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Well. THAT was interesting. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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wemyss
Well. THAT was interesting.

I know I said I wouldn’t mind being blown over the weekend, but I hadn’t Dame Nature in mind for the task.

 

At least it gave me time to footle about.  I did manage to propose a European Union I could accept without reservation.  And it would give HRH the duke of Edinburgh something to do….

An EU model we can all of us support.

 

Do stay safe and dry, you lot.

 

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blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: March 11th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
NB I am not complaining, but how did we obtain part of Estonia? (I rather think it might give Harry something to do, too, and his speeches are already written.)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

You want an EU, you get an EU, in toto. So long as it's all British....

We'll take the lot.

And we've enough Royals to go 'round. Even some RC ones.
blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: March 11th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You want an EU, you get an EU, in toto. So long as it's all British....

Good point, Italy and Poland can hardly complain.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

True.

Very true indeed.
fpb From: fpb Date: March 11th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: True.

If I am to salute a king, I will salute my own, not an import. The Polish monarchy may have been elective, but the kings of Italy conquered their title with steel and shot. Then again, if you had a good look at Victor Emmanuel IV (the current claimant), you would understand why Italy is a republic today.

[*sigh*] If only the House of Aosta had taken over some time about 1920...
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, this is only the European part....

Nothing wrong with painting the whole map red.
fpb From: fpb Date: March 11th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well, this is only the European part....

Lenin and Trotsky quite agree.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Mere amateurs.

Winston, Rhodes, Curzon....
fpb From: fpb Date: March 11th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Mere amateurs.

...Mao, Ho, Fidel...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wrong shade of red, old boy.

As Dizzy would affirm.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: March 11th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
But what on earth will we do with all that?

It's doubtless my computer, but Germany looks as if you've gone for a compromise between the Weimar and the BRD flag...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Do with it?

Sir Humphrey has long since answered THAT.

I did rearrange the German coloours slightly for the sake of putting the Union flag in the canton with better aesthetics.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: March 11th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Do with it?

And over Hannover, too, as is only right and proper (well, unless you're a Jacobite).
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

'Unless'?

I am of course a member of the honest party.
fpb From: fpb Date: March 11th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Do with it?

Even if you are. I happen to believe that the so-called Glorious Revolution was a revolting usurpation, but the last legitimate king - Henry IX, a.k.a. the Cardinal of York - surrendered his claim to George III in his will, by the rather singular form of a "deed of tanistry" (an Irish succession agreement). So there really is no way out of it - whether the early Hannovers are legitimate or not, the current lot is.
fpb From: fpb Date: March 11th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not on your life.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

I rather expected that.

And I don't of course truly advocate this. I do say it's the only model for an EU of which Britain is a part, that I could accept.
fpb From: fpb Date: March 11th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I rather expected that.

I think you got our colours wrong. Quite apart that the national colours are and have always been red, white and green, if you were thinking of the sporting shirts, the colour is pale blue (azure), not Prussian blue. This is the private colour of the House of Savoy, and also of the President of the Italian Republic.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not at all.

Crown colonies traditionally get a blue ensign with some local device to distinguish them.
fpb From: fpb Date: March 11th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

About to get mightily pissed off

So... explain why you used that graphic for Italy alone?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Quite simply, I didn't.

Vide plucky little Belgium. And the Red Ensign, defaced by a crescent, for Turkey.

As to 'why Italy', leaving aside the fact this was a pure exercise in humour, there is the heraldic / vexillogical fact that the Italian tricolour is simply impossible to work with, graphically, in terms of 'Briticising' the flag, whether with a canton or otherwise. You will note that I similarly rearranged the German colours for similar reasons.
magic_at_mungos From: magic_at_mungos Date: March 11th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whatever happened to having the pink bits of the map? :D
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Fine be me.

I happen to like maps made of flags, was all.
magic_at_mungos From: magic_at_mungos Date: March 11th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fine be me.

Fair enough :D
goddessriss From: goddessriss Date: March 11th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I completely endorse your New EU and think it very colourful. The whole of Europe looks somehow more cheery with the bits of blue everywhere! Very creative. Today, Europe. Tomorrow, the world! Also, I can think of several minor royals who could be palmed off onto the Colonies...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, as I say, tongue firmly in cheek, if we must have an EU, let it be British.

And it wd indeed make a useful system of outdoor relief for the minor Windsors.
l_aqrchard From: l_aqrchard Date: March 11th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't help but notice you seem to be pressing for a restoration of the Angevin empire as was. Why not Henry V's Treaty of Paris as well..?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Why not indeed?

So soon as the Frogs learn cricket....
pathology_doc From: pathology_doc Date: March 11th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Whistles Rule Britannia*
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 11th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

I learnt everything I know...

... from Francis Urquhart.
max_und_moritz From: max_und_moritz Date: March 12th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hah! YOU FORGOT GIBRALTAR. Wise fellow *g*

It´s ours! Our Precioussss!! *waves Spanish flag proudly*
wemyss From: wemyss Date: March 13th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

As Ld Salisbury once noted

Most of the difficulties encountered by statesmen are the fault of using maps that are too small in scale.

I left off Gib for the same reasons you can't see Andorra, say, or San Marino.
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