My idea starts with a re-arrangement of our current method of marking
the passage of time by making each week ten days long.

For convenience I have re-named the days:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Oohday, Aaahday, and Daveday though obviously the names for the three new days would bear a little discussion.

The benefits of this new system, while perhaps not immediately apparent, will be far reaching with a number of knock -on benefits both to society and the individual:

With this new ten day week, every job in the country can have two people who do it, one from Sunday to Thursday and the other from Friday to Daveday. Five days on. Five days off.

This will benefit GNP, as there will be no weekend lull in trading, and our country's economic growth will boom.

This will also benefit the individuals involved, as they will have more leisure time within which to relax and spend time with their families or loved ones.

This will affect binge drinking habits, as people won't rush out on Friday night anymore, desperately trying to
get as pissed as possible because they only have saturday and sunday to recover before work on monday (under the old system). They will be able to take their time and get more slowly inebriated over five days, in a
more refined and European fashion.

Of course, the concept of the ten day week can be expanded to tidy up the rest of the system too. As
you know, our year is 365 and a quarter days long. With the ten day week system in place, we can have 12 equally-sized 30-day months.

This will preclude the need to remember that awful non-rhyme at school: '30 days has september, april, June and november. all the rest have 31 except february which has 28 sometimes 29' . This is a terrible rhyme and has no place in a forward-thinking society.

I can almost hear you thinking: 'But that only adds up to 360 days.' Well, the remaining five days can be a special time of year, let's call it Unspecific Non-Denominational Inclusive Season of Festivity (UNDISOF), which the whole world takes off at the same time, at which point you get to meet all the people who normally work when you are off. Added bonus: UNDISOF will be one day longer every four years.

In all, this system caters for the State, the Individual, Children, Family Values, Brotherly Love, Neat Mathematics, Full employment, a decent festive season, and finally and perhaps most importantly, the system
accommodates the possibility of having a day called Daveday.

Join me, and let's have a ten-day-week future

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Comment by Chris Thompson on March 22, 2010 at 0:07
No progress on draft. Did however see Mark Thomas's book. Also see http://www.thepeoplesmanifesto.co.uk/.

Do you think we should try and contact him for input/advice?
Comment by Chris Thompson on March 16, 2010 at 10:10
Love it - will start a draft in down time!
Comment by Davos on March 16, 2010 at 0:08
Yeah, writing to the company boards is a great idea, if only for the comedy value of their responses. I'm sure many will require persistent and repetitive requests before giving us an official response, and I can't wait to see what they have to say. ANd respond in kind to that. This kind of coreespondence jousting is always fun. I cite Mark Thomas and the guy who sent a picture of a spider instead of a bill as great examples. Get on it.

As for the shirt, I've done some prior work for a couple of internet companies, designing T shirts for their blog sites and the like, and I used http://www.zazzle.com

I'm loving your energy on this one Chris - I never thought this idea would seriously impinge on the real world, as I never would have thought of actually contacting anyone about it. Let's do it.

I have begun picking holes in my idea already, in anticipation of what the responses might be to our communication - I'll post them when I've thought them through. It's also occurred to me that if we are going to address the boards of these various companies, we should also poll members of parliament individually, not asking them to commit to anything, merely asking their opinion on the feasibility of the idea, and whether they would theoretically support it, should it gain enough ground with the voting public. I think our goal here is to farm responses, and engage in dialogue as much as possible with the people on our yet to be created list.
Comment by Chris Thompson on March 15, 2010 at 23:45
Nice, is this from one of those print on demand services or somethiing you pasted together? What do think of the writing to the company boards plan - two comments below the shirt?
Comment by Davos on March 15, 2010 at 19:45

Comment by Chris Thompson on March 15, 2010 at 17:03
We should do Ten-Day Week T-shirts!
Comment by Chris Thompson on March 15, 2010 at 17:02
So maybe we cold make a book/blog/site/community/film(!?) form writing to the various boards of these companies suggesting they adopt the Ten-Day-Week and requesting the right to publish their responses (need to check legal position on this). At the least it would make for an amusing read and who knows after that. What do you think? I guess the starting point be drafting the letter!
Comment by Davos on March 12, 2010 at 23:48
No drugs, man. We're high on hope.

:)
Comment by Harvey scriven on March 12, 2010 at 23:10
are you all on another planet? what drugs are you all on? where can we buy them? as long as they are all holidays days, I don't care what you call them!
Comment by Davos on March 11, 2010 at 23:53
So I had a look at this: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/global500/2009/full_list/ which is a list of the largest companies on the planet. Going for maximum yield, obviously we'd have to get the support of the two largest, giving us:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Royaldutchday, Exxonday, and Daveday

Royaldutchday sounds good to me, with overtones of enjoyable sleaze. Exxonday, however, sounds like a disaster.

And besides, they may not go for it, and we'd be forced further down the list. Taking all possibilities into account, my instinctive favourites, for reasons poetic rather than businesslike, are:

Sonyday (number 81 on the list) - because everyone likes a Sony Day, when the son shines

and

Totalday (number 6 on the list) - so often, my day is only a fraction of the day it could be. This is a great reminder to have at least one Total Day in every ten.

ANother approach would be simple bribery. If the most powerful head of state on the planet were to be tempted to have a day named in his honour, in all perpetuity, and were to buy in to the idea, the rest of the world will quickly follow suit, in the same way that MacDonalds spread across the planet like a meaty rash in the eighties. So here's to Obamaday. And Putinday. Or Silvioday.

The days could even be bartered off - not sold, but licensed for specified time periods, in the same way that advertising space is sold - this would gather much needed funds for the lobby, and for our as-yet nonexistent organisation.

As for the positioning of UNDISOF, i believe that question might best be answered by unilateral world polling, which could be added as a final paragraph to the next world census, at very little extra cost to the census than it already incurs. I'm all for fairness, and if it comes cheaply on the back of something we are already paying for, all well and good.

What do you think?

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