Whilst wending my way by Busway on Sunday with Our Kid, I found myself standing next to an Air Force cadet training to be a pilot and wearing a rather smart chronometer. I checked the time on my watch and noticed that my fellow straphanger had a different time. I know that my watch, unlike me, is always on time because I regularly synchronise it with my Atomic Clock Sync. So I mentioned to the cadet that he was either very early or very late.
He then told me this little known fact – the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) keep Greenwich Mean Time.
I was born and raised along the Greenwich Meridian*, give or take a mile, so I am inordinately pleased with this new bit of information. But can anyone answer the key question – why?
* Read Diamond Geezer for loads of info about the line where East meets West. Or separates, depending on where you’re standing.