Friday, 28 October 2011
Goodbye Daylight Saving Time
How are you all keeping? I hope you have enjoyed reading about us during the past couple of weeks. Yes, it is Sofia... I am still here. 'She' is about to go to Cyprus, 'she' does not like the cold English winters, but they have DST there, as well!
For those of you in the UK and other northern countries this weekend is that awful time when the clocks go back one hour, known as the end of Daylight Saving Time. It is the beginning of five long winter months. Short days and long, dark evenings and nights. Well, we are not affected by it, so that is something to look forward to when you are deceased!
The idea of DST was first thought of by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. He published an essay, 'An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light'. His idea was to economise the use of candles by rising earlier and thus making more use of the morning sunlight.
However, the invention of DST was credited to William Willett in 1905. He wanted to move the clocks forward in the summer to take advantage of both daylight in the mornings and lighter evenings. He suggested moving the clocks forward 20 minutes on each of the four Sundays in April and then switching them back on the four Sundays in September.
Robert Pearce was impressed with Willett's plan and introduced a bill to the House of Commons in February 1908. The first Daylight Savings Bill was drafted in 1909, but was opposed by many and consequently it never became a law.
The real start of DST was in Germany during World War I, the idea was to save fuel for the war effort. Other countries followed suit. After the war, the countries switched back to standard time. It was to be another twenty years before DST came into existence again and during the Second World War.
Today, DST is implemented in more than seventy countries and affects over a billion people each year.
Thought for the week:Visualise your goal and let this move you forward.