Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Museum Feet

My appreciation of my hometown appears renewed this morning after a long weekend of guiding V's cuñada Sandra around some of the sights of London. Before heading off she told me that the Old Royal Observatory had been the highlight.

One little exhibit I came across up there this time amused me. In the early part of the nineteenth century the only way to synchronise your watch with Greenwich time was to actually turn up somewhere with a view up to the Observatory...until that is, a local family business came up with the very Solheim-like scheme of selling Greenwich time to City firms by delivering pre-set Arnold chronometers to their offices!

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