Category Archives: Europe

Poperinge, Belgium

Poperinge, Belgium

Oh, yeah – Don’t worry about it! Just put artichokes whereever you want! Put them right on my fields of red and gold! Yeah!

Kvalsund, Noway

Kvalsund, Norway

Y, indeed.

Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia

Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia

Oh my God oh my God oh my God… The bears have learned to use weapons. It’s only a matter of time until Ursa Major here puts down that halberd and picks up an AK47 with her newly opposable-thumbed paws. The bear is also fully bipedal. Humans, bow before your new ursine overlords.

Oh, but it looks like she’s waving “Hi.” Maybe we should go over and see if she’s a friendly bear. You know, most bears are more afraid of us than we are of them.

The Horror! The Agony! She has sliced open my abdominal cavity and is feasting on my pancreas!!!! Get help quickly. Don’t let my death be in vain. Life is escaping me, but promise me. Promise me you will find the bear’s young and do to them what she has done to me…  ..    .

Chernigiv, Ukraine

Chernigiv, Ukraine

Chernigiv, Ukraine is just across a county border from the epicenter of one of the most horrific anthropogenic environmental disasters in history. This flag (obviously created after the nuclear fallout blanketed the Ukraine) incorporates one of the most beautiful new species to inhabit the area – the two headed eagle, burnt black, with an X-ray vision view inside  its regal, golden-boned thorax. The fluorescent green fields represent the fluorescent green fields of Chernigiv. This one was too easy.

Puleèný, Czech Republic

Puleèný, Czech Republic

Puleèný, Czech Republic

I’m not ususally a fan of too much business on flags. But doesn’t this one cry out for an emblem on its center panel? A Czech national treasure like a nice frosty mug of Pilsner or the smiling mug of Martina Navratilova, perhaps?

Isn't that better?

Isn't that better?

Loulé, Portugal

Loule, Portugal

Loule, Portugal

It’s not just that this flag is pinkish-purple. Well, that’s a big part of it. What really weirds me out are the two floating heads. The bearded king and the Arab fellow with a resplendent yellow keffiyeh. Just floating there above the castle like spectres. It might symbolize that both Christians and Muslims watch your every move when you live in Loulé.  Or perhaps it’s because Loulé, Portugal is the beheading capital of Europe, and that they are equal opportunity beheaders. Also, why is a a tree growing out of tallest turret of the castle? For scale, the crazy heads are the same size as the tree. Is it a bonsai? Are they giant heads? And why is the center castle capped by another arched castle? Mysterious as the two disembodied heads.

Miren, Kostanjevica, Slovenia

Miren, Slovenia

Miren, Slovenia

This flag represents Miren’s #2 industry (#1 is making plonk): foam interlocking floor tiles.

A young Mirenian salutes his flag.

A young Mirenian salutes his flag.