Salty Sam’s Fun Blog for Children

Number 75



Hello Everyone



Every morning, l get up and look out of the window to see what the weather is like.


Even when it is not sunny there is daylight because the sun is shining behind the clouds.


ln fact, at any one time the sun is always rising or setting somewhere in the world. This is because only just over half the planet is in sunlight at any one time and the world is always turning.


When it is breakfast time in New York it is lunch time in London, tea time in Moscow, dinner time in China, bed time in Tokyo, Japan and in Wellington in New Zealand most people are asleep.


ln very large countries there are many time zones reaching across from east to west.


Mexico seems quite narrow on a world atlas but it stretches across three time zones.


There are six time zones in the United States and nine if you count its territories.


There are nine across Russia!


The east coast of Britain is about thirty minutes ahead of the west coast.


lf you flew in a supersonic jet from London to New York, the flight would take only three hours. But because there is a time difference of 5 hours, you would actually arrive two hours before you took off!


Another strange fact is, that in the Middle Ages an hour in the summer was longer than in the winter because the time between sunrise and sunset was divided into twelve equal ‘hours’.


There were different times in different parts of the country as well.


Luckily, everything was brought into line when the railway network was built.


The railway timetables would not have worked unless everyone’s clock showed the same time – so ‘railway time’ was brought in. lt is hard to imagine now, that different parts of the country would have different times. lf it were true today, you would probably miss your favourite television shows!


Nowadays, we have clocks so accurate that they lose no more than one second in over three and a half billion years!


Now it is time for me to go! smile1 (2) 


See you next time…



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Love and kisses



Salty Sam




Bill and Bob’s Joke of the Weekjokejoke


Bill: What do you get if you cross an Alsatian with a clock?


Bob: l don’t know. What do you get if you cross an Alsatian with a clock?


Bill: A watchdog!



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Picture Gallery


A steam train


image009 Concorde flew at 1,334 mph


image011 Time zones


image013 The Prime Meridian Line runs through Greenwich

Greenwich can be reached by riverboat from Westminster or rail


image015 The Old Royal Naval College is free to enter – the chapel is on the left and the painted hall is on the right – this is a model


image017 The Painted Hall is breathtaking


image019 Greenwich has naval connections going back hundreds of years


image021 There are references to Greenwich’s maritime history everywhere – can you spot the anchors and tridents on this lamp?


image023 Greenwich Park on a very hot day


image025 The Royal Observatory is on a hill


There is a good view across the London skyline from the hill


image029 This picture identifies the buildings for you 


image031 Flamsteed House by the Meridian Courtyard was the original Observatory building in Greenwich

The time ball on the roof of drops at precisely 1pm


image033 The Great Equatorial Telescope


image035 The line which divides east from west


image037 The Prime Meridian Line


image039 This metal strip along the ground marks the Prime Meridian of the World


image043 Longitude 0° is marked in the Meridian Courtyard


image045 You can stand with one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one foot in the western hemisphere


image047 The Prime Meridian Courtyard


image049 The garden


image051 The Bradley Meridian was the first British National Meridian set in the 18th century

In 1850 the line was recalculated and moved 19 feet east to its present location


image053 Sun dials are the oldest devices known for telling the time

This sun dial was made in 1968


image055 Greenwich Noon Dial 2012

Meridies Media noon mark mean time sundial


image057 The Royal Observatory at Greenwich is at the top of a steep hill


image059 You don’t see too many 24 hour clocks


image061 A tall clock in the street in Greenwich near the railway station








Bill and Bob told me the other day that their mother had a time machine in their kitchen. I was very interested to hear about it. They said that she put dirty clothes into it, and a bit later on the clothes came out at a time before they were dirty!

I asked them if they really meant the washing machine. smile1 (2) 


But anyway, Bill, Bob and Henry were making a list of useless inventions this week to amuse themselves. They thought you would like to read their list.



Henry going round to Bill and Bob’s house


 Here are some of them…


A chocolate teapot

An ash tray for a motorbike

A solar-powered torch

Blunt arrows

Green golf balls

Non-stick glue

Rubber nails

A glass hammer

Black light bulbs

A mirror for ghosts


Do you know anymore?





And talking of ghosts, Halloween is just over three months away, so you might like to start knitting a witch’s outfit for your knitted doll. If you haven’t made this knitted doll and you would like to, refer back to posts 21 and 22 for the pattern.

If you start knitting now, you should be finished in time for the end of October.



Using 4mm knitting needles and black dk yarn cast on 24 stitches 

Knit 14 rows of garter stitch

Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning of each row (by knitting the first 2 stitches together) until 2 stitches are left

Knit the last 2 stitches together



Sew up sides using over-sew stitch wrong sides together



Using 4mm knitting needles and black dk yarn cast on 24 stitches


Knit 80 rows of garter stitch

Cast off



Using 4mm knitting needles and black dk yarn cast on 12 stitches

Knit 80 rows of garter stitch

Cast off



Sew 2cm/1 inch along shoulders using over-sew stitch wrong sides together


Sew 10cm/8 inches up sides and front using over-sew stitch wrong sides together


Crochet 110 chains into a length of black yarn to make a belt to tie around the dress













Recipe Spot


Have you ever invented a fantastic milkshake?

Here are some of Bill and Bob’s favourites – just whip everything up together in a blender:



One banana

A scoop of vanilla ice cream

A squirt of honey

Top up with milk

(You could also add a toffee yoghurt or a hazelnut yoghurt or blue berries)



A hand-full of strawberries

A scoop of strawberry ice cream

A squirt of honey

Top up with milk

(You could also add a spoonful of wheat germ)



A rhubarb yoghurt / or a lemon yoghurt

A scoop of vanilla ice cream

A sprinkle of ground ginger

A sprinkle of nutmeg

Top up with milk


What’s your favourite milkshake or smoothie?









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lt’s the Weekend!



Do you know when the following were invented???


  1. food can
  2. can opener
  3. television
  4. film camera
  5. e-mail
  6. fridge
  7. electric torch
  8. electric light-bulb
  9. quartz clock
  10. cuckoo clock
  11. vacuum flask
  12. toothbrush


Answers next week…




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It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.

Use of the toys and projects is at your own risk.

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