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VATupdate Newsletter Week 25 2022

Last week, on 21 June 2022, it was the longest day of the year, also referred to as the summer solstice. It’s the first day of the summer, and the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year, in certain areas over 15 hours of daylight.

What flavour do you want your solar panel to be?

That’s nothing of course compared to the North Pole, where the sun is up for 6 months. The sun rises at the North Pole on the Spring Equinox, approximately March 21, and the sun rises higher in the sky with each advancing day, reaching a maximum height at the Summer Solstice. That’s why a colleague once said that he took ‘a vacation to the sun’ and showed his vacation pictures where he was only wearing warm cloths.

The sun is a constant source of energy. Every day, more people put solar panels up their roofs and start producing electricity. Quite a shock (pun intended) for the tax authorities. Because all these persons became at once taxable persons for VAT, for supplying electricity.

Whish is, of course, a useful thing, with the increasing amount of electric cars etc. But did you know that humans are not the only ones using electricity? Spiders can use electricity as well.

Spiders have no wings, but they can take to the air nonetheless. They’ll climb to an exposed point, raise their abdomens to the sky, extrude strands of silk, and float away. This behaviour is called ballooning. It might carry spiders away from predators and competitors, or toward new lands with abundant resources. And they do this by using the Earth’s electric field, launching themselves into the air.

Back to the solstice: in Sweden, people celebrate the summer solstice by eating the first strawberries of the season. We prefer strawberries with whipped cream and chocolate.

Have a great week!

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