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My colleague Peter (@peterdotgames) recently wrote a blog about St Patrick’s Day, and as I live in the UK I thought I would write something about St George’s Day. St George is the patron saint of England, and St. George’s Day is celebrated on April 23. His emblem is a red cross on a white background, which is the flag of England and part of the British flag.
Unlike St Patrick’s Day, there isn’t a wealth of apps specifically to celebrate St George’s Day, however, there are a number of apps that are related to England and will help you celebrate the occasion. So without further ado, below is a set of apps and games that are in some way related to England and that you can download from the Amazon Appstore.
Some people say that there is nothing more English than Cricket. They may be right although I think a Cream Tea with a Scone and Strawberry Jam is up there too!
ECB Cricket was created by the England and Wales Cricket Board, the body that looks after Cricket in England and Wales. It’s a useful app that enables you to keep track of all sorts of things that relate to Cricket. You can view information for upcoming Cricket matches, get the latest Cricket news and check out the statistics for a club (that’s the same as a team) that you follow.
Radioplayer: UK Radio on Your Kindle
The Radioplayer: UK Radio on Your Kindle app by UK Radioplayer Ltd allows you to listen to hundreds of UK based radio stations including those from the BBC. You can listen to the radio whilst doing other things and listen to catch-up programs and podcasts.
So, this could be a great way to experience a little bit of England from a far – maybe listen to some retro music from the 70s and 80s or local UK news J
Football Live Scores
England is a nation that is fascinated with Football (or should I say Soccer) - after all it is where the game began!
With the Football Live Scores app by holoduke you can keep track of what’s happening in Football in England and internationally. You can get match schedules, checkout live match scores, find out where your favorite team is in the English Football league or find out who the top scoring players are. There are also some quizzes built-in to the app.
It’s an ideal app if you are a Football fan!
Tube Map London Underground
If you live in England or are visiting you’re likely to come to London at some point to do some shopping, see a musical on the West End, or even go to a business meeting as I frequently do! Aside from Buses and Taxis, the London Underground (or the “Tube” as most of us Brits like to call it) is the main way to get about London.
Tube Map London Underground by Visual IT Ltd allows you to plan your journey from A to B on the London Underground.
The app has a handy London underground map and a route planner (so you can figure out journey time). It also lets you check the status of each of the underground lines.
The TripAdvisor app is a great way of finding good places to visit on your day off or your vacation (we call it ‘holiday’) or restaurants to eat or places to stay. You can do lots of other things with the app too as part of your trip planning.
So why not use the app to plan your day out in London or to the Roman Baths in Bath? You will often by the way hear the English debate whether “Bath” should be pronounced “Baaaaath” with an emphasis on the “a” or not. I’m not really sure…
If you’re interested in doing anything in the great outdoors in England (walking, running, cycling…), the OS MapFinder app by Ordnance Survey Leisure Limited is the app for you. With the app, you can search for thousands of places in England (plus the rest of Great Britain) such as town, points of interest and so on. You get overview mapping from the Ordnance Survey for free and optionally you can purchase more detailed maps for areas you’re interested in. This app is designed for Kindle users only.
If you want to know more about the history of St George’s Day in England, check out this Wikipedia link. St George’s Day is actually celebrated in various countries and for different reasons – you can find out more about which other countries celebrate St George’s Day in the same Wikipedia link.
So that’s it. I hope you have a happy St George’s Day, whether that involves planning a holiday in the Cotswolds or listening to UK radio or reminiscing about drinking a nice pint of real ale or a glass of wine in a pub somewhere in the depths of the countryside.
Simon Howard (@SimonH109)