St George’s Day: Patriotism Yes, Nationalism No

23 April…St George’s day in England

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St George’s Day celebrated in England on 23rd April and Georgia on 23rd November and 6th May. A link between my old country and my new.

Pirosmani's Painting of a St George Feast in Bolnisi oil on cardboard Pirosmani’s Painting of a St George Feast in Bolnisi oil on cardboard

St George is usually portrayed as this bloke on a horse with a big lance killing a fire breathing dragon.

St George killing a dragon on top of his column in Liberty Square, formerly Lenin Square in Tbilisi. St George killing a dragon on top of his column in Liberty Square, formerly Lenin Square in Tbilisi.

How relevant is he to either 21st Century England or 21st Century Post Soviet Georgia?

The “Real” St George

The “real” George may have been born in Palestine in about 270 AD, to a Roman father and a mother from Cappadocia, in what is now eastern Turkey. He served the army of the pagan Emperor Diocletian until the order came to persecute fellow Christians. George would not deny his faith, so he was…

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Tour Guide (Tbilisi)

Tour Guide is the theme for this week’s photo challenge (as usual, click on the link for other interpretations of the theme).

The challenge calls on participants to “share with us an image, or two, or three, (or more!) of where you live. For bonus points, tell us what it is about the photo(s) that you love.”

I live in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia (that is the country not the state, yes, I know it can be confusing!)

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De Tomaso Pantera and Kashveti Church

Georgia has many old churches, it was the second country to adopt Christianity as its national religion (Armenia was first). Here I’m using Kashveti Church as a backdrop for my Matchbox DeTomaso Pantera.

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Georgian flags at Lokomotiv Stadium

The Georgian flag adopted in 2004 is an old design. The first mention of the five-cross design dates back to the middle of the 14th century, when an unknown Franciscan monk wrote that the kingdom’s flag was “a white-coloured cloth with five red crosses.” In prior centuries, Georgian kings had marched into battle brandishing a simpler flag, similar to the English flag—a single red cross, on a white background.

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St George’s statue

Georgia wouldn’t be Georgia without St George, a relative of St Nino, who brought Christianity to Georgia in the 4th Century. St George’s column can be found in Freedom Square (Tavisuplebis Moedani), it replaces a column dedicated to Lenin when Freedom Square was Lenin Square back in the days of the USSR.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

This week’s theme is : Variations on a Theme (click the link for other interpretations).

I often go past the same locales at different times of day, in different weathers, with different light. One of my favourite places to take photos is Tavisuplebis Moedani (Liberty Square), where I often have to catch a bus, I can amuse myself with camera angles whilst waiting, here are some of my shots…

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St George atop his column
St George reflection
St George reflected on a shiny Mercedes

and finally St George’s column at night with Christmas lights.

st george at night