For whatever reason, it only dawned on me the other day, while sitting in a bar where the flags of England, Scotland and Ireland were displayed that the Union Jack is actually a composite of all three. Though this realization might be indicative of a deeper "slowness" I should probably address, it gave me new appreciation for the flag.
Upon wikipediaing Union Jack, I came across some of the options the flag could have been, making the designer look like a bit of a genius. Its interesting that in fact this flag explores 3 dimensions on what is effectively a two dimensional object. Its like playing with the "order" settings on images in word - which cross goes on top?