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04/04/04
London Dances to St George's Tune
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FRIDAY is St George's Day. For many years the commemorative date of England's patron saint has raised hardly an eyebrow but things are starting to change.

This year the official events, the first of their kind, are small scale but are likely to be the acorns from which proud English oak trees will emerge. Covent Garden sees a special Morris Dancing display on the piazza while the Globe theatre is having an open day - by a neat historical coincidence, St George's day is also Shakespeare's birthday.

"The theme of St George's Day will be to highlight some of the unique cultural gifts that England, and London in particular, have brought to the
world," said London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

Elsewhere, pubs and restaurants have adopted St George's Day as their latest marketing wheeze in imitation of St Patrick's Day and Burns Night.
In the future, all these events are likely to increase in size, partly from a sense of unfairness felt by many English people at what they see as the preference given to cultural events celebrating other cultures and partly from the money-making angle.



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