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Poppy Etiquette


poppy%20appeal.jpg I didn't want to trivialise the wearing of a poppy earlier but am I the only one fed up of seeing people wearing them upside down? It is quite clear, and more aesthetically pleasing that the broad petal is the bottom petal, not as Blair above and many others, wear it. Is it a sign of distress or ignorance?

So any bets as to which way up Gordon wore his?
Answer below.




I understand the man is nearly blind. Has he no friends at all to help him?

I didn't know it made a difference until this very moment and I collect the sorts of minutiea this represents.

I haven't seen (or noticed, maybe) in a long while but I don't thing the poppies distributed here are that shape at all.

(My memory sez "looks like strips of green and red crepe papers rolled up around a wire".)

The one on the BBC News article appears to be sideways and is being worn by a military person possibly a Chelsea Pensioner.


From that article the Royal British Legion seem very relaxed about most so called rules about wearing poppies.

I served in the Royal Hong Kong Police and, at the Police Training School in Wong Chuk Hang, we were drilled in all of the arcane etiquette of the "correct dress". Belt buckles had to be lined up just so, the same with cap badges etc. When it came to the wearing of the Poppy we were given an actual demonstration.
"A real poppy grows thus ...." and a picture was produced. "Your Poppy will be worn the same way!"
"Broad petal to the lower position, lesser petal to the upper and the leaf is to be worn at the 11 o'clock position to symbolise 'The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month.' No Poppy is to be worn before the 5th November. No Poppy will be worn after 11th November."
I have never since contravened those Orders!

According to the Canadians, the informal protocol is not before 1st November, but neither the Royal Canadian nor British Legions seem to be too fussed. As for how to wear them, military/police dress codes as provided by Mr Brown (no relative)seem appropriate.

'fed up with' ..... surely?

Sadly even the BBC has lately allowed 'fed up of' - I'm getting fed of bad grammar, bored of reading it, boring others of moaning about it, and surprised that so many people allow this incorrect use with english.

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