Art Culture > Christmas 2012 > The End is nigh Date posted: December 20, 2012

The End is nigh

The gig is up. It’s time to check out. How would you see in the End of the World?

According to some the world is going to end tomorrow. You know, the Mayan calendar, which was so accurate in detailed predictions of astral phenomena mysteriously, comes to an end on the 21st December 2012. To some that means the end of the world, but to most it means the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new era. Like the Age of Aquarius or something, anyway, new beginnings are great, that’s reason to celebrate. The end of the world, is not great, it’s a drag, but that’s also reason to celebrate.

So whether you go in for obscure 16th century astrological predictions or not, it’s a great excuse to organise a celebration with friends, family, loved ones, or even just with yourself. We got thinking about the end of the world and if it was imminent, how would you pass the time? We asked our Swide editors to share how they would meet the end of days.

Valentina Zannoni, Lifestyle Editor

There are plenty of things that I would like to do before the end of the world, many of which I won’t write down as I don’t want to be persecuted by Interpol, in case the world does in fact not end. I guess I would start by probably eating to my heart’s desire everything I want, pasta and Chinese: breakfast, lunch and dinner, or possibly all day long. I would have some words with people who deserve to know exactly what I think of them, get things off my chest so to speak, and definitely stop coming into work. With the free time from work I’d head to Paris and appropriate myself of some one off couture pieces, and just wear them. I would also go to Graff and literally just cover myself in big yellow diamonds. A dream of mine would be to break into Milanello during a training session and have a kick about with the AC Milan team, possibly wearing my recently acquired finery. I think that clad in couture, with a full stomach and resolved personal business, I would be ready to witness the apocalypse.


Hugo Mc Cafferty, Sports Editor

If the world were about to end, I’d have to spend as much time as possible in my favourite place – the pub, and not just any pub, my local in Dublin. I’ve always wanted to go into space, so I would have to transport the pub, with guests, on board a purpose built space station. There would be, of course, the world’s only Michelin five-starred restaurant open 24-7 to serve an array of delicious meals and the finest wines known to humanity. Cirque du Soleil would provide entertainment, along with a team of Chimpanzees, dressed as Victorian gentlemen who would mingle with the crowd while handing out Cuban cigars. That said, this is just a fantasy, if the world really did go belly up (like the zombie apocalypse) I’d probably go looting and stock pile as much weapons, batteries, food, water, fuel and gold as possible. Actually, that’s what I’m going to do now.


Ben Taylor, Art and Culture Editor

If the world is to end this December 21st and I had the opportunity to do whatever I wanted, I think I know exactly what I would do. First of all, my serious dream would be to work with David Attenborough on the latest edition of the Life series that he’s be wowing the world with for decades. This is because I would love to thank him personally for all the natural wonder that he and his team have brought to our screens. That and to have the chance to work with him… I’ve no words to express how that would feel.

However, if I was to do something that I’ve always just fancied doing on a whim, it would be a cross between what Bill Murray does in the classic film ‘Groundhog Day‘ and what the ladies get up to in ‘Thelma and Louise’, just without the killing and guns. I’ve always wanted to run amok without the responsibility of consequence… some people do this on a daily basis, regardless of the world ending or not, and I would like to know how it feels, whether for better or worse. And I like to say to Madonna ‘just put it away love’…


Elisa della Barba, Food&Travel Editor

I’d spend almost all of my bank account in two lighting-speed trips: one to Botswana and one to Southern India. What’s left (probably nothing at all) would be spent on December 21st to pay for all my family members for a dinner (and a trip to Spain) at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona. The menu would be: Pata negra bellota, Beluga Sturgeon Caviar, Tagliolini with white truffle, Aubergene Parmigiana (my favorite dish), saffron risotto with porcini mushroom and Kobe fillet. We would wait for the end of the world in Barcelona, as my heart would not bear the pain of seeing my city and my house crushing down, possibly at the Ohla Hotel, where we would have installed the Proserpina Rupture’s original (by Bernini), Goya’s masterpieces, and the “Vocazione di San Matteo” original by Caravaggio (now in Rome in San Luigi dei Francesi Church in Rome).

Yuri Ahn, Fashion Editor

For the end of the world I would like to be on a beautiful beach under the sun, surrounded by my family.

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