Don't forget that tonight, Saturday night, you will be losing an hour's sleep! It's easy to forget, but you will need to put the clocks forwards an hour before you go to bed tonight, and since it is a Saturday night, if you're planning on going out then it's probably a good idea to change the clocks at home before you leave, otherwise you may be fairly likely to forget when you get back from the Pig's Ear and Bucket. Technically the clocks change time at 1.00 am, when the clocks suddenly leap forward to 2.00 am. If you're heading out clubbing make sure that if you book a taxi you know which time it's actually booked for, or you could find yourself hanging around for quite a while, or missing it altogether!
Most people know that Daylight Savings time was introduced in 1916, although there are three things about it that you may not know.
First of all, the idea was originally proposed by one builder by the name of William Willett, although his original plan was to have clocks move forwards by 20 minutes per week for two weeks in April.
The second interesting fact about DST you may not be aware of is that during WWII the clocks did not go back at the end of summertime, but continued to be put forward by one hour each spring. In effect this meant that Britain was two hours ahead of GMT, and this was called BDST, or British Double Summer Time. Additionally, in 1947 there was a fuel shortage, and so BDST was introduced once more for just one year.
The third interesting fact is that daylight savings is not actually as recent an idea as 1916, because the truth is that the Romans implemented their own version! The Romans didn't change the clocks in the same way we do though, and this is partly because the way they told the time was quite different to how we do.
Interestingly they had no such thing as minutes or seconds, but instead only used hours. The tricky thing is though that the Roman hour varied considerably, between about 45 minutes and 75 minutes, depending upon the time of year! What the Romans did is to divide the amount of daylight per day into twelve equal segments, called hours. But of course as the days are so much longer in the summer than the winter the length of each hour at this time of year was significantly longer! With a full half hour added to every single daylight hour during the summer compared to the middle of winter, at least your mobile phone tariff would go further!