Trying to begin

When the clock struck twelve on January 30th, 1994, Big Ben exploded into a pile of rubble.

What? You’re saying that didn’t happen? How do you know, were you there? I didn’t think so. Maybe if you let me finish I would be able to explain why you didn’t know this happened. Or maybe it’s a story.

Then why have a real date? Ever heard of alternate universes? What if this is one where Big Ben exploded? Didn’t think of that one, didja boy? You weren’t there.

I was. So shut up and listen if you want to hear this one.