Monday, January 21, 2008

Skill And Crossbones

Please Take Down Your Flag, Ma’am

A Hampshire woman has been ordered to remove a pirate flag from her garden. Carol Clark, from Whitchurch, was told the skull and crossbones breaches advertising rules. "It's daft. I thought someone was playing a joke at first," she said. A keen sailor, she hoisted the black and white Jolly Roger after a friend gave it to her as a joke. But her local council says only national or regional flags may be flown without planning permission - because everything else is deemed to be advertising.

FOOTNOTE: Jolly unfortunate, Roger.

15 comments:

Roxy said...

That seems so silly...it's in her garden for heaven's sake!! It just makes you wonder who makes up these rules...:(

Amy said...

oh goodness. i have two little pirates here that hang there skull and cross bone flags all the time! i don't know what they would do?

Deborah Gamble said...

In Utah a pirate flag on Lake Powell means is that you party. (Clothing optional)

Lin said...

That's outrageous, especially sad in the "Live Free or Die" state.

Sounds like AVAST conspiracy, me hearties.

... remember your 'carp pooling' comment, David grin!

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Yeah, um, ridiculous. See, if that were me I would just have to go out, find the biggest Jolly Roger on the market, and fly it from the top of my house.

Thanks for checking out my corner of the blog universe. I'm enjoying reading yours!

Jeff B said...

Makes me wonder if the powers at be think she's selling pirates out of her home. Seems like a silly thing for them to get worked up over.

Angela said...

Hmmm...Freedom!!! Freedom....do we have freedom anymore??? Hmmm??

Roxy said...

David, thanks for checking out my small corner of the world. You've got a great blog going on here.

Fyremandoug said...

when we fly the Calico Jack it's
saying we are partying and we have put away the cutlasses and boarding pikes......for now ;)

KAZ said...

Whatever happened to GSOH?

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Well, I suppose the Jolly Roger is advertising of sorts. Of course, if I were sailing across the Atlantic and encounter ship flying it, I think I’d chose to avoid the product.

Sandy Carlson said...

What would she be advertising, I wonder? Is her name Grace O'Malley, by chance?

Akelamalu said...

Ridiculous!

Lana Gramlich said...

There are so many things that are truly worthy of attention in this world & these people are going to kvetch about a garden flag? Puh-LEEZE!

Catmoves said...

She might try: "Argggghhhh, matey, 'Tis not advertising. We plan to rape and brutalize Hampton, soon's I get me crew. The flag only helps me recruit."