Tonight, Paris switches off daylight saving, and I’m again confused about turning clocks back/forward. Do I or don’t I get an extra hour’s sleep?
You wouldn’t think my first degree was in mathematics, and that my mental arithmetic is faster than average.
What would “back” mean, just for a start? Where it was an hour a go? To a lower number?
It might be a defect in my education, because we didn’t have to learn such things when I went to school. Nevertheless, I’ve mainly blamed a mental block, until now.
Given that my attempted biannual (not “biennial”, don’t ask!) calculations are more likely to be wrong than right, it must a problem with daylight saving.
Confronted with the confusion for a third time this year, I’ve decided that the system is just one step too alienated – as the cockies complain. Let me explain why the cows get confused.
Noon is meant to be when the sun is highest, and midnight 12 hours later. (While I’m at it: noon is 12 am, and midnight 12 pm or, if you like, 00 am – do the counting!)
And no-one can shift when the sun is highest, without difficulty. Nevertheless, daylight savers pretend they can, wrecking our daily lives.
All that mental and bodily confusion, and for what? Something about an extra hour’s sunlight. Really?
If people really wanted more light to run around in after work, then the sensible thing would be to shift when they work. Instead of knocking off at 5 pm, stop at 4.
And if they wanted sunnier breakfasts or dinners, then likewise, shift them an hour later/earlier.
Postscript: I even confused my laptop – insisted I needed an extra two hours’ sleep.