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The referendum will not be colour co-ordinated

I love these badges. My wife got them after a chance encounter with Ian Black of ‘Tartan Army’ fame.  They are cheerful, vernacular and authentic.

Imagine my surprise when I got my first negative comment whilst wearing one of them; “How No?”.

“It’s not an official badge. It’s not clear what the message is. Are you voting ‘yes’ or ‘no’.”, said the man with the official lapel badge.

I smiled . “Fair enough.” And walked away from the inevitable discussion.

It seemed churlish to point out I had given away 3 “How No?’ badges at the very swally we were at.

Got a feeling that the mavericks and wild eyed dreamers will not be consulting the style guide as they design their badges, work their words or scribble their art on web or woad. I may be wrong but this referendum thing seems to have ignited some community energy and , to quote the Good Book out of context,

“your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:”

Love it.


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