And So It Begins…

This is another moan from me about messing around with the time by putting the clocks back and forward.

This is 2022. Farmers have headlights on their vehicles, and computer-guided ploughing.

Kids in most areas get taken to school by car, or go on a school bus or coach. In cities where they still walk to school, there are street lights. In country districts where they still walk to school there are presumably parents to escort them, if they are young enough to be in any danger.

What is the point of this archaic practice? No doubt you will tell me, and no doubt I will disagree.

Last night in Beetley, it was pitch dark by 5:10 pm. That makes the night feel longer than it needs to be, and affects people (like me) with SAD.

My dog Ollie will take a while to adjust. He wanted to go out for his walk at 10:45 am, and nagged for his dinner before 1pm.

I felt as if I wanted to eat my own dinner before 6pm, and I was ready to go to bed just after 9:45 pm.

Stop it, you powers that be. Let’s get into the 21st century. We no longer live in the nineteenth.

We have electric lights, not candles.

Victoria is no longer the Queen. She has been dead since 1901.

Farmers are selling off land for house-building and solar panels. We import much of our food as a consequence.

Animals live in barns or sheds, in the main. They have lighting, warmth, and are fed and milked by machines.

Get a grip, and realise it is completely unnecessary.


63 thoughts on “And So It Begins…

  1. I think the EU agreed to ditch it back in 2019, but then couldn’t decide which time to stick with, then the pandemic got in the way, but I believe it should happen next year. Mind you, you Brits will still be stuck with it 🙂

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  2. (1) Not every farmer’s wife is gifted with headlights.
    (2) In rural areas, school kids can navigate by the stars.
    (3) Elderly husbands and wives: SAD sacks trip in the dark; GLAD bags help them back to their feet.
    (4) When baseball stadiums experience a blackout, the game continues, but the player on the pitcher’s mound is obligated to pitch dark.
    (5) Want a pet that can easily adjust to the dark. Buy a werewolf.
    (6) Candlestick Park wasn’t demolished because of any problems with lighting.
    (7) Is the male half of Victor/Victoria still alive?
    (8) Solar panels make for a light snack. (farmer’s goat)
    (9) People feed the animals, and The Animals feed people with rock music.

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  3. I like the light mornings as I travel to the hospital around 7.30am and park for free about a mile away and walk. It suits me. We always eat at 5pm summer and winter and then go for a walk. I don’t like the dark evenings, but we have torches and yellow jackets.

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  4. Next weekend for us and I agree it makes no sense! Let the seasons roll naturally and time with it! There’s a bill before Congress to make daylight savings year-round but many doctors don’t think it’s a good idea. I’d rather be on standard time.

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    1. I like British Summer Time, when the evenings are lighter for longer. But if they just decided one way or the other, then at least we could get used to living with it.
      Best wishes, Pete.


      1. Yes. Consistency is best. We already have long summer days here so really don’t need the extra hour. And our winter mornings are already dark so daylight savings time would make it darker for an extra hour, hard on school children.

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  5. Indiana was one of the last states in the U.S. to enter the daylight savings madness. We held out until some time in the 1990s. There is a movement to stop the insanity of rolling our clocks backward and forward. I don’t know if it will gather steam, but most of us want to return to the old way of doing things.

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  6. I totally agree with you, Pete. I’m ambivalent about whether we should stay in GMT, or in permanent BST but surely either way, we would adjust to the ‘new normal’ and just get on with our lives? This constant adjustment twice a year, whose influence seems to affect us for more than just the one hour we’ve changed, causes problems for animals and children [don’t you just love it, parents of small children?] as well as adults, but governments become so entrenched with these ‘traditions’ that bringing about change seems almost impossible. Oh well: “Keep calm and carry on”. To quote Homer Simpson: “D’oh!” 😉 Cheers, Jon.

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  7. Not keen on it myself, I’m waking up an hour earlier and Vinnie is wanting his breakfast at 8 instead of 9, but there’s a lot worse stuff going on to go crazy about, and I don’t suppose it’s going to change anytime soon. You should start a petition Pete! Isn’t it so that if you get so many signatures it has to be brought to parliament?

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  8. It makes me crazy that we still do this too, ours begins next weekend. One argument from the forces that be is that it cuts powered usage but it is outdated and annoying to keep trying to adjust to it back and forth.

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    1. I cannot see how it saves power, as we had to put the lights on over one hour earlier than the day before. My paranoid side makes me think it must somehow be connected to big business.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. We have it here too. With summer about starting, the problem is down south the sun sets at 11pm & the cows are baaing & the sheep still mooing.

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