It being 60 years since the unelected head of state took over the onerous tasks of leading this glorious nation, Cottingham Parish Council took it upon itself to buy some bunting in red, white and blue, very patriotic except it was probably made in China. Hundreds of yards of the stuff have been fluttering around noisily (it's plastic bunting!) since May I seem to recall. The sad thing is that the red was never a particularly dark shade, more of a light pink really, and that quickly faded to, well, white. If there's an analogy to be drawn from the state of these tattered rags and the state of the nation after 60 'glorious' years I leave that up to you.