The last full weekend in March and so it is time for us (along with the rest of Europe) to change their clocks forward to Daylight Saving time or as we call it, British Summer Time. Personally, the clock change does not bother me, nay, in fact it makes me feel more optimistic as it is a sign that the days are getting longer.
Now there has been a lot of talk in the UK about aligning our clocks one hour ahead to follow ‘Central European Time’, the same time as Spain, France, Germany, Poland – well, you get the message. The same time as most of our continental neighbours. I can see the merits in it. We do a lot of our trade with this part of Europe, we travel there often and the same with them. So there is that advantage. The great thing is that the nights will get longer.
Of course, there are disadvantages. We are moving away from our natural clock, the mornings would become horribly dark. And if you are in Scotland, these differences would be horrendous.
Anyway, I doubt we will change our clocks to Central European Time. Western European Time, or GMT as we call it is too ingrained into the national psyche.
Now, there is a fascinating article on the BBC about time which I thoroughly recommend to anyone. Enjoy the read about a history of time. And enjoy the beginning of British Summer Time…