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AIBU to be disgusted at wh smith

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Baffledandbewildered · 22/04/2011 15:09

i went to wh smiths to day, after my dad who lives at the other end of the country went to his local branch to buy a St Georges day card. He was frowned at and told NO we don't sell them as they represent the BNP ! WEll I promptly went to my local smiths and was told the same thing. AIBU to be bloody cross that now wanting to celebrate the British national saints day put me on a par with the BNP ......has the world gone mad???????

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TheOriginalFAB · 22/04/2011 15:10

They sell them in a Smiths near me.


MaisyMooCow · 22/04/2011 15:11

They probably don't stock them because the demand isn't there.

Why not make one instead. I'm sure it'll be better than some of the tatt they sell in the shops.

But yes, the world has definitely gone mad!


DramaInPyjamas · 22/04/2011 15:11

I've never heard of cards for Saint's Days..


RealEyesRealiseRealLies · 22/04/2011 15:12

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CareyFakes · 22/04/2011 15:12

I've never seen a St Georges day card Confused Do they sell them anywhere?


thumbbunny · 22/04/2011 15:13

Never heard of a St.George's Day card! or a St. Patrick's/David's/Andrew's day card either, tbf.

But yes - stupid attitude to assume they support BNP - if there is such a thing as St. Patrick's day card, does that support the IRA? Hmm


Baffledandbewildered · 22/04/2011 15:17

Yes they make cards my entire family is mad so have to send them all cards, got them in the card factory eventually. What made me cross was being told they are for the BNP thought that was very odd, and to be told this in two branches just made me really ratty. I am fairly patriotic but defiantly not in favour of the BNP .

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complexnumber · 22/04/2011 15:19

Never given, never received, a patron Saint day card.

Are you sure you are not looking just a bit too hard for a reason to be knarked?


Baffledandbewildered · 22/04/2011 15:31

Oh I should add I don't care if they don't sell the cards its just the reason for not selling them is SO odd . Happy Easter everyone

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LucyGoose · 22/04/2011 16:28

Just to put these out there: why is St Patricks Day celebrated in the UK and US by drinking lots of beer, but St George's Day is seen as a BNP thing now?
Anything to do with the fact that the breweries can advertise widely and sell more product?

Its a bit strange.

Although St George's Day is celebrated widely in other parts of the world but not the UK.


PonceyMcPonce · 22/04/2011 16:32

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tulpe · 22/04/2011 16:34

Never heard of a card for St George's Day and it isn't a day which I particularly feel the need to celebrate anyway. I do however think it is sad that the English are somehow not "allowed" to celebrate their saints day for fear of being called a BNP supporter.


CarGirl · 22/04/2011 16:35

I'm more disgusted that they display lads mags and soft porn at child eye level height tbh.

Their company policy is apparantly over 1m 20 however most stores don't seem to adhere to it.........


EllenJane1 · 22/04/2011 16:35

[bugrin] Poncey!


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BooyHoo · 22/04/2011 16:39

st patrick's flag isn't a tricolour so there is no connection between him and the IRA.

excuse my ignorance (i am in NI.) but is the st george's flag used by the BNP on their branding?


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pointydog · 22/04/2011 16:44

why would anyone give a patron saint card?


desperatelyseekingsnoozes · 22/04/2011 16:47

I am relieved that Hallmark have not managed to commercialise another day.

I think it should be a bank holiday though.


EllenJane1 · 22/04/2011 16:59

I think it should be a Bank Holiday, and I, for one, always celebrate on St. George's day. < It's my birthday! > [bugrin]


Cutiecat · 22/04/2011 18:46

I send birthday and christmas cards but I really can't be bothered with the expense of any other cards. We recevied Easter cards from DH's family and I just can't get my head round it. I must be a real bah humbug.

But as for the St Georges symbol being taken over by the BNP I would just ignore that. Our village hang out flags and it is lovely.


fedupofnamechanging · 22/04/2011 18:52

Do the BNP use the Union Jack or the flag of St George? If the former, then it has nothing to do with St George's day Booyhoo, because the Union Jack is not exclusively English. If the latter, then just because they use it, it doesn't mean that I, as an English person, should be unable too as well.

In Wales, St David's day is actively celebrated. Why should England be less important.

My DB has an American girlfriend and on St Patrick's day they drink 'car bombs'. Personally, I am offended by that, but wouldn't deny someone the right to buy St Patrick's day cards if they so desired.


GloriaSmut · 22/04/2011 19:22

Since when did anyone send a "St. George's Day" card?

Although I agree that it is remarkable that the greetings card industry has missed an opportunity to waste yet another rainforest in order to make money out of an occasion that has never, ever, previously been accompanied by the need to send cards.


BooyHoo · 22/04/2011 19:36

karma not sure i understand your point but i am sensing i have offended you. i didn't mean to offend by asking that question. i genuinely do not know what the BNP use on their branding. my comment about the IRA and st patrick was in relation to a previous poster's comment connecting the two.


fedupofnamechanging · 22/04/2011 19:43

Sorry Booyhoo. I didn't mean to be touchy. I live in Wales and see St David's day actively celebrated. I think it's nice and would like to see the same for St George's day in England. You didn't offend me and I'm sorry if I gave you that impression.

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