FLAGS: Up with Vexillology

Vexillology sounds rather like an obscure branch of tropical medicine, which for the vexillologists of the world must be rather vexing. But the almost universal ignorance of the discipline is understandable, since it is so new. Vexillology, the study of flags, has only just fluttered into the dictionaries, and as 57 delegates from 14 nations gathered in London last week for the Fifth International Congress of Vexillology, the mood was unmistakable: today Webster's, tomorrow the world. For the rampant proliferation of flags round the world has established vexillology as a new fast-growth enterprise.

The founder and chief prophet of vexillology,...

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