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Current Issue of Crux Australis: Issue No. 139

The most recent issue of Crux Australis is No. 139 [Volume 34/3] issued for the period July - September 2021.

The contents are:

Vexillogistics (editorial)   Tony Burton

page 111

RAAF 100  

Ralph Kelly

page 112 - 131
Indonesian Vexillology and Heraldry Association  

Steffan Axt, FOTW

page 132

Shropshire   Valentin Poposki, FOTW

page 132

Isle of Skye   David Fowler, FOTW pages 133
There's a boat on your flag!   Tony Burton pages 134 - 135
Fire Rescue Victoria   Ralph Bartlett pages 136 - 139
Flags of fire   Quiz pages 140 - 141
The Ark stops here: Why Armenia is a paradigm  

Tony Burton

pages 142 - 152

Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce   Tony Burton page 153
Why is it so difficult for Jamaica to become a republic?  

Donald Morgan, Jamaica Gleaner and FOTW (various contributors)

pages 154- 161
The hidden danger of the UK's flag obsession   Amit Katwala, wired.co.uk pages 162 - 164
Union Flag to be flown on UK government buildings every day   Oliver Dowden, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport pages 165 - 166


With around 100 flags, this edition touches a number of intersecting themes - defence, resistance, survival, war – and its atrocities but also noting that we also have the ability once motivated to overcome the firestorms, natural and self-inflicted, and rise again from the ashes like the legendary phoenix. 

Marking the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is a comprehensive outline of the evolution of its flag and shows how the RAAF's operations in various theatres of the Second World War has been part of the gradual process of adoption of the Australian National Flag in preference to the Union Jack. There is also an explanation of the rank flags and ceremonial associated with the Colours of the Service.

Catastrophic bushfires have led to changes in the coordination of separate services in Victoria, with a new Fire Rescue organisation integrating urban and regional firefighters, with a new flag and insignia.  The Country Fire Authority continues with its community volunteers.   

Fire and flags are usually associated with demonstrations, the flags burned as proxies for the perceived adversary.  The quiz Flags of Fire goes beyond that association, testing knowledge of flags that incorporate in their design the historic, philosophical, religious or positive associations of fire and creative energy – that of the Salvation Army an instance.

From the flag locker are two new UK county flags including one with a boat, which prompts a look at other flags with boats on them (as distinct from the usual association of boats flying flags).  On the same theme of graphic design, a logo in the form of a flag is commended - its message of mutual cooperation cleverly conveyed in the emblems of two flags inspiring another. 

Armenia's simple flag of three colours is testimony to a people’s will to survive through a long and complex history of nation formation from antiquity with periods of subjugation by powerful neighbouring states.  That a sliver of its former heartland survived to finally recover independence in 1991 was an unforseen consequence of Russia's two wars of the 19th Century. Lenin returning Ottoman territory seized in 1878 but not those retained from 1828.  Unwittingly both Tsarist and Soviet Empires provided the "Russian Ark" that Armenians did not seek, but did need.

Jamaican politicians have long considered a transition to a republic, but there is no timeline.  A letter to the editor advocates a republic to fully implement independence from colonialism.  A striking flag was unfurled in 1962, and the story of how the design was arrived at is recounted.

The edition closes with a warning about the kind of flag follies launched (in this case in the UK) for their own sake by politicians resorting to flags as partisan window dressing to create the impression that real progress is happening. 



Commentary by Tony Burton


For previous issues see: Crux Index vol 31 - current
  Crux Index vol 26 - 30
  Crux Index vol 21-25
  Crux Index vol 16-20
  Crux Index vol 11-15
  Crux Index vol 6-10
  Crux Index vol 1-5


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