[ Issue 17 ]

Language, literature, music, nature, the performing arts, hobbies, science and humour all deserve Emily Bronto's approval

Bikwil offers acclaim to language, literature, music, nature, the performing arts, hobbies, science and humour


In Issue 17's Editorial Tony Rogers takes a deep breath and has a dig at millennial fever.

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Fin de Siècle? — Tony Rogers


As far as Bikwil is concerned, this January does not usher in some special new thousand-year period — despite the fact that the year starts with a “2” for the first time.

Not that the sensible readers of this magazine need any telling. And it doesn’t have anything to do with whether there was a Year Zero or not between 1 BC and 1 AD. That only compounds the problem.

No. Surely anyone under the age of death who can mentally step from one to ten knows the apocalyptic truth: anniversaries (e.g. birthdays) take place at the end of the year, not the beginning. In purely counting terms, then, we are this month still a full gratification-postponing year away from the authentic moment. So there’s plenty of time yet before millenniumites need be rejoicing — or trembling at “the beginning of the end”, if that’s their chiliastic inclination.

And as we wait, perhaps we can find some quietly optimistic (and perverse) solace in these lines from Byron’s Marino Faliero:

But this day, black within the calendar,
Shall be succeeded by a bright millenium.

For all that, I trust your computers are going well.

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