|The banks of the Thames are a perfect place to enjoy London in the spring. Image via.|
The extra daylight seems to put a spring in my step which all but disappears in the dark winter months. I look forward to stowing away those bulky jumpers and casting aside the slowcooker for another season. I really am thankful to live in a place in which you can experience all four seasons (sometimes in one day!).
The idea of daylight savings was first suggested in an article written by Benjamin Franklin, albeit in jest, that Parisians could save money in candles by getting out of bed earlier in order to make use of the natural morning light. The essay “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” was written to a newspaper editor in Paris in 1784.
Fast forward over a hundred years and a British builder by the name of William Willett proposed DST in 1905. The idea was picked up by Robert Pearce who introduced the idea to the House of Commons in 1908. The DST bill was presented in 1909 but came up against strong opposition, particularly amongst farmers. This meant the bill never passed and in 1915 Willett passed away before his idea eventually came to fruition.
|Stay on time with this domed Williamm Comyns sterling silver clock made in London in 1907. Click here to view on our website.|
There was a time when over half the world’s countries adopted the use of DST, but year upon year more countries drop out. Rather confusingly, there are some countries, such as Australia, the US and Canada, where only certain regions have opted out.
Those in favour of continuing with daylight savings most likely include the sports, tourism and leisure industries, whereas those in sectors such as agriculture have long been opposed.
|…Or a plainer option. Also William Comyns, made in London in 1915. Click here to view on our website.|
And when the clock strikes one on Sunday morning just remember to spring forward and begin to look ahead to the long summer evenings before us.
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