The Daily Rant: On Daylight Saving Time.

During the Second World War, the British Government introduced the concept of Daylight Saving Time in order to give an extra hour in the evening for the country’s bombers to blow the crap out of its enemies. I was told this titbit of information by a customer in my bar last night, so it has to be true, right?

Whether it or it isn’t is beside the point, DST (or British Summer Time – BST) has been around for as long as I can remember and remains a controversial time of the year. If you like your sleep, then Yay! you get an extra hour in bed. If you’re an insomniac, then Boo! you get an extra hour to stare at the ceiling.

But some people still don’t get it. I get customers asking me if we’re staying open later because we’re gaining the extra hour. I normally treat this question with the contempt it deserves, mainly because when the hour is lost in spring, I’m not asked if we’re going to close early. I have really stupid customers.

So last night, British Summer Time came to an end. All well and good, I say. But if you were to ask me, summer came to an end some time in June. We’ve had nothing but rain since.

5 responses to “The Daily Rant: On Daylight Saving Time.

  1. I hate the changing of the clocks, all it does is confuse me. Wish they’d just keep them the same the entire year.

    Personally speaking, it’s my favourite time of the year, though it is a bit disconcerting that it’s dark by 5 pm….then again, this is great for vampires…heh heh heh

  2. Good one, James. Now, ask me some time how Time Zones came to be.

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  4. I wrote a poem about how I hate DST (and much prefer standard time! – called Ode to Standard Time) – something I HATE! I wish they would just leave the clock alone. In the long run it really makes no sense. I’ve always been told that it was for the farmers, so they had more dayllight in which to work. But the thing is, farmers are going to be getting up and working before the sun rises anyway! Why do you have to monkey with the clock? There will always be 23:56 minutes in the day (for all intents and purposes, 24 hrs,). Who cares whether it’s light or dark?

    There. . .that’s better! 😆

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