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A reminder for anybody else in UK/Europe whose Stampboards time is showing an hour later than their den clock, you have to reset the DST option yourself in Profile/Preferences/Settings.
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Daylight saving time will end around Europe on Sunday, in what could be the last time the clocks go back an hour on the continent.
Key points:

European Council recommended member states stop changing clocks in spring and autumn
Survey shows most Europeans want the time change abolished
A clear majority want "permanent summertime" to be imposed

For the past 16 years the summertime change has been regulated by the European Union (EU) directive 2000/84/EC, which states the switchover dates are the last weekend of March and the last weekend of October.

But last August, the European Council recommended EU member states stop changing the clocks in spring and autumn and use summertime for the whole year.

It came after 4.6 million people from EU countries replied to a public consultation on the summertime arrangement, with 84 per cent of those wanting the time change to be abolished.

The clear majority of those people would prefer "permanent summertime", while 36 per cent were in favour of "permanent standard time".

"We carried out a survey, millions responded and believe that in future, summertime should be year-round, and that's what will happen," EU president Jean-Claude Juncker told the German broadcaster ZDF in August.

"I will recommend to the commission that, if you ask the citizens, then you have to do what the citizens say.

"We will decide on this today, and then it will be the turn of the member states and the European Parliament."

The measure still needs to be approved by the European Parliament, and member states would then have the choice to opt out of the time change.

Currently there are three time zones in the EU: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is used by the UK, Ireland and Portugal; Central Europe Time (CET), which 17 EU member states use and is an hour ahead of GMT; and Eastern European time, which is used in eight states and is two hours ahead of GMT.
Debate over daylight saving drawbacks and benefits

There has been conjecture over the benefits and drawbacks of daylight saving time, with those in favour arguing that having synchronised clocks across the EU saves energy and allows the single market to function better.

Critics say the time changes upset sleep patterns and can have negative health effects.

Another issue that could arise is the possibility the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland would be in two different time zones after the UK exits the European Union in March next year.

The Republic would have to chose between having a time-zone border with the north if it opts out of daylight saving time, or keeping it and being in a different time zone to fellow EU countries.

The UK currently has British Summer Time (GMT+1) that has been in place since 1916, when it was introduced during World War I to conserve coal.

In 2011 the British Government proposed a three-year trial of a move to CET — GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer — with the idea that lighter evenings would reduce traffic accidents.

But the plan was discarded after it drew opposition from Scotland and the north of England, where it would have meant some areas would not have seen daylight until 10am during winter.
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I have NEVER understood why we have it in Australia.

A few farmers bleating about cows getting confused at milking time seems to have been the impetus?
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I'm all for Daylight Saving, I love having daylight until almost 9.00 pm in mid summer..

And incidentally if we didn't have it, it would be daylight here about 4.30 am in mid summer..

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https://www.ahs.com/home-matters/quick-tips/spring-forward-daylight-saving-time

We know it’s not fun “springing forward” each year. In fact, though it’s only one day, it throws off your entire schedule, and the sleep effects tend to linger for a few days, right? What’s to appreciate about that? Surprisingly, several things.

Benefits of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving time (often mistaken as “daylight savings time”) is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from standard time in the spring and backwards one hour in the fall. The “springing forward” usually occurs in March or April, and the “falling back” follows sometime between September and November. The purpose of such a seemingly trivial act? To make better use of natural daylight.

Although less than 40 percent of the countries around the world use daylight saving time, the United States implemented it in 1918, and it doesn’t appear like it’s going to change anytime soon.

So, need a reason not to dread getting out of bed an hour earlier on March 12? Consider these four benefits of daylight saving time:

1. There’s more light to enjoy in the evening.

What’s better: Only a fleeting moment of daylight before work (and driving home in the dark) or being able to enjoy the daylight well into the evening hours? That’s what we thought. More light = more time to do what you want or need to do = a happier you.

2. The crime rate drops during daylight saving time.

Research has shown that robbery rates after daylight saving time fall an average of 7 percent, with a much larger 27 percent drop during those light-filled evening hours that didn’t exist before the time change. Mind. Blown.


3. It minimizes energy consumption (and lowers your costs).

When you enjoy more natural daylight, you use less artificial light — and that makes a real impact on the overall cost of energy consumption.

4. It lowers the incidence of traffic accidents.

Like driving home in the daylight versus the darkness, driving is easier when you can see your surroundings and where you’re going, right? Duh! Studies actually show that we could save hundreds of lives per year if we implemented daylight saving time year-round.

Related: Test Your Knowledge on Daylight Savings

How to Prepare for Daylight Saving Time

Regardless of the benefits, we can’t lie: It’s still going to be a jolt to your typical routine. To make the time change easier, though, follow these four practices before the big day:

Reset your clocks the night before.

Sure, your phone, computer and cable box are going to automatically update, but what about that clock on your microwave? Your oven? Or the one on the wall by your desk? Avoid confusion (and annoyance, for that matter) by turning the clocks ahead one hour beforehand.

Catch some extra ZZZs.

The best way to prepare for the lost hour of sleep is to build up to it. For example, starting several days before the time change, make sure your family members are in bed 15–30 minutes before their regular bedtimes. It also helps to ensure you’re well rested the week before.

Get your house prepared.

Daylight saving time means summer’s around the corner. Unfortunately, that also means you’ll be cranking up your air conditioner soon (if you’re not already). Armed with the true daylight saving spirit, consider executing energy-saving tips for your home.

Be positive.

It’s inevitable: You’re going to come across people who were “surprised” by the time change — and they won’t be happy about it. Just keep the above-mentioned benefits of daylight saving time in mind and don’t fall victim to their bad moods. Besides, if you’ve utilized the previous tips, you’re well prepared. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even realize that you don’t dread “springing forward” after all.
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These benefits depend on where do you live. Close to equator (likely more or less of whole Africa and countries in the same latitude) the difference in the length of the day is small and the benefit is small, too. In the North (Nordic and Baltic countries and countries in the same latitude in both southern and northern hemispheres) the length of the day changes so fast that the benefit lasts only about 3 weeks or so. I do agree it may make sense in South and Central Europe, but the benefits are minimal in Nordic region.
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kuikka wrote:... the benefits are minimal in Nordic region.
No Kidding. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I spent Christmas Day once on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi Finland.

It was minus 20 or 30 or something crazy, and the days was spent cross country skiing, Skidooing across lakes, Dog sled rides, and ice fishing etc and a visit to the Arctic Zoo etc. I do recall drinking a LOT of Glögi/glögg/Glühwein there!

There was also a Santa Claus Post Office there. 8)

As I recall 'Sunrise' was about 11am and 'sunset' about 3pm! Very strange Christmas Day. :mrgreen:

Another Christmas I was literally crossing the Antarctic Circle in an ice-breaker -- I recall it was near permanent daylight there.

An hour either way in those places would make no difference. 8)

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On Friday, Morocco suddenly decided to not change their clocks - and stay on daylight saving time all year round - so staying on GMT+1 -

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-45995634
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Thank you for resurrecting this old thread of mine. It reminded me to do just what it says in the opening post!
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A reminder for anybody else in UK whose Stampboards time is showing an hour later than their den clock, you have to reset the DST option yourself in Profile/Preferences/Settings.
In the current version of Stampboards, this option has moved to Board Preferences / Edit Global Settings

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Thank you. I thought this morning that I ought to mention it but now that summer time has ended it was a beautiful summery day and I've been working in the garden. Yesterday, OTOH, we went to the coast just to have a blow because it was windy and slightly damp in the air, even before we got to The Wash. Quite a lot of people in Hunstanton, hate to think what it's like today.
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