When I was at primary school we were rigorously drilled in Union Jack drawing. The teacher gave us very precise instructions and explained the importance of the lopsided placement of the white diagonals, with a stern warning about flying it upside-down by mistake.
To this day it makes steam come out of my ears when I see young children lining the streets with crude home-made red white and blue 'starbursts', probably made at school, that ignore the niceties of the design. Honestly, don't they teach them anything at school these days?
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Come, knit hands and beat the ground,
In a light fantastic round.
^ Its just so subtle when you don't take a good look. I was never taught how to draw the flag when i was at school 20+ yrs ago.
I was told about the off-centre St Patricks cross in school.
I've forgotten if there's an official reason but it seems somehow appropriate for the perverse, cack-handed Irish people
I've known for a while, but just because I was taught about pretty much the same stuff as Essex Boy while I was in the scouts. I wouldn't have known otherwise though, or learnt it later, they don't teach that in schools now
Knew this early on as I tried to draw it for the Queen's Silver Jublilee in 1977.
Yes, and there is a correct way of flying it. In the example the flagpole would be on the left.
I did. The Union Jack was incorporated into Canada's old flag, The Ensign.:
The Ensign. It is also incorporated into 4 provincial flags, Including Ontario's flag:
^ I get the impression that Canada abandoned its Union Jack flag without much drama. Australia has been dithering over the issue for about 20 years.
Interesting fact. I'm an American. I never knew that. Yeah...it's very subtle.
some of which are cringe-worthy), but, ultimately, it came down to these 3:
Yep, had noticed it, it's up the top corner of our flag down here in little Britain.
Blah blah blah, something enigmatic sounding...
perhaps a joke . Canada being fortunately rather more peaceable and peaceful than many , the flag has a red maple leaf , which falls off , not a green maple leaf which has to be pulled off .
Off topic: I thought Brits (as in the thread title) didn't like being called 'Brits' - the way San Franciscans get all huffy over "Frisco'. I was rapped on the knuckles in another thread for using 'Brits'. No?
^^ wow some of these are really unpractical to remember and draw
I'm not a Brit and have never given much thought to the flags of other countries, certainly not enough to notice that the red diagonals were off-center; but this is an interesting topic which led me to do some research on you-all's flag...which was created in 1606 under James I, who being King of Scotland before becoming King of England created the first United Kingdom, and the flag was the St. George's cross on top of the St. Andrew's cross. The St. Patrick's cross was added later, in 1801. I imagine the omission of any Welsh flag was mostly aesthetic, as the green would have clashed terribly with the red and blue, and the dragon is rather more expensive to sew on than straight lines; one could of course just throw on the St. David's cross, but yellow and black wouldn't be much of an improvement over green and white.
Also, I learned a new word, vexillology (the study of flags).
* Question the Dominant Paradigm *
Never cease to find it strange
How at midnight things seem hopeless
But by dawn they've changed
Wales had no explicit recognition because it was part of the Kingdom of England.
"The only reason that the UK flag is not symmetrical is because of the relative positions of the saltires of St Patrick and St. Andrew. The red saltire of St. Patrick is offset such that it doesn't relegate the white saltire of St. Andrew to a mere border for it. St. Andrew's saltire has the higher position at the hoist side, with St. Patrick's saltire in the higher position on the opposite side."