R. J. Nello

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ-born, πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§-based, novelist.πŸ“– Writing, travel, culture and more. Always holding "auditions" – so be careful or you may end up a character in β€œ1797”…and perhaps an evil one.🎭 (And why do I suspect some of you might like that latter in particular?)πŸ˜‚

Fun With New Zealand’s Flag

August 11, 2015
R. J. Nello

You may know already that I like flags – especially when one happens to be a “double flag” photo I’d snapped in France longer ago than I now wish to remember, and which a couple of years ago I realized I could use as a novel’s cover:

Original photo, used for

Original photo, used for “Passports.” [Photo by me, France, 1991.]

And the flags over the rebuilt Fort William Henry, in upstate New York, are pretty majestic blowing in the breeze:

Three countries' flags - the U.S.A., Great Britain and pre-revolutionary France - over Fort William Henry, in upstate New York. [Photo by me, 2013.]

Three countries’ flags – the U.S.A., Great Britain and pre-revolutionary France – over Fort William Henry, in upstate New York. [Photo by me, 2013.]

So is that of imperial Spain, over the Castillo de San Marcos, in St. Augustine, Florida:

Imperial Spain's flag proudly flew over the fort. [Photo by me, 2013.]

Imperial Spain’s flag proudly flew over the fort. [Photo by me, 2013.]

However, Spain later changed that flag when it became confused with England’s flag during sea battles. From a distance, they looked too alike:

England flag, via Wikipedia.

England flag, via Wikipedia.

I’ve been to New Zealand too. It’s a gorgeous, friendly country. Currently it’s also looking for a new flag after a national consultation that has produced these 40 finalists:

Screen capture of prospective New Zealand flags.

Screen capture of prospective New Zealand flags.

A large part of the reason the country seeks a new one is because the long-time flag….

New Zealand flag, from Wikipedia.

New Zealand flag, from Wikipedia.

….has a “colonial iconography” troubling to some, but a bigger issue may be it simply too closely resembles Australia’s….

Australian flag, via Wikipedia.

Australian flag, via Wikipedia.

….and New Zealanders are fed up with dealing with the confusion.

Really? Surely not. How could anyone possibly be unable to tell which is which?

I’m now suddenly trying even to imagine what would result from an effort to ask Americans to submit ideas for a new national flag. πŸ˜‰

Have a good Tuesday, wherever you are in our flag waving world. πŸ™‚

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UPDATE: March 25, 2016:

Screen capture of Twitter.

Screen capture of Twitter.

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NOTE: In case you are unfamiliar with the reference, the title of this post comes from The Big Bang Theory’sSheldon Cooper Presents: Fun With Flags.”

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