Everyone loves a countdown - the excitement!
Advent calendars are an all time favourite countdown, not only for the 'hidden' chocs but the gifts that are, hopefully, shared when the last tag is removed and the oft used '40 days' countdown certainly has a ring to it.
Naturally every event has many many countdowns, Rhodes as well.
For those who grew up during the 'space race' there is nothing to match the tense countdowns centred on Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Centre during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programmes. *
Our '100 days to go' is quite limp compared to the drama of those faceless, steady and unhurried countdowns - the almost hushed tones "....Twelve, 11, 10, 9, ignition sequence starts......6, 5, 4......3.....2, 1, zero, all engines running, LIFT-OFF!"
100 days ....
* History buffs will know that Cape Canaveral was renamed Cape Kennedy from 1963-1973 before reverting back to Cape Canaveral.
To see the actual Apollo 11 countdown transcript go here.