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  • feedwordpress 08:01:13 on 2016/05/07 Permalink
    Tags: Flags, , North Vietnam, Philippines, South Vietnam, , ,   

    “Raising the flag and singing the anthem are, while somewhat suspicious, not in themselves acts of treason”*… 


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    All– and I do mean all— about the flags of the world: Flag Stories.

    * Terry Pratchett, Night Watch

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    As we stand and salute, we might recall that it was on this date in 1975 that a convoy of South Vietnamese navy ships, fleeing the homeland that had fallen to North Vietnamese forces, sailed into Philippine waters seeking asylum.  The Philippine government would not let the ships land so long as they were flying the colors of a dissolved government; so the South Vietnamese performed a flag-lowering ceremony of their ensign for the final time, raising in its stead an American flag.

    The final lowering of the South Vietnamese flag

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  • feedwordpress 09:01:26 on 2014/03/05 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Flags, , G.I. Blues, , national,   

    “We all have hometown appetites”*… 


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    Lebanon: fatoush (tomato salad), pita bread, and parsley

    As part of a promotion for the Sydney International Food Festival, the advertising agency WHYBIN/TBWA designed 18 national flags using foods for which each country is commonly known…

    United States: hot dogs, ketchup, and mustard

    China: dragon fruit and star fruit

    Japan: tuna and rice

     

    See other prandial pennants at Marvelous. [Grateful TotH to reader @krasney]

    Foreigners cannot enjoy our food, I suppose, any more than we can enjoy theirs. It is not strange; for tastes are made, not born. I might glorify my bill of fare until I was tired; but after all, the Scotchman would shake his head and say, ‘Where’s your haggis?’ and the Fijan would sigh and say, ‘Where’s your missionary?’
    -Mark Twain, Roughing It

    * Clementine Paddleford (quoted in Charles Wysocki’s Americana Cookbook)

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    As we ask for extra mayonnaise, we might recall that it was on this date in 1960 that Elvis Presley was honorably discharged after two years in the U.S. Army; he left with the rank of sergeant.  Presley, whose career had been carefully stoked with banked material during his service, went right back to work: within a month he recorded and released a single, “Stuck on You,” that went straight to Number One, the ballads “It’s Now or Never” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”, and the rest of Elvis Is Back!, which went straight to Number Two on the album chart.  And he hit the sound stage as well, making G.I. Blues in time to release it that summer– and watch it climb to Number Two on Variety‘s box office chart.

    Elvis entertaining King Mehendra and Queen Ratna of Nepal on the set of “G.I. Blues”

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