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Close Up: Cuba's new love for the Union flag.

10:13 am - 01/26/2013
Cuba has been swept by a new craze - the red, white and blue of the UK's flag.

The Union flag is now all the rage, sported by young Cubans on their clothes, nails - and even spotted as tattoos, and shaved into the back of people's heads.

While for some it is just another fashion symbol, others say the trend began with the London Olympics, which were followed avidly in Cuba and hugely popular.

Source has video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21082793

OP: This is nice. I'd like to hire a big ol' plane and bring them all over for a visit! And yep, Union flag, it's only the Union Jack when it's on a ship.
its_anya 26th-Jan-2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
Hahah I'm genuinely impressed by the correct usage of 'Union flag'.

The trend is random, but kinda cool. I think we have a pretty nice looking flag, but then maybe I'm a bit biased because I'm currently living out of the country and feeling nostalgic :p
anjak_j 27th-Jan-2013 01:28 am (UTC)
Impressed by the usage of the correct name for the flag... though the Beeb have no excuse to be getting that wrong. The only thing that makes me cringe more is seeing it hung incorrectly - which happens a lot. (The larger band of white on the diagonals should be on top at the flagpole edge.)

Whilst the country of my roots on this island isn't actually represented in the Union flag - Wales was 'included' as part of England when the flag was originally created - I do think it is cooler than a lot of the national flags out there. I actually find the stories behind flags to be fascinating; why a symbol was chosen, how a flag has developed and changed throughout history...
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