Tag : poppy

Poppy Fever

12 months ago / 0 comments

An increasingly large number of people have decided that the traditional red poppy of remembrance either does not reflect the kind of commemoration they wish to participate in or, in some cases, that the poppy actively symbolises things they dislike about Britain’s past. Here I hope to summarise people’s objections … Read More

The poppy problem

2 years ago / 0 comments

With the seemingly endless list of current battles and wars that are waged on foreign soil and instigated by western governments, it isn’t difficult to fathom why some have ceased to wear a poppy. The artificial and decorative flower has been a manifestation of Remembrance Sunday and the 11th of … Read More

Out of touch: Fifa’s poppy palaver

2 years ago / 0 comments

Many would agree that, for centuries, patriotism has permeated traditional British values. Whether you’re joining your fellow citizens in taking a moment of silence to remember lost war heroes or belting out the national anthem at a footie match with your old man, patriotism, for many of us, has long … Read More

Lest We Forget What The Poppy Represents

3 years ago / 0 comments

Having just passed another anniversary of Armistice Day and the remembrance ceremonies that accompany it, the tide of red poppies that embellished the nation’s lapels has begun to subside. Given the almost dutiful nature with which people wear their poppies, you would think that they know exactly what it represents; … Read More

The BlackPoppyRose: Lest we forget…

3 years ago / 0 comments

As Remembrance Day approaches, we are called to remember those who fought, and are still fighting, in British wars and zones of conflict. The Gryphon focuses on the ‘BlackPoppyRose’ project, launched to remember the often unheralded contributions of Black and African soldiers within global conflicts. The recognisable red poppy was established … Read More

Red, white and controversial: the Remembrance Day poppy

6 years ago / 0 comments

For many people throughout the Commonwealth, the most striking image of Remembrance Day is undoubtedly the red poppy, and they will therefore mark the occasion by the simple but profound act of wearing one in public. But this is not without its fair share of controversy…