Tag 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!

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.

Lom, Bulgaria

Lom, Bulgaria

Lom, Bulgaria

The big problems here are tone and contrast. If you have to strain to see it, it’s a bad flag. Text in yellow is never recommended for legibility. But yellow text on a yellow-green backround is awful. Three different shades of green on the flag – not a good choice.

Ourense, Galicia, Spain

Orense, Galicia, Spain

Ourense, Galicia, Spain

I’ll be very brief here, and save up my wit for the next post – a flag so awfully bad that it deserves special ridicule as Badflags’ 100th post – stay tuned.

This is a left handed sheet of notebook paper, totally doodled-in with blue ink while trying to pay attention in el clase de química.

Måsøy, Finnmark, Norway

Måsøy, Finnmark, Norway

Måsøy, Finnmark, Norway

OK, so both the hammer and sickle were already taken, so the residents of the Måsøy commune of northernmost Norway chose another brutal looking tool as the symbol of their region. The gaff, also known as the hakapik. It’s an ingenious creation meant to bring total destruction to the wicked baby seal at the business end. As both a bludgenoning tool to smash the seal’s sull and and hacking tool, to drag away the freshly killed cottony soft carcass, you kill two birds (or one innocent infant seal) with one blow. 

Now I know the Aurora Borealis is a little difficult to replicate on a flag – especially in two colors. But the next time the residents of Måsøy gather to create a new flag, I strongly suggest something less medieval weaopnish and controversial.