Have you got the time?

@p1kef1sh (45681)
February 21, 2011 9:31pm CST
Every government of all nations do something crazy in their term of office and the Bitish Government is no exception. They have decided that it would be a good idea for us to advance two hours in the summer time. We already advance one hour. This would have the effect of longer evenings but would mean that the mornngs were darker. The reason for this is not to help farmers (the original reason for "daylight saving") or to allow businesses to stay open later - it is to boost tourism! Britiain is a tourist destination of choice apparently and I work in the industry as a guide. Tourism is an important element in our economy. But not more important than all the other businesses. Children will go to school in the dark. That's OK, we are overpopulated as it is. A few children mown down by sleepy motorists will save us money. Business trading times will remain the same closing by 6pm. Apart from pubs and clubs. Do tourists go to those places. Yes. But they are usually gone by 8pm. After a day walking round London or Edinburgh most folk are ready for a meal and bed by then so will just have an extra hour of daylight to keep them awake. I am sorry that this is rambling. But if there's one thing that gets my goat it's governments imposing things on the electorate. Do you like chocolate hob nobs?
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@Janey1966 (24170)
• Carlisle, England
22 Feb 11
I agree with you on this one. We've been winding the French up with our GMT for years and to conform to what the Europeans want isn't making me very happy, although there would be the added bonus of a few schoolkids being mown down. I hate dark mornings and this house resembles the Chilean mine due to the lack of light we get. Do we get to vote on it? Referendum perhaps? Many people will be late for work in the mornings if this goes ahead as no-one likes going to work in the dark! If they started work at 10am to compensate..well that would be a no-brainer wouldn't it lol. Oh, and can we have a Siesta as well?
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@p1kef1sh (45681)
6 Mar 11
They've decided against it Janey. Thank goodness.
@Janey1966 (24170)
• Carlisle, England
6 Mar 11
Thank God for Scotland! It would be a lot darker up there in the mornings (and here in Cumbria as well) so I'm so chuffed they stuck up for themselves over this. Hoorah for common sense!
@RawBill1 (8531)
• Gold Coast, Australia
22 Feb 11
I always have the time to listen to one of your rants my friend! It sounds like they are a bunch of tossers! What a ridiculous idea that one is. We have enough trouble getting our state to do it for one hour so that we match up with the rest of the Eastern states in our time zone. One is OK I think, but two is just a little bit too far out of whack. I am not sure what chocolate hob nobs are, so I would have to say no, but I do like chocolate!
@p1kef1sh (45681)
22 Feb 11
Chocolate coated oat biscuits Bill. How on earth they think that the population will welcome this. Especially when it is aimed to benefit what for most is a peripheral aspect of the economy.
@GreenMoo (11834)
22 Feb 11
Spectacular description of the UK government there Bill. You really do need to investigate chocolate hob nobs further though. They really are very good.
@RawBill1 (8531)
• Gold Coast, Australia
22 Feb 11
Hmm, chocolate and oats! Couldn't be too bad for me could they?
@nannacroc (4049)
6 Mar 11
I had to ask Mr Croc if you had made this up. It has finally happened, the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
@nannacroc (4049)
6 Mar 11
Thank goodness for that. Are they up to anything else that they were hiding by putting this idea forward? Maybe dividing hours into tenths?
@p1kef1sh (45681)
6 Mar 11
Very true. Actually the Government has changed its mind I'm told.
• United States
22 Feb 11
Here in the US Before April 2, 2006, some states do not have daylight savings - Indiana, Arizona (except for the Navajo nation), and Hawaii. Now, Indiana has decided to join 47 states in observing Daylight Savings Time (DST). So now we are left with Arizona and Hawaii. As far as I understand this wasted started to conserve energy yet I find I use more electrical power turning my lights on earlier in the morning. Although I believe that every State here has the choice whether to participate in DST or not. Perhaps your topic would be a great ideas for population control (one child policy) in China as they do not have DST so they could just send the children out to school in the dark as you suggest for overpopulation problems.
• United States
7 Mar 11
I was told by my Granny that in Scotland there is usually an increase in the number of births in September brought on by the Hogmanay celebrations!
@p1kef1sh (45681)
6 Mar 11
LOL. I recall that when we had a national electricity workers strike in the early 70s there was a sudden growth in the population 9 months later!
@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Feb 11
Hello, dear friend, what is a chocolate hob nob, and does this mean I will be able to get them later at night?
@p1kef1sh (45681)
22 Feb 11
I could make up a care package Dawn. Hobnobs are what we call biscuits and before you surround them with gravy I'd better tell you that in the USA you'd call them cookies.
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Feb 11
K I knew that much.
@zweeb82 (5653)
• Malaysia
22 Feb 11
Smart government always have smart ideas & they always have the right, even the right to be silly?I love chocolates, all sortsHaha~!
@p1kef1sh (45681)
22 Feb 11
O don't like them doing daft things with my taxes though!
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@zweeb82 (5653)
• Malaysia
22 Feb 11
Yeah, wasting tax payers money is definitely in the top of list of the VERY SMART things they do, hahaha!~
@laglen (19759)
• United States
22 Feb 11
That would be awful. I hate daylight savings time as it is. Our congress changed the dates to screw with us. (konspiracy) I wasnt sure so I looked up hob nobs - doesnt sound good to me, not big on oats.
@laglen (19759)
• United States
22 Feb 11
lmao job mobs? couldnt find it, now YOUR messing with me!
@p1kef1sh (45681)
22 Feb 11
I don't think that even your Government does things just to screw with you. Although they have been known to screw with others. Job mobs are not so bad. They are good for dunking in tea.
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@ElicBxn (63253)
• United States
23 Feb 11
I, personally, LIKE daylight saving time - or whatever you call it over there. I don't know WHY they want to advance it 2 hours when your days are already so LONG in the summer! My, it seemed to not get dark until 11 and then it was bright by 5 - how much more daylight at night do they NEED?
@p1kef1sh (45681)
6 Mar 11
My thoughts as well!
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@BarBaraPrz (45914)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
22 Feb 11
Chocolate hob nobs? Similar to chocolate coated digestive cookies, I think...
@p1kef1sh (45681)
26 Feb 11
Similar but oaty.
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@maximax8 (31053)
• United Kingdom
22 Feb 11
I live in Britain and on a timezone we are considered to be on Greenwich Mean Time. If it is 12 noon here you can just imagine a map of the world with all the time zones shown. I recently traveled to Colombia and it is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. The year before last I traveled to South Africa and that is just two hours ahead so I didn't experience any jet lag. Advancing two hours in the summer time would be crazy and it is bad enough we already advance by one hour. The clocks change and that is bothersome. I wish time was the same all year round. Schools open from 9 to 3 and shops open from 9 to 5 sounds fine to me. By the evening people are ready for bed. I have a vegan diet and don't eat chocolate hobnobs.
@p1kef1sh (45681)
6 Mar 11
I agree. As a vegan I gues that you can eat the chocolate (dark) but not the hob nob. There's a man here who is a raw food devotee and he has a lovely recipes for chocolate this that and the other on his site.
@GreenMoo (11834)
22 Feb 11
I love chocolate hob nobs. Are the government going to be offering these as an incentive to tourists too? I don't know why they need daylight to eat them in though, I can identify them perfectly well by touch. Perhaps the government could reallocate some of the funds currently earmarked for something wasteful like health or education to investigate how to make self illuminating chocolate hob nobs. It doesn't sound any more daft than changing the clock.
@p1kef1sh (45681)
22 Feb 11
Do you remember when they invested in "Wagon Wheels" as a means to break Kwik Fit's monopoly on the tyre trade. All went well until the sun came out and the chocolate melted. What sticky mess. A real bunch of fruit and nuts!
@elitess (5070)
• Ipswich, England
22 Feb 11
Hello pikey. So did they REALLY approve this ludacriss ?? If so, it will affect all our travel there as well, as Britain already had a 2 hour time table difference, now it will have 3 in the summer ? And HOW is that helpful for tourists, beats me, as a possible (and ex) tourist i think that is a big mistake.
@p1kef1sh (45681)
22 Feb 11
It's not yet agreed. But they are talking about it.
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@bhanusb (5709)
• India
22 Feb 11
Hi pIke, our Government also did so. In the summer they make time one hour ahead. The reason was to save power. We have much shortage of power. But it maid mess. Ultimately the government had to change the decision. When people get accustomed to a habit it is difficult to change that.
@p1kef1sh (45681)
22 Feb 11
Agreed. Governments are very good at getting thongs wrong.
@ccc8230 (21)
• United States
22 Feb 11
This would be a reason for me to NOT vacation in UK. I'm a morning person and the last thing I'd want is to wake up and wait for the sun to rise so I can start my travels. Personally I'd much prefer early sunrise to late sunset.
@p1kef1sh (45681)
22 Feb 11
That's a very good point. Usually I do more in the mornings than the evenings when I am on holiday. Hotels will get grumpy because tourists will want their breakfast later but business people will still want theirs early. Thus causing an increase in staff hours and pay.
@Sandra1952 (6047)
• Spain
22 Feb 11
Hello, Pikey. In order of importance: 1. Yes, I love chocolate hobnobs. 2. Can I put my name down to mow down a few schoolkids? Is there a website I can sign up for it? It would make an old lady very happy in her twilight years. 3. WTF? Do these people sit there and think 'What stupid idea that nobody will like can we come up with now?' Summertime is morning time - we already get nice long evenings, and as you said, it wouldn't really help tourism.
• United States
22 Feb 11
To keep the business open longer so they can what?? Make more money, how is that suppose to happen when the citizens will be way too tired and not necessarily earning more to be able to spend more. No I do not like Chocolate hob nobs one bit. lol
@p1kef1sh (45681)
22 Feb 11
Businesses are not going to stay open longer on the off chance that some passing tourist will say "oh I'll just drop in and order 500 business cards!" What use is longer daylight hours when there's nothing for people to do. The place where I guide stopped staying open after 6pm because we couldn't get people to stay late. Longer hours of daylight will simply add to the frustration of those that want to see things but can't because they're not open.