A bitterly cold day but bright sunshine. And rather lurid colours again! Some delightful children in maroon blazers paid me compliments. And tourists took pictures of themselves astride the Prime Meridian.
The red ball (the Time Ball) on the top of Flamsteed House is lowered at exactly 1.00 pm each day so that mariners on the Thames can set their ships’ clocks. This has happened every day since 1833. However, it was stuck in the down position on the day I visited. One of the staff said “If the ball was modern, then we’d just hit it with a hammer to free it, but it’s old, you see.”