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Funky Flags

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Thomas
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Funky Flags

#1 Post by Thomas » January 26th, 2009, 2:40 pm

Leaving aside nationalist feeling and political opinions, I'd like to know what people thinks makes an attractive flag. I like the Union Flag but think the individual components are dull and prefer the Welsh flag to the Saltire etc.

Another flag I like is the South Korean one. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File: ... _Korea.svg

I like its symmetry and colours. It reminds of the kind of thing I used to do at primary school when asked to "make a nice pattern using coloured crayons".

I hate the flag of Mozambique because of the bayonet and putting it over a book doesn't make it any more appealing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_ ... mbique.svg


Here's an at-glance-source: http://www.photius.com/flags/alphabetic_list.html

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Alan C.
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#2 Post by Alan C. » January 26th, 2009, 3:04 pm

No Shetland flag on that list, worra cheek! It's the Finland one, but with the colours reversed.
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Finland.

For funky I quite like Martinique.
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#3 Post by Diane » January 26th, 2009, 10:50 pm

I know what you mean about the South Korean flag, Thomas. I feel the same about the flag of Macedonia. I wonder what was going on in the head of whoever designed it. I think it's cool.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... edonia.svg

There are a lot of really ugly flags. Here's one that leapt out at me as a potential migraine-causer:

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#4 Post by Alan H » January 26th, 2009, 11:19 pm

Alan C. wrote:For funky I quite like Martinique.
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Yes, but does the picture of four snakes do much to encourage tourism?

I prefer the UN flag.

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Re: Funky Flags

#5 Post by jaywhat » January 27th, 2009, 6:37 am

Most flags are divisive and can be also confusing - like George Cross for England - and that daft Union Flag (for what?) that is as likely to be upside down.
I do like the UN flag though.

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#6 Post by Zoe » January 28th, 2009, 12:35 pm

I'm afraid both your choices would give me a migraine, Diane.

I find it impossible to put aside politics and just judge flags on their aesthetic appeal. They have an amazing ability to stir emotion both positive and negative. No doubt that's why the Cyprus and the Greece flags make me feel a bit brighter while the Turkish flag - and any flag with a moon and crescent on it - makes my heart sink just a little bit.

If I have to pick one that's 'funky', I'd go for the Seychelles, though I think it might look better as a deckchair cover.

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#7 Post by Zoe » January 28th, 2009, 12:36 pm

Whoops - double post.

But anyway I meant to ask if there was a particular reason you started this thread, Thomas?

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#8 Post by Thomas » January 28th, 2009, 11:07 pm

Interesting answers, thanks!

Zoe, my grand-daughter was designing a flag for a project at school. She had some interesting ideas, to put it mildly!

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#9 Post by Nick » January 29th, 2009, 9:39 am

What's the project? The imperialist conquest of foreign lands? :D


Is anyone else's interest flagging? :wink:

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#10 Post by Thomas » February 1st, 2009, 11:41 am

LOL! No, it was about creating utopia.

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#11 Post by Nick » February 2nd, 2009, 10:31 am

Aaaah! Nothing too difficult then.... :D

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#12 Post by Nick » February 2nd, 2009, 10:35 am

Referring back to Alan's post...
Alan H wrote:
I prefer the UN flag.

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Hmmm. I'm afraid the circles remind me irresistably of gun-sights. Not the most peaceful image I can think of.....

....especially garlanded with victory laurels.... :sad:

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Re: Funky Flags

#13 Post by Albus » February 23rd, 2009, 9:04 pm

Most of them are just differently colored stripes. I like the ones that are different, like the South Korean one already posted and the Saint Pierre and Miquelon

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