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Doc B to the rescue once again!The form of governmental tampering has generally been the institution of Summer Time, advancing the legal time by one hour during the summer months in order to promote greater efficiency in the use of the daylight hours and of artificial lighting; originally introduced as a wartime measure in 1916, this has been continued through peacetime as well, with occasional variations such as double summer time (advancing the clocks by a second hour for part of the summer) in World War 2(from http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~jsm28/british-time/ [Links inactive - To make links active and clickable, login or click here to register])
I don't think anyone knows...though I am sure the original reason must be written down somewhere and stored in some file in some government department.I've heard the farming thing many times too..(never the bombing but as Karen says..that may be particular to the US)Wiki does have an article about it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time [Links inactive - To make links active and clickable, login or click here to register] The premise that it's for having more light in the evening so that there is more time for daylight activities seems reasonable.
You are right Karen W, the kerfew as you call it was called a "blackout" in the UK.Blackout wardens would patrol the streets at night and anyone caught disobeying the blackout rules could be fined.The saving was introduced during the war but recently it has become a topic because of the energy saving implications. I think the US is moving forward the date that DST starts this year because of it. edit: I'm dumb, only just realised I have to set the clocks tonight! [:I]TMM
Well, the clocks have gone forward already over here....so happy spring time !!