Friday, August 01, 2008

Sky Watch: Flowers & Foreign Flags


Monday was a very warm day in Hyde, with hardly a cloud in the sky.

Normally the Union Flag flies from the Town Hall.

So why on Monday were the flags of France and Poland flying?

I emailed the council and was told
We are currently hosting the Learning Disability European Championship 2008. Football is coming home this summer as Tameside plays host to a number of matches in the European Learning Disability Championship 2008, including England, Portugal, Sweden etc which are held at local grounds eg. Curzon, Ashton. Yesterday Hyde United's ground was being used for the teams from France and Portugal, hence the flying of the flags. The Union flag is back flying today.
which kind of explains the French flag but begs the question, why the Polish, not the Portuguese flag?

According to the Tameside MBC website however, France played Portugal at Ashton on Saturday, whilst on Sunday at Hyde, Holland played Poland.

There is more about the competition on the Football Association website.

You can visit some of the around 300 worldwide skywatchers at Skywatch Friday.

34 comments:

  1. Nice to see you are going even more international. Gerald! Have a nice week-end!

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  2. Gerald: Cool photo and a wonderful narrative.

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  3. Maybe it depends on which flags they had in the cupboard, Gerald. I do love the baskets of flowers.

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  4. A lovely photo and thanks also for the very interesting explanation.

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  5. Very fine image and good explanation.
    Happy Sky Watch!

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  6. As a special education teacher, I can appreciate that..
    Rambling Woods

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  7. Great shot and great info Gerald... I was in Hyde Tuesday morning and never notice the flags.. I was busy watching 3 workmen from the council tie a banner to the railings near the lights... they walked off and it fell off on the corner... I saw the 3 men a while later fixing it back... 3 men I ask you. One to carry the string, one to tie the knot and one to tell the other two how to do their job.. isn't Tameside excellent..?

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  8. LOL at Tom's comment - apparently, the workers are much the same across the pond! ;)

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  9. Nice photo and good explanation of the foreign flags -- something we don't see around here. Good Sky Watch capture.

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  10. A lovely shot and some explanation too! I would wonder about those flags as well. Well done you for finding out!

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  11. Beautiful shot!!

    I think if it were in the US the American Flag would have to be flying as well, lol.

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  12. Nice shot! I liked finding out about the flags too!

    Have a wonderful weekend of beautiful skies!
    My Sky Watch Photos Here and Here

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  13. Interesting. I love the hanging basket of flowers.

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  14. Nice capture of the flowers and the flags!

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    Thanks! Happy Friday!

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  15. Nice shot - and intriguing story behind it. I like the flowers against the building and the sky.

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  16. That's a lovely photo. You sure did your research on the flags! Thanks.

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  17. Love your interaction of the flowers and flags!! Good idea and great concept!!!

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  18. what a beautiful sky shot and the flowers are beautiful

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  19. Thanks for the explanation. I was wondering about the foreign flags on the town hall.

    Elke

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  20. That's a gorgeous blue sky there. Glasgow's was consistently grey last week!

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  21. Very nice photo. I am just now getting around. For some reason my computer would not let me open up the links from the skywatch page on Friday.

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