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This may seem like a pointless gripe to some, but it is really starting to bug me.
My gripe is about our British flag, The Union Jack. It is something that I am very proud of as I come from a proud British family with a British military back ground. Now I know not everyone will be aware that there is a right and wrong way to fly our flag, and personally I think its sad that so many British people are ignorant of this.
To fly the flag the correct way up, the broad portion of the white cross should always be ABOVE the thinner red band running alongside it, at the point close to the top of the flag pole (top left corner as you look at it). For it to be shown flying upside down is seen as a distress signal (traditionally in military and history dating back to 18th Century). In actual fact it could be deemed insulting and theoretically still carries a punishment in England and Wales.
So why during our Queens Jubilee and coming Olympics does it seam that people cannot get this right? Im not talking about little shops and private homes, an error there can probably be forgiven. I am referring to the big name companies and the entertainment industry. I have seen our flag in multiple newspapers and magazines UPSIDE-DOWN... Seriously? You just photo-shopped it and didnt bother to check that it was oriented the correct way didnt you?
The Union Jack upside down (image left)Big companies and well known brands could at least hire someone to just make sure these small details are correct? If they set up another countrys flag the wrong way around Im sure there would be hell to pay.
Our flag is designed this way for a reason. Even the supermarkets keep getting it wrong. This is our countrys flag, if your going to make money when using it, then at least get it the right way round! Once or twice is silly, but I see it everywhere!
I actually work for an American company and when they put up the flag for the Jubilee celebrations, they asked us which way up? The ones getting this wrong most often are British companies who really should know better. Its just so annoying. Show some respect and check first if youre not sure!
Well thats it and I am sure I will get grief for this gripe. But thats my view!