1 EAGLETON NOTES: A Sense of Humour

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Sunday, 22 September 2013

A Sense of Humour

or a political statement?  It could, of course, be both.  Either way I'm waiting to see where the next one will pop up.





18 comments:

  1. I had to guess, but Wikipedia confirmed that it is the flag of Scotland. Perhaps I should have known, but I didn't. (Have to confess that recognizing flags is not on the list of things I'm good at.) I wonder if the birds do?

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    1. Monica. it is called the saltpot, psalter. Salt something anyway. I think it's proper name is The Flag of St. Andrew.

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  2. I'm getting increasingly twitchy about nationalism and the vexed question of 'what it means to be Scottish' the closer we get to Indyref. By the Sept 2014 vote I suspect we won't be able to move for the blue n white wavers.
    Case in point was that 'Yes' rally in Edinburgh yesterday, when the usually hidden, resident extreme-nationalist nutters' wing emerged from the shadows, wearing their pseudo-Braveheart, 'this is what a real Scot looks like' costumes, brandishing their 'Scottish credentials' (generally a tartan plaid wound round and fastened by big black belts, topped off by floppy feathered bonnet and finished by the saltire) congregated - some of them giving the nationalist game away by telling my friend (a long-term resident originally from England) to 'fuck off away hame'.
    This is what the jingoism of the 'Yes' campaign culminates in. Hate.
    And I don't kid myself that the 'No' campaign won't have its own bogey men/women. Cameron, Clegg Miliband and that execrable idiot Farage are just four amongst many.
    The whole thing is depressing.
    Ugh.

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    1. Yvonne you know my views on nationalism and its evils and on extremism and intolerance of any sort. I have to say that I think the flags appearing on various islands in lochs is quite amusing. The subject of an independent Scotland is, unfortunately, largely a matter of emotion rather than logic (on both sides) just as is the subject of Britain withdrawing from Europe. As you say the whole thing is very depressing.

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  3. While these make for interesting photo opportunities, I echo mujerlibre's feelings about nationalism.

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    1. I think we are together on that Meike but I suspect that there is a lighter touch to these flags.

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  4. I come from a corner of the world where this would certainly not be seen as humor. But If a person manages to rise above little things and looks at the big picture everything will eventually seem funny.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. I still have nightmares about things which were on our television during the civil wars Mersad. What it must have been like to live through it I cannot imagine. It is one of the (many) reasons I detest intolerance, extremism, racism and nationalism.

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    2. It truly leads nowhere, but for many it's still a life philosphy.

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  5. I think it is about neither. Have Scotland won a football game? That's most likely why folk are scattering Saltaires about. That or they are hoping to win one. A football game not a Saltaire.

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    1. Knowing many people on the Island Adrian you may well be right.

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  6. Best one was when a settee, table and chairs appeared on one little island for a while

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    1. That was brilliant Andrea and one reason why I think the flags may have a lighter touch than extremism.

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  7. I think you are headed for a foreshore and seabed controversy.

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    1. Something New Zealand knows all about Pauline. It's a bit of an issue here too at times.

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  8. There has been one in the tip reservoir before some years ago. Are the World Cup qualifiers on at the moment??

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    1. Yes CJ in fact I think I wanted to photograph it when you were last up and drove past and I missed the opportunity (wasn't that the time I was absolutely desperate for the loo?).

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  9. Really?? Whoever planted the flag on that "tiny" island has a great sense of humour in my opinion. I wonder if they waited until no one was around to swim out there, or maybe did the deed at night.

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