A Little Time
So last night the clocks moved. We are now in British Summer Time (BST) not Daylight saving Time as some say as that’s an Americanism (not that there’s anything wrong with that). British Summer Time was originally enacted in 1916. There have been many adaptations to it including over the Second World War when Double BST was enacted. There have been arguments that we should be on BST all year round including 1970 when some research seemed to show a decrease in road accidents when BST. However this also coincided with the introduction of Drink Drive limits so is not conclusive.
One of the Arguments is lighter evenings and mornings but as someone who lives in the North of Scotland in reality it makes little difference to me. In the Winter its frequently not light until after 9 am and Dark at around 3 pm. In fact on some days it feels like it doesn’t go much out of Dusk. So keeping BST in the Winter would just mean it’s Dark until 10 am then Dark at 4pm so wouldn’t make any real difference to me. Although I can see how in the South of England there would be some Difference. In the Mid Summer we only have a couple of hours of Darkness and even that on clear nights you can still see the glow of the sun. So practically any change would have little difference despite the arguments that happen every year.
Time well counting Time is a Human construct and no matter what it’s how we use that Time that counts. BST to me is a marker for our long, long days. Early morning Runs or even late Runs. On beautiful day there is something so life affirming about Running the Trails at 11pm when it’s still light. So it’s time to start using that Time a little more wisely as I can always sleep next Winter.
A little time to build up your lives
A little time to make up our minds
A little time to fill up our dreams
A little time, time
Helloween – ‘A Little Time’