For the whole of my life, 23 April has been St George's Day, that day when the English agonise over whether to celebrate their patron saint or whether it would all be too politically incorrect for words. Well not this 23 April. And that's because today is also Holy Saturday, when there are traditionally no divine services until the evening's Easter Vigil.
So that George gets a look-in somewhere along the line this year he's been shifted to Monday, when there will undoubtedly be plenty of angst-free celebrations in other places where he's the patron saint, such as Malta, Palestine, Istanbul, Moscow, Venice, Saskatchewan, Beirut, Moscow, Genoa, Constantinople and Brissago.
In the meantime, here's a quick slain dragon to keep you in the mood...
|The dragon slain, church door, Varzo|
Hooray for brave knights on white chargers rescuing fair maidens in distress!