Is it that time of the year already?


I can’t believe that the clocks go back this weekend (at least I think it's back in the autumn and forward in the spring)! I always thought it was the last weekend in October but I guess I will be fiddling with the video, cooker, car and alarm clocks a bit earlier this year and I have to say I'm looking forward to it being a bit lighter when we wake up in the morning. But where did all this come from and why do we do it? 

I have this idea somewhere in my mind that it's to do with our close (historically) links to farming. One of the reasons we haven’t changed the situation is pressure from farmers (dare I say, being a Scot, mostly in Scotland!). Does anyone know the real reason why we go through this every year and why not everyone does? I know they change the clocks in Norway, France and other European countries, but do they do it in USA or Australia? I feel so ignorant (especially having travelled so much) but I would be grateful if anyone has some expert help!

Ahh well. I just have to get all the instruction booklets out so I can find out how to change those blasted clocks (it’s the central heating that gets me every time). By the way, my wife leaves her car clock alone, on the basis that is right for half the year! Doh!!

Simon X


  1. Sarah Hacker October 22, 2009 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    I think it is farming. It means that, in the summer, they can take advantage of the light mornings without having to get up at silly o’clock. I was quite surprised that they change the clocks in the Canary Islands – wasn’t expecting that when I holidayed there a few years ago!

  2. Marlene Prendergast October 25, 2009 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    I’m fully in agreement with Mrs. Biagi on the clock issue.I always do the same.

  3. Mavis Allan October 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Simon, I have friends in USA and Oz, and yes, they do change the clocks there too. I think the reason it was started in [comparatively] recent years, was to do with daylight working hours in WW2 – to help agricultural workers get work done. Not 100% sure though!

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