Coldplay and WW1
I am going to attempt to draw a somewhat loose connection between one of my favourite bands, Coldplay, and The General. I was listening to the radio the other day and I heard that the lead singer of Coldplay is the great-great grandson of William Willett, the man who invented daylight savings. In his 1909 pamphlet, Willett wrote, "Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings. Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used". His origional plan was to advance the clocks by 20 minutes each Sunday in April, and put back the clocks by 20 minutes on each sunday in September. He thought that daylight savings would increase the health and happiness of British citizens, while saving the country about £2 1/2 million pounds a year. People thought that this was an absolutely ridicuous idea at first, because messing with time seemed absurd. However, in 1916 during World War One, it was declared that the clocks would be moved an hour ahead during the summers, so that precious fuel could be conserved. This idea was also taken up by several other European countries during the war and daylight savings as we know know it, was eventually used in most other countries as well. I really do not think that Curzon would have liked the idea of changing time. He is so rooted in his tradional ideals that he probably would not have cared whether this was an efficient idea or not.