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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Times They Are A Changing

This coming weekend, the clocks will advance 1 hour.

To me, that is one of the signals that Summer is just around the corner.  The mornings are brighter, the evenings are longer, and hopefully (just hopefully) the sun will shine and  we'll all feel good.

Why, though, do we do it?  The practice is controversial.  Adding daylight to afternoons has benefits for retailing, sports, and other activities that exploit sunlight after working hours.  However, this causes problems for farming, evening entertainment and other occupations tied to the sun.

The advance in time is also thought to have a positive impact on the number of car accidents; in other words, less pedestrians are injured in road traffic accidents when daylight lasts longer.
Another positive outcome is the reduction in energy use; electricity, for example; since we don't need to use the lights until later in the day.

The downside to clocks changing is the ever increasing number of appliances that include clocks, and the length of time it takes to change them!! Although many automatically adjust, I still find it takes a while to go round the house making sure all the clocks are changed.

However, (for me, anyway) the impact is the effect the sun can have on your mood.  I love seeing the sun breaking over the rooftops, the cloudless sky that early morning pale blue.

In the words of Nat King Cole - Roll on Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer
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