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The Flag of the Dead Runners Society (C) 1996 Dipesh Navsaria *History and Design* The flag of the Dead Runners Society was designed in Spring 1996 by Dipesh Navsaria. It is a blue flag, with a yellow stripe running from the upper left to the lower right. In the middle is a white circle with a laurel wreath around it and a black runner silhouette in the circle. In the lower left is a smiley, and in the upper right is a white five-pointed star. Described heraldically, it bears: "Azure, a bend or; overall, a runner sable, facing dexter, upon a roundel argent wreathed in laurel proper; in dexter base, an emoticon argent; in sinister chief, a mullet argent." :-) The runner stands for, naturally, running. The laurel wreath stands for the ultimate prize in running, the laurel wreath of victory. The smiley stands for the Internet which links us all. The star stands not only for the sun which lights our path but the Lone Star State, Texas, where the Dead Runners Society began. *Usage Requirements* The DRS flag is to be treated in accordance with general standards of respect. The designer and the DRS staff request and require that all uses of the DRS flag (i.e. T-shirts, banners, etc) be cleared with them in advance. If a higher-quality file is required for an approved project, please contact the DRS staff. Exact proportions, etc can be provided. This flag is designated for use in civil, naval, and military (!) situations by both the "government" and members of DRS. :-) *The Ensign Flag* Also available is an ensign version, where the flag described above occupies the canton (the upper left quadrant) and the rest of the flag is the same blue. In the right-hand side of the flag may be placed a symbol appropriate to whichever sub-list or other subset of the Dead Runners Society is being indicated. For the geographical sublists, I recommend an outline map in yellow indicating the geographic extent of the list. For example, the ensign of the BRANEDeads (Boston Region and New England Deads) would have a map of the outline of the New England states in yellow in the fly of the ensign flag. Other sublists without geographic identity (i.e. dead-runners-mind, the ultra list, etc) can fly ensign flags of their own. The design to be used in the fly is to be determined later. However, it is also entirely appropriate for the sublists to use the DRS Flag itself -- I recommend the ensign flag only be used in cases where the identity of the sublist needs to be contrasted against other sublists. FAQ === Q: 1. Should the description instead read thusly: in *sinister* base, an emoticon argent; in *dexter* chief, a mullet argent. A: I'm afraid not. :-) I actually had someone else who's better at blazoning write up the description, and I also thought that it was an error. However, see the following sources, all provided by The Center for Pretentious Studies Research Team ("We laugh at Death, and his Mother, Sin, too." ;-) : "In heraldry, dexter and sinister are determined, not from the point of the view of the onlooker, but from that of the bearer of the shield." - p.104, _A Complete Guide to Heraldry_, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bracken Books, 1929 "Dexter: The right-hand part of a flag or sheild from the viewpoint of the bearer; the antonym of sinister." - p.14, _Flags Through the Ages and Across the World_, Whitney Smith, McGraw-Hill, 1975 (Dr.Smith, incidentally, is widely viewed as the father of the field of vexillology) "dex.ter \'dek-st*r\ aj [L; akin to Gk dexios situated on the right, L dece-re to be fitting] 1: relating to or situated on the right 2: being or relating to the side of a heraldic shield or escutcheon at the right of the person wearing it 3: appearing or facing toward the right and considered of good omen - dexter av" - Online Webster's Dictionary "dexter de-kst@R, a. (sb.1 and adv.) a. L. dexter on the right hand or right side, right, a comparative form from root dex- cognate with Gr. decio+j, and Goth. taihswa, Skr. daksha, daksh-ina, from a primitive form *dekswo-. A. adj. 1. Belonging to or situated on the right side of a person, animal, or object worn on the body; right; esp. in Her. the opposite of sinister.The dexter side of a person, animal, shield, etc., is to the left of the spectator facing it, which is important in Heraldry: see quot. 1882. * 1882 Cussans Handbk. Her. 45 The right-hand side..[of the shield] would be towards the left of a spectator; and in a representation of a coat of arms, that part of the shield which appears on the left side is called the Dexter, and that on the right, the Sinister." - The Oxford English Dictionary So, as you can see from the array of pretentious rubbish^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hsources I have put together above, :-), the original still stands. As I said, I wondered about that blazoning myself, but it appears the forces of pretense still move in circles higher than that of us groundlings. :-) Dipesh Navsaria Mr.Navsaria thanks the following people for their valuable help: Lindsay Russell, Cambridge, MA, of DRS for his runner silhouette design. Steve Kramer, Columbia, Maryland, of the Flags List for his review of the design. Zeljko Heimer, Zagreb, Croatia, of the Flags List for his review as well. Carpe viam! Dipesh Navsaria Director Bureau of Vexillology The Center for Pretentious Studies Send Comments, Questions or Suggestions to Last Modified: December 26, 2006