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NutLoose 3rd Apr 2021 06:01

Exsp33db1rd

This is your flag :)

https://britishcountyflags.com/2013/...orkshire-flag/

treadigraph 3rd Apr 2021 08:11

I have two large flags hanging in my stairwell - actually, over the sitting room door pro tem as I've just washed them - they are the Welsh Red Dragon as I am a quarter Welsh, and St Piran's Flag as I was born in Cornwall (a happenstance of paternal occupation) and consider myself first and foremost Cornish. If I had room I would happily display the Cross of St George and the Union Jack - it does piss me off that a vocal few try to denigrate either flag - it's just "virtue signalling" to use the modern parlance.

I have some near neighbours who often display an interesting flag which I don't recognise - I'm pretty sure it is a Pakistani regional flag; one of these days I'll ask them. They are proud of their heritage, as indeed I am of mine and I would think a country that doesn't have some shameful episodes in its history is rare indeed.

747 jock 3rd Apr 2021 08:54


Originally Posted by ExSp33db1rd (Post 11021442)
Cornish Jack. #15

i agree that it is the "Union" flag, but part of it contains the "English" flag, so is the one to be flown in England, innit ?

if you want to persist with your stance I will point out that ... akcherly ... it's the "Union Jack" and should only be displayed at sea, on the Jackstaff. QED.

A common misconception.
Union Jack or Union Flag? | The Flag Institute


The name ‘Union’ first appears in 1625, but what of the term ‘jack’?

Various theories exist, but the bulk of the evidence indicates use of the word in its diminutive sense. Before 1600, ‘jack’ was certainly used to describe a small flag flown from the mast mounted at the end of the bowsprit; by 1627, a small version of the Union flag – later described as the ‘Jack’, ‘Jack flag’ or ‘King’s Jack’ – seems to have flown commonly in this position; and by 1674, this flag was described formally as ‘His Majesty’s Jack’ and in common usage – officially acknowledged – as the Union Jack.

Note therefore that the ‘jack’ predated the ‘jackstaff’ by over 150 years, with the term ‘jack’ orginally denoting size rather than position.

It is sometimes claimed that the Union Flag should be described as the Union Jack only when flown in the bows of a warship, but this is a relatively recent idea. From its earliest days, the Admiralty often referred to the flag – however it was used – as the Union Jack. In 1902 an Admiralty Circular announced that either name could be used officially. And in 1908 the UK Parliament approved this verdict, stating that ‘the Union Jack should be regarded as the National flag’.

Alsacienne 3rd Apr 2021 10:04

A bit late to the party but worth a chuckle ...


Keflavik and Reykjavik airports will be closed in favor of the new airport in Geld*ingadalar - new project suggests

A substitute for two major airports in the south-western part of Iceland will be discussed in Alþingi before the end of the year. The project suggests closing airport in Reykjavik, which annoys some locals and real estate companies, as well as the main International airport Keflavik. Instead, a brand new airport will be opened between Keflavik and Reykjavik.

"The new airport will be perfectly situated near the mountain Fagradalsfjall in the valley Geld*ingadalar. It is just 30 km from Reykjavik and 20 km from Keflavik, which makes it easily accessible by all habitats, especially from Grindavik", the introduction part of the project says.

It is noticed, that the area of the new airport is currently under development. These days a volcanic eruption is happening exactly on the territory of the future airport. It is suggested to wait until lava would fill the whole valley, forming a relatively flat surface. Then, according to the project, the only thing that will need to be done is to polish it a bit. Frozen lava is a very strong surface, so there is no need to put asphalt or concrete on top of it. Therefore, a huge cost cut will be achieved.

The cone, from which lava is erupting these days, should be considered as a part of the airport design and can be turned into a mascot of the airport.

There is no final decision about the name of the airport. Mentioned options are "Eldflugvöllur" and "Fagradalsflugvöllur", but will be decided after an internet poll.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...0157201&type=3

Just a spotter 3rd Apr 2021 10:10


Originally Posted by 419 (Post 11020635)
Pupils demand that the Union flag gets taken down at the school as it's racist (the phrase that some of them used was "there's no black in the Union Jack"), so what does the headmaster do?
Caves in and takes it down along with agreeing to their demands about changing the school uniform policy.

Easially fixed, should Scotland decide to leave, just replace the flag of St.Andrew on the Jack with the flag of St.David ... instant added black. Or, as already suggested, add a bit of Cornish.

:}

JAS

NutLoose 3rd Apr 2021 11:25


Originally Posted by 419 (Post 11020635)
There I was looking at various news sites trying to find the April Fools inspired stories and came across this one:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-56604467
and I though that it's so ridiculous that it couldn't possibly be true.

Sorry to say I was wrong.
Pupils demand that the Union flag gets taken down at the school as it's racist (the phrase that some of them used was "there's no black in the Union Jack"), so what does the headmaster do?
Caves in and takes it down along with agreeing to their demands about changing the school uniform policy.


He could have countered that argument with there are few African flags that have white in them, or indeed black either and who does the blue in the Union Jack represent..The Smurfs?

https://www.nationsonline.org/onewor..._of_africa.htm

The ignorant are indeed attempting to change the World.

419 3rd Apr 2021 13:33


Originally Posted by NutLoose (Post 11021622)
The ignorant are indeed attempting to change the World.

Shouldn't that read:

The ignorant are succeeding in changing the World
as more often than not, their demands are met.


ExSp33db1rd 5th Apr 2021 00:55


Exsp33db1rd

This is your flag
Agreed, ironically I was educated at a Lancashire Grammar School, and our school tie / blazer badge was a red rose. I still get the Old Boys magazine called the Red Rose. The Wars of the Roses is alive and well.

Correction - not the Old Boys magazine anymore, the establishment is now a Sixth Form College to which girls are admitted, so the magazine is now that of "The Old ( name of school ) Association". . Gotta be Gender correct.

Pontius Navigator 5th Apr 2021 20:22


Originally Posted by Sallyann1234 (Post 11021022)
What a cheap shabby trick. Flying the Union flag every day just demeans its use.
What will happen now on important days that need to be specially marked?

I tend to disagree. In America I was struck by the number of flags flown and flown for 24 hours not dawn to dusk. One that struck me was on a very tall flag pole and illuminated at night.

In Norway we saw many private homes, especially in islands, all flying their flag. Actually I think it showed they were in residence and were well.

In Guernsey there is a large flag pole in St Peter Port. In addition to the Guernsey flag the Governor also flies his pennant.

Military units in UK also fly ensigns and pennants.

Finally when my father was at sea he flew

the white-borderedUnion Jack The so-called "pilot jack" is the UK's civil jack (originally formally established 1864) and as such is 'by convention' only generally worn in harbour but there is no reason in law why it cannot be also flown at sea. The convention

cavuman1 6th Apr 2021 00:04

Though born and bred in the United States, the first four years of my "High School" were quite British! I was educated at a fine "private" school, Kingswood Academy, in West Hartford, Connecticut. Patterned on an English country day school, the then all-boys Kingswood had Masters, Forms, and a Wyvern as a school symbol worn on the coats of our Prefects and displayed as frightening beasties mounted upon the columns on the school's entrance gates. We had "Teas" after sporting contests against our honorable opponents: Kent, Wilbraham, Pomfret, Exeter, et al. The student body was divided equally between Yorks and Lancasters for intramural sporting events and academic contests. I still have a fifty-something-year-old pressed white rose around somewhere. Kingswood merged with all girls sister school, Oxford, some decades ago. What can you do?

I completed my Fourth Form year at Kingswood, then relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where I completed my secondary education at Westminster Schools, reputed to be the finest college preparatory school in the Southeastern United States. I went on to Vanderbilt University, which calls itself the "Harvard of the South", though I've never heard Hah-Vad refer to itself as "The Vandy of the North". Some mysteries shall follow me to the grave!

I must say, however, that I learned more during my four years at Kingswood than I did in the eight years of academia which followed.

One cannot beat the quality of education offered by the British methodology, even if same occurs far across the pond from that Sceptered Isle and our cousins most dear!

- Ed

Kingswood
Westminster

ve3id 6th Apr 2021 21:55


Originally Posted by Just a spotter (Post 11021577)
Easially fixed, should Scotland decide to leave, just replace the flag of St.Andrew on the Jack with the flag of St.David ... instant added black. Or, as already suggested, add a bit of Cornish.

:}

JAS

You mean like this one?

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....b1cf098de.jpeg


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