Time is Money

When I was growing up (many years ago), there used to be a saying: “If you want to know the time, ask a policeman”. Presumably it started when most people did not carry around timepieces of their own, whereas policemen were issued with them as standard equipment.

These days, it would seem, that London’s policemen consult a higher authority: the “Speaking Clock”.

Guess how much they spent ringing the Speaking Clock for the time in the past two years?

Just a staggering £35,000. The mind boggles. Particularly when they could have got the time, for free, from their mobile phones to atomic clock accuracy…

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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One Response to Time is Money

  1. Matt Healy says:

    There are also websites run by various government agencies and standards bodies that give the official time. The US government runs http://www.time.gov which gives the time for US time zones, the BIPM in France gives the time at http://www.bipm.org and many other agencies have similar services.

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