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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Further Vexillations

For those of you who have been enquiring about the design of the Cumbrian flag bumper sticker: herewith an image -

I could personally do without the block title in the middle - though even hereabouts it's debatable whether anyone would recognise it without.
Perhaps if there are any vexillographers among our readership they could explain exactly how it should be described and what it means?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scot rotated 45 degrees as he crossed the border?

8/8/05 8:39 am  
Blogger Nick said...

Sounds pretty convincing . . .

8/8/05 9:00 am  
Blogger Piers said...

The Campiagn for True Identity (http://www.lakelandtoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=152&ArticleID=935214) and the Association of British Counties (http://www.abcounties.co.uk) aren't going to like this. Did the bumper sticker salesmen make it up?

8/8/05 4:08 pm  
Blogger Nick said...

Piers - I suspect that someone saw the 'Cornish flag' (actually the ecclesiastical arms of St Piran) & decided to have a go at their own version for Cumbria (though for all I know they pilfered the arms of St Kentigern or St Begha, if such things exist).
I've always assumed that the 'True County Identity' thing has long been a code for loopy ultra-Thatcherites, the 'new' identities being tainted by association with the ancien regime of Heathite corporatism. As to the Association of British Counties, they seem pretty ill-informed too . . .

8/8/05 6:46 pm  
Blogger Piers said...

I think you are right about the traditional county brigade; a yearning for the days when everything was good and pure!?!

As flags go, I've always rather liked Northumberland's - http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/VG/flag.html

8/8/05 8:10 pm  
Blogger Nick said...

Well, I'd been expecting a dead whippet flottant on a lake of brown ale, but that really is a quite stunning design - very powerful.

9/8/05 8:12 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gives thought for a true Cumbrian flag though - a sausage rampant on a sea of rum butter! Very sadly you have got me perusing a few vexillography sites. There are some people who really do need to get out more. It looks as though the ancient counties never had flags of their own, presumably so the army would rally to a national standard rather than regional ones. Didn't stop the Wars of the Roses though. Clearly Northumberland sneaked in and got its own while it was still a kingdom!

9/8/05 12:32 pm  
Blogger Lex said...

My son would look at that flag and ask whether the picture was taken from outside or inside the robot's mouth.

But he's 4. He has time to learn, and there's a brand-new silk Scottish flag on the dining-room table for him to peruse. Or play with his Thomas the Tank Engine toys on. Whichever.

10/8/05 7:34 pm  
Blogger Nick said...

Lex, if young Hooper's recreating Great Moments From Thomas The Tank Engine on a silk flag, I do hope he's careful when he comes to the bit where the guard spills his cocoa.

12/8/05 4:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've created my own Cumbrian Flag for taking to Cumbrian sporting events (primarily Carlisle United matches. It is simply the Cumbrian coat of arms in the centre (on white bar) with a blue bar horizontally above, and a green bar horizonatl below.

I've had a couple printed up, and they've made several appearances. Also got one in my car window.

Hail Cumbria!!

9/11/07 3:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats just a cumberland flag!
Westmorland should be included!!

6/8/08 6:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just returning to comment on my previous Anonymous outing. My blue-white-green Cumbrian flag has now made several outings and even ranks quite highly in a Google search at third and fourth listing. This is Kynson, the Cumbrian Separatist, signing off ;-)

30/1/09 1:34 pm  

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