From the Silent Secretary diary, excerpts from August:

August’s flower is the poppy, and the birthstone is the sardonyx. Signs of the zodiac are Leo, to the 23rd and Virgo.

Standard Time Differences

Standard time for the world is counted from Greenwich, England, through which runs the prime meridian. The International Date Line, established in 1884, is a line that lies in the Pacific Ocean 180° from Greenwich. This line is bent in several places to pass around groups of islands so they may have uniform standard time.