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Monday November 03 2014

Indeed:

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On the left, an iPad case in Currys PC World inTottenham Court Road, photoed a few days ago.  On the right a table in the street just outside of (and owned by) the pizza restaurant Soho Joe, photoed earlier this evening.

Okay, just these two colour-altered UJ snaps are not that much, but I have others that I have taken by mistake, so to speak, and I think I have now started to collect such UJ snaps on purpose.  A large collection of such snaps, all in a big clump, would really be something, I think.

There was a thing for faded or distressed union jacks on women’s handbags, scarves etc. a couple of years ago. A search for “faded union jack” on Google only gets as far as “faded uni” before it gives you the suggestions:

faded union jack flag
faded union jack fabric
faded union jack rug

Duvet covers and bunting also available.

Posted by Natalie Solent on 06 November 2014

I have decided - appropriately when you see what I have to say - to come back five days later and explain why my comment above was not as pointless as it must have seemed.

The point is that when you see a pattern trend trendy enough for you to notice and wish to photograph,

. . . I saw that trend two years ago. Not because I am cleverer than you but because I am female, and

. . . the cool girls saw that trend three years ago. Not because they are cleverer than me but because they are younger.

Didn’t you once do a post on how some Cruella De Ville type fashion designer woman in a movie starts the whole process by deciding that cerulean blue is going to be “in” next year? Or did I read that somewhere else?

Posted by Natalie Solent on 11 November 2014

Natalie

Thanks for all this.

This ...
http://www.brianmicklethwait.com/index.php/weblog/comments/bollocks_to_the_fashists/

... is presumably the posting you mean.

As for when I noticed people playing games with the Union Jack, well, I first spotted this in the 1960s.  Then, there was a big distinction between Union Jack fun and games, and showing the Union Jack the proper degree of Respect.  These were two distinct things, one being proper and patriotic and the other being adolescent fun and games.  Now, the two things have merged, into patriotic fun and games.

What took me a while was to realise that I should be photoing all this.  But I noticed it ages ago.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 12 November 2014

” I first spotted this in the 1960s.”

OK, you win that round.

“… one being proper and patriotic and the other being adolescent fun and games.  Now, the two things have merged, into patriotic fun and games.”

Yes. I think there is a reason why the latest (2-3 year old, starting around the time of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee) manifestation of the decades-old trend of playing games with the Union Jack relates specifically to the union jack being “faded” and/or “distressed” (i.e. artificially aged and battered).  I think the idea is, faded, battered, but still going, and even gaining new fans by exercise of undeniable retro charm, that’s Her Maj, and that’s the UK.

Here’s a duvet cover if you want one! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Union-single-duvet-set-distressed/dp/B00408MVWS

BTW I’m awed at myself for remembering so much of your earlier post. If I had *known* that the words “Cruella DeVille” and “cerulean” both occurred in the post, I would have googled it and referred to it directly rather than just guessing. I did not know, or did not know I knew. Both those words popped into my head and flowed straight to my typing fingers.

Posted by Natalie Solent on 12 November 2014

Do you happen to have observed if the Americans have relaxed about similar fun and games with their flag? They used to object to such things much more strongly than we did over here, but I don’t know if that’s still true.

Your captcha machine is sentient. It’s giving me “english24”

Posted by Natalie Solent on 12 November 2014
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