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Friday 29-Jul-2016

英國國旗叫做米字旗,英文名Union Flag或Union Jack。做國旗做到佢咁都算威。流行一時的時裝pattern、衫褲鞋襪出過、iPhone殼出過、銀包出過、結他出過、梳化又出過,有甚麼特別不特別的都出過。威就威在,沒有其他國旗會如此受歡迎,全世界都不怕被指責不愛國而將他國的Union Jack穿在身上。


歷史時間。相信大家都稍有聽過英國旗的設計何來。先是英格蘭白底紅十字旗,加蘇格蘭藍底交叉旗在1606年James I統一英蘇兩地後合體而成的。所以原先的英國旗並沒有交叉的紅色疊在白色上面。到了約二百年後的1801年,不列顛和愛蘭再合體成為聯合王國,今天用的英國旗正式出世。


為何要叫做Union Jack?當然是國旗設計師名字叫Jack啦。No, just kidding,此Jack不同彼Jack,這不是人名,Jack代表一艘戰艦最前面的旗幟,對於四面環海被「四海圍家」的英國來說,艦,可是英國人的dignity,是他們的命根和代表;而Union,當然是指由英格蘭、蘇格蘭和愛爾蘭合體的聯合王國。而高高掛在艦首,有氣勢之餘亦有英國人最重視的尊嚴和光榮。


細心留意的話,你可能會發現愛爾蘭的交叉旗在英國旗上不是在正中間,因為當初設計的時候機器故障印錯了位,錯位當正體用了幾百年。No, just kidding,不印在正中間有原因。為了讓聯合王國的成員國們有種平等的身分,故意將愛爾蘭的交叉印偏,令蘇格蘭的白色交叉不會看似被愛爾蘭壓住,成為他的邊線,避開藩屬之意。亦因如此,雖然英國旗看上去上下平衡,但實際上絕非如此,倒掛了就大件事。


到今時今日,英國旗的pattern成為潮流,時裝也好產品也好,凡有英國旗的東西都有支持者。除了看上去對稱、紅白藍三色夠襯外,英國旗也代表著文化。一眼看英國旗,除了單純的米字圖案,也想起了英女王、rock and roll、創意和歷久常新的經典。不要說我崇洋,英國旗的確時云云國旗中較靚,也較能融入生活的。老實講,你有否用過中國旗、日本旗、意大利旗和巴西旗的產品?老實講,你又有否曾經轉過電話wallpaper做Union Flag?

原圖:Tristan Martin 

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