No we lose an hour of usable daylight. It will be dark an hour earlier when we will all be out and about but it will be a light an hour earlier when hardly any of us will be out and aboutChadwick wrote:Save that line till the spring. We gain an hour in the autumn.kevinchess1 wrote:Well I'm NOT changing me clocks
It's daylight robbery
You can see it like that... but...blythburgh wrote:No we lose an hour of usable daylight. It will be dark an hour earlier when we will all be out and about but it will be a light an hour earlier when hardly any of us will be out and about.
Time is a political construct too....... with the UK leaving the EU, many in Portugal asked how long they could resist calls to change their timezone to CET (GMT+1) - although many pointed out that Ireland seemed unlikely to change its timezone any time soon....Chadwick wrote:France, Spain and Benelux should technically all be on GMT as well, but they changed to GMT+1 when the Germans invaded in WW2 (Berlin time). They've never switched back. Gibraltar joined them after the war. They don't seem to have suffered as a consequence of the time change. Portugal has switched between GMT and GMT+1 (currently on GMT).
There was an experiment in the late 60s when we didn't switch back to GMT in the autumn and stayed on GMT+1 for a few years. I think it produced results similar to what you state (fewer accidents in the winter evenings, more in the winter mornings, fewer overall). The main opposition came from Scotland where in the north it didn't get light until 10am. Lots of talk about children walking to school in the dark.
I remember when it was different days in mainland Europe and the UK, and for a couple of weeks each year you had no idea what the time was abroad. But then the evil anti-UK EU made everyone do it the UK way.macliam wrote: even the clocks change on the same day.
At the other end of the scale, they don't have summer time clock changes in Iceland and other northern countries because an extra hour of sunlight in the evening when you have all day "midnight sun" is kind of pointless.macliam wrote:However, there are impacts other than timezones. In Portugal there is less variance between the length of daylight in Winter and Summer, because it is closer to the equator. Equally, because it is artificially entrenched in GMT, dawn and dusk are both usually later than in the UK. It makes keeping you watch right easier, but boy does it mess with your head!
Well spotted - but you should realise (although you are totally and technically correct) there is a strange sense of humour on this talkshop so the owner of this thread would no doubt say he is right/write as well...!ukrussian wrote:Now BSE = bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad cow disease) what ended on Sunday was BST and we have gone back the GMT.
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