Monthly Archives: March 2009

St Patrick’s Day vs. St. George’s Day

Yesterday was St. Patrick’s day and I hope that everyone celebrated with high spirits. I couldn’t celebrate, mainly because I had been stressed out about my final project and it’s slow progress. I have nothing against celebrating St. Patrick’s day, St. Andrew’s day or even St. David’s day. But it seems that most places in the world, especially the UK and the US, celebrate St. Patrick’s day, they go all out with festivities. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything Irish! I love Irish people and my 21st birthday present this year from my parents is a weekend trip to Dublin. What I really can’t fathom is in England, why St. Patrick’s day is celebrated whilst St. George (our patron saint) is hardly remembered at all. There is hardly any fuss about St George’s day. Why is this? It seems like St. Patrick’s day is more commercialised than St. George’s day, but why is this the case? We do have a fair amount of Irish people residing in England which could be a factor. In my view, it seems that to celebrate St. George’s day would be such an uncool thing to do. I don’t understand this, England football, rugby and cricket supporters don’t hold back their patriotism. Even during the Queen’s Jubilee we saw massive celebrations. So why do we neglect St. George? Maybe the patron saint day is dedicated to the people of that country, so in England we must have more fondness for our Irish neighbours than ourselves. Irish are stereotypically more charismatic than the straight laced English. Our country needs to hold itself with more esteem. We have a lot to be proud of as a country, as a nation and we really need to stop letting the dull weather get us down (and maybe Gordon Brown as well).

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International Women’s Day

It is Women’s International Day today. What has surprised me in today’s culture is that even though women attend University and pursue careers; there are still women who choose to become stay at home mother’s all their life, even at a young age. Women of the past have fought for our independence, our freedom to vote and to have the same equal rights as men. I am not a feminist and I am not against marriage or against having children. But I think it is pure ignorance if a woman chooses to become a housewife and/or mother without having taken further education or actually worked for a living. These women have so many opportunities available to them that were not possible for women of centuries ago and they are not taking full advantage of them. I believe it is foolish to abandon such rights which women of the past have fought so much for, even to the point of death. I do believe in freedom of speech and freedom of choice, women can do whatever they please. But by the same token, this is my opinion and I will stick by it. (To view more about International Woman’s Day click here).

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The Ice Queen Diaries hits 1000 views!

My blog has reached 1000 views today! Whether you stumbled here by accident or succumbed to my endless plugging (mostly over Facebook), I want to thank everyone who has viewed my blog and taken the time to read my posts (this blog has only been up and running for a month)! A special thanks goes out to the regular readers and those who have commented on my posts. I like getting feedback from those reading my blog. I also want to let you know that it is International Woman’s Day this Sunday, 8th of March! I will be blogging then to commerate the day. It may coincide nicely with my Samaritans’ training, the next session being tomorrow. Please bear in mind that I will not be posting so frequently. I am in final year, it is nearing the end of term and it is all a bit hectic for me at the moment trying to get all my work done in time. Be patient and I will post as soon as I can!

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Blogger’s block.

I apologise for not writing here that much last week. I went to visit my family back at home and it is easy to get sidetracked there. It also seems that I have lost any inspiration I once had to write posts which has left me with what I call ‘blogger’s block’. I will not fret though. I know there are a lot more blogging topics left in this head of mine and I will attempt to tap into my muse again and give you more of a reason to keep reading my blog. So instead of this post being useless, I though I’d post a few of my favourite online games. I know a lot of people who come across boredom (or should I say procrastination). If you’re interested, try these games.

Travian

Sleuth: Shades of Mystery


The West

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