Monday, November 22, 2010

British Summer Time

I have had enough of this winter already, you get halfway through the afternoon and it starts to go dark. Lets have British Double Summer Time where we keep our clocks one hour ahead of GMT in the winter, so it never gets dark before five pm and two hours ahead in the Summer. (Who needs it to be getting light at 4 am?)

I thought this was a new idea but it was first tried for five years from 1940-1945 during World War Two and between 1968 and 1971 we tried staying on British Summer Time all year round.

I'm tempted to take unilateral action if the Government won't do it.


Fee said...

I can't make up my mind about the whole time change thing. We're still in November, and sunset today here in Edinburgh is 15:54pm, and sunrise tomorrow is 08:06am. I make that 8 hours of daylight (roughly), with 16 hours of darkness. With a month to go until the solstice, the knowledge that it'll get worse before it gets better hangs heavy, believe me.

Maybe we should arrange to tilt the world a few degrees - that might help.

Ben said...

Double summer time is the dumbest idea in the world.

If you want to get up an hour earlier all year round, just do it.

If you want to open up your business an hour earlier all year around, just do it.

If you want to open up your school an hour earlier all year around, just do it.

Some people, business, and schools DO.

What's more you will get an even bigger benefit because you will miss rush hour.

TonyF said...

Roll on spring.

Steve at the Pub said...

What is wrong with simply getting out of bed an hour earlier?

This business of changing the clock takes quite some getting used to. I was over Thirty years of age when I first encountered it. It is quite a shock, something that has been a constant in your life (the clock) is called into question. It is as if the sun one day sets in the east, and everybody around you acts as if this was normal & they knew it would happen.

Since that day I've never understood the urge to change clocks. Or why some parts of the world do it.

Daedalus said...

Yes yes yes!!! Double British Summer time would be absolutly fantastic.

I cannot understand why Ben thinks you get up earlier. DBS would mean the sun set hour later than it does in nomral BST so you would be getting up an hour later. We are on GMT at the moment, we would need two years to move to DBST or we could do it over a couple of weeks I suppose. Once on DBST just leave the clocks alone and never change them again.

Sandy Jamieson said...

It's not British Summer Time. Its Berlin Time