Saturday, 6 February 2010
We're captive on the carousel of time...
1. When the Trick or Treaters start knocking on your door, tell yourself that Bonfire Night is just around the corner.
2. Get through bonfire Night under the bed with your dogs and then suddenly become absorbed with how many days it is until Christmas. Use an Advent Calender with pieces of chocolate behind the doors.
3. Christmas Midwinterfest of over-indulgence doesn't really finish until the third of January. Just hang on till the Misery Nadir of January 16th and you can then tell yourself that by the 21st you are past the coldest, darkest 2 months of the year!
4. Hang on till 21st February and suddenly you are past the coldest, darkest THIRD of the year and the days are getting perceptably LONGER and LIGHTER! For us "Pot Half Full" Optimists that means we are just entering the brightest, lightest TWO THIRDS of the Year! Simples!
The scientifically minded amongst us will obviously have obtained our Latitude and Longitude here and placed it into this excellent web calculator to follow the exact day length and sunset times as they change.
We here in Mid-Norfolk currently get 9hrs 20 minutes daylight with the sun going down at 16.57, but if we lived, say, 100 miles South in North Kent, the day would be 2 minutes longer. If we lived 100 miles North it would be 7 minutes shorter, although that would pale into insignificance when placed against the more urgent problem of living in the North Sea.
If you follow the Pet Shop Boys or the British Economy and "Go West" the sun sets later, go North and the day gets shorter still. Kaz in Manchester only has a 9hr 14 minute day (unless she's buggered off to Spain again) whereas Malcolm in the Scottish Islands has but 8 hours 29 minutes of daylight to tend his lovely piggies. He will of course get his revenge in July when his day will start at 3.12am and last till 20 past nine. Exeter currently has 10 minutes longer day than us and the sun doesn't set till 17.15.
I hope all you SADDO's out there have managed to get through this extensively researched piece without taking an overdose. I nearly didn't make it myself.