One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A blue flag with a white square in the centre, raised by a ship about to leave port.
- ‘Manoeuvring my newly-articulated bike as gingerly as a first-time driver, I moved off with the flag on the back of the trailer fluttering like a Blue Peter.’
- ‘The captain, believing the seaport to still be in Union hands, raised a "blue peter" flag, which was the international marine signal to take aboard a pilot.’
- ‘Whilst we were still on shore in Conquerno the Colonel, who was still on board, raised the ‘Blue Peter’ to the mast head.’
- ‘I was just about to raise the Blue Peter then and go without you, mate!’
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