Unofficial ensigns

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I have seen a great number of Saltires (or St Andrew's Cross) 'ensigns' flying instead of red ensigns this last couple of years. I recently even saw a red ensign with the union flag replaced by the saltire - very 'Carnaby Street'.
Now all this is very amusing. Whether it shows a lack of confidence in their nationality that makes the Scots do this or whether they are just poking a finger at the British system, I dont know. However if it indicates that the boat owner is making some sort of point about Scottish Independence, then so be it. But in that case shouldn't the boat in question at least have the courtesy to wear a red ensign courtesy flag when entering the foreign waters of Britain (ie the rest of the Union) or perhaps a St George's flag for England, a Red hand flag for Ulster - and so on.
My feeling is that it's a rather shoddy and pathetic gesture of contempt. What is the general view of such behaviour - especially when the boat is in truly foreign (ie not in the UK) waters?
 
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The Scots are now after World Domination

I blame the recent proliferation of films such as Braveheart which has now wound up the these northern bounders !

The whole of Britains government has now been fully infiltrated by them and I believe that their SMERSH type agents are now everywhere . The Welsh, N. Irish and Englanders must take action to reverese this. For a start I would take out their porridge mines .
 
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Re: The Scots are now after World Domination

Fully agree - but please leave the whisky springs flowing.
 

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Re: The Scots are now after World Domination

Personally I fly an English ensign :), it dont half confuse Johnny foreigner! eh what?
 

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Re: Should you see a boat ...

Perhaps its time we saw you English persons flying your own version of the Saltire - A Crowd of Morris Dancers Rampant on a field of lillies no doubt!
 

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In my view.......

.......you're really upset. Disagree with the underlying politics if you like, and you obviously do, but as a means of expression, it beats the bombs, shootings, and marches of Belfast and Derry (or must I say Londonderry?), i.e., your part of the world.
For my part, I choose to fly the Red Ensign because, regardless of my politics, I'm legally British unless and until the Scottish electorate decide otherwise. Pity they're not so relaxed about these things across the North Channel.
 

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Re: In my view.......

what the hell nationality is British? personally Im ENGLISH!

albeit a citizen of the British Isles..Can anyone tell me where this single country Britain is?
 

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Re: In my view.......

Thank you for sharing that - I thought that as citizens we were governed by people elected by majority to govern. Throughout most of the world they are recognised as the British Government which in turn does tend to define us as British Citizens. Bydefining yourself as English - I assume you are one of those quaint little chaps who speak the English language and are a devotee of Rugby Union, Roast Beef, Cricket, Crown Green Bowls and Morris Dancing?
 
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Re: In my view.......

By defining yourself as Scottish, by name and inclination, I imagine you to be one of those odd, dour wee men with red hair and a bushy beard who wears a skirt to go sailing which blows up and exposes everything. I suppose that you to hail another boat with "Och Aye" instead of "Ahoy".

Do you have a mirror in the floor by your front door to ensure that you are properly undressed before leaving the house?
 

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Re: In my view.......

A gey pretty picture ye paint laddie. D'ye ever hear us when we have ye tae rights and ye're on Port?
SSSStaaaairrrrboooooarrrrrrdddddddd ye weesleekit cowerin' timrous beastie.
As fer the issue o' they undergairments - we boys like naethin mair than tae gang commando style, but Ah suppose ye'll be craddlin' yer wee bundles in they Y fonts still?
I cannae think o' a practice mair unhealthy wi aw they dribbles and skiddies.
slainte.
 
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Re: In my view.......

I withdraw the word "dour" from my posting, unreservedly!
 
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Also I suspect that you are more a Billy Connelly than a Gordon Brown!
 
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Re: In my view.......

<<<<is English through and through and whats more because I was born and raised in Kent, I have an in-built hatered of the French<s> I blame it on my genes.
 

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Re: In my view.......

Thats awfully kind I'm sure - with you bein' one o' they English a tak it that ye're no keen on havin' oor wee Gordon in chairge o' yer pennies then?
Whit could be mair cairfu' than a Scots accoontent?
I'll have to stop this - the keyboard isnae set up fer the hielen' speak, ye Ken?
 

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Re: In my view.......

Yep, these are all moot points. Take care though: you're treading on Irish (N&S) sensibilities here, 'cos 3/4 of them have a BIG bit of the British Isles but most certainly are not subjects - note that word - of Her Britannic Majesty (I think that's what's meant by being British), while half of the other quarter, er, ...... I'm getting lost.
 
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Re: In my view.......

Loved the responses Mr Claymore.

So impressed that I contacted DC Thomson in Dundee and have secured your services as translator to English of The Bruns, Our Wullie, and an assortment of other titles that are bought but not understood in the rest of the British Isles.

p.s. By the way, I am now your agent and request only a modest 50% of all work secured.
 
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Re: In my view.......

Me too, right, mate. Havin' lived abroad for 20 years or so, right, I appreciate it that this "British" fin' is a dud. By the bloomin' way, we're not "citizens", right, we're "subjects". Citizens 'ave rights expressed in a constitution.

try the Dialectizer:

http://rinkworks.com/dialect/

P'raps one'a these scottish geezers could do'em a new version...

Lost in Denmark - a yachtsmans paradise!
 
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