Country flags (where to buy, tips, etc)
Not sure if this question is ridics or not but I'm wondering where everyone gets their flags. I'm going to be going to my first international event later this season and really want to hold a flag to show some support
I'm assuming buying them online is the best and cheaper option? There are so many different sites online so it would be more comfortable to use sites that maybe other GS members have purchased from. If anyone would like to share some of the sites they use, that would be great!
Does everyone usually get the nylon ones? I see so many audience members have autographs/signatures on their flags...don't sharpies fade on nylon after a while? =/ I'm completely clueless about these things.
What an interesting question! I never even thought about that. I have a couple of tiny flags that you'd need a magnifying glass to see, but I've never had to buy anything but an American flag full-size. Not that anyone asked, but the flags I have are the flags of Wales and Scotland--Wales has an imposing red dragon on it--which I couldn't use for any skater except maybe the Kerrs and--where does Steven Cousins come from again? He sounds as if he has a Welsh accent.
Anyway, I do hope you find a place to get flags! I know it will make your viewing experience even more exciting.
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I *think* there's a site like flags.com (not sure that's the actual link)... if you google you should find it...
Wicked Yankee Girl
There are a lot of reasonably priced country flags on Amazon (I just checked). Search Germany flag for example. ($6.63 for a 3foot by 5 foot flag)
For whatever reason Germany flag gives better results as a search than German flag, and Ireland flag vs. Irish flag (this later gives all sorts of school flags like Notre Dame as well as flags for Ireland)
I can see that... it's a country's flag... so "Ireland Flag" works more in my mind... though it *sounds* better to say Irish flag... etc.
Gotta Have Music
I *think* Steven Cousins is Welsh.
I bought my little Japanese flag @ 2003 Worlds (to cheer on Takeshi, Shizuka, Fumie, etc.). A friend of Chinese descent bought me a Chinese flag from our city's Chinatown so I could cheer on Shen & Zhao when they were in SOI (too bad I didn't think to buy one @ 2003 Worlds).
Other flags I have from getting locally @ particular events (US - Independence Day activities, Israel - Israel Independence Day parade), or traveling to other countries (Canada, Czech Republic), so having a website for ordering international flags will be very helpful in the future!
Country flags (where to buy, tips, etc)
Some people keep their emotions bottled-up, then eventually it will burst out. I think Canadian patriotism is similar. It may be less in-your-face during day-to-day activities, but give us an excuse and it explodes. Wasn't anyone watching the Vancouver Olympics?
And enjoying any minute of it, rvi5. Heck, I was feeling patriotic for Canada during the Olympics. You guys had ever reason to feel wonderful, from the opening ceremonies on.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Even I know most of the words to the Canadian anthem-we've watched a lot of Montreal Canadians hockey games in the days we lived in Vermont.
Does anyone else remember Roger Doucet? He learned and sang all the different countries' anthems for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, and always sang the anthems at Montreal games.
This Canadian fan doesn't measure up to the Netherlands' fans though...but neither do American fans measure up to Team Orange in fan patriotism.
I wish I could find a picture of the Canadian fans in their red and white maple leaf sweaters at figure skating events!
What an interesting discussion! Being an odd duck, I see things very differently than other people here.....
First on waving other country's flags....I kind of see this behaviour as odd.....it is a fine thing to hold up a banner that says "Go YuNa, we love you!"
but you wont see me wave a Korean flag. I am an American. I dont agree with alot of what my government does, and I vote my concious, but I am an American.
I may pull for some Russian and Chineese skaters and cheer them on, but I am cheering for the skaters, not their governments. IIRC, the camera during last Sunday's
skating panned to show Jason Brown (who Terry Gannon called a "fan", which is true) in the seats waving an American Flag for Team USA members. That is fine. But I
doubt that he would wave a Russian flag, but I dont know that. I wouldn't. (My friend PaulE disagrees with me and has a quiver of flags of different countries...that is fine...
if this problem were all that was wrong with the world, we would be in good shape...)
Second, on Canadians. They are certainly enthusiastically patriotic at skating events.....but that is most of the Canadians I personally meet. Those I meet from Quebec seem to have different views....
Any other Canadians want to weigh in?
I don't really see waving the flags of other nations along with your own as odd--especially at Olympic events, which is meant to bring nations together and acknowledge one another as fellow humans. Being patriotic to me doesn't mean that I cannot wish well to another country. I certainly don't feel any less American when waving another country's flag with mine. If anything, it is a gesture of acknowledgment to another nation and the cultures found within that nation.
A flag is much more than a representation of government. Or more accurately, a flag can represent many different things at many different times. Sometimes, yes, a flag does represent a government, But at other times, a flag can represent a person's cultural identity. If I reject a flag given to me by another individual, I am in some sense, rejecting a part of who that person is. On the other hand, if I am waving another's flag with my own, I am to some degree, acknowledging a core part of that person's cultural identity. I am acknowledging that person and culture as a equal to myself and my own culture.
once I was thinking about all the flags i would want to wave, how that would be logistically possible, and reached the conclusion that i would just end up having to wave the united nations flag. lol.
It is possible that I am unusual for thinking this. I did attend a K-12 international school in NYC and I am lucky to be relatively well-traveled. I have many friends who are not American. And of those friends who are American, I have many friends who are from 1st or 2nd generation immigrant families for whom a flag is not so much about supporting a particular government, but about celebrating a cultural identity.
It could be certain cultural groups within Canada have different attitudes towards patriotism. However since the Parti Quebecois have always wanted to be a separate independent country, it could be related to that (just guessing...any Quebecors here who can comment?). Recently the Parti Quebecois attempted to win a vote to remove the Canadian flag from the Quebec legislature. Since this time the party was elected as a minority government, the vote failed. Still, when push-comes-to-shove during referendums, the majority of Quebecors voted to remain Canadian. Canadian patriotism in Quebec may depend on who you talk with ie. pro or anti separatist.
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