A Continental Twitching First

To: "'Paul Taylor'" <>, "'Birding-Aus'" <>
Subject: A Continental Twitching First
From: "Mike Simpson" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 16:18:01 +1000
>You're quite correct, the eastern and western hemispheres are divided 
>by the Prime Meridian (0 degrees longitude):

Although of course this is technically correct, in everyday use, the Western
Hemisphere is considered to be the Americas. Even the Oxford English
Dictionary gives 'Eastern Hemisphere - Europe, Asia, Africa - Western -

Certainly when I lived in the UK, no one would have considered parts of
England/Scotland and all of Wales/Ireland to be in the Western Hemisphere.

Regards - Mike Simpson, Penrith, NSW

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