Daily Archives: November 27, 2012

How petty?

If this story is true then it’s a sad day for anyone with any national pride – and I’m not just talking about Scotland!

A firefighter is claiming that Grampian Fire & Rescue Service (GFRS) chiefs have removed the Saltire from the front grille of two new appliances after just 2 complaints (one internal and the other from a member of the public) which branded the use of the national flag as “offensive”.   It is understood the complaints centred around the Saltire’s link to the SNP and fears the flag could be viewed as a sign of support for Scottish independence, but Grampian Fire and Rescue said the move was simply to bring the two appliances into line with the rest of the fleet.

The new engines, which cost just over £200,000 each, were given the Saltire logo in advance of Scotland’s eight fire brigades being merged into one unitary authority next spring and when they were unveiled in August, Grampian’s fleet manager Raymond Cheyne said: “The badging for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is needed because of the new single Scottish service coming into being next April.  We wanted to celebrate the new Scottish Service coming into place so chose to use the Saltire. We’ve used high-visibility striping to make it part of the functional design of the appliance.”   However, when contacted by the press over the removal of the Saltires, Mr Cheyne stated: “I don’t want to comment.”

And there was me thinking that the Saltire is the national flag for ALL Scots and as such should not cause offence to anyone living in Scotland.  And, surely 2 complaints are not a reflection of true public opinion – that can hardly be called “public outrage”!   What is the world coming to?

And while we’re on the subject

Another superb photo opportunity from Her Maj!

Proving that she does indeed have a sense of humour – during a recent visit to Nottingham with the Duchess of Cambridge, she attended a children’s event in which the 5-10 year olds were asked to present something to celebrate the Jubilee.  Out of more than 1,000 children attending, six were chosen to give their own speech to the queen, expressing their devotion and admiration for Her Majesty’s long reign.  The last child to say his piece was 8-year-old Devon Parker who stood at the microphone a few feet in front of the queen and the royal photographer was able to catch her reaction and response.

Devon Parker:   “Your Majesty, I think you are the nicest old lady in all of England, but I wish you weren’t so old because, if you were younger, you would live a lot longer.  Thank you very much.”

The Queen’s reaction and reportedly her response:   “Now what can I say to that?!?”

I think you need a haircut!

This has got to be my “Picture of the Day”!

It’s a dilemma facing everyone who knows they’re going to meet royalty but I don’t know what he was thinking when this sniper serving with the Household  Cavalry Regiment opted for his work outfit … leaving the Queen looking more  than a little perplexed!

Looking like more like Chewbacca from Star Wars than a regular soldier, the crack marksman wore a ‘ghillie suit’, a type of  camouflage clothing designed to resemble heavy foliage, leaves and twigs to  remain concealed from the enemy. The suit even moves in gusts of  wind!

If that wasn’t bad enough though, she doesn’t seem to have noticed that the chap behind her seems to be carrying rather a lot of excess weight in his nether regions!!!

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