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Started by darkhorse on Nov 3, 2017 4:51:50 PM
Annual Poppy Thread (incorporating Poppy Fascism)

Will poppy season be contentious this year?

Poppies will be flown to distant lands so BBC correspondents will be wearing them, even if they’re standing next to the Amazon delta.

Who will be poppy shamed? Will Brexit throw a little extra frisson into the mix?

darkhorse - 03 Nov 2017 16:54:32 (#1 of 1158)

I bought my poppy from some sailor boys in uniform down by Canary Wharf. I looked up the dock, “Where’s your boat?”

“We came by coach”, they chortled.

WillodeanKnuth - 03 Nov 2017 16:55:42 (#2 of 1158)


browserbutton - 03 Nov 2017 16:57:06 (#3 of 1158)

Brexit suggestion: If farmers were to stop spraying their crops, they'd have poppies everywhere!

popstar7 - 03 Nov 2017 16:57:19 (#4 of 1158)

No poppies for me. Never have, never will.

waxwing - 03 Nov 2017 17:00:21 (#5 of 1158)

This year I saw my first civilian poppy, i.e. not on a footballer, on October 10th. A whole month of poppy-shaming potential!

Moschops - 03 Nov 2017 17:04:04 (#6 of 1158)

As mentioned on another thread, I thought the Royal Marines recruiting tent at Waterloo yesterday next the the band and poppy sellers was a poor show.

mememe - 03 Nov 2017 17:04:18 (#7 of 1158)

I take the Cubs to the RBL service at Notre Dame. We'll buy our poppies there, probably from a Chelsea Pensioner (I like the idea of passing it down the generations, especially now it's all passing out of living memory), and probably a Bleuet de France, which is a little cornflower that is the French equivalent.

I'll wear it for the service, then I'll put it in a drawer with all the others.

GreenFuture - 03 Nov 2017 17:04:50 (#8 of 1158)

"it's the fucking left. They hate Britain and love foreigners" - semi random quote from FB comments about story where man selling poppies said he was abused. evidence in story that it was "the left" - none.

waxwing - 03 Nov 2017 17:06:02 (#9 of 1158)

You have a drawer full of old poppies? You can get good money for those.

mememe - 03 Nov 2017 17:06:08 (#10 of 1158)

No, the left just hate the jews.

mememe - 03 Nov 2017 17:06:43 (#11 of 1158)

You have a drawer full of old poppies? You can get good money for those.

Honestly, my drawer is like a Britain First rally.

BadgerDancing - 03 Nov 2017 17:08:58 (#12 of 1158)

I've not worn a poppy in years, but I don't think anyone's ever tried to poppy-shame me. I suspect my Folks don't want to run the risk of me going off on one of "those rants of his". Random strangers don't tend to kick off at me - one of the benefits of being a large person who looks like he slept in a bin I suppose.

GreenFuture - 03 Nov 2017 17:09:41 (#13 of 1158)

These nationalist cunts who have hijacked and ruined the solemness of the poppy spend nearly as much time imagining people being offended as they do mouthing off against the enemies in their minds, and far more than they will actually honouring the dead, if that isn't staged as well.

meanwhile, countless veterans remain homeless, addicted, traumatised. On the Monday after Remembrance Sunday the politicians go back to not giving a fuck and the hatriots turn their attention to the banning of Christmas.

mememe - 03 Nov 2017 17:10:01 (#14 of 1158)

It's being so cheerful as keeps him going.

browserbutton - 03 Nov 2017 17:14:00 (#15 of 1158)

World War I is literally a century ago, but you could still buy a poppy to honour those who fought in Afghanistan.

Jacob_Richter - 03 Nov 2017 17:21:10 (#16 of 1158)

Anjem Choudary should be released for the day so that he can burn a poppy.It's what the frothers really want.

carterbrandon - 03 Nov 2017 17:30:39 (#17 of 1158)

So in the 10 minute walk from the train to my desk, I had to negotiate past ten sets of three squaddies. I don't mean I saw ten sets, there were many more than that. I mean there were so many that thirty squaddies blocked my path.

Getting to work was no relief. By lunchtime, three trained killers stood over me at my desk accompanied by my ex-military boss's boss's boss. So no pressure.

As it happens, my dad fought in Greece in WWII. He wouldn't have any part of it. I swerve the whole business to honour his memory.

Also, the local news had some officer explaining how it was 'about remembrance, but also to support the armed forces'. Er, I thought it actually bloody wasn't!

Snarlygog - 03 Nov 2017 18:00:13 (#18 of 1158)

My College has a Poppy equivalent to a Christmas tree. Five foot tall displayed in the reception area.I only purchase one after Bone fire night.

waxwing - 03 Nov 2017 18:02:36 (#19 of 1158)

Exactly! There's a progression: Halloween, Bonfire Night, Remembrance. Stop bleeding into each other, arbitrary festivals.

bevernbridge - 03 Nov 2017 18:07:08 (#20 of 1158)

Bonfire Night(Samhain) is not at all arbitrary. It's in between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice.

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