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just spent the whole armistace day 2 minutes silence on the phone.
my boss then launched into a bit of a rant about how he, more than anyone ought to be silent given that us Brits were trying to save the French's sorry behinds.
Reminds me of when I was in Cannes earlier this year, there were loads of celebrations for the Liberation of Cannes. I felt like demanding a free lunch seeing as my Grandfather fought in France in WWII.
"My grandfather was Vichy!"
In other news, did you know that 11th Nov is a public holiday in France. Those ruddy frogs, do they ever do ANY work?
We need another public holiday around this time of year right?
the Scots are trying to get a day at the end of Novemeber for St Andrews day (that's the day where I poison friends with haggis and sing even more terribly than usual).
We need a day that isn't about the queen or a Saint or the baby jesus birthing or dying. Thinking caps...
neither did I. I was reading that sex thread and laughing semi-audibly.
Did he know he was supposed to be silent?
he wasnt the only one.
Even in Germany
I can imagine it feels very different to be marking the signing of a Treaty in which your country was the defeated to one in which your country was the victor. So yes, EVEN in Germany.
i dont think many people use today to remember who won and lost.
I'm not the one who had to ask "is it just us that observes it"?(sic) In Germany, they observe the 11th, but they distance themesleves slightly by having their actual day of mourning on a sunday in mid-Novemeber.
Now, save your PMT for the ignorants in your office.
by pointing out he was German. Royter's post questioned if it was recognised outside the UK. PO's 'even in Germany' point makes perfect sense in the context. Stop being a flange.
i only start serious threads.
could be wrong though
Of course it's about commemorating the dead, but the poignancies on either side have been histoircally quite differnt, hence why Germany also has its separate day of mourning.
They have one day to remember (not the 11th) and we have two.
Great work, me.
Basically: you're all pricks. Now silence please.
I didn't realise i was going to have to justify the exact nuances of quite how or why they might want to commeortate it, but perhaps not in QUITE the same way as us, it being startingly obvious to all bar the dopiest *JFC eyeroll*
Armistice day marks the guns falling silent because a treaty was signed. Actually, in legal terms it wasn't a treaty in fact, but what it was was a contractu effective undfer international military lawe which speleld out an unconditional defeat for one country and vixctory for another. I am in no way passing comment on the defeat/vistory, but merely stating the facts. It is this military agreement which sparked teh cessation of gunfire that is commemorated. The sunday is about commemorating teh fallen.
there's nothing remotely controversial in what i'm saying here, but do feel free to keep trying to find something if you've nothing better to do.
where they would sound the fire alarm at either end of the two minutes so everyone knew what was happening.
Seemed pretty incongruous with the occasion.
...I could hear the guns going off at the same moments. Beats all of the "IS IT 11 O'CLOCK YET" scrambling...
no point to the silence if it's forced
I got trapped in a Coupling-style giggle-loop.
To be fair, they are all cunts, though.
it can be my little tribute to hiroshima
Why do they need to report this on the news though? Before the two minute silence, yes but they don't need to have someone to tell you how quiet it was do they?
"People around the UK have taken part in a 2 minute silence. Sarah Blahblah is in Trafalgar Square..."
"It was all very quiet. People stopped talking and London was silent for two minutes"
It was sent at 11.01am.
It is silent.
- What the fuck we were celebrating with fireworks on 5th November
- Why everyone was wearing poppies
It wasn't something I'd ever had to explain before so I was pretty rubbish at it.
-anniversary of a failed plot to blow up our parliament
-anniversary of the end of the first world war
Oh, wait. Is that the joke?
"Yeah, this guy tried to blow up parliament because he was Catholic and they were all Proddies, but no one actually cares about that. Anyway, he was caught, hanged drawn and quartered so we celebrate with fireworks. Because he tried to use gunpowder to do it, which is what's in fireworks."
"Well it was meant to be the end of all wars in 1919, 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month but it's now a remembrance of both wars. Poppy fields..."
I wasn't entirely sure she understood it.