seems to be winning.
Where did I put my tin of jockroach spray?


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Perhaps a wee dram the night!


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Any excuse for you Jocks to get dressed up in skirts again.


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Every Jock I knew didn't need an excuse.

Can I get you some more Buckie!
Never touched the stuff, now any one the dozen or so different bottles of malt currently inhabiting my drinks cabinet, now that's a different story.

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Bollocks to st andrew, its my birthday and I'm going to get completely fucked
Forget the history rubbish, it's my birthday!
It's my birthday as well. Many happy returns pompey!

Edited to add: same to you BBnB. And have you got 10p for a cup of tea?
On the same day that in those wikileak memos Prince Andrew is accused of being boorish,foul mouthed,offensive,rude and arrogant?
A coincidence?

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