I distinctly remember an announcer on the CBC intoning gravely that after X number of years, “the sun has finally set on the English Empire.” I took him at his word. I think it was after the Hong Kong hand over.
I guess it turns out that thanks to a brilliant navigator (who was a despicable captain - or not) and his child molesting descendants it hasn’t yet.
Seems almost fitting that that is the last bastion of British global domination.
I must admit to being a bit saddened by the news. I rather liked having been around for the long-awaited sunset. It’s not often you get to hear the moment a couple of centuries worth of boast crumbles.
Thanks for the info folks
ETA - Despite how the post may sound I’m actually a massive fan of England and the whole of the Isles -except Wales, I distrust anyone who refuses to use vowels more than twice in a paragraph
Two points are enough if they’re antipodal, but even that’s not exactly a trivial task, much less so before the age of steam sailing. It’s only happened twice, Spain and the UK, and the sun set on the first about two hundred years ago. Seems a reasonable boast, at least as reasonable as boasts get.
Hm. I would have thought the US could have made the claim, too, but even including Guam, Maine, Alaska, and Little America doesn’t quite seem to do it. The Philippines gets us awfully close, though… Are there any rinkydink islands in the Atlantic owned by the US?
And I think all those are legitimate, because those territories are proper France and have full representation in the French legislative assembly, with the same status as Hawaii and Alaska. I think New Caledonia, Reunion and French Guiana alone are enough tu assure that the sun is always shiningn on one of them.
Au contraire! French citizens in Hawaii and Alaska are indeed represented in the French legislative assembly, as part of a specific constituency that includes those geographic regions. (Not just as the common practice of nationals living abroad getting to vote in their home-country’s elections.) Their current representative is this fella here.