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Post  candyfloss on Sat 29 Oct 2016, 10:40 pm




Don't forget to put those clocks back tonight folks, else you may be arrive at church an hour early! Laughing





What time do the clocks go back in the UK tonight – and why do we have Daylight Saving Time?

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29 October 2016 • 9:28pm  

It's that time of year again, when we all struggle to remember if the clocks go forward or back.  So here's everything you need to know about the autumn time change so that you don't accidentally arrive at work an hour early. 

When do the clocks go back?





This weekend! On Sunday, October 30 at 2am, the UK will revert to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by going back one hour, to 1am. This marks the official end of British summertime. A clever way to remember the hour-change rule is "Spring forward, Fall back". Easy!

Will I get a lie in?





Yes. Relish those extra 60 minutes in bed. The mornings will also be lighter, however the evenings will be darker.
(However, despite the prevalence of smartphones and other devices which alter the time for you automatically, there will always be one person you know who didn't get the memo.)

How dark does the UK get in winter?





In the UK, the maximum 16 hours and 50 minutes of sunlight - on the longest day in June (the summer solstice) - dwindles to just seven hours and 40 minutes six months later in December (the winter solstice).

When will the infernal darkness end..?





We won't see lighter nights again until March 26th 2017, when the clocks will wind forward again at 1am, and British Summer Time begins. 


Hibernation for the nation?





October 30 is the day Britons go into "hibernation" mode, according to a new study. Researchers have discovered almost half of us (42 per cent) will batten down the hatches for the winter as the nights draw in.
Stocking up on new winter socks (31 per cent), slippers (21 per cent) and woolly jumpers (29 per cent) – is all part of the human hibernation process, according to the study.

A further 33 per cent said they start preparing for winter by doing a “winter food shop”, with more than one in ten (12 per cent) saying October 30 is the day they stock up on wine and beer to get them through the winter months.
The study of almost 2,000 Britons commissioned by a home furnishing retailer revealed the average adult only ventures out socially once a week in the winter months.
And they only expect to see around three-and-a-half hours of daylight on weekdays, but slightly more at the weekend (3hrs 45mins).
Despite the fact 40 per cent of people said today is when the “winter blues” officially kick in, one in three (36 per cent) of those who took part in the survey said they didn’t mind the colder months.

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Daylight Saving: Whose idea was it?

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A man called William Willett introduced the idea of British Summer Time, also known as Daylight Saving Time, in 1907. He wanted to prevent people from wasting valuable hours of light during summer mornings.
He published a pamphlet called 'The Waste of Daylight' in a bid to get people out of bed earlier by changing the nation’s clocks.
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William Willett laid out a serious proposition for the daylight saving scheme 
Willett proposed that the clocks should be advanced by 80 minutes in four incremental steps during April and reversed the same way during September.
Willett then spent the rest of his life trying to convince people his scheme was a good one. Sadly, he died of the flu in 1915 at the age of 58; a year before Germany adopted his clock-changing plan on April 30, 1916 when the clocks were put forward at 11pm.
Britain followed suit a month later on May 21.

By then Britain and Germany had been fighting each other in the First World War (1914-18), and a system that could take pressure off the economy was worth trying.
The Summer Time Act of 1916 was quickly passed by Parliament and the first day of British Summer Time, 21 May 1916, was widely reported in the press.
Back then the hands on many of the clocks could not be turned back without breaking the mechanism.
Instead, owners had to put the clock forward by 11 hours when Summer Time came to an end on October 1 2016.
The Home Office put out special posters telling people how to reset their clocks to GMT, and national newspapers also gave advice.

What's the reason for turning the clocks back?





Supporters for the proposal argued that such a scheme could reduce domestic coal consumption and increase the supplies available for manufacturing and the war effort during the First World War.
The idea was not a new one, however. In 1895 an entomologist (or insect expert) in New Zealand, George Vernon Hudson, came up with the
Willett, who died at his home near near Bromley in Kent,  is commemorated for his efforts by a memorial sundial in nearby Petts Wood, set permanently to Daylight Saving Time.
The Daylight Inn in Petts Wood is named in his honour and there's a road there called Willett Way.


Has the time difference always been one hour?





Today clocks are almost always set one hour back or ahead, but throughout history there have been several variations, like half adjustment (30 minutes) or double adjustment (two hours), and adjustments of 20 and 40 minutes have also been used. A two-hour adjustment was used in several countries during the 1940s and elsewhere at times.
A half adjustment was sometimes used in New Zealand in the first half of the 20th century. Australia's Lord Howe Island (UTC+10:30) follows a DST schedule in which clocks are moved 30 minutes forward to UTC+11, which is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) during DST.

In 1940 during the Second World War, the clocks in Britain were not put back by an hour at the end of Summer Time. In subsequent years, clocks continued to be advanced by one hour each spring and put back by an hour each autumn until July 1945. During these summers, therefore, Britain was two hours ahead of GMT and operating on British Double Summer Time (BDST).
The clocks were brought back in line with GMT at the end of summer in 1945. In 1947, due to severe fuel shortages, clocks were advanced by one hour on two occasions during the spring, and put back by one hour on two occasions during the autumn, meaning that Britain was back on BDST during that summer.

Why we should ditch Daylight Saving Time





Those against the change say its not clear if any energy savings are made while there are also potential health risks.
Critics claim that the darker mornings are dangerous for children walking to school and the energy saving argument may be invalid if people switch on fans and air-conditioning units during the lighter, warmer evenings. (But this is unlikely to bother people in the UK.)
In 2011, Tory MP Rebecca Harris floated a bill calling for year-round daylight savings but it failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session and was dropped.

A YouGov poll that same year found that 53pc of Britons supported moving clocks forward an hour permanently while 32pc opposed the change. The proposals were met less warmly by the Scottish population; Alex Salmond called the campaign an attempt to “plunge Scotland into morning darkness" and his SNP colleague MP Angus MacNeil said any change would have "massive implications for the safety and wellbeing of everyone living north of Manchester".
"It is no secret that Tories in the south want to leave Scotland in darkness, but fixing the clocks to British summertime would mean that dawn wouldn't break in Scotland until nearly 9am," he said.
He had a point. Following a 1968 to 1971 trial, when BST was employed all year round northern Scotland saw a net increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured.
The sun wouldn’t rise fully until 10am in parts of Scotland and the country’s 1,000-or-so dairy farmers, who wake up before 5am, would have to work for hours in the dark. Other farmers and construction workers, who need sunlight to perform their jobs, would end up having to work later into the evening.
Some folks keen to reach a compromise have suggested the clocks change at Hadrian's Wall and not at Calais.
Philip Broom writing on the National Farmer's Union website in 2011 said: "A definite no. Combining will not start until midday and then have to go on until 11 o’clock. Our day is long enough now."
'A Thomas', also writing on the NFU site, was worried that "younger people having loud parties or barbecues in gardens and youths hanging around on streets would make it a nightmare for people getting up for work early mornings."

Why we should keep Daylight Saving Time





There have been various trials over the decades from double summer time (GMT + 2 hours) during the Second World War to permanent British Summer Time (GMT + 1 hour) during the late 1960s but the current system of changing the clocks at the end of March and October has been in place since 1972.

Those in favour say that it would reduce traffic accidents, save energy, boost tourism and encourage more people to exercise outdoors. In the 1980s, the golf industry estimated that one extra month of daylight savings could generate up to $400 million (£246.6 million) a year in extra sales and fees.
Daylight Savings Time “affects everything from terrorism to the attendance at London music halls, voter turnout to street crime, gardening to the profits of radio stations,” said David Prerau, author of Saving the Daylight: Why We Put the Clocks Forward.
This debate stretches years into the past, and the future of British time is still unclear.



More here, on this link (got fed up of copying and pasting)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/when-do-the-clocks-go-back-in-the-uk---and-why-do-we-have-daylig/

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Re: Don't forget!

Post  Andrew on Sat 29 Oct 2016, 10:51 pm

Does that mean I get an extra hour to rabbit on, on MMM then... Very Happy

Totally forgot about the clock business, even though it was brought up in conversation earlier with someone.

Never knew that about the 2am official time though.
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Post  dogs don't lie on Sat 29 Oct 2016, 11:12 pm

Shit I forgot! Thanks candyfloss!

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Post  Andrew on Sat 29 Oct 2016, 11:31 pm

No need for bad language like that, DDL.. Very Happy

Not seen you on here for a while. Hope you're well.
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Post  dogs don't lie on Sat 29 Oct 2016, 11:49 pm

Andrew wrote:No need for bad language like that, DDL.. Very Happy

Not seen you on here for a while. Hope you're well.

Still here everyday, too hard not to visit my extended family!

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Post  Andrew on Sun 30 Oct 2016, 12:01 am

dogs don't lie wrote:
Andrew wrote:No need for bad language like that, DDL.. Very Happy

Not seen you on here for a while. Hope you're well.

Still here everyday, too hard not to visit my extended family!

Will give you a sunshine sunny

Although it's nighttime Sleep
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Post  Freedom on Sun 30 Oct 2016, 7:51 am

I have two radio-controlled clocks which adjust themselves automatically and a watch which has to be done manually.

Neither of the clocks managed to do so on this occasion but somehow the watch did; I have absolutely no recollection of adjusting it, I was going to leave it until this morning!

On one of my regular trips to the bathroom (those of a certain age will understand!) I noticed that one of the radio-controlled clocks said it was 4. I assumed that it had gone back - so it would have been 5 otherwise - which puzzled me as my unadjusted watch said 3.

It turns out that the watch was right but I still don't know how.

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Post  dogs don't lie on Sun 30 Oct 2016, 10:28 am

I'm terrible, for about 4 weeks after the clocks change, I'm always saying right, it's 4 o'clock but really it's 5 o'clock, til I get used to it but then I'm mixing everyone else up!

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Post  Freedom on Sun 30 Oct 2016, 11:31 am

You're not alone there.

I'm the same, also when the clocks go forward, thinking that it's 4 o'clock but really 3.

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Post  dogs don't lie on Sun 30 Oct 2016, 11:58 am

What I like about forward is the extra hour in bed sunny

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Post  Freedom on Sun 30 Oct 2016, 12:09 pm

Surely you mean backwards?

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Post  candyfloss on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 10:01 am

Did everyone remember to move their clocks forward 1 hour?  It's now 10 am not 9 am Smile   Those still in bed, get up it's late!!!

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Post  Freedom on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 10:55 am

My two radio controlled clocks managed to adjust themselves - they don't always, which is a problem as they can't be adjusted manually like ordinary ones.

Now I have to ask my son to adjust the time on my phone without I hope him being too patronising about it!

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Post  candyfloss on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 11:09 am

Freedom wrote:My two radio controlled clocks managed to adjust themselves - they don't always, which is a problem as they can't be adjusted manually like ordinary ones.

Now I have to ask my son to adjust the time on my phone without I hope him being too patronising about it!

My phone adjusts itself, as do all the radios and stereo....  It's just the central heating clock and the chiming wall clock that don't, oh and flippin wristwatch.

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Post  Freedom on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 11:11 am

I can't expect all the bells, whistles, singing and dancing on a phone that cost £19.00!

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Post  dogs don't lie on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 11:35 am

Freedom wrote:Surely you mean backwards?

Sorry Freedom, just seen this, yes backwards lol.

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Post  espeland on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 12:00 pm

Freedom wrote:I can't expect all the bells, whistles, singing and dancing on a phone that cost £19.00!

Blimey, I would! My watch cost £1.97 plus £1.50 for delivery from China. There's nothing wrong with the watch - except it  does nothing other than tell the time - but the strap is naff.
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Post  Mimi on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 12:55 pm

candyfloss wrote:Did everyone remember to move their clocks forward 1 hour?  It's now 10 am not 9 am Smile   Those still in bed, get up it's late!!!

I don`t bother to alter mine. I just go through the winter knowing they are all an hour fast. Now it`s summer, I know they are all correct.

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Post  purple ronnie on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 6:30 pm

Mimi wrote:
candyfloss wrote:Did everyone remember to move their clocks forward 1 hour?  It's now 10 am not 9 am Smile   Those still in bed, get up it's late!!!

I don`t bother to alter mine.  I just go through the winter knowing they are all an hour fast.  Now it`s summer, I know they are all correct.


Laughing That's what I do! At least all my clocks are right once a year!
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Post  Châtelaine on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 6:38 pm

Me too :-)
And then have to recalculate when I have an appointment. But that's O.K.
I really think we should drop this "daylight-saving stuff".
The world has changed for CS!
And I recently read, that the first 2-4 days there are many more people having health problems :-(
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Post  Guest on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 7:42 pm

I'd be happy to have GMT all year round.

My body clock will be on old time for a few days while it readjusts!

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Post  joyce1938 on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 10:26 pm

We put clocks forward at this time of year ,back in winter .joyce1938
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