Pirates of the Mildly Insane…

LISBURN loyalists have been puzzling drivers by hanging the skull and crossbones below their Union and Ulster flags on lampposts outside the ‘city’. It seems that the pirate flag is a symbol associated with local football team Ballymacash Rangers, although one local source said: “The UDA adopted it as a flag of convenience so they wouldn’t be accused of putting up paramilitary flags.” It’s not hard to see why the team is associated with loyalism, but could they not have waited until the flag designer had passed his GCSE art exam before sticking them up? Is this a branch of loyalism trying to be ‘clever’ by putting up ‘scary’ flags instead of blatantly sectarian ones? If so, why are people laughing at how pathetically ludicrous they look? Verdict: Skull designs this tragic are so last century – sling your hook, me non-arty hearties, then walk the plank.

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  • miss fitz

    I noticed this last year for the first time, and never knew why those flags were erected Gonzo, so thanks for clearing up that mystery.

    Actually, I thought that they were a jibe at the Chair of the Parades Commission…….. He is Roger, and the flag is the Jolly Roger, but now I know an entirely different mentality is at work

  • The Penguin

    “Actually, I thought that they were a jibe at the Chair of the Parades Commission…….. He is Roger, and the flag is the Jolly Roger, but now I know an entirely different mentality is at work.”

    Bless you, Miss Fitz, but it never could have been as a result of a thought proces quite that complex.

  • willis

    The bebo site also contains totenkopf based graphics. I’m sure they thought long and hard about that too.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3rd_SS_Division_Totenkopf

  • ben

    Won’t somebody PLEASE try to save Ulster from sodomy?

  • Pounder

    I think it’s Sodomy that needs saved from Ulster to be honest.

  • Cruimh

    “I think it’s Sodomy that needs saved from Ulster to be honest.”

    well, saved from Lisburn anyway. Must be something in the water. Lisburn, twinned with Galway.

  • See! I always said that if they weren’t fighting about loyalism and republicanism, they’d be fighting about football teams!

  • bumgonzo

    “Skull designs this tragic are so last century”

    statements like that are soooooo gay!

  • smcgiff

    That Eddie mural is class though.

  • Rory

    The UDA using the flag of a local football team – couldn’t this be construed as a form of piracy?

    I’ll get me coat.

  • francesco

    how pathetic, let’s get rid of this shower of bigots wannabe soldiers once for all!

    hate them big time!

  • Pounder

    Who knew so many wombles where Iron Maiden fans?

  • Sean

    Gonzo

    I think you should re-title this

    Pirates of the mildly inane

  • Sean

    or

    ..the wildly inane

  • Minister for Hardship

    Ballymacash?? Maybe that’s where Frank Hall (a Down man) got his inspiration for the legendary Ballymagash!

  • Gréagóir O’ Fráinclín

    THE SKULL SYMBOL POPS UP HERE TOO IN THIS RACIST ATTACK….

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/6252792.stm