Victory in the Boer War
A marvellous addition - a patriotic badge to mark the capture of Pretoria by a British army under Lord Roberts in June 1900. You can almost smell the jingoism!
Roberts was born in Kanpur in India, and served putting down the 1857 rebellion. He was almost seventy by the time of his victorious entry to Pretoria. Thanks Martin - a great badge.
Victory in World War 2
This is a cheap, mass produced victory medal, with a sprig of patriotic 'red white and (faded) blue' ribbon, dating from the months after the end of the Second World War.
On the other side, this medal reads: 'Presented by the council of Camborne-Redruth - Victory Celebrations - 1946'.
You can imagine this pinned to the jumper of a proud Cornish schoolkid.
The BBC in Ukraine
I couldn't resist this badge when I saw for sale amid glorious - and expensive - emblems of the Soviet era on a street stall in the old part of Kiev.
The BBC is either a rank within or a section of the Ukrainian air force. I haven't actually worked out what BBC stands for precisely. If you know, do let me know.
Sometimes badges are simply fun. I can't remember who issued this badge - it may have been the British Humanist Association. I have a feeling I got it while attending a party conference. That may make the choice of words particularly appropriate.
Another badge in the series quotes Plato: "He was a wise man who invented beer."
A cute badge - and much more inventive than most.
WRI stands for War Resisters International. I bought this new from Housman's for £1. It's made of plywood. And it gets my nomination for the most innovative badge design of the year.
If you know of any competitors for the title, let me know.
This isn't a badge at all - but it matches nicely with the gun-breaking guardsman to the left. It's a mini-doll of a Zapatista guerrilla in southern Mexico.
As I recall, Verity - who gave me it - bought it on a visit to Mexico. These tiny dolls, complete with mini wooden rifles, were sold by Zapatista sympathisers to raise money.
The BJP Lotus Flower
India does well for political badges - though this is more of a brooch.
It's a lotus flower, the emblem of the Hindu nationalist BJP, which was for a while the governing party.
The Congress Party's Hand
The BJP's great rival is the dynastic Indian National Congress, whose symbol is the palmed hand.
In the middle of this brooch is Rajiv Gandhi's widow, the Italian-born Sonia Gandhi.
The 'Arab spring' of 2011
Not from Tahrir Square, but a stall outside the LSE.
Still, a nice memento of a stirring start to the year. Is it a 'revolution'? Not sure - but it's certainly worth a badge or two.
... comes to London
And another London echo of the protests in north Africa.
It's a wordplay on The Bangles' hit 'Walk Like an Egyptian' ... cleverly done.