Friday 30 December 2011

There's a place, Samoa, a time and place, Samoa

Today, the islands of Samoa and Tokelau missed out an entire day when they moved  the international dateline from the West of the island group to the East. At midnight local time on 29th December 2011, Samoa and Tokelau fast forwarded to 31st December, missing out Friday entirely, bringing them into the same time zone as their major trading partners Australia and New Zealand.

Barnaby grieves for all the Samoans who lost a day of their lives, especially those whose birthdays fell on 30th December and woke to find themselves a year older but with no presents or parties this year. Bummer!

It must have been equally galling to those Samoans who normally get paid on a Friday.

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