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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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atreic
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...
atreic
31st Oct, 2005 12:59 (UTC)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time

I'm still not sure I understand it, but I didn't realise it was such a recent invention!
hmmm_tea
1st Nov, 2005 18:55 (UTC)
http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/willett.html

"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...

hmmm_tea
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?

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