Wednesday, 29 May 2013

FLAGS, BANNERS ETC.


We've seen rather a lot of flags and banners around over the past few years,  perhaps in the build up to the 2012 Jubilee. But since hearing the latest flag-related news I'm wondering, just when does a flag become a banner? Apparently Romania has made the world's biggest flag, weighing in at 5 tons and being about three times the size of a football pitch.


I can just about imagine this fluttering from a pole the height of the Empire State Building, but realistically I would call this a banner.
We have an interesting antique banner with a political message. In the 1880s it belonged to Scottish steelworkers, impatient for the right to vote, waiting for the House of Lords to pass the 1884 Reform Act.
                                                     


We love this but don't have enough room to hang it on a wall - so here it is on the washing line. Flags and banners look good framed...


...and no antiques centre is without a few. Here is a view of the Harrogate Antiques Centre's latest selection.


This new centre is worth a visit - their blog keeps you up to date with the latest stock at http://harrogateantiquecentre.blogspot.co.uk/
(We bought some new ancestors at the centre recently...


...still languishing in the attic, they don't realise that they have come home at last. Oh, what stories we will tell about their lives!) 


Meanwhile, these teddies took a jaunty Blue Peter flag along to our stand at Bowman's Harrogate Antiques Fair at the weekend. As usual a fantastic time was had by all at this friendly event, but sadly Little Ted came home alone.

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10 comments:

  1. I could make you a special pocket of your very own if you'd like? I hate the thought of you being pocketless! (I'll do it if you really want one!)

    I looked for you on fb but couldn't find you under your blog name

    I love flags too, somewhere in the depths of the stockroom I've got a paper garland made from WW1 flags- I keep meaning to sell it but each time I assemble it I like it so much I take it apart again and hide it away. I think thats called "dealers logic"
    xx

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    1. You are so kind Elaine! I had been thinking about a Georgian one, but I'm wondering if I should update my style (Georgian Granny?) to include a new pocket. I've just been over to my Facebook page to update my photo - honestly, it's so grim & neglected I daren't tell you how to find it!
      Both yours Facebook pages look fab!

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  2. I still moan the loss of my teddy... he of the squashed, lopsided face where I've hugged him so much. And the broken button green eye. The pencil scars of past operations, when paying doctors and nurses was preferable to mums and dads.

    Last seen I no not where?

    Look out for him Nilly, I'll pay a Kings ransome to get him home.

    LLX

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    1. A Queen's ransom would do...

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  3. Another interesting post nilly and so glad you had an enjoyable event. I will look out for the Harrogate centre and the blog. I do hope you find Linda's ted one of these days. Jaynex

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    1. Hope you can visit some day soon - grandson permitting!

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  4. ~ Morning Nilly, some thing quite majestic about displaying a flag, if you have the room on your walls....But I would much rather of taken 'little Ted' home with me...Awww! Love the vintage coat complete with faux ( I hope) fur collar ! just lovely! Happy new week to you, nilly! Love Maria x

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    1. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine this week - we are!

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  5. All of those photos are little works of art

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    1. Thank you John! Your blog is genial and genius. I have recommended it to many, who now like me enjoy your rural ruminations.

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