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A day for Miss Achelis: how leap years remind us that rules can always be broken

Every four years, February 29th reminds us that human time is arbitrary. So why not change it? Or at least have a drink...

By Ella Risbridger  

What else is there to do on an imaginary day but have a drink?

Take one part Grand Marnier, one part vermouth, four parts gin and half a part of lemon juice (reserving the peel for the twist); stir over ice; strain; garnish; serve. Or drink. Let’s say drink. Why not? Why waste time?

It’s Wednesday 29th February, 1928, and in the London Savoy everyone is dancing and drinking the new cocktail “responsible for more marriage proposals than any other cocktail ever mixed.” At the same time, three thousand…

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