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BST? Why?

So, what is the point of BST?

Surely all this putting the clocks back/forwards is all a pointless waste of time?

Can understand the switch from BST to GMT makes it lighter in the morning... ...and hence darker in the evening so perhaps that doesn't make sense after all?

But (putting that to one side and going back to what I was originally trying to say), why the switch from GMT to BST. Surely in the summer the length of day is getting so long that the hour this side or that doesn't really make a lot of difference?


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31st Oct, 2005 00:11 (UTC)
What's even more random than cabbages and carpenteres, badgers and their kings? All of the above plus marmite :)

Hmmm. I agree it might be easier not to bother, but isn't the idea that in the summer it's light from something like 4 - 8 GMT or more, whereas most people are up something like 6/7/8/9 to 10/11/12/1, which means there's daylight when people are asleep and dark when people are awake, whereas if you shift it you lose an hour of that?
31st Oct, 2005 00:18 (UTC)
but I like marmite...
31st Oct, 2005 00:22 (UTC)
I didn't say I didn't like it, I said it was random :)
31st Oct, 2005 06:42 (UTC)
I didn't say you didn't like it either...
31st Oct, 2005 13:46 (UTC)
You said "But [i like marmite]" -- doesn't this imply "I like marmite" in some way contradicts what I said?
1st Nov, 2005 18:46 (UTC)

Yes, but that is a different issue.

"But I like marmite" may contradict what you said, but it definitely doesn't say "you don't like marmite"...
31st Oct, 2005 08:59 (UTC)
People are really bad at waking up in the dark, but quite good at staying awake in the dark. So if you want your workforce to continue to work 8 hour days despite there only being 6 hours of daylight, you want to try and align the available daylight with the working day as much as possible.

OK, that makes GMT make sense. But I have no idea why switch to BST in the summer...
31st Oct, 2005 12:59 (UTC)

I'm still not sure I understand it, but I didn't realise it was such a recent invention!
1st Nov, 2005 18:55 (UTC)

"I therefore venture to propose that at 2 a.m. on each of four Sunday mornings in April, standard time shall advance 20 minutes; and on each of four Sundays in September, shall recede 20 minutes, or in other words that for eight Sundays of 24 hours each, we shall substitute four, each 20 minutes less than 24 hours, and four each 20 minutes more than 24 hours."

hmmm... sounds like a recipe for complete and utter chaos to me...

1st Nov, 2005 19:00 (UTC)

Surely there must be a centre of the enlargement/reduction that happens to the daylight. Surely all we need to do is align that with the center of our ideal day?
31st Oct, 2005 09:46 (UTC)
I've always been told that it had to do with when we were an agricultural society, having longer after the kids finished school to work in the fields.
31st Oct, 2005 13:00 (UTC)
As it wasn't proposed until long after the industrial revolution (1909?), this theory seems flawed...
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