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10 minutes ago, markyo said:

Interesting view,higher drug abuse is down to Winter weather......And why a tanned complexion is better is purely down to vanity. Most who work in hot environments avoid exposing their skin to the sun and avoid the hottest parts of the day. Also Tan or not when you are sick you look sick,having a burnt skin makes no difference.

They avoid the hottest part of the day but don't avoid the sun entirely, makes sense since in hot countries UV levels can exceed 13. That's a whole other level to what we get in the UK. You don't realise how weak the sun in the UK is until you spend some time in countries closer to the equator. 

Anyway, nobody is doubting the damage the sun can do - but the positive impacts of sunny weather, more so on people's mood and mental well-being, are well documented. It really does make a difference. People just feel happier when the sun is shining.

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Happens twice every year (March and September) near where I live, the sunsets between two trees. These two sunsets, 11 1/2 years apart March 2009 Last evening

You think? We get these same stories and debates every single year but nothing ever changes.   Long live GMT!

Well guess what LG, some of us here suffer from SAD so I can't tell you how much that can affect your mood and how much better daylight can make you feel. Need I remind you how much you complain about

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57 minutes ago, Nick L said:

Yep, tanning is not healthy at all.

Getting sunburnt is not healthy, daily short exposure to sunlight is beneficial though.

As with all things in life its about striking a balance, the pros and cons if you like.

All  things in moderation as the saying goes.

And its now dark!

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40 minutes ago, cheese said:

but the positive impacts of sunny weather, more so on people's mood and mental well-being,

I agree totally but in moderation,no need to tan(burn your skin) though to gain the health benefits.

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Anyway, individual preference and all that - nothing wrong with liking the shorter days but most of us are not looking forward to it, some of us dreading it, and some of us are booking our winter holidays as we speak to get away! The older I get, the more intolerant I become of our dark, dreary winters. 

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30 minutes ago, markyo said:

I agree totally but in moderation,no need to tan(burn your skin) though to gain the health benefits.

A slight tan built up  with sensible exposure over time?

Pros and cons again, but some people only feel happy if they have a tan in summer, in this day and age what price would put on happiness ?

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18 hours ago, Mokidugway said:

Lol ,my mother was from France and had Mediterranean  ancestry  so I get my tanning  ability from her ?

I have a Mediterranean appearance, and tan fairly easily and quickly. But, I always use sun cream, and still burn sometimes when I haven’t used it in the past.

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18 hours ago, DAVID SNOW said:

A slight tan built up  with sensible exposure over time?

Pros and cons again, but some people only feel happy if they have a tan in summer, in this day and age what price would put on happiness ?

It's all about personal choice at the end of the day. Tanning can and does cause skin cancer, much like drinking can cause liver problems, eating too much causes obesity/diabetes etc...people just need to be sensible.

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14 minutes ago, Nick L said:

It's all about personal choice at the end of the day. Tanning can and does cause skin cancer, much like drinking can cause liver problems, eating too much causes obesity/diabetes etc...people just need to be sensible.

I know, Nick: I've had it...

But I bet it wasn't down to a suntan that was gradually built up, over six months, starting in March? The same can hardly be said for the odd week-or-two spent lying on white sand, in either Tenerife or South Devon, though! ?      

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Is it just me or does the summer feel that it's shutting down sooner than normal? Could be the effect of low water levels late spring and early /mid summer but blackberries are well ahead of usual, the swallows have been gathering on the wire for a couple of weeks suggesting they're getting restless to fly south, although some still have young in their nest, I think I heard the other day some have had two broods this year, not sure how usual that is? 

One other unusual thing I noted was that weed in Coniston Water has started to die and float to the surface, which is remarkably early, don't usually see it in those kind of quantities until October... 

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11 hours ago, JeffC said:

Is it just me or does the summer feel that it's shutting down sooner than normal? Could be the effect of low water levels late spring and early /mid summer but blackberries are well ahead of usual, the swallows have been gathering on the wire for a couple of weeks suggesting they're getting restless to fly south, although some still have young in their nest, I think I heard the other day some have had two broods this year, not sure how usual that is? 

One other unusual thing I noted was that weed in Coniston Water has started to die and float to the surface, which is remarkably early, don't usually see it in those kind of quantities until October... 

Physcologically given how early summer weather embedded itself this year, I feel a month ahead of myself, and mother nature has shown some early heat/stress signs, blackberries very early this year. 

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Agree, whilst it’s normal now to see Horse Chestnuts die back a bit by Late August, it’s obvious in some other trees this Autumn could well be early. 

As an example the copper beech trees are turning much darker and the same goes for both Plain and some Ash trees (not Ash dieback either). 

I’d say we’re a month ahead here as well. 

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8.30 and only a little light left in the evenings now. Can’t wait until the end of September will be dark by 6.30!

I can feel my mood changing for the better even had to go to the doctors and up my medication for the last month or so, don’t know why summer depresses me but thankfully Autumn is in sight!

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My 9pm finishes firmly in the dark now, and last night given the miserable weather, lounge light on from 7pm.

We’re firmly on the slide now. Here we’ll loose nearly 25 mins this week alone and by Sunday it’s dark before 8pm.

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1 hour ago, Badgers01 said:

for the EU it is not sure it will be on the agenda for UK.

It's going to be a tricky one if it does go ahead because the Republic of Ireland could change which would leave Northern Ireland with little choice really but to change as well that would then potentially leave the two either one hour ahead of behind the rest of the UK

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The spokesman refused to speculate on how this scenario would interact with the clocks proposal, amid claims it could leave Belfast an hour ahead or behind London.

https://news.sky.com/story/eu-will-scrap-biannual-clock-changes-says-juncker-11486842

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I instinctively dislike autumn because of the depressing (for me) effect of decay, increasing darkness, imminent cold, ice and snow. However, it is just as gloomy and time wasteful to wish one’s life away by dreaming of the next spring, summer season or whatever, as it makes the years roll past too quickly. Best to try to tolerate, enjoy and adjust to whatever circumstances the weather/season provides.

The most significant  date in my calendar is the winter solstice.

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Personally, I find very little about Autumn that's worth enjoying: it's cold, but not cold enough to snow; it's basically just dark, damp and horrible - and the only likeable pastime left to me is counting down the days till the nights start getting shorter again!?

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On the plus side this time of year it's only (I say only loosely) 15 weeks until December 21st when the days start getting longer again, the difficult part is from Dec 21st up to March when it doesn't feel like there's much daylight returning at all.

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