Saturday, 30 October 2010

‘Spring forward Fall back’

It’s that time of the year again folks; you know when we put our clocks back, Saturday night 2 am to be precise, is the usual time they revert back. So we all get something extra for free, that makes a change then, an extra hour in bed. As a young boy I once asked my father why this was so, he explained, that it had been brought about by the powerful and very rich land owners of years ago, they meant getting their workers into the fields as early as possible, and my father being an ex-horseman and game-keeper knew what he was talking about, and there really was never any reason to question this or him, he also told me of a way to remember this annual event as ‘Spring forward Fall back’.

Through the journey of my many years, I have told this many times, usually the response is one of either, I did not know that, or ‘Spring forward Fall back’ very good, I will remember that!

Just only a couple of days ago I was given much food for thought when having told the story to a group of people, when the mother of a couple of young boys of whom I was basically speaking to, suddenly, spoke up and said, as if we really wanted to know that!” 

Scots the BBC is reporting today are narrowly in favour of the UK switching to British Summer Time all year round.

About 3,000 people took part in the Internet survey by energy firm Npower, as the UK prepares to move the clocks back that one hour this weekend.

Keeping the clocks one hour ahead of GMT would provide more daylight in the evenings, when most people are active.

In the study 53% of respondents were in favour of the idea, while 35% were against and 12% undecided.

The study also found that almost half of Scottish parents believed the change in daylight hours would affect their children's sleep patterns.

And one-third of respondents said it would be harder to get their children to school on Monday.

“Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't
Own it, but you can use it. You can't keep
It, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it
You can never get it back.”

At 0200 BST on 31 October, the UK will move to 0100 GMT 

Post By: Brian Hopper or In the Box

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