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Silent inflation

BBC NEWS | England | London | Silence before midnight for dead

David Campbell, of Visit London said: "We start out with a minute's silence in respect of all the people who have died and also remembering the people who have got a catastrophic life ahead....

Two minutes' silence will be held just before Big Ben chimes midnight as a mark of respect to those who died the Asian tsunami disaster...

More. A three-minute silence is to be held on Wednesday to remember the 124,000 known to have died...

Stop! One minute is enough to show respect - two minutes for Remembrance Day Services only, any more is just gratutious showing off as how "caring" you are.

Remembrance Day - Silence

The central element of Remembrance Day ceremonies is the one minute silence.
A Melbourne journalist, Edward George Honey, first proposed a period of silence for national remembrance in a letter published in the London Evening News on 8 May 1919.
The suggestion came to the attention of King George V. After testing the practicality of five minutes silence - a trial was held with five Grenadier Guardsmen standing to attention for the silence - the King issued a proclamation on 7 November 1919 which called for a two-minute silence. His proclamation requested that "all locomotion should cease, so that, in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead".

Comments

You're right. Not only is it another example of the state telling us what to feel and think, but it's also quite wrong to elevate this act of remenbrance above that of Remembrance Sunday.

Three minutes? Well that's inflation for you.

If the Indonesians & Sri Lankans refuse help from Israel on account they are offended by the presence of Jewish aid, they cannot need the aid that much.


I wish the govt would give us 365 days of silence.

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