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Flag of Concealment

March 23, 2017

I made this video a few days ago whilst on holiday in the USA. I filmed it on my phone in a Walmart store. All down the main aisle, American flags were suspended from the ceiling. These Stars and Stripes were blowing in the breeze from the air conditioning units, recalling the second verse of the country’s National Anthem (the one no one knows):

“What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?”
– ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, Words by Francis Scott Key.

Given where the country finds itself, it is fair to wonder what it is “half conceal(-ing), half disclose(-ing)”.

Doubtless you’ll get the symbolism of the music – ’Charmaine’ played by Mantovani – which I borrowed from “medication time” in ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoos’s Nest’.

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2 comments

  1. The issue of flying flags came up (as it does many times throughout the year) again at our town council meeting on Monday night.
    There are councillors who would like flags to be flown a lot more and looked to America as a shining example of flag flying!!!


  2. I love flags – you could always look to James Connolly who (may have) said, “The only flag I want to see flying over a free Ireland is the red flag of socialism”.



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