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Did you remember to put your clocks forward ?

 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:07 am    Post subject: Did you remember to put your clocks forward ? Reply with quote

UK members should be aware that clocks should have been put FORWARD by one hour this weekend.
Strictly speaking, at 01-00 early on Sunday morning, March 26th, the clocks should be put FORWARD by one hour, to 02-00.
Domestically it is usual to make the adjustment shortly before retiring on Saturday evening.

As well as clocks and watches, remember that SOME time controls and PCs etc. will need altering. Others adjust automatically.

ANIMAL WELFARE NOTE if you are responsible for the welfare of livestock or pets, do remember that they do not understand clocks !
For example if cows are milked at say 06-00 every day, then this Sunday, 06-00 by the clock will feel like only 05-00 to the cattle and they wont be expecting milking an hour early.
It might be better to postpone milking until 06-45 on Sunday, then 06-30 on Monday and 06-15 on Tuesday, returning to the normal 06-00 from Wednesday onwards. That way the animals can adjust gradually.
Similar arguments apply to pets that are accustomed to being fed or walked at the same time every day.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As someone who used to suffer with an ever-moving sleep cycle, my sleep cycle continuously shifting later and later until day was my night, I sympathise with the animals.

Sleep patterns are too important to mess with!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This shifting of the clocks is utterly pointless, particularly as daylight hours are sufficient during "British summer time". Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The original idea behind daylight saving time, as it was then known was to reduce the amount of gas and electricity used for illumination.
Back in the good old days, many workplaces and homes were designed to make maximum use of natural light with gas or electric light only being used in exceptionally dull weather or at night.
It was then considered that daylight in the early morning when most people were sleeping was being wasted, and that fuel could be saved by "transferring" an hour of daylight to the evening and thereby postponing by an hour the need for artificial light.
Street lighting was sometimes provided only from dusk until midnight, which is clearly an hour less if the clocks are put forward.
Considerable fuel was thereby saved.
During wartime, the lighter evenings also greatly assisted the "dig for victory" cause, since an extra hour was available after work and before darkness fell.
Also in wartime, the lighter summer evenings permitted of leisure activities being completed in daylight and avoided the hazards of returning from the cinema, dance hall or pub in the blackout.
For these reasons, during part of the war, the clocks were an hour ahead of Greenwich time in the winter, and TWO hours ahead in the summer, known as "double summer time"

Under present day conditions it is very doubtful if significant fuel is saved. Most shops, offices, factories, and other workplaces use electric lighting continually, regardless of the availability of daylight.
Even domestically, electric light is increasingly used throughout the day.
Street lighting is commonly dusk till dawn, so no saving there.

IMO, we should stick to GMT all year round, after all we invented Greenwich mean time so we ought to use it !
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There''s a story does the rounds about someone (bound to be a male) who promoted BST to be able to play more golf in the evenings.

If he was a Conservative MP, I can believe it!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back when I worked active construction projects the changing of the clocks did not effect me much as the foremen always just changed the show up/start time an hour to keep working from can't see to can't see anyway.
As to milking cows the standard has always been to not change them more then an hour per day and then only when necessary. They don't have clocks and respond to other stimuli other then natural light. The start of the grain auger filling the feed cart will get all the cows that are fed grain on their feet mouths watering while the ladies in waiting don't twitch until the hay cart begins to come towards their end of the line.
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