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  • Bob Conrich
    BAD FLAGS is a blog written by some misguided unidentified person who announces: A flag is an outward symbol of a place and its people, and the foundations of
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4, 2008
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      BAD FLAGS is a blog written by some misguided unidentified person
      who announces:

      "A flag is an outward symbol of a place and its people, and the
      foundations of vexillology (the study and design of flags) goes back
      thousands of years. Nations have goneinto battle, claimed new lands
      and inspired patriotism through their flags. But even among the
      powerful and successful nations among us, a danger lurks: subpar flag
      design.

      "badflags is a place for people to come together to mock the most
      attrocious symbolic expressions of citizenship. Billions of people are
      oppressed by fealty to lackluster, unsavory and truly grotesque flags.
      Entire Oylmpic contingents mope through opening and closing ceremonies
      under the shadow of a subpar tricolor, a committee designed mostrosity
      or a rectangular mess with too much going on. States, provinces,
      counties, cities and towns have at some point felt the need to create
      a flag to inspire pride, though the results often are nothing to be
      proud of. Of course, there are good flags out there, and we'll talk
      about those too."

      This morning's entry complains:

      "Tristan da Cunha
      April 3, 2008

      "What are the odds? Another island flag featuring the Union Jack AND
      spiny lobsters! (See Turks and Caicos.) Tristan da Cunha is an island
      group in the South Atlantic Ocean that's impossibly distant and
      desolate. Discovered by a Portuguese sailor who never landed, yet
      named the island after himself, Tristan da Cunha has always been
      halfway to nowhere. It's a dependency of the territory of St. Helena
      (where Napoleon died in exile) and one of the islets in the
      archepelago [sic] is called Inaccessible Island. The first man to live
      there permanently arrived in 1810, and died in a boating accident in
      1812. As noted on the flag, the major industry on Tristan da Cunha is
      lobstering. Sheep and potatoes also are dabbled in. The island's only
      power plant was destroyed in February, leaving the 271 residents
      without electricity even today. Genetic illnesses are common on
      Tristan da Cunha, as all residents are closely related. A viral
      outbreak caused contagious asthma around Christmastime last year. I
      could make fun of their flag, but life already seems impossibly bleak.
      So I'll just leave it here."

      Comments are invited at:
      http://badflags.wordpress.com/2008/04/03/tristan-da-cunha/

      Bob
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