Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Things that make you go..."What the bloody hell is that?"

I sort of have a problem with the English flag. Ok, so you have the obvious like its fascist connotations. This has never really carried any water with me. Frankly, I think it is a pretty average looking flag (much like our pretty average national anthem) and also I am quite happy to be British and struggle to understand this breaking up of the British Isles, Great Britain, the UK, Britain or whatever else it's called this week. Also, the British flag is a proper flag, a grand looking fine design.
So with this in mind, it was with the utmost shock that I saw two massive English flags in Portcullis House. One is hung in the Adjournment and the other in the Debate. However, on closer inspection it became obvious that this flag was not white and red but rather silver and red. Very bling bling, I'm sure.
It got worse when my lunchtime chum, the good Count Callithrix pointed out that it wasn't, in fact, an England flag but was actually an effort at displaying a wrapped present. This, in turn, begs the question, who exactly gives a wall as a Christmas gift? And who, for that matter, wraps a wall? I am not exaggerating but it looks truly disgraceful. Still when not paying their staff enough, the House does like to look after their own whether by giving us an exhibition on Pitt and Fox or by wrapping walls in silver and red paper. Merry Christmas to you too.

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"And who, for that matter, wraps a wall? "

Christo and Jeanne-Claude for a start...

I was informed that it was in honour of the Ashes - we could do without that kind of jinxing!
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