One of the reasons I love southern England in the summer time is because the days are so long. At 5:16pm British time (12:16pm Eastern) today, the earth will reach its maximal inclination toward the sun, marking the day of the year with the longest period of daylight in the northern hemisphere.
(conversely, this is the day of the year with the least amount of daylight in the southern hemisphere…)
All over the world, and especially in Europe, today is celebrated with holidays, parades, and festivals to commemorate the earth’s renewal to a season that brings warmth, light, and growth.
It is no small irony that the ill fated Greek government is facing a vote of [no] confidence today, potentially representing a renewal itself. The vote is essentially a referendum on Prime Minister George Panandreou’s plans to implement severe austerity measures in a country that is literally running out of cash.