The Hands Of Doom

2 minutes to midnight
The hands that threaten doom

So goes the refrain of the Iron Maiden song 2 Minutes To Midnight and, whilst things are not so bleak as the rather grim lyrics of that song suggest, isn’t it nice to read news that the Doomsday Clock moves one minute closer to midnight.

Of course, this latest adjustment only moves the hands of that dread timepiece to 5 minutes to midnight. But I guess it is nice to know that particular relic of the cold war is still ticking – especially as one reason given for moving the clock forward is “the failure of multiple nations to control the spread of nuclear weapons”.

This is 2012, isn’t it?

Next up on the blast from the past jukebox? The very excellent Gillan play Mutually Assured Destruction.

From where I stand
I know just what they’re planning
I know they’re planning one big bang
And they call it Mutually Assured Destruction

Happy Days, eh?


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