23 April 2009

St George, the roman patron saint of England

Happy St George's day. Yep, St George, dragon slayer and patron saint of England is widely believed to have been a roman soldier. He is also patron saint of Aragon, Catalonia, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia.

My first list for a while are people believed to be from one place but actually from somewhere else:

  • Russell Crowe, famous "Australian" actor was born in New Zealand.
  • Mel Gibson, also a famous "Australian" actor was born in New York, USA
  • Nichole Kidman, "Australian" actress, was, like Barak Obama, born in Hawaii (although if you believe some scurriolous web sites, Obama was born in Kenya - which is untrue)
  • and Olivia Newton John was born in Cambridge, England
  • Erroll Flynn WAS born in Australia though
  • Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister was born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Freddie Mercury, lead singer of British rock institution Queen, was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Cliff Richard, housewives' favourite singer, was born in India as was comedian, Spike Milligan
  • Natalie Portman, "American" actress was actually born in Jerusalem, Israel
  • Keanu Reeves , actor,was born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Emily Watson, the quintessentially "English" actress of Harry Potter fame was born in Paris
  • Charlize Theron, "American" actress, is actually South African
  • Donald Sutherland (actor born in Canada)'s son Kiefer (star of 24) was born in London, England
  • Kim Cattrall, Sex and the City actress, was born in Widnes, England
  • JJR Tolein, "British" writer, was actually South African
  • Dominic Monaghan. "British" actor and Hobbit, was born in Berlin, Germany
  • Joe Strummer, from The Clash was born in Ankara, Turkey
  • Alessandro Del Piero, "Italian" World Cup winning footballer was born in Elgin, Scotland
  • Adolf Hitler, as everyone knows, was Austrian not German
  • Mother Theresa, altruistic "Indian" saint was born in Macedonia
  • Yves Saint Laurent, "French" fashion designer was born in Algeria
  • Joanna Lumley, posh "British" actress was born in India.
  • Eric Liddell, "Scottish" athlete who refused to run on the Sabbath, was born in China
... I could go on.

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