Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Thames Ferry Service Flags

Ferry service on the Thames is an ancient line of work.  Today, there is an armada of ferries that go back and forth.  They often have guided tours on the outbound trips, towards to sea.  The ferry service flags have a logo similar to the London Underground or subway service.  But for the ferry is has cyan circle on a field of gray with the central horizontal bar with the word 'RIVER' written across.

You can see the famous Cutty Sark in the background, which also has a fine spirit for its namesake.  Additionally you can see a tiny Union Flag on top of the little orange and yellow striped play-light house.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

ICV 27 - Help Desk and other Displays

The ICV UK Flag Institute Staff was a wonderful help.  Organizing such events takes months, time, and hours of dedication.  Everyone was delighted that the red-shirts did such a fantastic job!

Sekhar Chakrabarti sitting at a table, selling patches of India flag and the book he wrote about the flag of India through the postage stamps.  


At the other side tables are vexillologist showing off their work for fun and sales.  Here is Whitney's virtual twin by a few days Alfred Znamierowski.  He is sitting by the flag book that he had written, which gets re-published every few years.

Ronald C. Strachan is standing next to a flag of the Principality of the Hutt River which is in Western Australia.   This 'protest' state was declared April 21, 1970.  This state have no international recognition, yet it is in the same caliber somewhat of the Conch Republic in the Florida Keys. 

Ron Strachan is one of Australia's leading producers of flags for the nation.  You can order flags at:

Monday, August 14, 2017

Closing Banquet, ICV 27 at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, London

The banquet took place in the "Gladstone Library" room, not the real Gladstone Library.  Nonetheless the elegance of the hotel would make the American Country Club look like your average American corner, street bar.  Suffice it to say the it was like jumping in the Mary Poppins Fantasy Fairy-Tale.  We were half expecting the Queen to make an appearance.  

 It was a particularly peacefully, poetic, pleasant, placid, display of pomp.  The feel of a classy crowd of carousing camaraderie was in the air. Suffice it to say to food was good eatin'.  

ICV 27 - Speaker 41: Aleksandr Hribovsek

Hribovsek's paper was entitled The New Association Flag and the Flags of the Officers (Herald Society of Slovenia).

ICV 27 - Speaker 40: Rob Raeside

Raeside's paper was entitled Sub-National Flags of Canada.

ICV 27 - Speaker 39: Attila Istanbul Szekeres

His paper was entitled The Evolution of the Szekeler Flag in the Last Four Centuries.

ICV 27 - Speaker 38: Peter Hansen van den Muijzenberg

Muijzenberg's paper was entitled Five Rings to Bring them All: a Presentation of the Olympic Flag.