Sunday, July 29, 2007

Where time begins...


Spent our Sat at Greenwich (pronounced as Gren-itch), where it is globally accepted as where time begins. The main attraction of the place, after Cutty Sark, which was burnt down in a suspected arson not so long ago, is of course the Royal Observatory. The original plan was to spend an hour there so that we can pop by the Naval Academy, Queen's House and perhaps O2. But we were so entralled by the exhibits and the historical significance of the Observatory that we managed to stumbled out only after 4 hours... omg.

Anyway, other than the Meridian Line, which seperates from the East-West time zones, the red ball on the roof of the Observatory is the most noticable feature of the attraction. Every day, for the last 200 plus years, the ball will rise up at 12.55pm and will drop down at 1pm sharp. As the Observatory sits prettily on top of a knoll overlooking the Thames, sailors on the ships will adjust their clock accordingly when the red ball drops.

Thus if the sailor missed the dropping of the red ball for one reason or another, he is accused of "not being on the ball".... get it? Amazing...

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1 comments:

London Soon said...

We went at night and saw the lazer beam indicating the Meridian line....