Also those with sore throats and people from Scotland, Greece, Russia and Amalfi in Italy. [size=24:bbaa7a0af1][color=darkblue:bbaa7a0af1][b:bbaa7a0af1]Happy St Andrew's Day!![/b:bbaa7a0af1][/color:bbaa7a0af1][/size:bbaa7a0af1] [b:bbaa7a0af1]The saint we share with spinsters and singers[/b:bbaa7a0af1] • St Andrew was a fisherman in Capernaum, Israel. He became an apostle of Christ and was crucified in 60AD. • The cross on which he was bound (not nailed) was x-shaped - hence the x-shaped cross on Scotland's flag. • Around the eighth century, the Church conceived of patron saints as a way of easing converts to the notion of a single god. Saintly relics held in Rome were dispersed. • Tradition has it that in 733 a monk was warned in a dream to take St Andrew's bones to the ends of the earth. He landed in what would later be called St Andrews, Fife, with a tooth, an arm bone, a kneecap, and some fingers of the saint. • St Andrew's Day is popular among Scots abroad. This year the Royal Gurkha Rifles will entertain Scots in Kuala Lumpur, whisky will be shared at the Renaissance Hotel in Moscow and there will be skiing plus haggis in Aspen, Colorado. • St Andrew is also patron saint of Greece, Russia, Amalfi in Italy, fishermen, gout, singers, spinsters and sore throats. • In Russia, St Andrew's Day was popular before the 1917 revolution and is mentioned in Dr Zhivago. It was banned as a religious holiday but parties with borsch and vodka are making a comeback.