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Saturday 30 July 2011

The Scimitars of Southend

Do you see what I see? Heavens no! It would appear that the logo for Southend Airport incorporates three scimitars. What is this: the UK’s first Shari’ah compliant airport? Oh dear, this fevered Islamisation business is getting out of hand. I’ll be seeing pictures of a smiling Saladin instead of Colonel Sanders on KFC takeaways next. Quick, pray bring me ice and water with which to abate this fever!

Well, according to the BBC it would appear that Southend Airport is about to get a major boost from Easyjet, which is scheduling an additional 70 flights a week from the location. Come now Stelios, will you not have a word with the airport authorities about a new logo, for after all, being of Greek Cypriot extraction you can’t be that keen on the sight of Turkish scimitars, surely? Hmm, then again, looking at the surname of the Monaco-based tax exile, perhaps he might not object: Haji-Ioannou. Haji! Time for more ice and water methinks. 


  1. That is the sign for Essex! They have them on the Essex county cricket badge too!

  2. So I've been told. My ignorance can be staggering at times :-). Still, they certainly do look like scimitars.

  3. Of course they are muslim swords, there is no mistake in that unless a person is either blind or just plain stupid.
    This is a clear sign that the muslim cockroaches are taking over another country.
    James G. Borden
    Newsletter Editor
    National Headquarters
    Hilo, Hawaii 96720

  4. Well, Mr Borden, it transpires that the Essex device, whilst very much resembling three scimitars, is purported to represent three Saxon seax swords or knives. That said, they really do bear an uncanny resemblance to scimitars, and I wonder if it might actually have its origins in the Crusades. Perhaps an Essex local could help us out here? As you can see from the following link, seax swords/knives look nothing like a scimitar:

    Whatever its provenance, I am sure that contemporary Saracens must look upon it in an approbatory fashion.

    1. From what I've found, they are Seaxes, and recognise The Kingdom of the East Saxons. They will be found anywhere within what used to be Middlesex. Some areas have a 'County Day', which apparently remembers the Battle of Albuhera in 1811? In reply to James G Borden, there is no connection to what you call 'Muslim Cockroaches'.

  5. The "Haj" in Stelios's surname denotes that at some time one of his family completed a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, nothing to do with Mecca, as he is of course a Greek Orthodox Christian. However, after hundreds of years of Turkish occupation, it is not surprising that some words and concepts were adopted, as we will no doubt find out in Britain in the centuries to come.

  6. Thank you 'Anonymous' for the explanation of the Haj element in Stelios's surname. I hadn't realised that. Very interesting.


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