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(Gratuitous pic of St Pauls on a winters eve as viewed from the toilet window)

I love Pub Philosophers yearly rants on this topic. Its so true. This weekend the clocks go back. I hate the nights drawing in so early.  Click on over – an argument with supporting graphs and everything!…:-

It’s late October again so it’s time for my annual rant about putting the clocks back. This weekend we will go through through the tedious ritual of plunging ourselves into five months of early darkness. Last week, yet another study was published showing that the switch to GMT means that more people will be killed and more electricity used.

These conclusions should not be a surprise. As I said two years ago, twelve o’clock is no longer the middle of most people’s working day and it is nowhere near the middle of their waking hours. To have the middle of our daylight at twelve o’clock means that we waste daylight in the morning that would be more useful to more people in the evening. There are fewer people up and about in the light early morning hours than in the dark drive-time after five o’clock. As you would expect, and as Dr Garnsey has demonstrated, because more people are up and about in the dark evenings, they use more electricity and have more accidents.

It made sense for the middle of the day to be at twelve o’clock in 1880, when GMT became the legal standard for the UK. 120 years ago, a far greater proportion of the population still worked on the land and their working days were governed by the sun….So, as you fight your way home during the gloomy evenings to come, don’t curse the darkness, curse the idiots in our legislature who have condemned us, once again, to five months of unnecessary misery

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38 thoughts on “fall back: a worthy rant

  1. Well, rant away, have a good whinge.

    The clock change is a big help to kids going to school on dark mornings. Helps save a few who would otherwise be pancaked by some driver speeding to work.

    This is especially helpful in the north.

  2. I despise the time change. The best 2 years of my life were living in Indiana before they caved in to the time change horror. Hate It.

  3. Alison: I am oddly more fascinated by the photo of Wren’s masterpiece as viewed from the lavatory. Is that why you got the apartment?

  4. Alison

    Hear hear! I’m old enough to remember when we experimented for a couple of years with all year summertime around 1970. It meant going to school in January in the dark and watching the dawn rise around 9.00 am.

    But it saved lives on the road and it saved power consumption and it didn’t put anyone out too much. The farmers hated it and were instrumental in getting it stopped. But today, farming accounts for about 1% (?) of UK GDP and most farmers are a charge on the taxpayer, so they should politely be told to **** off. It was also unpopular in Scotland, but so what if it’s dark in Shetland at 10.00 am on Christmas Day? And if they really feel strongly, let the Scottish Parliament legislate for "Scottish time".

    However, I have given up hope that it will ever happen in the UK. Several private members bills in the past 20 years or so have sunk without trace and no government is likely to want to take it on again, certainly not New Labour, clinging to power in London with Scottish votes.

  5. I don;t care what time they set the clocks, let’s just decide to do away completely with the nonsense of clock going back and forward and just fix the time and leave it.

  6. >>screw those of us getting home in the dark after work eh<<

    Alison, I suppose they reckon that adults are better able to look after themselves in the dark than kids walking to school before daybreak.

    Some years ago they decided not to put back the clocks in Ireland as an experiment. The number of accidents with kids in the morning rocketed, as Orlando said.

    >>am oddly more fascinated by the photo of Wren’s masterpiece <<

    Me too. A beautiful picture. A favourite motif of yours, Alison, is is not?

  7. OK but how about the kids walking back from school around 4 as its getting dark? I dont get the logic in that argument. I remember woaking back and getting the bus in the dark it was ‘orrible.

    Cunningham: how did you know that? πŸ™‚

    Mahons: Moved in without knowing (rented appart). Cool eh? Used to be able to get onto the roof to watch all the fireworks displays but the landlord put in a firedoor πŸ™

  8. Great pic. If ever I’m in Londen Alison, I want to use your toilet! (I promise to put the seat back down) πŸ˜‰

  9. >>how did you know that? :)<<

    Because I once saw another pic showing two bits of eye-candy. One was St Pauls in the background and the other was you (I think!) in the foreground.

  10. ROFL!

    Oh yeah – the pink coat. It was red originally (mucked about in PS)

    I meant walked – not woaked. Tough week at work and too much vino. Oops

  11. But your sweet as pie and smart as all get out Charles – that counts beaucoup, we’ll ignore your big hair city status.

  12. I can see Big Ben from my bathroom window… and I ain’t talking about a bloke in the flats opposite.

  13. Well, that’s pretty wonderful Colm. Give’s you something to contemplate when you’ve forgotten reading material?

  14. Alison

    Don’t tell them you have a room with a view else they’ll hike your rent up!

    I know what you mean – hate walking home through the burbs in the darkness

  15. As the sun (when it appears) drops below the 45 degree arc in the sky, the Brits lose their main source of the vital Vitamin, D.
    Since most processed foods contain so little, and we eat less fish now, the only way to supplement this is to take 3 tablespoons of cod-liver oil per week.

    The chemistry of Vitamin D is not fully understood but some research suggests that a lack of it may be responsible for SAD (seasonally affected disorder) and that over-weight people are worse affected.

    Hold your nose and open wide…it really works. True.

  16. Isnt it depressing?

    Why cant they have a different time up north then? Keep everyone happy. I dont like walking home in the dark either. Plus its gree, saves more money…

    Views from Londons Lavatory Windows – now theres a book idea.

  17. >OK but how about the kids walking back from school around 4 as its getting dark? I dont get the logic in that argument.

    It’s about kids dodging morning rush-hour traffic in the dark. At 4pm, they can meander home with a good hour to spare before the roads get busy again

  18. It would help the Scots to feel more independent if they lived more in the darkness, and those up North are mainly on benefits or in state paid non-jobs, so they would be unlikely to notice. No, on the whole keeping the time the same as mainland Europe would be fine for the English, the rest are peripheral. However, being ruled by the Scottish Raj, we must do whatever pleases the Scots.

  19. Why are they dodging traffic? They should be in school buses like in every other country in the civilised world. Then the rest of us can walk and use public transport more safely for longer in the winter months.

  20. I hear that the UK construction clique are in favour of keeping to the status quo. It isn’t just the farmers who need to work in daylight! – and with three million houses to build before teatime, they need all the help they can get – even if some of it is from those smiling, polite, but so inefficient Polish plumbers…:-)

  21. >However, being ruled by the Scottish Raj, we must do whatever pleases the Scots.

    Amen to that. Besides, who else would you find able to run the country ?

  22. And no doubt built by them too Ernest. I reaffirm my request for more light in the evenings – just so i could watch them build stuff. Damn theyre gorgeous.

    Got scooped up off the floor by one yesterday πŸ™‚ who rushed to my defence when I challenged 2 thugs kicking the crap out of this puppy he had on a chain. Impressive

  23. Alison

    You do lead an eventful and interesting life! What with that and a view of Saint Pauls from your toilet window … πŸ™‚

  24. I meant he the fella was impressive not me. I sort of squared up to the guy but was out of my league obviously and then wasnt sure what to do. So i decided to stand my ground. This was in Frith Street! I slipped (it was raining) which killed my moment. The Polish fella in Nandos thought he’d hit me and came rushing out and sorted it. ‘And it was marvellous in our eyes’ πŸ˜‰

    But i was furious that they gave the guy his dog back and let him walk away. I wishedid called the police. I regret that now. And Im sitting here nursing a bruised back so cant go out:(

    Thank god for the view, lol

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