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    Quote Originally Posted by docmartin View Post
    Well if the flag represents the land and not the population, then show the land .....
    The black/yellow/red flag is a flag of people.
    Doesn't the red section, which makes up pretty much half the total area represent the red earth of Australia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    a White Elephant
    Interesting story as to how that saying came about.

    Elephants are expensive beings to keep.

    White elephants were sacred.

    Ancient kings would present a white elephant to officials they didn't like.

    This would cripple them financially, as they cannot do away with them as they are both sacred, and were a gift from the king, so had no choice but to exhaust their fortune caring for it.

    Thus the saying, to be given a white elephant.


    (going off memory, pretty sure it was only one king that did this)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Doesn't the red section, which makes up pretty much half the total area represent the red earth of Australia?
    It does. But not all the land is red. Iirc the designer was from Tennant Creek so it’s understandable.

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    Christ Eddie, your anecdotes are almost as tame as your life seems to be.

    It’s like you’re back on the moo bahn baking shortbread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    That's a lot of stitching, there.
    Just being factual.

    Quote Originally Posted by docmartin View Post
    But this thread is about nice flags not wrangling over imagery so let’s move on.
    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Doesn't the red section, which makes up pretty much half the total area represent the red earth of Australia?
    Quote Originally Posted by docmartin View Post
    It does. But not all the land is red. Iirc the designer was from Tennant Creek so itís understandable.

    Quote Originally Posted by docmartin View Post
    Red seems quite an apt representation of the land.

    Though perhaps a more brown-ish shade...


    Would that make you less indignant about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    The flag, as it is now, is an anachronism of brutal invasion, occupation, marginalisation and genocide . . . happily coupled with the Union Jack
    let it out. Just as well those peaceful poly's never found any abbos there when they arrived to rub noses with

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    One has to suspect someone’s looking over your shoulder.

    Someone who perhaps wouldn’t warm to the luigi persona.

    For some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post
    Red seems quite an apt representation of the land.

    Though perhaps a more brown-ish shade...
    People are naturally anthropocentric but that's rather myopic imho.
    Fascinated by mirrors like so many budgies.
    Some minds reach out a bit further.
    It seems to my admittedly tiny and autistic brain that some countries like Australia and New Zealand need only put their image on a flag to differentiate themselves from coloured stripes and squiggles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Just as well those peaceful poly's never found any abbos there when they arrived to rub noses with
    Eh? Sorry, but that doesn't make any sense

    At the end of the day it is factual. It is part of history and to deny it or deflect is quite silly. No one judges people now by 'their' country's actions hundreds of years ago. Or shouldn't anyway. I mean, I'm half German and half French and Aussie as an additional choice - a lot of nasty history there too . . . nothing to deny if it's factual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    I'm half German and half French
    Come on, spell it out.
    Being Belgian is nothing to be ashamed about

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    I mean, I'm half German and half French and Aussie as an additional choice - a lot of nasty history there too . . . nothing to deny if it's factual.
    ^^ you mean knocking around Africa killing fuzzywuzzies, if they didn't the fuzzies would be killing each other..horses for courses and at least the whities brought them the wheel. Its like the famous African sketch "what did the Europeans ever do for us". Anyway Viktor Kalashnikov has killed more Africans than all the colonials combined. What did the Russians ever do for Africa

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    Unfortunately the nicest flag of all hasn't been posted.

    A lovely Map of Tassie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panama hat
    Eh? Sorry, but that doesn't make any sense
    You must be new here, that’s kinda his ‘thing’, welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Being Belgian is nothing to be ashamed about
    Bastard . . . expect a red!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    No one judges people now by 'their' country's actions hundreds of years ago. Or shouldn't anyway. I mean, I'm half German and half French and Aussie
    You sausage scoffing, garlic shrimp barbecuing, laderhosen, birkenstock and white sock wearing, surrender monkey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    laderhosen
    It's 'Lederhosen' . . . and no, I'm not from Bavaria . . . but allow me to introduce you to a few items hitherto unknown in your country; soap and dental hygiene.

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    ^ I think the only people us Brits rank above when it comes to hygiene is actually the French.

    I bet we buy more razor blades


    French Lax on Routine Hygiene, Study Suggests
    PARIS (AFP) — As France braces for a surge in cases of the new coronavirus, which is spread mainly by poor hygiene, a new survey suggests that some of the population may need to clean up their act when it comes to routine cleanliness.

    The study carried out by Ifop pollsters for Diogene France, a company specialized in cleaning insalubrious housing, showed that as many as 24% of French men only have a “thorough” wash twice a week and five percent only once a week.


    Among French women, the ratios were 15% and 4% respectively.

    Health officials view frequent hand washing as a basic precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which has killed some 2,760 people around the world and infected more than 80,000 since it was first detected in China in December and has now spread to dozens of other countries.

    But the Ifpop study showed that 29% of French people do not routinely wash their hands after going to the toilet and only 25% do so after blowing their nose.

    The study also exposed French men to be far more lax than women when it comes to changing their underwear.

    Only 73% change their underpants every day, compared with 94% of women.

    Twenty-one percent of French men toss their underwear in the laundry basket just twice a week and 1% avoid the problem entirely by going commando (underwear-free).

    Nevertheless, when it comes to hair care, French men are meticulous, the study suggested.

    Ninety-seven percent wash their locks at least once a week, compared to 96% of women.

    The survey of 2,005 people was carried out online between January 31 and February 3.

    Commenting on the results, the head of Ifop’s gender and sexual health division, Francois Kraus, said the results showed that while things had “improved enormously” since the post-war period, sizeable “pockets of dirtiness” remain among men and the elderly.

    © Agence France-Presse

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    As for flags, Malawi's has great significance...



    Malawi, in Southeastern Africa, adopted its flag on 6 July 1964 to symbolize its independence from the United Kingdom as well as the broader independence movement across the continent. The sun up top represents the dawn of that new era; its 31 rays for Malawi being the 31st state freed from European rule; the black represents the indigenous people; the red their blood spilled fighting for freedom; the green its natural bounty. It’s rare to find a flag that conveys a deep history in only three colors and shapes.

    The best flag though, has to be The Union Jack for me. It does appear on the flags of 19 other countries and is the coolest looking imho and must be the best selling flag used on merchandise.


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    The nicest National Flag in the World.-hawaii-png

    and this is the flag of an entity that was never a British colony (except for an awkward pause between February 25th and July 31st 1843).

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    Anyone have a guess?

    The nicest National Flag in the World.-qlnejqg-jpg

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    ^^ Hawaii

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    ^ nope, it’s smaller than that

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    ^ Docs flag

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    Sneaky way to get a hint NPT

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