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At Sylvia’s Giacco said that on one of his recent charter runs he encountered a huge private yacht heading west. A sleek, white modern vessel with flowing lines and a rotating radar on its mast. “On the stern,” he said, “was a landing pad and a helicopter. No little rubber dinghies for that crew!”

Giacco got the binoculars and took a look at the vessel’s flag. It was something he’d never seen before. And it was not among the colors in the encyclopedia.

“It had a blue cross, something like Finland’s. But of a different design.”
“The wealthy owner might have created his own flag,” I suggested.
“Perhaps. The rich may do as they please, eh?”


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From Ediie Izzard's stand-up, "Dressed to Kill":

"So, yeah. So there was a lot of that, and we [the British] built up empires – we stole countries! That’s what you do – that’s how you build an empire. We stole countries with the cunning use of flags. Yeah. Just sail around the world and stick a flag in. “I claim India for Britain!” They go, “You can’t claim us – we live here! Five hundred million of us!” “Do you have a flag?” “We don’t need a bloody flag! We – it’s our country, you bastards!” “No flag, no country – you can’t have one. That’s the rules that – I’ve just made up. And I’m backing it up with this gun that was lent from the N – National Rifle Association.” That was it. You know."

It's funnier when you hear it, but it's also the first thing I thought of.

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