Whilst my Scots, Welsh and Irish colleagues tend to take their patron saint's day rather more seriously than the English do, nevertheless I had an experience this afternoon which was quintessentially English, and I thought that I should share it with you.
On the platform at Stowmarket, I noticed a small sign which explained the presence of a man with a good camera on the platform. You see, the 'Oliver Cromwell' was due to steam through the station, and he was clearly there to get some action shots.
The sun was shining over mid-Suffolk and it was clear that word of a working steam engine on the East Anglian main line had got around - there were people in fields with cameras and camcorders, small children at a safe distance from the track, and a worker outside his factory, all there for a glimpse of steam.
It fair brought a lump to my throat... So Happy St George's Day to you all...