Celebration and Revision

It’s been nearly a month since my last (very brief) blog post, so I thought I’d catch up on this Bank Holiday. The last couple of weeks have been busy, with the start of my A level exams as well as leaving sixth form. I’ve been revising as much as possible which has meant I’ve been pretty busy, but I did take some time out to celebrate the last day of sixth form.

We had a fantastic gala night at school where we dressed up, watched some great performances by friends, gave out some funny awards and of course had a good night at the pub afterwards. There were some great speeches by the head girl and head boy, Alannah and Harry, as well.

Me and my friend Lydia at the Gala night, by the way I’m squinting I think I need her glasses!

It’s sad to leave behind a place that I have spent the last five years at, especially after moving to a new area and making some amazing friends for life. But I can’t wait to move onto something new this autumn and take with me all the great experiences of the last few years.

I’ve also been celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend, I helped out (which involved a lot of spilling cups of orange squash) at a kid’s jubilee picnic in Tenterden and I watched some of the very long and very wet Thames River Pageant (tempted to insert a joke here about Her Maj Raining over us…)

The next few weeks will be filled with revision (maybe not exactly FILLED…) as I have four exams but I’m very much looking forward to having a great time with my close friends in the summer.  I hope you have all had a good few weeks as well 🙂

Going to miss these guys! Photo courtesy of Rose Mordaunt

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Is the St. George’s flag racist?

The St. George's flag flying over Downing Street.

Today I read a rather controversial article that quoted a poll, which suggested that nearly a quarter of English people believed that flying their national flag and being nationalist were a form of racism.  However, the same article suggested that over 80% of people felt patriotic towards the British Union Jack.

The Union Jack has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and its design now features on any tourist souvenir stall, to home ware shops and even in high street fashion. This may be attributed to the Royal Wedding Effect, which saw a boost in patriotism last year, and this year’s forthcoming Diamond Jubilee. However, it seems that the St.George’s flag’s popularity has declined in recent years.

Although I am in no way suggesting that all people who choose to fly the English flag are racist, it can’t be denied that the flag has unfortunately become associated with far-right groups and hooliganism. I feel that the population at large have become embarrassed to fly the flag because of these reasons, and I point the finger of blame at the minority of extreme nationalists we have to put up with in our democracy.

Maybe our English flag needs some rebranding – it is after all the flag of St. George, the Roman soldier who in mythology slayed a dragon to save a young woman, who is also our patron saint. St. George, after all, wasn’t English, and his day April 23rd, is celebrated in many countries around the world.

I personally would like to see the St. George’s flag flying in celebration of St. George. To me, it symbolises a link we have with people from many nationalities, which should be celebrated in this day and age. However, it seems that many people believe that the Union Jack represents them in a better way, and that is a great thing for our society. To me, it says that the majority of people reject the views of the extremist minority that have sadly tainted the St. George’s flag, and that to me is a very patriotic message to send out.

What are your views? Do you prefer the St. George’s flag or the Union Jack? Comment below  or on Twitter.