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BBC News

The BBC has been running a series all this week on the implications of the imminent enlargement of the European Union. They have chartered a barge and are traveling down the Danube from Vienna through to Budapest. Although the barge they chartered, the Joseph, flies an Austrian flag at her stern, from a mast behind her wheelhouse she also flies a flag which I have never seen before - the flag of BBC News. This is a standard rectangle, with black the background color. In the
center are two orange ellipses (this is really not very precise - they resemble nothing more than Salvador Dali's melting clocks). These ellipses are apparently the symbols of BBC News now, as they appear at the beginning of all news broadcasts on at least four regular newscasts: the hourly and half-hourly news updates on BBC News 24, the 24-hour news channel, the Morning News, from 6 to 8 a.m., the Six O'Clock News, and the main evening newscast at 10 p.m. In the space between these ellipses there are three small five-pointed gold stars in an irregular formation, with a larger five-pointed gold star below. To the right of the artwork are the words in white italics 'BBC News', in two lines.

The Beeb should be congratulated for actually devising a flag of genuine vexillological content instead of using the traditional logo on a bedsheet of so many news organizations. Note that this flag differs from that of the BBC as an organization.
Ron Lahav, 28 April 2004


De Lorean Motor Cars Ltd.

[De Lorean Motor Company flag] by Dean Thomas

History

In 1980, The De Lorean Motor Company was established in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The company went into receivership in 1983, after producing a little over 8700 of the unique gull-winged, stainless steel sports cars.

The flag that flew over the De Lorean factory is approximately 4 ft x 10 ft. This photograph, which was offered on the eBay website, is the original flag. The colors are "silver-grey" and black. Beneath the "DMC" logo is "De Lorean Motor Cars Ltd" in black lettering (ZapfHumst DM font).

Dean Thomas, 23 April 2004

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