Saturday, 26 October 2013

Back An Hour


Sod's law dictates that I am on night shift tonight, the shift when the clocks go back. Obviously it means another hour in front of a ventilator and drips and tomorrow morning will have me looking like a Basset hound with a hangover, but I welcome the fact that clocks change.
The darker evenings not only herald the start of winter
They herald the start of a slightly better social life!
In deep winter, the animals are all shut up and safe by 4 pm...
Theatre visits can then be organised. cinema tickets bought, family meals attended and " meeting  chris at  Osborn house in Llandudno for drinks and nibbles after work" can be organised without the need of rushing home to ( in  chris' words) " lock the *€*< birds up"
An hour more at work tonight.....is a small price to pay

32 comments:

  1. Daylight savings started here some weeks ago. Too early I think. I always look forward to the clocks going back so much more than the forward leap.

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  2. Does Chris not share your passion for the animals John?!!!

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  3. Will you be working one hour for free - the lost hour?

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  4. Snap, working tonight also, in Shaftesbury, have a good one,Daisy

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  5. I never understand why they change the clocks. Think its something to do with giving the first world war ammunitions workers having more light to make weapons? Don't understand why school children can't go to school at say half nine in the morning and come home at 3 in the afternoon. I also miss street lights and public transport. There isn't much of a social life in the countryside. Think the ideal situation would be to have an apartment in the town (or city) for weekends and a house in the country for the rest of time. Think you have got it right, living in a village.

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    1. It doesn't change until after October 31st here. Tiny children are walking in the dark to the bus stop at 7:45. Very scary.

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    2. If you change your clock on Oct. 31, you're going to be very confused. The change is Nov. 3rd. You're welcome.

      Love,
      Janie

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  6. Will you get an extra hour's pay for the fact that you worked from 2am to 3am twice?

    I only just managed to hold my tongue last year when my employers were nit-picking over us not being able to get in the because of having three foot of snow on the drive, when they conveniently forgot the whole day extra they got out of all of us by virtue of it being a leap year. Employers seem to think that because jobs can be hard to find they are perfectly entitled to take liberties.

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    1. Correct, Jean.......the news about Grangemouth this week is one classic example!

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  7. Next week the clocks change I think, unless they have a different system in Wales

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    1. No debbie.. They go back at 2 am tomorrow morning!

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    2. Really, damn, I hate that.

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  8. our DST does not change until the first week in november. i hate it. why can't they just leave time alone?

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  9. If you got the extra hour's pay they would only dock you come Spring -- best leave well enough alone!

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    1. Yes. And be sure you get that shorter shift in the Spring!!

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  10. We don't fall back over here until the 3rd of November. Can't wait to get that extra hour of sleep! I had to forgo your earlier post since I have been saving WD on DVR and haven't started season 4 yet :)

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  11. Thanks for the reminder! When I worked (and lived in a cold place), I hated this time of year. Now I don't care!

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  12. I always looks forward to the extra hour in my day. I think in jobs like yours, the difference should be split between night and morning shift. That is you work an extra half hour, as does morning shift.

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  13. The darkness of winter will be upon us - not long now before the snow.

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  14. Oh, I don't miss working nights at all! I always seemed to be the one doing the extra hour!
    But, like you say, it fits in better for a more cultural activities, which can't be bad!

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  15. As others have mentioned, we're a week "behind" you in the States. At least your post reminded me to check google to see when I'm supposed to set my clocks back!

    Nancy in Iowa

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  16. Very positive outlook John. I feel the hour should be split for night workers too though. Do you get paid for an extra hour ?

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  17. We were just remarking the other day how unmotivated we are once the evening dark descends. In the summer when the light is long we're eager to jump up at 7:00 or 8:00 to start some project.
    Oh, and please when you have time, travel over to Hippo and ladle on some advice. As one of his followers pointed out, he may well be on the way to septicemia with his latest folly.

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  18. Thanks for the reminder. My tomorrow's first dog-walk of the day will be at 7.30am IN DAYLIGHT. Yippee.

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  19. It used to change the weekend before Halloween here and then someone had the brilliant idea of having our time change in sync with the States....

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  20. Enjoy the many pleasures winter shall bring.

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  21. I live in Arizona and we are on Mountain Time and never change our clocks. It is heaven. I have a funny story about the time change when I was a child. I must blog that on Monday.

    Take care tonight.
    cheers, parsnip

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  22. Heating on, duvet is out with blanket on top and I'm not happy about this massive storm which is about to hit the UK either.
    Hope all goes well at your end and it seems like you're gonna have fun this winter.

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  23. Yeah. Ours doesn't change until Nov. 3rd. Because of course, using more electricity in the morning for lights, somehow saves energy somewhere in the universe.
    Have a good Sunday, John.

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  24. I wonder what we'd do with an extra hour in Africa. LOL!

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  25. I've never really thought about it before. Do you get paid for the extra hour if you have to work through the night?

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