Here's your quick Christmas quiz - what is wrong with
the sundial in the middle of the attached screengrab
from Instagram #sundial?
It's the famous equatorial dial near Tower Bridge in
The answer is that it's NOT actually the famous
equatorial in London by Wendy Taylor but a copy in
I regularly trawl through Instagram #sundial (https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/sundial/
looking for new dials we haven't recorded in the BSS
Register. Back in September I saw the dial as you see
it in the screen grab. "It's the dial by Tower Bridge",
I thought, "been there, seen that" but something about
the photo processing ("nice" HDR, ie not over-done to my
tastes) made me click through. "But hang on those
aren't the warehouses on the south side of the Thames
, they're skyscrapers, it's tagged Shanghai !" To see
the original posting click
, though I
originally saw it 3 hours after it was posted when there
were no comments.
I contacted Wendy Taylor via her website who
confirmed it wasn't an official copy. I managed
to find its location and she started to work
out what could be done about it.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year