It’s time to put the clocks back on Sunday, which has a very obvious upside of (for a few weeks at least) slightly lighter mornings for us larks, plus earlier hunkering down in the evenings. We are getting to the time of year when I just want to stay in during the evening, eating comfort food, rather than drive around in the dark!
Clock changing is an attempt to save energy. On a wet grey weather day, it will seem dark and dank whatever time of day it is, mind you. For those people affected by the shortage of sunlight (I’m not officially but psychologically), it is a hard and gruelling time of year which drags on rather. It’s the time when I start wishing my life away (roll on March) so I have to find lots of cheery things to do!
When the clocks go back, the UK is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) rather than British Summer Time (BST). It always takes me a while to get used to it. Some of your electronic gadgets will automatically change, but others won’t (my car clock has to be manually altered, for example) so that’s always good fun.
If you don’t like it, changing the clocks was first established in the UK under the Summer Time Act 1916, so blame that. On the upside, you potentially get an extra hour in bed. As usual, I will wake at my normal time and have an extra hour of productivity. Oh well …
Meanwhile, Europe is debating whether to dispense with it which might put the Republic of Ireland in a different time zone to Northern Ireland come Brexit.