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British Summer Time Ends

British Summer Time (BST) EndsBritish Summer Time Ends

It's always the last Sunday in October when Summer Time ends, and the clocks fall back.  The precise time on that Sunday morning is 2:00 am BST, which becomes 1:00 am GMT.

  • 2010 - 31st October
  • 2011 - 30th October
  • 2012 - 28th October (Leap year)
  • 2013 - 27th October

The key of remembering what happens to the clock is: 'Spring forward and Fall back'.

British Summer Time Begins

On the last Sunday of March the clocks spring forward, 1:00 am GMT becomes 2:00 BST.

  • 2011 - 27th March
  • 2012 - 25th March (Leap year)
  • 2013 - 31st March (24th would not be the last Sunday)
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The Origin of British Summer Time

In many way the trains started it!  Once railways became popular problems arose with timetabling long journeys that moved through time zones.  Thus there was a need for a standard time, this became London time and then Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).  Summer Time came in to being in 1916, the idea was to make better use of daylight in the munitions factories.  My point is that without the standardisation provided by GMT there could have been no Summer Time.

Since 1916 there have been a number of attempts to tinker with the idea of the clocks springing forward an hour in March and falling back at the end of October; most notably double summer time in the 1940s.  Indeed in the Autumn of 2010 there has been a serious move to re-introduce lighter evenings in effort to save power and reduce road accidents.

Hilarious British Summertime Funnies British Summer Time Ends

British Summer Time Ends

Daylight Saving Time (DST)British Summer Time Ends

DST this is what America and much of the rest of the world calls 'Summer Time'.  It's interesting that the USA uses the abbreviation DST, whereas the United Kingdom employs the full phrase 'Summer Time'.

Another difference is that DST lasts for three weeks longer than Summer Time.  DST starts on the second Sunday in March (not the last), end ends on the first Sunday in November, (not the last Sunday in October).

Daylight Saving Time Ends

  • 2010 - November 7th
  • 2011 - November 6th
  • 2012 - November 4th (Leap year)
  • 2013 - November 3rd

Daylight Saving Time Begins

  • 2010 - March 14th
  • 2011 - March 13th
  • 2012 - March 11th (Leap year)
  • 2013 - March 10th

Midsummer's Day - June 24th Midsummer's day - June 24th

Not many people realize that June 24th is Midsummer's Day.  Most believe June 21st is the Midsummer Day - Wrong. 

That day (21st) is the solstice, but the 24th is a quarter-day along with: Lady Day on 25th March, Michaelmas on 29th September, and famously, Christmas on 25th December.

Midsummer's Day Jokes

How to Get to the Midsummer Festival?

A townie was looking for the Midsummer festival, he stopped and asked Tyler.  'Will this road take me to the Midsummer Day festival?' 

'Oh no,' said Tyler.  'You'll have to go by yourself!'

Midsummer Strawberries

Farmer Woodman was driving his John Deere tractor along the road with a trailer load of fertilizer.  Joe a little boy of eight was playing in his yard when he saw the farmer and asked, 'What've you got in your trailer?'

'Manure,' Farmer Woodman replied.

'What are you going to do with it?' asked Joe.
'Put it on my strawberries,' answered the farmer.

Joe replied, 'You ought to come and eat a Midsummer feast with us, we put ice-cream on our strawberries.'

Basket Case?

On Midsummer's Day two yokels were on the train heading homewards through Somerset, England when one of them noticed some cows.

'What a lovely bunch of cows.' he remarked.
'Not a bunch, herd,' his mate replied. Midsummer's Day  Jokes

'Heard of what?'
'Herd of cows.'

'Of course I've heard of cows.'

'No, a cow herd.'

'What do I care what a cow heard. I have no secrets to keep from a cow.'

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