Tonight, or so I'm told, the clocks "go forward"... We enter that magical land of "Daylight Saving Time" (y'know it used to be called "British Summer Time" - but that's not European enough) and somehow, that's good... Let's all do the Daylight Saving Dance and be happy!
Unfortunately, there's one drawback to the whole scheme... It's this business of "losing an hour" - by putting the clocks forward by an hour, we skip out a whole hour from the day... A twenty-three hour day - imagine that!
But already people are complaining about "losing an hour of sleep"... It's understandable, really, isn't it?
So, here is what I propose...
Yeah, we have to lose the hour from the day, but do we have to lose it from our sleep time? Why not take the hour out of working hours, and have the same amount of time in bed?
The day of the change, all businesses should open one hour later than they usually do, but close at the same time...
So, the clocks go forward... Normally, you have to be at work for 9am - today, you have to be at work for 10am... But you still leave your job at 5pm... The system still works - we just have one fewer hour of working, rather than one fewer hour in bed...! How good is that?!
Of course most of you will have noticed that this year, the clocks are going forward on a Sunday... Some people work on Sundays, don't they? So my idea can still benefit them... But for anyone who has weekends off, who works part-time, who is a student, still at school, unemployed, self-employed, retired, or still in the womb - just get up an hour later, and stop moaning about it!