I see that England’s participation in the current Rugby World Cup in New Zealand seems to have led to a resurgence in patriotic feeling among the English, at least in the matter of which flags are generally on display.
The brief vogue for Union Flags, which followed the Royal Wedding earlier in the year, seems to have been subsided and been superseded by one for the standard of St George.
Before the World Cup, for instance, the flag outside my local pub was a sad thing, ragged, bedraggled and divided –
now its replacement flutters proud –
and free –
and upside down.
Perhaps this is how it appears, if viewed from New Zealand –