View Full Version : It's a very special palindrome
8th Nov 2011, 07:10
No, it's not a camel with three umps.
It's a date that reads the same both ways. So what will you be doing at 11 minutes past 11 on Friday morning? One has to do something special to celebrate the occasion.
8th Nov 2011, 07:19
Possibly remembering the fallen from innumerable wars
8th Nov 2011, 07:23
The Germans go crazy for such dates and there's always a huge increase in the number of people who get married on such dates.....I suppose it makes it easier to remember yer anniversary :hmm:
I received a letter last week inviting me to a hospital where I'm not a patient, to see a consultant about something unknown at 11 o'clock on the 11/11. I'm so curious that I will go along and see what it's all about. I do like a mystery :suspect:
8th Nov 2011, 07:29
When will a palindromic time and date occur again?
The readout on the time and date graphic on my CCTV multiplexor will actually read as it does seconds as well
8th Nov 2011, 07:36
When will a palindromic time and date occur again?
One day and ten seconds later in your case, Mr D
Otherwise one day and ten minutes later
8th Nov 2011, 07:44
Erm . . . ?
8th Nov 2011, 07:45
Sorry should have said single number palindrome ie all the twos,by my reckoning we can only have one more.
8th Nov 2011, 07:49
At 11 am (UK time) on 11.11.1965, Ian Smith decalred Rhodesia's independence from Britain.
His speech to the people of Rhodesia ended with these words :
We have struck a blow for the preservation of justice, civilization, and Christianity; and in the spirit of this belief we have this day assumed our sovereign independence. God bless you all.
The timing of Smith's telegram to the British Prime Minister (Harold Wilson) announcing the UDI was symbolic. The message was sent at precisely 1 pm local time (11 am in London) at the exact moment that the United Kingdom started its Remembrance Day tradition (two minutes of silence to mark the end of World War I and honour its war dead). The not-so-hidden message in this timing was to recall the fact that Rhodesia had helped the UK in its time of need in both World Wars and that the British should not forget that.
It is appropriate to remember how poorly successive British governments have treated the people, of all colours, of Rhodesia, and then Zimbabwe, in subsequent years.
8th Nov 2011, 11:49
8th Nov 2011, 12:02
11 02 11 11 11 2011 is another version for 11th Nov this year, ie: 11 seconds past the 2nd minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 2011
8th Nov 2011, 12:11
I'll be joining the teeming masses celebrating Nigel Tufnel Day:
Nigel Tufnel Day (http://nigeltufnelday.tumblr.com/)
8th Nov 2011, 16:59
I'll be remembering...........
Remembering those who gave their lives so we could have the lives and freedoms we have now, and remembering the woman I loved who died in front of me on 11/11/07..........
Nothing else matters to me on Friday
8th Nov 2011, 22:25
Going with my partner to her aunties funeral in Port Talbot on Friday. Time of Service....1115. Should give me time to recompose myself. [ALL relatives are from Service families]
8th Nov 2011, 22:58
Best wishes, Hellsbrink.
As for Ian Smith's Rhodesia, I wish we had that now.
Wouldn't it be so much better for all the people there? I think all those who villified him and his government, brayed for power to the people, and pontificated about how people 'got to be free', should accept the horror of the consequences of what they did in retrospect.
That the West, led by Jimmy Carter, forced Mugabe into power despite the facts on the ground and the will of the people, just to spite the conservatives of the time, is an eternal shame, living on even today.
Apartheid was bad. No argument. The aftermath has proven to be worse, most who must live with it would agree, I think.
9th Nov 2011, 01:57
Apartheid was bad. No argument
Unless you have first hand knowledge, please leave such comments to the meeja who know no better.
Lived there for 4 years in the early '70's, working out of Rand airport, aka Boksburg International. Chatting with a mine manager at TAC - Transvaal Aero Club, on one occasion, he told me that all their mine labourers were imported from Malawi. When I queried this, he said and I quote "all the local buggers want to do is kill each other".
The word Apartheid was Afrikaans for "separate development". Whilst the intent may have not been fully realised, it was to cede over large swathes of the country - tribal areas, to be managed by the individual tribes. And of equal importance to prevent them migrating en-mass to regional cities where there was no employment, and where they turned to crime to survive.
Saw an Amnesty report a few years back that suggested Johannesburg was the most dangerous city in the world for murders, assaults, car hijackings, etc., etc. So welcome to their post-apartheid world of freedom, democracy and death.
PS. Even today the indigenous land councils in northern Australia are demanding exactly the same rights as were planned under apartheid in RSA for their indigenous tribes. But they don't call it that. :hmm:
9th Nov 2011, 03:02
@<hidden>: "The word Apartheid was Afrikaans for "separate development". Whilst the intent may have not been fully realised, it was to cede over large swathes of the country - tribal areas, to be managed by the individual tribes. And of equal importance to prevent them migrating en-mass to regional cities where there was no employment, and where they turned to crime to survive."
That is a simple and simplistic view. Cecil Rhodes (Englishman), the Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, and mining millionaire, said in the late 1891: "I contend that we are the first race in the world, and that the more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race."
The 'separation' of people, and the need for citizens/residents to carry 'passes' authorising them to be in places in their own country (economically developing areas, like mines & cities) was started by the British when diamonds were being discovered and mined in the mid 1800's, and was refined(??) by the British-origined Southern Africans; then really developed by the 'Afrikaans' Southern Africans. However, there were seperation policies in place from the early 1600's - for example, in 1685 a law was passed in the Cape Colony forbidding marraiges between Europeans and Africans. But this discussion has no place here. I'll happily take this up off-line if you like.
I am looking forward to quietly remebring why we currently remember the 11th of the 11th
9th Nov 2011, 06:17
This has gone a little off topic. Yes, I brought up Rhodesia on the basis of the palindromic date and time of UDI.
I would gladly continue the discussion about SA and Rhodesia's racial policies, but not here. On which side of the fence do I sit? As for Ian Smith's Rhodesia, I wish we had that now.
9th Nov 2011, 11:46
That is a good one! I can also remember clearly looking at my black plastic Texas Instruments LED watch, whilst sitting in the back row of Mr Lornie's Chemistry class at 12:34 on the 5/6 '78 :ok:
9th Nov 2011, 12:52
Celebrating Nigel Tufnel day.
9th Nov 2011, 13:15
I have never agreed with SISEMEN in my life ......until now...I need a lie down
9th Nov 2011, 15:19
Palindrome? I thought this is where Sarah Palin lives: in a drome somewhere!!!
<hat, coat, combat boots. Gone>
9th Nov 2011, 17:04
Naah, RGB, you're thinking about any time the Dems speak about her. You know, a Palindrone..........
9th Nov 2011, 17:22
I was thinking more in terms of Palin as she drones on and on making absolutely no sense whatsoever. That would be a Palindrone. (And the only thing alive which would understand exactly what it is she's saying would be a dyslexic kangaroo from Kathmandu.)
9th Nov 2011, 17:35
Naah, now you're thinking of a Gillarddrone, named after the Welsh Rarebit (thank god there's not many of her) that's in charge of Australia............
9th Nov 2011, 17:44
Yes, she does look a bit like some sort of shrew. And here I thought there were so many rather nice-looking ladies in the land down under. I guess exceptions must be made!!!!