Stuff In JOE's Head
Five alternative things to celebrate on St Patrick's Day
The joy that is European football
Okay, admittedly Paddy’s day falls on a Thursday this year, so the only games you’ll have to choose from are in the Europa League, otherwise known as the What’s The F*cking Point League. If you are a Liverpool or a Rangers fan, however, there are a couple of decent home ties you can watch (Braga and PSV respectively).
National Muay Thai Day
There may be a tradition of fighting on 17 March in this country, but in Thailand they’ve actually gone as far as to deem it National Muay Thai Day. It is dedicated to a man called Nai Khanom Thom (the Cú Chulainn of Thailand), who according to reports defeated 10 Burmese fighters to win his freedom from captivity in 1774.
While JOE columnist Jono Bracken greatly enjoyed his time in Thailand, it might be a bit of an ask for most of you to get out there for the festivities. Fear not, however, as there are plenty of Thai boxing classes you can attend in this country. Below is a classic Muay Thai match (or possibly a hilarious commercial, we aren’t quite sure).
Until last year, Evacuation Day was a Public Holiday in Suffolk County in Boston, Massachusetts. It commemorated the day in 1776 when, after an 11-month siege, George Washington, known as G-dog to homies at the time, fortified Dorchester Heights and British General William Howe ran away to Nova Scotia like a little girl. It was G-dog’s first victory of the US War of Independence, a war his team would eventually win on a score of 73-66 overall.