Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Out of sync with the sun… …and knackered by it (Spain)

“IN THE summer, Spaniards enjoy their long evenings, having a drink at a pavement terrazabefore dining at 10pm or later. Yet the evenings are far longer than they should be: by local clocks, the sun sets an hour and 20 minutes later in Madrid than in New York City, though both are on the same latitude. That is because Spain (except the Canary Islands) is in the wrong time zone. Madrid is on a similar line of longitude to Swansea in Wales. Its clocks are set to Central European Time, the same as Warsaw or Tirana, some 24 degrees or 2,000kms (1,200 miles) to the east.”

Read more @ http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21704816-and-knackered-it-out-sync-sun

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