Monday, March 05, 2012

St. Piran's Day!

St. Piran came to Cornwall from Ireland (bringing the snakes with him?) and gets credit for being the country's patron saint.  He even has a flag, white cross on black.  One can see why it's not really included on the Union flag; though maybe there will be room when the Scots bail.

I have been to Cornwall twice, on walking tours and I love the place.  I would not, however, suggest that going to Cornwall was the equivalent of going to Italy.  Surely no one would, you might say; but you would be wrong. Frank Jacobs of the inimitable Strange Maps has recently revealed that the Great Western Railway made that claim a century back.  Absurd as the claim might be, its graphic presentation was quite beautiful.  Thanks, Frank.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm. Well, it DOES look like a boot I guess....

    Don't recall getting clotted cream on my strawberries in Italy though.