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  1. Have you noticed the number of British competitors at the Olympic Games holding up the Union Flag upside down?(edited to correct typo)
  2. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    SFW?! It's symbolism, not feckin' Evening Colours! :roll:
  3. Hmm from someone who is usually so pedantic and promotes porn sites that's a bit rich!
  4. I was in Wales recently and the RNLI were flying their Union Flag upside down.

    Seems very common these days, but to be fair, most people wouldn't know.
  5. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    :? :? :?
  6. Fraid I'm with the Sgt on this one, Its not Trooping of the Colour either

    However it does grip me that no one ever sings the national anthem when they are stood there
  7. They're athletes not choristers :thumright:
    You want singing watch "Songs of Praise" :w00t:
  8. I recall an armoured vehicle during GW1 that had the Union flag upside down ! ;)

    But as an aside, I have been 'advised' that the flag on all government buildings may be replaced for one day only (Sunday) with the Olympic flag ..... :shock:

    Nu Liebour's idea of being 'one with the people' perhaps ???
  9. Perhaps our national flag should incorporate a large black arrow pointing upwards to indicate the correct direction, or should we revert to the 1775 flag used by one of our then possessions.... :biggrin:

  10. I thought flying the flag upside down was a sign of distress?

    "The Union Jack presented upside-down is taken as a sign of distress when flown in that manner by a ship at sea. At any other time, however, it is regarded as an act of lese-majesty - an insult to the crown - and remains punishable as an act of treason."

  11. Most people would clearly not notice the difference! :roll:

    I am not sure if it still counts as treason, as the law was tidied up a few years ago to get rid of the more outdated requirements, such as the mandatory public hanging, drawing and quartering of those convicted of High Treason!
  12. http://flagspot.net/flags/xf-flip.html

    Yanks have a different view...

  13. These folks are in business to win things on this country's behalf, with a bit of selfish interest thrown in, of course. They don't have a flag pole, so the orientation of the flag doesn't really matter. Now if it had been flown upside down from a pole during the medal ceremonies, that might exercise my caring muscles a bit more!
  14. Thingy the flag you indicate is the East India Company flag used from 1707 until 1801. And is the reason why Malaysia used it as the basis of their national flag (and not the American flag as the ill-informed would have you believe).
  15. Isn't that flag also what Hawaii uses also? I recall seeing it flying there back in 2000

    Also tbh it don't matter they hold the flag upside down at least they have earned the opportunity to hold it due to their efforts and winning medals.

    I think they've done bloody well this time. It's good to see a bit of patriotism from now and then there isn't enough of it lol
  16. Why is the British flag off centre anyway? It looks rather odd when examined closely.
  17. So you can tell which way is up :w00t:
  19. Course - it's the Union Jack for the yachties!

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