This One Goes To Eleven.

11 11 2011

These hearts were woven of human joys and cares,
Washed marvellously with sorrow, swift to mirth.
The years had given them kindness. Dawn was theirs,
And sunset, and the colours of the earth.
These had seen movement, and heard music; known
Slumber and waking; loved; gone proudly friended;
Felt the quick stir of wonder; sat alone;
Touched flowers and furs and cheeks. All this is ended.

Rupert Brooke, 1914, Part IV; The Dead

Eleven. Exactly. One louder

Nigel Tufnel, Spinal Tap

Everyone in the world today will be able to experience a moment that only occurs once every one hundred years. A point in time when we will live through a perfect same-numbered palindrome. Blink and you will miss it.

At 11 minutes past 11 on the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011 , the time and date will be perfect, to the second. Six elevens…and it will last for slightly less time than Kim Kardashian’s last marriage.

Some of you will have already experienced it, I hope you enjoyed it and made the most of this second in your life.

Today is also Remembrance Day or Veterans Day (Memorial Day in the UK, originally marked by the wearing of poppies to honor those who died in World War 1 but now to remember all those who died in battle.)

The date marks the moment that hostilities were officially ended in the Great War in 1918, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It is traditionally marked by a two-minute silence, a period for quiet contemplation and thanking those who have given their lives to ensure that we can enjoy the freedom that we theoretically have.

If we were watching Sesame Street at that moment, it would be sponsored by the number eleven and Big Bird would stop talking.

Of course, there are those who taken the significance of November 11 2011 and decided that it can stand for something other than just paying our respects to the casualties of war.

Hard rock music lovers have declared 11.11.11 to be National Metal Day – not a celebration of the material that tanks are made of but a day dedicated to the most misunderstood genre of popular music.

TV channel VH-1 will be broadcasting non-stop “metal” themed content all day. Metal fans “can catch the premiere of Behind The Music Remastered: MEGADETH at 9 PM ET/PT followed by the premiere of Banger Films’ (Metal: A Headbangers Journey, RUSH: Beyond The Lighted Stage) groundbreaking documentary series Metal Evolution at 10 PM ET/PT on VH1 Classic. The premiere episode of Metal Evolution will focus on Pre-Metal, the earliest sounds of metal that can be heard in the music of LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE and JIMI HENDRIX.”

Which will be nice.

The Occupy Movement have also hijacked the day by deciding that their message needs a more global focus (or any sort of focus really) and will be spending their time in a new location with “Occupy the Streets. Occupy the World.” This ambitious project will last globally from 11 am to 11.30pm – depending on which time zone you are in, it will seem like it a continual protest – and, according to Facebook this morning, will see 33,503 attending with over 300,000 still undecided as to whether that is the most useful way to spend their day.

A new horror film is also released today. Guess what the title is? I will give you a clue, it has three numbers in that all look a little bit similar.

It is from the director of Saw 2, 3 and 4 and the plot concerns an author who travels to Barcelona to see his estranged brother and dying father, where he learns that his life is plagued by events that occur on 11/11/11. Catch it now before you can get it on Netflix in three weeks time. Or not if you would rather spend your money on a cinematic experience that doesn’t rely on blood and gore.

There will also be a global celebration of the World Day of Interconnectedness. Following two successful days of Interconnectedness on 9.9.09 and 10.10.10, believers will looking to shift the dynamic from I-llness to We-llness which will ” bring forth an environmentally sustainable, fulfilling and socially just human presence.” Unless it clashes with the Megadeth documentary on VH-1.

Finally, the Corduroy Appreciation Club will be marking the only day in 100 years that their trousers match with the date by holding a series of 11.11.11 events.

I wasn’t even aware that such a society existed until now but thanks to the interconnectedness of the worldwide web, I know that they are “a social club which wishes to cultivate good fellowship by the advancement of Corduroy awareness, understanding, celebration and commemoration of the fabric and all related items. Club events are held on dates which resemble Corduroy.”

Which doesn’t make me want to dig out a pair of trousers that I last wore in 1977 but I would love it if the Occupy Movement took to the global streets wearing nothing but this much-maligned fashion statement.

Lets all observe Remembrance Day; it is a good day to remember why life is so precious and why we should make the most of every moment.

Even if that moment only lasts for a second.




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