One two one
Regular readers of this blog will know that I have an odd fascination with flags and numbers which often manifests itself with a ‘flag post’ when my flag or hit counter reaches an auspicious number. But, having said that, I didn’t do a flag post for 99, even though I celebrated it with 99 red balloons, and I didn’t do one for my 100th flag. In fact, my last flag post had nothing to do with my counters and was all about freedom. And, arguably, the one before that, was about lack of freedom in the past. So, when my flag counter hit 121 a few days ago, I thought it time to do another flag post that had some relevance to the flag counter.
The flag counter had been static on 119 for several weeks but once it reached 121, it started creeping up towards 125 so I got down to doing a bit of research on the 121st flag just in case I got an urge to do one for 125. Since then, my crazy site traffic of the past two days has lifted the counter to 144 so you could argue that 121 is old hat, especially since it can’t be long before 150 flags are reached, 150 being a fine number. Well, it is, but 121 has a great ring about it – firstly, it’s nicely symmetrical and, secondly, ‘one-to-one’ is an English phrase, something that other numbers, barring 123 perhaps, can’t claim for themselves.
So, 121 it will be.
But, once 121 was reached, I kept an eye on the other flags to see what had brought them to my blog. This was very easy to do until dooce linked me and my site traffic shot up with every new flag being the result of that link.
This is what brought in those strange people before I was dooced:
- 122: Liechtenstein, on the search for ‘I will defend to the death your right to say it’ .
- 123: Monaco, keen to find out more about Cesar Helleu. That really seems a fitting search for Monaco, don’t you think?
- 124: Asmara in Eritrea, searching for Leda and the swan. Despite the war that ravaged Eritrea for so long, can you think of a more romantic-sounding place than that? Again, what a fitting search for such a place.
- 125: Moldova, keen to know about stopping the Poles from coming to the UK. Must the UK prepare itself for an influx of Moldovans or have they been scared away by British xenophobia?
- 126: Paraguay, which obviously has readers of dooce who like reading about classic insults.
At one stage, the South African flag used to be third on my list until it was knocked down by Canada. This sudden increase in site traffic has seen it knocked down another place by Australia. Mmmmm....not sure that I approve of that!!
Anyway, back to my 121 post - I somehow doubt that I’ll get to it before my 150th flag but it will be there within the next few days