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    Re: The time zone of Greenwich
    From: John Brown
    Date: 2011 Oct 30, 12:36 -0700

    Hello Frank

    As a non-Scot Living in Scotland, I am aware of a certain amount of heat generated by this proposal, which originates in the south of England and is thus deeply suspect hereabouts. None of the arguments, either for or against, seem to me to carry much weight. For those who believe fervently in devolved government there are also apparently serious suggestions that we have different time zones within the UK. As I have long understood that the the land area of the UK is one seventh that of Texas and with a population of 60 million, this seems to be a non-starter. It does bring us back to the beginning of standard time in this country. Before the advent of the steam engine, rail travel and timetables, every town, village and hamlet in this country kept its own local time, with no apparent ill effects on farmers' health, road safety or livestock.

    Hello Gary

    I was interested to follow your link to the time zone map of the world, where I saw an example of westerly zones being named negative. I did post a follow up to my original query and the reasons for it a few days ago, but it disappeared into the ether. Maybe this one will get through.
    Anyway, thanks to all who responded.

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