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A Two Poppy Day

November 11th, 2009 (08:12 pm)
current location: KY16 8SX

Poppies were required wear at work today. So was a suit, and so I wound up wearing two poppies, one on my coat and one on my suit.

Suits are not every-day work-wear for us, but then it was the day that Alex Salmond was officially opening our new office. In order for us to get the maximum personal enjoyment out of this momentous experience, employees were encouraged to tell their friends, presumably so that you can all feel jealous, or awe-struck or something. So there you go; you’ve been told! I saw the back of his head from a distance, if that helps to impress you.

Somehow people being treated as VIPs makes me come over all egalitarian, I’m afraid, despite respecting the FM’s abilities and recognising it’s a good thing for the company.

But today merited my coincidental two poppies none the less. With respect to Claude Choules, a British veteran living in Australia who often misses a mention, this was the first Armistice Day with no living World War I veterans in the UK.

That is a bit of a milestone. My eldest grandparent was only a little too young to have been involved, and within our lifetimes the number of British survivors of the war has dwindled from many to one. Inevitable, of course, but worth marking.

Thanks for Bill Stone, Henry Allingham, Harry Patch, and all the others they represent who didn’t travel with us so far, like my great uncle Pat.


Posted by: Nik Whitehead (sharikkamur)
Posted at: November 11th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)

We will remember them.

Posted by: Andrew Patterson (qidane)
Posted at: November 11th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)

I was in the university sports centre this morning. At 11 while the rest of the country was having the two minutes silence we had a 4 minute test of the fire alarm. And it was a test - I asked at reception. It takes a special skill to muck something up that badly!

I had my moment of thought today listing to the talk by Jay Winter on PM this evening as I drove home.

He also did one last week that was also good.

Edited at 2009-11-11 10:00 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Nik Whitehead (sharikkamur)
Posted at: November 11th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)

I was in one of my normal Wednesday morning pointless meetings. I doubt that anyone noticed me observing the two minute silence.

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