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Buying Flame Proof American Flags In London

by | 9th, November 2008

JOHAN Hari looks and he looks but he cannot find an American flag in London:

If you want a sense of how the election of Barack Obama is being seen across the world in this post-coital period, one little anecdote for me says it all. I spent yesterday trawling the shops in here in London for Stars and Stripes to decorate my apartment for my Presidential election party – and across the city they were all sold out.

Why’s that then?

One shopkeeper in the East End told me: “For the past eight years we’ve done a big trade in American flags because people buy them to burn them. This is the first time I can remember people buying them because they actually want to wave them.”

So what are the people burning? The Irish flag is a favourite. And, in any case, they’re all made in China



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