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Well, England won.
Not now.
To those from across various waters, England won a football game against Switzerland 3-0.

The amount of children running around shouting "England!" and cars tooting as they pass this shop is phenomenal. It scares me, to be frank. You don't see this very often, and it is this that makes this experience rather scary to me.

I mean, it's only Switzerland in a group game, a game we were expected to win comfortably. I don't know, maybe I'm just not cut out to support football teams any more because I can't recall ever getting so excited that I'd chant the team's name out and honk a car horn every 200 metres over a rather academic result.

Still, at least it means there are no riots around here, for now.

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Nyeh, I'm sorry to hear that.

Oh, I wish we could just wave flags and be happy whenever, instead of this circumstance. St. George's Day has been forgotten in comparison to this tournament; when the football's on so many more of us are proud to be English.

Yes but people need a reason to be so proud and patriotic and St George's day has become irrelevant to people today, why should people be patriotic because someone decided that on a certain day would be celebrations for someone that no one cares about?

At least football is current, and people are interested. Give people a REASON to be patriotic and it will happen, but it won't happen if you just tell them to be.

Don't mind me, I'm just getting old and bitter about everything.

Why has it become so irrelevant when a day like St Patrick's day hasn't, then? Certain days have a stigma attached due to commercialsm these days (St Valentine's) but St George's day is still one of the purest days to 'celebrate' simply because it isn't marketable.

Mind you, I think the problem is I'm in an area which is very chavvy and there's an underlying sensation of xenophobia behind the England flags, and as a result I don't feel comfortable of these people.

This picture hits way too close to home.

Re: Don't mind me, I'm just getting old and bitter about everything.

Yeah but it's people who make stuff like that who suck. Cause I'm proud of england for what it is. And what it is is a place where all manner of people live. It's not wrong to be proud of the country for that, is it?
I hate it when people say we're racist cause we fly the flag. What about the welsh or the scots? I've been to both those countries many times before. They fly their flags and are proud of their countries. I guess theres something in my blood (i'm a quarter scottish, another welsh and another irish) which makes me wanna be proud of everything I'm from. But cause I was born here, this place takes precedence. I don't mind who lives in england, it's ours and we should be proud of it :)
Scuse the ramble.

Re: Don't mind me, I'm just getting old and bitter about everything.

I think it's more the case that those flags would not fly at any other time, and the only time to show national pride is when the nation appears to be doing well in the football.

I've heard so many people say "I'm taking my flag down if England lose today" as if losing football makes the country inferior.

Re: Don't mind me, I'm just getting old and bitter about everything.

I think the reason they don't fly is because we keep getting told how racist we are if we fly our flags :( I'm not going to take mine down till the end of the footie, and then only because i don't fancy having "racist" sprawled across my dads garage door...
I'll keep the little one i have in my room though. I have a st george and a union jack in pride of place on my shelf :)

Re: Don't mind me, I'm just getting old and bitter about everything.

Because Ireland is a lot more religious than England, and so St Patricks was at one point a lot more meaningful, and this has carried on till today, it is irrelevant now, but the fact that is was once very relevant has kept the day alive to the point it became a standard celebration. St George's has always been irrelevant, what has St George done for us? Why should people have ever cared?

And being a "pure" day to celebrate means it's just one less thing about it to celebrate.

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