One thing I have noticed being back at work is the huge Union Jack flag (photo) that flew proudly over Hamilton on Front Street has gone and been replaced by a Bermudian flag instead. I suppose that is their right and I always thought it strange but it disappointed me because seeing it flutter in the breeze always made me feel proud and homesick in equal measures.
Upon research the Corporation of Hamilton have given the I think rather sappy reason that it is for simplicities sake
. Apparently the Corporation are unable to fly the flag at half mast without consent from Buckingham Palace, but they can do what they like with their own standard, which for those unfamiliar with it is a red ensign with the Union Flag in the upper left corner, and the coat of arms of Bermuda to the right.
This story passed with little attention, and no one else is probably bothered but I'm just disgruntled by what apparently appears little thought into changing something that has been in place since 1815 when the flag was first raised over Hamilton when it took over as the island's capital from St George's.