By the time you read this (in most cases), another one of these unifying events will have taken place. It’s a project called Work 1197 – All the Bells. At exactly 8:12, BST, Big Ben will start ringing, followed by bells all over the UK in celebration of the arrival of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Each church will ring bells. Each town and village will ring bells. All of the bells in the country will be rung as loudly and as quickly as possible for three minutes. It’s a piece of performance art by Turner Prize-winning artist, Martin Creed. It’s a piece of classic British celebration. Everyone takes part, everyone joins in. I have my alarm set for 3:12 EST to ring a little silver bell.