Not far around the corner from me, there’s a flagpole in a small garden. I think it’s quite new, as I’d never noticed it before. So why did it suddenly catch my eye? Because on April 1st, it was flying a Jolly Roger, and it sure made me smile. I’m glad a took a photo, because, a couple of days later…
…it had been replaced by the ubiquitous smiley face. Hello, I thought, what’s going on here?
Move on a couple more days, and I heard from a friend online that it was now flying the Hertfordshire Flag. Heck, I didn’t even know there was a Hertfordshire Flag, but sure enough, there it was. I waited for about ten minutes to get a decent photo of it, but it was wrapped around the pole at the time, so here’s an image from wikipedia.
Next came this interesting number:
Now, I just saw that as an “England Flag”, and wondered what the sword was all about. According to this page, it’s the Flag of the City of London. Who knew, eh? (Note, I’m guessing my neighbour didn’t, as he’d actually flown it with the sword at the bottom. Unless he wanted to disrespect the City of London. ) I’d seen this in the morning, and made sure I went passed again on the way home to get a photo, but what did I find?
Yes, the good old Union Jack*. And flown the right way round, as you can see. And today I spotted this jolly little number:
I have no idea what this one is. Any Vexillologists out there care to enlighten me?
(*Yes, I know there’s some debate about whether it’s the ‘Union Jack’ or the ‘Union Flag’, and until recently I’d have called it the Union Flag and told anyone who questioned me that it’s “only the Union Jack when it’s flown on a ship”. But apparently that’s rubbish.)
UPDATE: Stuart tells me, in the comments, that the last one is the “Irish Republican flag”. Couldn’t find confirmation of that anywhere online at first, but have just found it here, right at the bottom of the page, where it’s actually listed as the flag of the “youth wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA)”.
Any new flags I’ll post under here with the date I snapped them. (Which won’t necessarily be the date they appeared.)