During our Olympic adventures, Pop Lifer admitted we are easily stirred by a line of flags in the wind, the perfect visual symbol of all the world being in one place at one time. Like the games themselves, the fluttering flags assert each country’s own identity, while also reflecting the setting aside of petty nationalism in a great international endeavour.
But, also like the games, other more base instincts soon creep in. Yes, the collective good is all well and good. Yes, taking part is great. But, sod the collective United Nations hopey-changey thing, lets get competitive about this: what are the best flags?
And who better to answer this question than children, who are hopefully less likely to judge the flags based on cultural prejudice? That’s why, following their unforgettable time at the Olympics, Chris asked his two children (aged 9 and 6) for their ten favourites. Yes, flags may come with loaded with symbolism, political implications, and historical connotations, but they can be pretty too. So roll up and enjoy Pop Lifer Next Generation’s Flag Top 10, a celebration of nations great and small as expressed through a neat patterned rectangle.
And the winner is…
So there we have it. The USA wins. Again. We’re changing the rules next time.