David Cameron dug deep on Thursday to make his contribution to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The prime minister
Susan Boyle was joined by 80 choir singers On the other side of the border, Alesha Dixon and Pixie Lott spoke of the "absolute
Do not be fooled into thinking that just because you have a poppy pinned to your lapel it automatically makes you a better person; my bet is that the majority of poppy wearers do not spare a seconds thought for the armed forces outside of November.
The British way of remembrance is different to that of anywhere else. It is at once more high state ceremonial and yet more peculiar and intimate. There is nothing in the world to compare with the Festival of Remembrance, an event both regal and rococo which is extremely admirable and yet very odd. Held in the Royal Albert Hall with nearly the entire Royal Family in attendance, it is part church service, part military tattoo, and part entertainment.
Fifa received much criticism for its decision to uphold a ban on the England and Wales football teams wearing poppies during
David Cameron has condemned the ban on England's footballers wearing poppies on their kit as "outrageous". The Prime Minister
Fifa has banned the England football team from wearing poppies in honour of Remembrance Day during their friendly against
This weekend, I'm all about finding some key pieces that work the red and pink colour clash trend. This super-hot look shows no sign of slowing since it's recent Spring Summer 2011 catwalk revival, with designers including J Crew and Louise Gray having showed more of this eye popping colour contrast for Spring Summer 2012 too.
Wear your poppy with pride, yes - and I shall once more this year - but don't feel that little red paper flower gives you special dispensation to shame those who don't. That is not the brand of freedom our soldiers fought for.
It's impossible to know even a fraction of the personal stories, or the tales of individual acts of patriotism and valour that went on in those four horrendous years, and with the death of Harry Patch in 2009, the First World War has now all but passed out of living memory. But that doesn't mean that we can't be grateful for the collective, incalculable sacrifice that was made so that we've got freedom now.