The World Today - Flagpoles
A piece I did a few weeks back for the October/ November issue of political publication The World Today.
This was for a piece about the world's tallest flagpoles, in an article entitled 'Boosting morale while straining the neck' by James Nixey. The six at the top of the chart are, in descending order, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Jordan, Abu Dhabi and Malaysia. Winners, the Tajikistanis, put up a 160-metre flapole in their capital, Dushanbe, late last year!
The article ends thus: "For a relatively young country which feels under threat - to its economy, security or identity - its an easy solution. And cheaper to run than a tank. Or a school. Or a hospital."