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Thursday, March 25, 2010


In some of the eastern states of Australia Daylight Saving Time comes to an end on Easter Sunday.

New South Wales HAS Daylight Saving, Queensland DOES NOT !

For nearly half of the year neighbouring states are on different time zones !


In Queensland our longest Summer day starts about 4:30am and finishes about 7:00pm.
By 7:30 it is pitch dark - no twilight, just dark.
The weather is warm/ hot but it's dark at 7:00pm.

An hour more daylight would be good.
Families on summer holidays could use the extra daylight hour.

In Queensland we have less hours of daylight so we could use the extra hour in the evenings that moving the clock forward would give us.

What I find hard to understand is why countries with long hours of daylight need Daylight Saving Time.

I've been in Scotland where dawn arrived at 3:30am and it was still light at 10:30pm!

I understand the desire to make use of every hour of light after a dark Winter, but who needs to be out in twilight at 10:30 -11:00pm when it's daylight again at 3:30am?

That's 19 hours of daylight !!! ( wouldn't 18 do? )

I guess mothers ( and others ) just draw the curtains and shut out the fresh Summer air to create "darkness" in order to get their kids to sleep at night.

Daylight Saving Time or Summer Time starts soon in many places all over the world.

How do you feel about Daylight Saving Time?



  1. I love Daylight Saving Time. Now with DST "springing forward" last Sunday it is staying light out until 7pm. There are maybe four or five different time zones in the States. Some states did not adopt DST. Arizona (except some Indian Reservations), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa have chosen not to observe Daylight Saving Time. This choice does make sense for the areas closer to the equator because the days are more consistent in length throughout the year. DST has been extended here in the last year with starting it earlier (2nd Sunday in March) and going later (1st Sunday in November). Your Queensland sounds a lot like Florida here. There is no twilight there either it just gets dark at 7pm. I love the long light days here in the summer. When we go to Alaska I think it will be daylight most of the time. Luckily we have night shades for our trailer.

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)

  2. Have a look at this web page for info on why we have British Summer Time: http://www.nmm.ac.uk/explore/astronomy-and-time/time-facts/spring-forward-100-years-of-british-summer-time
    I love the light evenings and would really miss the long twilight hours we get in summer which doesn't happen further south where darkness falls all at once. But the dark winter days are another thing altogether! I guess we all get used to whatever is the norm where we live! But thanks for drawing this interesting conundrum to our attention.


  3. Maybe "saving" isn't the word. It shouldbe "increasing" time. Actually it doesn't even increase it, it just changes the clock times at which we in GB have it.
    Well if we didn't do it it would be dark an hour earlier, but it's nice to have it later.
    It would be far worse for more people if we didn't do the October change.
    If Oz and the USA can cope with different parts of the country being on different time zones then I don't see why the rest of the UK or GB think it would be such a problem if Scotland was different, which it would like to be. Let them do it, say I, if they want to.

  4. Well the majority of those in South East Queensland would like Daylight Saving, but the majority of those residing outside that region do not. Solution: Dual time zone for Queensland with Daylight Saving in SEQ only. If you agree, then support www.ds4seq.org.au

  5. I am looking forward to our clocks springing forward an hour on Sunday it is so lovely to have the light evenings - however I hate the end of October when the clocks fall back and it is oh so dark!

  6. Would love to have daylight saving in Brisbane - although we do get quite long days in the Summer months without it!

  7. Our clocks move forward this weekend. I just love the long , light summer evenings.... sitting in the garden with a glass or teo of wine or out walking. Absolute heaven! Ros

  8. I bet you are getting really really excited. Just think you will be leaving and I heading home next week. Sort of ready, you know when you get to that point of missing your own stuff. Like a real computer...he-he...

    We changed here last week. It took me all week as we also had another hour difference between Chicago and Tampa.


  9. It takes me about a week in the spring to get used to the clocks moving forward, but i really do enjoy the extra hour of light in the evenings. It's especially nice after a long day at work for my little boy to have time after homework and dinner to go outside and run around. Have a lovely day!

  10. We 'turn our clocks forward' here in the UK on Saturday evening so it will be getting dark at about 7pm instead of 6pm. I love the long summer evenings and we make the most of them if the weather is fine (it happens sometimes!) and I would really miss them. It is often light until 10pm and we get really stunning sunsets too.

    I guess in large countries like Australia and the US it must get a bit confusing with all the different time zones though!

    Have a great weekend.

    Jeanne x

  11. Just to let you know our daughter is flying to Brisbane tonight! You might see he in your home city sometime!! Hope you are having/had a great time in France?

    Jane x

  12. What a funny old world we live in. We change our clocks tonight - but we ALWAYS forget. Twice we've taken the children to parties and turned up an hour early (in the Winter obviously).

    Kate x

  13. My daughter is fed up because there is an hour less for clubbing this evening!
    Hugs to you