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British Summer Time

This morning the UK did its annual switch from Greenwich Mean Time to British Summer Time. On the one hand this is good, as it means we’re one step closer to summer (and the weather here in Bradford is glorious).
On the other hand it’s a pain because I get 1 hour less in bed and need to change all of my clocks (bar my Mac which like most computers will update itself). This is especially annoying when you have to get up at 8:30am, which feels like 7:30am due to the time change.
I’m not even sure if the time change is of any use in the modern age. Surely we could stick to GMT all year round and adjust the times we get up ourselves? Would save a lot of effort in the long run.
As for why I’m getting up so early? Christine and I are off shopping in Manchester.


  1. Here in Arizona we never have to worry about this as our clocks never change. Of course that also means we can never keep track of what the time is anywhere else. Like today when I go to ring my mum in your neck of the woods 😉

  2. GMT sucks, I’d rather have my daylight at the end of the day.
    GMT+1 all year, if you must, I’d rather move to CET and CEST personally.