We are taking a break from publishing Dials of the Month and instead plan a new, occasional feature describing members’ dials. Thanks to Julian Lush for providing the first example, which he made astonishingly quickly!
In the build=up to the 2016 conference, Mike was interviewed on Radio Merseyside. Listen to his interview below: in about 5 minutes he covers the gnomonics, time-keeping, digital dials, the Society and much else. It’s too late now for this year’s conference but this is a great introduction to why sundials are so addictive.
With the 2016 Conference of the Society well under way at Liverpool, members of the Society constructed an analemmatic dial using one of Sir Anthony Gormley’s life-size sculptures on Crosby beech. Accurately laid out to tell the time year round, sadly the sun didn’t shine and the tide ensure it has a limited life!
UPDATE DEC 2016
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This horizontal sundial in the southern hemisphere is by James A. Stegenga. It is located on the plaza in front of the jury room beside the City Courthouse in Marataízes which is about two degrees north of the Tropic of Capricorn and about 300 miles north-east of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The dial plate is in the shape of Brazil and the design incorporates 13 green nail heads marking the locations of 13 cities in Brazil. It was constructed over the period April to November 2015.
Frank King writes “You will, off course, instantly appreciate why I am sending Leap-Year-Day Greetings today, 24 February.”
Readers who need their memories refreshed are referred to the following extract from Frank’s article entitled “Mind the Gap…” in the December 2011 Bulletin.
When is Leap-Year Day?
Sometime after the Paternoster Square noon mark was completed, I received an unexpected e-mail suggesting that 29 February was the wrong date to choose for the thin strip and that the correct date of the intercalary day is 24 February. To quote from the message:
As far as I know nobody, at least in this country, has formally moved it from day 55 in the year (starting January 1st). In any case, who would have authority to do so?
This message could not be lightly dismissed. It was from John Chambers, former Head of the UK Time Service at the National Physical Laboratory, whose responsibilities included overseeing the broadcast of the Greenwich Time Signal. Some explanation is necessary!