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    Posted: 10-Jul-2007 at 19:08
I can understand the Netherlands being orange and France being blue, and I can also see why Italy would be green, but why is the UK always depicted in pink?
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  Quote HEROI Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Jul-2007 at 19:26
perhaps something to dowith its large gay population?Ermm
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  Quote edgewaters Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Jul-2007 at 19:58
Pink is supposed to be the colour of the Tudor rose of the English monarchy. Goes back to the War of the Roses, Henry Tudor reunited the houses of York, symbolized by the white rose, and Lancaster, symbolized by the red rose. The new House of Tudor was symbolized by the combination of the two, a pink rose. The Tudor Dynasty and the Tudor Rose came to be strongly identified with "Englishness" (I suppose it probably had something to do with the last of the Tudors, Elizabeth I, being succeeded by a Scot, James I)
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  Quote Aelfgifu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 04:17
Originally posted by HEROI

perhaps something to dowith its large gay population?Ermm
 
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  Quote elenos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 04:36
Originally posted by edgewaters

Pink is supposed to be the colour of the Tudor rose of the English monarchy. Goes back to the War of the Roses, Henry Tudor reunited the houses of York, symbolized by the white rose, and Lancaster, symbolized by the red rose. The new House of Tudor was symbolized by the combination of the two, a pink rose. The Tudor Dynasty and the Tudor Rose came to be strongly identified with "Englishness" (I suppose it probably had something to do with the last of the Tudors, Elizabeth I, being succeeded by a Scot, James I)


Very good answer Edgewaters! I would further suppose for printing purposes. Red as the chosen color is a difficult background color to read from, so pink which is easier on the eye, is used. The British also became famed for using red coats in their army. Perhaps that goes back to the War of the Roses?
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  Quote Paul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 05:31
Originally posted by Aelfgifu

Originally posted by HEROI

perhaps something to dowith its large gay population?Ermm
 
Please refrain from such stupid remarks in the future. Thank you.
 
 
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  Quote Parnell Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 08:50
Originally posted by Aelfgifu

Originally posted by HEROI

perhaps something to dowith its large gay population?Ermm
 
Please refrain from such stupid remarks in the future. Thank you.
 
Please refrain from having absolutely no sense of humour in the future. Thank you.
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  Quote HEROI Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 09:01
Originally posted by Parnell

Originally posted by Aelfgifu

Originally posted by HEROI

perhaps something to dowith its large gay population?Ermm
 
Please refrain from such stupid remarks in the future. Thank you.
 
Please refrain from having absolutely no sense of humour in the future. Thank you.
 
I apologise if someone took ofense.
 
Having absolutely no sense of humour does not mean i can not try,different people,different tastes mateWink   If you took ofense then like i said above i apologise,no ofense was meant.
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  Quote Dolphin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 09:07
Parnell actually was defending you HEROI, he was referring to the mods not having a sense of humour.
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  Quote Aelfgifu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 09:27
I do not see how that comment is funny in any but the most pathetic sense. In my opinion cheap shots are never funny. If you cannot be bothered to come up with a real funny joke, don't bother typing the thrash down.

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  Quote HEROI Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 09:54
Aelgifu,i find your language somehow insulting,is there a problem?i did apologise in case anybody,or you yourself for that matter took ofence,you have the right to delete it,and end this matter,which is itself being exagerated in importance by your comments.I would now sugest you end this and write something about the topic instead of using words such as PATHETIC,CHEAP SHOT AND THRASH,which dont sound good in the vocabulary of well-mannered gentelman,which i dont doubt you are.
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  Quote HEROI Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 09:56
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Parnell actually was defending you HEROI, he was referring to the mods not having a sense of humour.
 
I might have misunderstood Parnnel there.Embarrassedsorry
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  Quote Dolphin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 10:00

I think your joke was ok, a bit trollish but definitely not intented to insult. I can see why it was pulled up on though.

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  Quote Aelfgifu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 10:20
Originally posted by HEROI

Aelgifu,i find your language somehow insulting,is there a problem?i did apologise in case anybody,or you yourself for that matter took ofence,you have the right to delete it,and end this matter,which is itself being exagerated in importance by your comments.I would now sugest you end this and write something about the topic instead of using words such as PATHETIC,CHEAP SHOT AND THRASH,which dont sound good in the vocabulary of well-mannered gentelman,which i dont doubt you are.
 
It was a cheap shot at making fun of others, and a pathetic joke. What is your problem with me calling it that? Dont want comments? Don't post such things. Simple.
 
And I am not a well-mannered gentleman. Neither the one nor the other. LOL

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  Quote HEROI Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 10:22
I find that you hold yourself in very low estem i wont bother reply to you anymore , in fact i  was not aware before.
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  Quote Parnell Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 10:24
Originally posted by Aelfgifu

I do not see how that comment is funny in any but the most pathetic sense. In my opinion cheap shots are never funny. If you cannot be bothered to come up with a real funny joke, don't bother typing the thrash down.
 
Ah come one... Cheap shots make the world go round. I very much doubt a homosexual would have taken offence to such a little jibe - and if he or she did, I'm sorry.
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  Quote Dolphin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 10:25
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And I am not a well-mannered gentleman. Neither the one nor the other. LOL
 
 
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  Quote Aelfgifu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11-Jul-2007 at 11:37
Originally posted by HEROI

I find that you hold yourself in very low estem i wont bother reply to you anymore , in fact i  was not aware before.
 
How do I place myself in low self-esteem? I am not a gent, I am a miss. And I am not at all a nice well behaved miss, I'm a nasty dirty one. The truth shall make ya free. Wink
 
Ah come one... Cheap shots make the world go round. I very much doubt a homosexual would have taken offence to such a little jibe
Probably not. Hardly an excuse to make fun of the British. Wink
 
- and if he or she did, I'm sorry.
 
Ok then. Big%20smile


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  Quote TheDiplomat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Jul-2007 at 04:45
Originally posted by Aelfgifu

 
Ah come one... Cheap shots make the world go round. I very much doubt a homosexual would have taken offence to such a little jibe
Probably not. Hardly an excuse to make fun of the British. Wink
 
 
 
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  Quote elenos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Jul-2007 at 07:13
OK, guys. Next joke like that and the author will get a pink card!
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