British 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.
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.
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.
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
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Not many people realize that June 24th is Midsummer's Day. Most believe June 21st is the Midsummer Day - Wrong.
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!'
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.
Joe replied, 'You ought to come and eat a Midsummer feast with us, we put ice-cream on our strawberries.'
On Midsummer's Day two yokels were on the train heading homewards through Somerset, England when one of them noticed some cows.
'Heard of what?'
'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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