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Changing the clocks !


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#1 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 29 October 2016 - 06:06 PM

It's that night of the year again when the clocks change right across Europe, and probably in other countries as well.

 

Why do we inflict this annoyance on ourselves twice a year ?  I know it was introduced as an energy saving system during WW1 but that was a long time ago !

 

I don't mind changing watches even if my wife has three or four of them; every computer in the house changes itself (normally); the digital video recorder changes itself; and I never bother with the cooker and microwave clocks - I only use them as timers.

 

But !  I have a digital alarm clock and we have a digital heating thermostat and control unit which is wireless linked to the boiler and changing both of these means opening the manual (on a hard drive) and digging in to it. And neither could be called intuitive !  It is a real PITA !

 

It makes no difference to the amount of daylight we get. At the moment, in central Scotland we are getting just under 8 1/2 hours of daylight (sunrise to sunset), come the end of December at the Winter solstice it isn't even 8 hours. Calling sunrise at 0817 (Saturday) or 0718 (Sunday) makes no difference to the amount of light and I don't think the Sun cares !

 

Ah well, now I have that off my chest it's time to log-out and go and find those manuals.

 

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Posted 29 October 2016 - 06:26 PM

I love daylight saving time.



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Posted 29 October 2016 - 07:11 PM

ditto

 

...although I do sympathize with mums trying to get little kids to sleep when it is still broad daylight !

 

....I also sympathize with Chris !...is there any possibility that the process could be automated..??....surely some of the bright sparks here could devise some way of making the rotten thing change time at the appropriate time of year...??


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Posted 30 October 2016 - 02:29 AM

During the war (ww2) we had, in Britain, double British Summer Time. This was 2 hours. As a small boy, it was terrible going to bed in, what seemed to me, the middle of the day.



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Posted 02 November 2016 - 05:15 PM

The changes in the dates of changing from one to the other seems to have no effect.  There only so many minutes of daylight each day, decreasing until Dec. 22 when it reverses.  Power generation still operates to the same schedule just shifted.  Not many are up to the challenge of a one day adjustment period. 



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Posted 02 November 2016 - 07:17 PM

And just to add to the inconvenience it can be dangerous !

 

One of my neighbours is now in hospital with a broken hip due to changing the clocks. She climbed onto a chair to reach a wall mounted clock, came off the chair awkwardly, tripped over one of her dogs and fell hard. She couldn't move or reach a phone and it was three hours before her husband came home from work to find her key on the inside of the door keeping it locked. He called the ambulance service who then called out the fire service to take the door down.

 

An extreme case perhaps . . .

 

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Posted 03 November 2016 - 08:22 AM

I think too that changing the clocks is totally unnecessary and cause more problems than good.



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Posted 06 November 2016 - 11:23 PM

I love daylight saving time.

Same here. Wish it'd be permanently Daylight Saving Time.

 

Yesterday, we had to turn back our clocks as DST ended sometime early this morning (in the US). That means the sun sets one hour earlier. :( Which is pretty awful, especially when it's cold...


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 10:29 AM

Getting a triple whammy,  five day trip by train to Colorado from central Calif and then three day trip by bus to Dallas from Cal.  Now the clock change.  Internal clock so messed up I don't know when to sleep.






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