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British Sporting Heroes
The front page of a free newspaper in the UK.
When I was a youngster (many moons ago) - I was taught about the Union Flag. As a proud Scot and Brit, I learned how to tell the difference between the correct way it should be flown, and when it is upside down.
Sadly, it seems that this skill is no longer taught.
It seems that not one of the "heroes" - or the photographer - could tell that the two flags were upside down.
I would like to see a ban on people handling our Union Flag until they have passed a "proficiency test".
It is simple enough to tell the difference.
The broad white diagonal should be uppermost in the top corner next to the white vertical hoist.
You never see Americans or Canadians with their flag upside down, you never see Scots football supporters with the Lion Rampant upside down. It should also be the case that people should feel embarrassed or shamed to be seen with our own Union Flag flying incorrectly.

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The way they are holding it looks right to the puerile holding it IE behind the flag they see the broad part on the to from the right. At least I think that's what I'm seeing. Basically the white seam that should be on the flagpole should be on the left? They've just not been trained in public relations because they're too busy training to hit/kick/catch some sort of sphere or run/drive really fast without bumping into things. Sports are complicated.
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Awesome, Awesome, Awesome - Sweet Child of Mine - 4 Violins Cover: https://youtu.be/Jwyl7mbwZws
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The Parade is Inspected at Alloa Town Hall, on Wednesday, 3rd June 2015.
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Did they just win the junior's at the UK champs?
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Type of appeal: Rejected New Submission
Portal Title: Mortally Wounded - 1571
Portal Location: 56.109009,-3.939651
 
Street View:
https://www.google.com/maps/@56.109009,-3.939651,3a,75y,278.44h,73.88t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sROJIOofXqEr0en1hOktDXw!2e0

Reason:
Historical significance: Matthew, Earl of Lennox, really began as a minor noble of Scotland. He was born at Dumbarton Castle on 21st September, 1516.
The Earl married his cousin, Lady Margaret Douglas at St James's Palace, London on 6th July 1544.
He is depicted by some as a bit of a rogue, and having been plotting to become monarch for many years since the birth of Mary, Queen of Scots.
His son, Lord Darnley, eventually became Mary's second husband in 1565, but being a loud noisy drunkard, he was not a popular figure in the Royal court.
Mary, Queen of Scots, was accused by some of the Scots nobles of plotting to kill her husband, Lord Darnley. She was imprisoned at Loch Leven, and forced to abdicate in 1567 in favour of their son James (Matthew's grandson).
Matthew was eventually elected Regent of Scotland on 12th July, 1570, for the minority of his grandson, King James VI.
Matthew was killed at Stirling on 4th September, 1571. He was shot by one of Mary's supporters and died four hours later in the presence of his six-year-old grandson, King James VI.

A hidden gem: Although this is a pretty large commemorative plaque, and is located on a main road entering the City of Stirling in Scotland, this seems to be a hidden gem, because people have to bend down to read it. Many do not even know that it is there.

Encourages outdoor exploration and the idea of “Adventures on foot”: The site is located on a main access road into Stirling's. There are already many other existing portals on either side of this site, and this one helps to link the groupings already in existence.

This location also has very safe pedestrian access, as can be seen from the Street View.  There is a wide pavement at the site, and it is located very close to the Central Scotland Police HQ building.
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A HERO SAS sniper gunned down a knife-wielding Islamic State (ISIS) maniac just as he was trying to brutally behead a father and his young son.
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Oooh good, someone had to eventually! :-)
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@jessicacadams: Vale Patrick Macnee, Aquarian. They shine in groups - his was The New Avengers, with Joanna Lumley and Gareth Hunt. http://twitter.com/jessicacadams/status/614219027058065408/photo/1

Sad news again. Another fine actor has left us. He always had star quality, and played the perfect gentleman. Loved his co-stars too, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, and Joanna Lumley.
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Armed Forces Day 2015, in Alloa, Clackmannanshire. The Veterans and Cadets are joined by Dollar Academy Pipe Band, and the Regimental Mascots of 5th Bn, Royal Regiment of Scotland. Parading from Alloa Town Centre to Alloa Town Hall.
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Type of appeal: Rejected New Submission
Portal Title: Standing Stone, Randolphfield
Portal Location: 56.109205,-3.939532 
 
Street View:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@56.109205,-3.939532,3a,15y,330.74h,89.55t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sbJuKpkswLg7j9T7qBWR6Ig!2e0!6m1!1e1?hl=en 

The Street View shows the stone on the raised grass lawn, to the right of the large tree trunk at the front of the lawn, however, there is a small tree behind the stone, and although the stone can be seen, the narrow tree trunk is directly behind it.

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Historical significance:
There are many mentions of the Randolphfield Standing stones in text and online – here are some examples, with significant text extracted.

http://www.archaeologyscotland.org.uk/news/6000-year-old-stone-row-excavation 

Update: The Randolphfield dig all went very well, and we can now confirm that the standing stones (associated with Thomas Randolph's skirmish on Bannockburn) are not 18th century garden features and are likely to be Neolithic in origin, ie to have stood there for c 6000 years (although one was moved in the 60s)!!


http://dunblanedailywalker.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/randolphfield-stones-stirling.html 

Today my walk took me to the Livilands part of Stirling. I went to visit the Randolphfield Standing Stones outside Police Scotland. There were 2 of them.


https://megalithix.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/randolphfield-stirling/ 

It is thus stated by (William) Nimmo in his History of Stirlingshire, p.84…: ‘Two stones stand to this day in the field near Stirling, where Randolph, Earl of Murray, and Lord Clifford, the english general, had a sharp encounter, the evening before the great battle of Bannockburn.’ 

http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/662/randolphfield_stones.html 

These stones are supposed to have played a strategic role on the first day of the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. A Scottish nobleman, Lord Randolph gathered a company of spearmen at the stones, in order to block a move by English cavalry who were trying to reach Stirling Castle from the South.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-19635477 

Stirling Council's archaeologist Murray Cook said: "Robert Clifford led a daring raid round Robert the Bruce's position near the Borestone to try to relieve the English troops at Stirling Castle. 
"He was beaten back by Thomas Randolph's brave stand, which either used or is marked by, the two standing stones. 

A hidden gem:  Although this is a pretty large Standing Stone, and plainly visible to passers by on the main road just a few yards away, it is located on a secluded part of the lawn, under the shade of a large tree.  This seems to be a hidden gem, because people pass it daily, and again, many do not even know that it is there.

Encourages outdoor exploration and the idea of “Adventures on foot”:  The site is located just a few yards from the main access road into Stirling.  The portal has deliberately been positioned at the point where it looks onto the larger Standing Stone, rather than the stone itself, preventing damage to the grass lawn on which it stands by us “Portal Hunters”.  The stone is in plain view from this position.

This location also has very safe pedestrian access,  as can be seen from the Street View.   There is a wide pavement (sidewalk) at the site, and it is located at the Central Scotland Police HQ building.
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