Thursday, October 05, 2006

Maybe he was short sighted?


Polish dignitaries put up the Czech Flag instead of the Russian one to greet Moscow’s foreign minister.

Ooops!

It’s a tricky visit, too. Polish-Russian relations are as cool as a bottle of vodka straight out of the freezer.

But I don’t blame the visually impaired functionary for getting the flags wrong. It can be very confusing. There are just too many flags with three colours in them, arranged in thirds. Did France begin this trend? Merde!

Other nations have tried to mix things up a bit. Lebanon puts a cedar tree on her’s. Nice! The guy who did Macdedonia obviously liked Greatful Dead during their acid phase…

But what is this contribution from the French territory of St. Pierre & Miquelon? It looks like a beer mat.

The Union Jack is probably an attempt at a traditional tricolour, a la France, Italy, Ireland…a million others, but someone appears to have gone mad with a knife (knife crime in the UK is common due to the outrageous ban of hand guns) and slashed it up into strips, arranged haphazardly. Very Vivien Westwood.

There should be more spotty flags (for countries that eat too much junk food…maybe Scotland)…florescent flags (very effective in dark countries like Norway)….a flag with bullet holes in it, for countries like Iraq, Afghanistan…and a glowing, radioactive flag for North Korea!

My favourite is Greenland. You would think it would be green, wouldn’t you? But no. It’s kind of a ..beatroot colour...and is a brilliant modernist design.

Even a diplomat with the eyesight of a bat could see that was different from the Russian.

More?

Wrong flag causes diplomatic faux pas in Poland, Canada Now

11 comments:

jannovak57 said...

Well it had three colours and they were the correct colours, so close enough, there is a good chance Moscow’s foreign minister wasn’t looking up at the flagpole anyway. You would think with Russia’s behaviour towards its neighbours he would b looking at his feet in shame. Besides his not here to cozy up to us but rather present a list of demands and corresponding consequences if there not met.

sonia said...

The Russians could retaliate next time by hanging the Polish flag upside down, inviting the Prince of Monaco and playing the Indonesian anthem...

Michael Farris said...

Greenland flag. IIRC the old greenland flag was like Norway's but with green instead of blue (or like Iceland's with green instead of blue).

Anyway, Greenland is politically affiliated with Denmark and the Danish flag is colloquially known as 'the red' and either everywhere or just in Greenland 'flag' and 'red' were more or less synonymous.
On the occasion of more obtaining more autonomy there was a contest for a new flag, mostly variations of the scandinavian cross with green but the design you show won, among other reasons because it had a lot of red. And the Greenlandic name for Greenland is IIRC Kallalit Nunaat (or something like that) I forget what it means, but it's nothing to do with Green, the name Greenland was reverse advertising by the vikings.

Fern R said...

The Union Jack is actually the combination of a couple of different flags signifying the unification of the United Kingdom. You better hope that you don't have any British readers, they'll blow a gasket at the suggestion that they borrowed anything from France. ;-)

beatroot said...

the name Greenland was reverse advertising by the vikings.

I didn;t know you were a Greenlandist expert, Mike. It must have been tempting to do a green one though? But like you say - red is everywhere on flags. What is it with red, anyway?

Fern - I do have lots of British readers and I am British myself - therefore well qualified for a bit of piss taking.

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Jim Jay said...

Is that really Greenland's flag?? Perhaps when East Anglia (UK) gets its independence we'll have one based on that design - nice!

beatroot said...

How about a flag for Cornwall that is pasty shaped? Or a Bikini isles bikini shaped? And a Virgin Islands flag....?

Anonymous said...

England - the Cross of St. George

Crimey you're uneducated