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Message 1184593 - Posted: 11 Jan 2012, 17:44:11 UTC

that if we changed to demi-litres,

Oi! I heard that! No way on this earth is anyone, anywhere, going to stop us British having our pint of beer!!!

If necessary I'll walk to the “Louise Weiss” building, and burn the place down myself!

Now, go and stand in the corner and write 50 lines "I must not undermine British beer"

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Message 1184600 - Posted: 11 Jan 2012, 17:57:34 UTC

I like the pint myself but i prefer bavarian Mass whats 1 litre.
And you brits have to pay for a pint what we pay for almost double.

We bavarians are very thursty guys.

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Message 1184607 - Posted: 11 Jan 2012, 18:03:10 UTC

You Bavarians are my kind of people. You work hard, play hard, and drink hard. But knocking back a stein at a time at a German Oktoberfest is an acquired art. Tried it once in Munich and, well, that's another story .....

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Message 1184630 - Posted: 11 Jan 2012, 19:29:15 UTC - in response to Message 1184570.

But for a bigger price.

Maybe so, but i'm prepared to bet that if we changed to demi-litres, the price would remain the same.

Yes barman, I'll have a metric pint of...NIGHTMARE! :)


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Message 1184640 - Posted: 11 Jan 2012, 20:45:27 UTC - in response to Message 1184593.

that if we changed to demi-litres,

Oi! I heard that! No way on this earth is anyone, anywhere, going to stop us British having our pint of beer!!!

If necessary I'll walk to the “Louise Weiss” building, and burn the place down myself!

Now, go and stand in the corner and write 50 lines "I must not undermine British beer"

I thought i was arguing against changing, its British tradition, needing to be protected from the Vandals and the Visigoths, crank up the Elgar, cross-fade to a fluttering Union Jack!...
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Message 1184774 - Posted: 12 Jan 2012, 17:09:07 UTC

needing to be protected from the Vandals and the Visigoths, crank up the Elgar, cross-fade to a fluttering Union Jack!...


Well, that's alright then.....

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Message 1184807 - Posted: 12 Jan 2012, 20:08:50 UTC - in response to Message 1184774.
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And it's the correct way up, joy!

Really annoys me when people hang/draw/hold the Union flag the wrong way up!
Or call it the Union Jack when it's clearly not on a boat! (That one could be either so it's ok)

Some say that it doesn't really matter, well it does!

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Message 1184859 - Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 0:31:25 UTC

Cheers Chaps nice to see the flag the right way up
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Message 1184923 - Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 10:09:37 UTC - in response to Message 1184807.



And it's the correct way up, joy!

Really annoys me when people hang/draw/hold the Union flag the wrong way up!
Or call it the Union Jack when it's clearly not on a boat! (That one could be either so it's ok)

Some say that it doesn't really matter, well it does!

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well, not many people are aware, that thing is asymmetric.
If you don't look closely, you'd assume the red cross is right in the middle, so there's no way of putting it up the wrong way round...

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Message 1184933 - Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 11:45:18 UTC

Sorry LadyL but that is incorrect. If you turn it 180 degrees, the thick white stripe is still at the top. But if you turn it over, you can get the thin white stripe at the top which is wrong.

Wrong way up

Flag history

As for flags on ships, there is the White Ensign for the Royal Navy, the Red Ensign for merchant ships, and the Blue Ensign for ships in public service under command of an Officer of the RNR. The Blue Ensign applies to the Officer not the ship.

The Union Flag is used as a jack by commissioned warships and submarines of the Royal Navy, such as HMS Victory, and by commissioned Army and Royal Air Force vessels. When at anchor or alongside, it is flown from the jackstaff at the bow of the ship. When a ship is underway, the Union Jack is only flown from the jackstaff when the ship is dressed for a special occasion, such as the Queen's official birthday.

The Union Flag is worn at the masthead of a ship to indicate the presence of the Sovereign or an Admiral of the Fleet.

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Message 1184959 - Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 14:24:59 UTC

IF the red was right in the middle instead of a bit to one side, it wouldn't matter - that's what i meant.

And on that note, I'll have a beer!

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Message 1184973 - Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 15:05:00 UTC
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Hi ladyL,

Apparently it's all down to "counterchange of saltires" and "fimbriation".

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But I agree with you, if they had made the damn thing symetrical in the first place, we wouldn't have these problems. I'll join you in that beer. Cheers! :-)

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Message 1185018 - Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 19:12:01 UTC

Then how would we subtly signal distress?
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Message 1185021 - Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 19:33:52 UTC

Then how would we subtly signal distress?

The only time that might be necessary would be in the case of a mutiny or being boarded by pirates. It would have been relevant in the 19C, but perhaps not so much these days. notwithstanding the Somalia coast.

For hundreds of years inverted national flags were commonly used as distress signals. However, some countries' flags are difficult (e.g. Spain, South Korea, the UK) or impossible (e.g. Japan) to determine whether they are inverted. Other countries have flags that are inverses of each other: the Polish flag is white on the top half and red on the bottom, while Indonesia's is just the opposite--which would again make it difficult to determine if the flag is being flown upside-down as a distress signal.

If a flag is available, distress may be indicated by tying a knot in it and then flying it upside-down, making it into a wheft.

I think that most larger vessels these days have transponders set to special frequencies, that are monitored by those that need to know, much like the Bank panic buttons connected direct to local police stations.

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Message 1185571 - Posted: 15 Jan 2012, 22:30:06 UTC

Just casked all that Cider today, it did smell nice and I managed not to drink any, its all now safely stored in the shed, all 40 gallons of it.

I was tempted to immediately start brewing 25 gallons of Bitter, and 13 gallons of wine, but the wife wants the kitchen back after four months, I really should try and sort out that damn shed.

Now she wants me to fix the Satellite Receiver (probably a couple of caps burst), and sort out the bedroom ready for a gun cabinet (I joined a gun club since I last posted).

Busy, busy, busy.

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Message 1185575 - Posted: 15 Jan 2012, 22:44:04 UTC - in response to Message 1184933.
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Wiki tends to disagree with you regarding the use of the Union Flag on the Jack Staff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Flag

In fact, having the flag flying upside-down is a sign of distress, so any British Military approaching a British Outpost or Unit flying the Union Flag the wrong way will be very cautious on approach.
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Message 1185669 - Posted: 16 Jan 2012, 12:06:17 UTC
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I posted the same link as you have so Wiki must be disagreeing with itself then!

I don't think we have any outposts left in the 21C, a few Overseas Dependencies and Territories, but that's about it. Flying the flag upside down is a universal declaration of distress, but these days it's more likely to be the state of the Sergeant in charge of the flag party :-))

The cider sounds real good, so get that shed sorted out! Hey, your wife will put up with a gun cabinet in the bedroom??
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Message 1185684 - Posted: 16 Jan 2012, 14:00:50 UTC

The wikipedia article had a link to the page about the US Flag Code. They're quite picky about that 10:19 piece of cloth aren't they.

In this country there's no end of Union jack hankies, boxer shorts, beer mats, mugs, the list goes on. No such equivalent in the US i take it.
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Message 1185722 - Posted: 16 Jan 2012, 16:24:37 UTC
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You had to go and ask didn't you!




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Message 1185794 - Posted: 16 Jan 2012, 20:12:50 UTC

OK I have to ask, how did the "Beer Drinkers Thread" get into stars and stripes shorts!!?
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