Whats with the Union Jack craze??
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Mar 30, 2013 10:50 PM Last Post By: Caney
Mar 23, 2013 1:50 PM
Mar 23, 2013 2:26 PM
1I definitely noticed this "Union Jack" thing going on last trip to Cuba. Funny thing is, that it seems to me, to be going on in Montreal as well even in the french community. The UJ is a great looking flag but since I am not 12 anymore, I have no use for these fads. If I recall correctly, there was an American flag craze in Cuba a few years ago.
Mar 23, 2013 2:32 PM
check this BBC report!
Mar 23, 2013 2:48 PM
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Mar 23, 2013 11:59 PM
8Patty - there are some who argue that "Union Jack" should only be used in a navy setting - which is where the word "jack" comes from. They argue that the correct name should be Union Flag. In Canada its legal name is the Royal Union Flag.
The symbol has been fairly popular in Cuba for a lot longer than the Olympics - it was being used on car's petrol caps years ago, and in clothing design, too.
I used to have a blanket-like Union Jack which EA brought me once. I don't know where that went.
Mar 24, 2013 6:37 AM
Mar 25, 2013 5:57 AM
10I don’t think that the fashion with the flag has been a recent phenomenon in Cuba. My companion and her girlfriends have been wearing that since last summer 2012 and she also has the flag painted on her fingernails. The clothing is not from England or a large surplus leftover from the Olympic Game some tourist bought over to sell in Cuba. She purchased her dress and skirt from a girlfriend in Ecuador who brings things to sell in Cfgos and told her it was manufactured locally and had her nails done in Havana.
Mar 30, 2013 8:19 PM
Mar 30, 2013 10:50 PM
12And the English Took Havana … Again?
HAVANA TIMES — The title makes an allusion to what Cuban children used to study in our 4th grade history classes: that day back in the 18th century when Havanans woke up to find themselves living under the “Union Jack” (the common name for the “Union flag”).
This occurred after the city capitulated to the British troops, which — defeating the heroic creole resistance — were left with half of the island … but only for a few months, as fate decided.
Cuba?…in the Commonwealth? That’s not as crazy as it might seem. The idea came to my mind that we could be part of the Commonwealth. I figured that if Mozambique could join, why not Cuba?
But this post isn’t about how to reassemble the remains of the “Empire of the Seas” starting with this little piece of earth… it’s about something more trivial: How recently Cubans have been wearing clothes with the Union Flag on them.
Once again we’ve been invaded by the ubiquitous emblem of the three crosses (St. George, St. Andrew and St. Patrick – although the Irish say the latter is a Unionist invention) … which often appear poorly delineated, clearly.
First, we see them on the shoddy products “Made in China.” Then, though similarly tacky (though perhaps more authentic!) we find these produced by “self-employed workers” here (see photos).
They’re on bags, sweaters, slippers, sneakers, backpacks, stickers…
What is this, really? Why are we seeing this trend? Is it part of a global trend?
A friend suggested that it’s merely a leftover from last year’s London Olympics, or the marketing of the residue of the excessive pre-Olympic advertising.
It’s retro-fashion in any case.
The Malvinas are Argentina’s! But even Argentina — perhaps anti-British by nature? — is a country with soccer teams with colorful names like Boca Juniors, River Plate and Chaco Forever.
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