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WSG to the Pall Mall Gazette, Feb. 7, 1898, p. 3

WHERE DO THE DAYS BEGIN?

To the EDITOR of the PALL MALL GAZETTE.

Sir, – I see a controversy in one of your contemporaries on "Where do the days begin?"  Surely our days – that is to say, the days of all who date their longitude from Greenwich – begin on the meridian of 180 deg.  The only land on this meridian is the eastern fag-end of Siberia (which we need not consider) and the balmy isle of Fiji.  This favoured spot seems to present many residential advantages that have hitherto been overlooked.  In Fiji a man may stand with one leg in Sunday and the other in Monday at one and the same time.  He may walk decorously to church with his right leg while his left leg is dancing profane hornpipes.  If he cannot kick a bore into the middle of next week, he can easily project him a considerable distance in that direction.

Allow me to indicate to librettists the advantages of this meridian as a venue for light opera.  Personally, I have done with such matters.

  Yours faithfully,
    W.S. GILBERT.
February 3.


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