[Spellyans] yesterday's BIG surprise
mim.oldwellstudio at btinternet.com
Tue Jun 5 10:31:46 IST 2012
Having taken very little interest in the Jubilee I had to be in
London for personal reasons and was astonished when using the tube to
see a newspaper with what appeared to a flag of St Piran amongst
those on the royal barge. I did a bit of a double take, but didn't
buy a paper so assumed I'd misunderstood what I'd seen. Things like
that just don't happen without some considerable significance, so I
look forward to hearing more.
On 4 Jun 2012, at 11:04, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
> Before Michael or anyone else shoots me down, the ramifications of
> yesterday's massive surprise on the Thames might well have hefty
> significance for Cornwall, her status and her language. There have
> been few occasions in my life when I've been left speechless, but
> when I saw this yesterday, I was completely lost for words for
> several minutes! I could not believe my eyes.
> The flotilla was led by the royal barge 'Gloriana', from which flew
> the flags of the constituent nations of the UK, with equal
> standing. England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of
> Man.......AND CORNWALL! There flew Baner Peran for all to see.
> This was the first time since the coronation of Henry VIII that the
> highest authority in the land had made a public admission and
> statement that Cornwall is a NATION, distinct from England, and
> that her flag - for far too long ridiculed as a mere "county flag"
> is, indeed a NATIONAL flag.
> This cannot fail to trigger many positive changes from the status
> quo. It will push Cornwall's move towards a measure of self-
> determination, with all the knock-on effects that will bring -
> including enhanced recognition for Kernowek.
> (There was a second statement among the choice of flags, too.
> There also flew the red-on-white saltire of St Patrick,
> representing Northern Ireland. I don't believe that flag has been
> officially flown for 40 years or more. Yet, there it was!)
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