But one present we had agreed on some time back was to buy a poppy each from the art installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red', held at the Tower of London, by artist, Paul Cummins, who produced (with the help of an small army of modellers) 888,246 individually hand-made ceramic poppies, of which no two are the same.
This installation was created to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War 1914, and by all accounts was an extremely touching, and moving sight to behold and experience in person.
Once the 11th November 2014 had passed, all the poppies were removed one-by-one, cleaned as best they could be, packaged and then posted out to the 888,246 new owners.
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And then we heard reports of people posting their poppies on eBay within minutes of receiving them. Times like these make me question if there is nothing left sacred to the human spirit any more that wouldn't be sold for a quick buck?
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War is an edict of the privilaged few, carried out with the sacrifice of many in the name of 'good', no matter what side you are on. The only 'good' thing about a war is its ending, never its beginning.