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7 hours ago, Azazel said:

I wouldn't mind an extra hour of darkness in the morning - I'm in the office anyway so it's not like I can appreciate morning light, but it is nice to have a bit of light when I get home to walk the dog or whatever.

A fair compromise for me would be as another poster above said - put the clocks back forwards earlier in the year from like late February or something.

see im the opposite i do my walking in the mornings so would rather have extra light then than the evenings..nothing worse than walking in the cold and the dark

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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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2 hours ago, Yarmy said:

Get to see the New Year in twice if you live close to the border.

Assuming Boris hasn't closed it by then.

We'd need an open pub too, oh the humanity

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On 18/10/2020 at 17:25, 4wd said:

It makes no sense waiting so long even from a mathematical standpoint - we go to GMTabout a month after equinox so why not change back a month before at Spring.

I've never understood that one either. Even less logical than changing them in the first place!

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I think it really comes down to personal circumstance and schedule hence emphasis on the word 'I' here...

If we stayed BST year round, I wouldn't be too happy as in winter I wouldn't see any light at all in the morning and still not see any going home; at least now I see the sunrise on the way to work in December. 

Equally however I wouldn't be too happy if we stayed GMT year round as in summer our evenings wouldn't be as long and birds will start singing at 2:30 in the morning (plus at 3:30 sunrise is a massive waste of daylight)

Basically, I don't want it to change! Yes we have to mess about with clocks and 'clock-lag' twice a year but I feel DST really does help us make the most of daylight.

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I hadn't realised clocks were going back this weekend, as it's very early this year - presumably because it can't happen in November, albeit it would've been only a couple of hours into November!

I guess working from home will make the change a little more tolerable this year. There's nothing worse than that first post-BST afternoon back in the office when darkness descends before 5pm... yuck!

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3 minutes ago, Lance M said:

I hadn't realised clocks were going back this weekend, as it's very early this year - presumably because it can't happen in November, albeit it would've been only a couple of hours into November!

I guess working from home will make the change a little more tolerable this year. There's nothing worse than that first post-BST afternoon back in the office when darkness descends before 5pm... yuck!

Going to have to make the most of lunchtime periods those working at home, otherwise many people wont get out in fresh air at any stage, its getting outside no matter how light or not which will be essential given current situation.

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Love when the clocks go back. I know some of you hate the dark evenings, but for me it brings in the best time of the year.

I work nights so, the drive to work in the dark evening, with cold mists hanging in the air. Leaving work in the early hours during a cold frosty morning. It's magical for me. Wouldn't change it for the world.

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15 hours ago, Wynter said:

Love when the clocks go back. I know some of you hate the dark evenings, but for me it brings in the best time of the year.

I work nights so, the drive to work in the dark evening, with cold mists hanging in the air. Leaving work in the early hours during a cold frosty morning. It's magical for me. Wouldn't change it for the world.

prefer putting them forward

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55 minutes ago, I remember Atlantic 252 said:

prefer putting them forward

Nah, miss the extra hour sleep! 🤪

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Lovely dusk sound of the Blackbird calling is back, an evocative sound telling you we are into the latter stages of the year now. Indeed it's been a pleasant afternoon so light levels have lingered a bit longer.. going into dusky light now. Cloudier overcast late afternoons would gave it much darker now, so not quite the sudden abrupt change that can happen some years. There will be early dusks next week given overcast skies.

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clocks dont back here for another week..still dark at 8.15am looking forward to some extra light in the mornings for a brief 2-3 weeks from next sunday

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Glad Im WFH at the moment, the clocks going back always coincides with more accidents on the roads after work finishes in the evenings.

Would much prefer BST during winter and DST during the summer, early sun rise in summer is a complete waste of daylight, I conceed in the winter the shear lack of actual daylight around the shortest day makes little difference to using GMT or BST.

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Not enjoying these sudden shifts into nightfall around 5pm. the overcast skies are not helping, that switch to an early winter state has set in, despite it being only late October.

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Sunset here today is 16:05 - meaning we have 19 minutes left to lose until the earliest sunsets of 15:46 between the 10th-14th December.

Mornings continue to darken rapidly though. 7:22am sunrise today, which will slide down to 8:08am by Xmas day. The shortest day overall is of course the 21st December, despite the latest sunrise/earliest sunset not being on the same day!

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Preety much nearing absolute low light levels in the evening at least, on drab cloudy overcast days such as today, and many recently, it is now fully dark by half 4, going dark at 4pm. In a months time the evenings start to draw out. Still a good 4 weeks to go yet, and on very wet afternoons it goes dark by 3.30pm. On generally wet or overcast days it never really gets light now - it makes for exceptionally long days if you want a bit of brightness.. I can understand why people are already to turning on there christmas lights to bring some much needed light, especially under current circumstances - it feels like a living hibernation.

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Having worked last Saturday when it threw it down all darn day, it was the most depressing dark day I can remember for years. Sunday wasnt much better with the squals.

Now today it's raining again, and living in a post WW2 rebuilt grey concrete City Centre it is just depressing. 

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10 hours ago, philglossop said:

Having worked last Saturday when it threw it down all darn day, it was the most depressing dark day I can remember for years. Sunday wasnt much better with the squals.

Now today it's raining again, and living in a post WW2 rebuilt grey concrete City Centre it is just depressing. 

i worked in Plymouth for 3 years 1995-98 and have to agree esp in winter to be a depressing place ..fortunately i got to home each day back to Exeter..having said that the most depressing place i have been to is Airdrie in Scotland!

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Nights and evenings will start to get lighter in 4 weeks. Thank the lord. Absolutely hate these dark evenings.

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