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Well this weekend see us change the clocks. An extra hour in kip.

Still, less than 52 days to the shortest day then on the right side to summer.

Or as my old day would say:-
" We now have two winters to one summer"  

Never did understand that!!

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Yay for an extra hour in bed! Smile

Cheers

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Why don't we align with European time zones? An extra hour of daylight in the evening makes so much sense - especially for the leisure industry.

  You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and
it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't,  use the duct tape.

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Why don we change the clocks by a half hour and not change them any more???

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Not a bad idea at all Poppy, but the agricultural folk seem to prefer the mornings being brighter.

I can still remember when they trialled it..loads of kids with Hi-Viz arm bands on on their way to school.

To be honest, I would prefer brighter afternoons/early evenings,though the early darkness can be a big bonus in certain aspects of my business.

For the time being, I'm going to stick with Dan and make the most of the extra hour in bed!  

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So I just spent 20 mins. trying to find out if the UK changed at the same time as the USA, I should have known to look here first !

Jamesey, remember that well, late 60's wasn't it? my mum had me dressed up in so much reflective stuff I'm sure I showed up on radar.

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I think a lot of the objection comes from Scotland.  It is surprising how much difference the length of the UK can make to the length of twilight and the hours at which things happen.  I went from 8 years in Dundee to 5 years in Ashford and the difference was significant (in the weather too).  On European time it would be getting very dark by 2pm in Dundee at the height of winter.

Personally, I'd be happy enough to go with the Europeans on this one, but I guess it doesn't suit everybody.

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It was indeed Richard, and was trialled between 1968 and 1971.

They didn't give us "bigger" kids the dayglow vests etc as we were (in theory) supposed to know how to cross roads etc. Nowadays, they have the "walking bus" to get kids to school on foot safely.

Simons point about Scotland is a very real one as he rightly says, it can start to get pretty gloomy in the early afternoon and If I remember correctly,  that's where the strongest lobbies always come from to change the clocks.

Jim

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And...to be really boring did you know that:-

During the trials in the UK there were 2,500 less fatal accidents/injuries which the stats say is equivalent to an 11.7 per cent reduction overall.

There were more accidents in the darker mornings but the late afternoon figures showed a drop which caused an overall reduction!

Think I'll go and bore the the locals down the pub now!

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Not sure about your pont on Scotland, Plesbit. Since Europe is always 1 hour ahead of us, twilight  would be one hour later in Dundee on European time, surely?

My recollection of the trial was that most of the opponents came from the lobby who didn't want anything European at that time - and this included the NFU.

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it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't,  use the duct tape.

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