Lighter Later

I don’t know if you’ve heard about this already, but I really like the idea of having an extra hour of sunlight, achievable by moving the clocks forward by an hour, so that it’s Lighter Later, as the campaign has so succinctly been branded.

It’s from the people that brought you 10:10 and The Age of Stupid before it, whose mission was and remains to guide Britons towards achieving a 10% cut in UK greenhouse gas emissions, and thus reducing their carbon footprints, in 2010.

If you haven’t made a commitment to cutting your emissions yet, you can still sign up and see a multitude of ways of treading more lightly – here. If you’re not in the UK, please take a look anyway, because, as another campaign makes starkly clear, it’s not about which country you’re from, but which planet. And we’re all from the same planet, even though it’s often hard to believe.

More on Earth Hour later.

The obvious safety benefits of having an extra hour of natural light in the evening are numerous and, of course, crucially, it would reduce carbon emissions: at least 447,000 tonnes each year from the UK, apparently, which is equivalent to more than 50,000 cars driving all the way around the world.

What do you think of the idea? It’s gathering considerable support.

In other news, Scotland has endured its coldest winter for almost 100 years and it’s snowing there now, with Easter just days away. Do you consider this alarming enough to change habits and reduce consumption in all its gluttonous forms? The grim prediction for much of the globe is that its land and waters will freeze rather than warm, after all. What we now think of as wet will pale (get it?) in comparison to the predicted increased rainfall, along with the high winds, vicious snowstorms and other evidence of erratic, dramatic weather. To speak of ‘global warming’ is most misleading.

On the other hand, does the fact that the weather has been colder not act as a powerful shot in the arm to climate change sceptics and deniers everywhere? Some have been quite smug lately: record snowfall is clear evidence of global cooling, not warming, they say, so there (although only some regions have experienced cold weather, which is hardly ‘global’, and this can be explained by the ‘Arctic oscillation’ being at its strongest for at least 60 years… or so it says here).

What slaps you across the face with another (a third?) cold, clammy hand is that weather is what happens in the short term whereas matters of climate pertain to long-term trends and not current weather patterns. Frost and snow is still consistent with predictions for global warming, say the scientists; global warming simply prevents such cold snaps from occurring more regularly, making the ones we do experience all the more uncomfortable.

Giles Coren says it, too. And he uses the delightful word “numbskulls”.

Earth Hour was observed for the fourth time on Saturday, with millions of people in a record 125 countries, spread over all seven continents, turning off their lights in a symbolic show of support for Earth and those who wish to preserve it.

If you were cynical about this grand, visual statement last year, have your views softened or hardened since? As ever, I’d be curious to learn what you’ve done most recently to reduce the size of your carbon footprint and, although I’ll probably never completely embrace your scepticism, I’d equally like to hear if and why you may still scoff at the suggestion that you need to reduce anything, because you don’t believe that human activity is so relevant to the issue.

Whether or not man has caused the Earth to warm, in order to keep temperatures down, it is widely agreed that we must cut global emissions drastically. If, with an election looming, I may appeal to those of you in the UK once more: you can e-mail your MP with just a few casual clicks of your mouse – here – and help ensure that, after the disappointment of the Copenhagen Summit in December, where no firm climate deal was agreed, climate change is firmly on the election agenda. This recent story should encourage and discourage in equal measure.

Oh, and the theme of today’s entirely optional brain training session is ‘Songs With Words Relating To the Weather and Environment and Climate in Their Titles’, please – be it the sunshine on your shoulders, like John Denver’s, of your love, like Cream’s, or even the plain and unwelcome kind that Jonathan Edwards tired of.

Here’s one with a rather appropriate title, considering the post’s subject matter (I’m not being very subtle, I know): ‘Blister in the Sun’ by the Violent Femmes.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

72 thoughts on “Lighter Later”

  1. I did some internet research on the subject.

    Studies in the US done in the ’70s show we save 1% of daily electricity usage during daylight savings time. That’s roughly 1,045,479.45 MW hours/day of savings by 2005 estimates for the entire US.

    The UK would save 955,342.47 MW hrs/day by 2005 estimates.

    At close to 1 tonne of CO2 emissions per MWh, the UK would reduce greenhouse emissions by 955,342 tonnes per day. The US cuts it by over 1 Mega tonne per day while on DST.

    It was just to paint a picture in my mind of the actual extent of the greenhouse gas savings we realize.

    1. Sadly, more recent research indicates that there is no energy reduction from what we in the US call daylight savings time. Yes, it gives us natural light later in the day. But in the morning when people are waking up for work, it stays dark later. So you have to turn the lights on.

      Unfortunately, what you gain at one end, you lose at the other. So you don’t get any energy benefit from daylight savings.

  2. I’m all for the clocks going forward by an hour.

    Sunshine on MY shoulders – John Denver

    What an absolutely wonderful happy song.

    The accompanying film is great for all those “Sun” worshippers out there. 😉

    How about, “I Won’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me’ by Nik Kershaw?

    1. Thanks, Julie. The images remind me of the poem by Robert Louis Stevenson that begins

      Great is the sun, and wide he goes
      Through empty heaven without repose.

      There’s also Elton John’s ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me’, of course. Another good opening line, too, in spite of the usually really, really annoying double negative:

      “I can’t light no more of your darkness…”

      These blog topics stick in the mind. I hope I mentioned Robert Louis Stevenson as one of our Great Scots.

    2. I like these words from the poem ‘Summer Sun’ you were referring to, FEd. ‘More thick than rain he showers his rays… To slip his golden fingers through.’

      They make me think of Homer with ‘…and when the child of morning, rosy-fingered Dawn…’

      ‘Summer Sun’ hmmmmmm, ‘Summer Sunday, and a year…’

    3. I remember another of his, this one about the wind. I always liked this bit:

      I saw you toss the kites on high
      And blow the birds about the sky,
      And all around I heard you pass,
      Like ladies’ skirts across the grass.

  3. I think putting the clocks forward by one hour is a great idea.

    It was tested in Britain between 1968 and 1971 and the result was fewer road deaths. But because there were slightly more deaths during the darker mornings, it put people off the idea.

    It would also give the tourism industry a boost and give kids more time to be out in the open doing physical things instead of growing fat in their bedrooms.

    As for Earth Hour, I switched off my lights but I am more cynical now about climate change than I was a year ago. This is mostly due to feeling that whatever I do won’t make a big difference when millions of people are flying around the world every day.

    I will be holidaying in England this year, using my car less, and growing my own fruit and vegetables.

    1. Good man.

      So far I have potatoes, onions, lettuce, spinach, rocket and radish planted (yes, all the easy stuff), so fingers crossed for those. Good luck to you.

      If you haven’t tried growing your own vegetables yet, and you’re in the UK, you can get some free seeds from the BBC to start you off. Hell, if they’re taking 6 Music away, we should take all the free seeds we can get.

  4. I can’t agree that snow or cold weather at the end of March is any indication to global warming. Over the last 40 years or so, I remember many times having a snowstorm or cold weather at this time. It is not unusual. In fact since it is the time when the seasons change, I would expect the weather to be very unpredictable at this time.

    The fact is that just like humans, the earth will also eventually die. It will still take a billion years or so but it too will become inhabitable. Of course our actions today do help in accelerating to that fateful day and we should try to take better care of the planet. But you will not be able to stop the evolution of the planet.

    Last week I read an article about Richard Branson’s quest to make space travel available to all. Insane amount of money is being raised for the chance of a very brief ride out of the atmosphere. On one hand I think of this as a total waste and is another way we destroy the environment. On the other hand, if we don’t further develop techonologies like this, when the planet does become uninhabitable mankind will completely perish. Some will probably say that is a good thing. But effectively our science fiction movies of today may actually be the future of tomorrow – albeit in another million years or so. And projects such as Mr. Branson’s are the initial gateway to the future.

    As for song titles, I will offer up this warm weather thought from Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. Re: Richard Branson, Space tourism.

      A total waste of money, I think. Completely shocking and disgusting, especially these days for all who live -even in Europe- in (extreme) poverty, or in precariousness and can’t even afford a holiday in their own country. Makes me feel nauseous.

      That, and this.

      Maybe such indecent amounts of money would be better used to help finance the cost of the new US health care program.

      Sorry pour le coup de gueule (outburst?).

    2. “Imagine trips to Mars that take weeks instead of nearly a year, people fanning out across the inner solar system, exploring the moon, asteroids, and Mars nearly simultaneously in a steady stream of firsts,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told reporters.

      :! Does anyone really want to?

    3. Well, would you rather “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” and experience a “Space Oddity” or take a “Journey to the Center of the Mind”?

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    4. Andrew, I couldn’t agree more with you. I don’t believe in Global Warming either, I think it is a scam to rob our freedom and money, and the latest climategate scandals, how the Global Warming scientists made up their data, are proving our point, but amid a censorship in the mainstream media only pushing for global warming and covering up the climategate scandal and ignoring the findings of the global warming skeptics, one is almost glad that this winter was a record cold one all over the Northern Hemipshere to make the skeptics more heard.

      If you go to climatedepot.com you will find a wealth of info debunking the global warming myth.

      Anyway, after we had 3 months of a record cold winter, now we have a cold Easter too. But I wish you all a very rocking and HAPPY EASTER!

  5. O by the way, in the U.S. the concept of Lighter Later is called Daylight Savings Time. If I am not mistaken it was a concept by Benjamin Franklin and it was originally implemented to assist farmers with managing their farming seasons by providing them with more daylight hours to work.

    In recent history in the U.S. the time period for starting and ending Daylight Savings Time has been extended. So now it starts a few weeks earlier than it used to and it ends a few weeks later than it used to.

    Of course I understand that the ultimate in Daylight Savings Time is during the summer months in Alaska where they essentially have almost 24 hours of daylight.

    Tying back to your prior entry, we can add “Two Suns in the Sunset” which is weather related title but certainly not a conceptually cheerful song. And especially in the Northeastern U.S. I’m sure they no longer want to hear Eric Clapton singing “Let it Rain.”

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  6. My ‘brain training session’ for today is made up purely from PF group and members solo recordings:

    A Gentle BREEZE Blew Through Life
    Along The SHORELINE
    Black CLOUD
    Blue LIGHT
    Breaking WATER
    Breathe in The AIR
    Dark GLOBE
    ECLIPSE
    Fat Old SUN
    Flickering FLAME
    Get Your Filthy Hands Off My DESERT
    Goodbye BLUE SKY
    Hot RIVER
    Let There Be More LIGHT
    Love On The AIR
    MILKY WAY
    Obscured By CLOUDS
    Pillow Of WINDS
    Point Me At The SKY
    POLES Apart
    Radio WAVES
    RED SKY At Night
    SEA Shell And Stone
    Set The Controls For The Heart Of The SUN
    She Took A Long COLD Look
    SHINE On You Crazy Diamond
    SUNSET Strip
    Terminal FROST
    The Great Gig In The SKY
    The Thin ICE
    The TIDE Is Turning
    Two SUNS In The SUNSET
    WAVES
    Waving My Hands In The AIR
    4.37am (Arabs With Knives and West German SKIES)

  7. Here in the U.S., we’ve had daylight savings time ever since I can remember . . . just wish they’d leave it that way year round instead of having to switch back and forth every spring and fall.

    As far as reducing consumption, I was raised by parents and grandparents who lived during the Great Depression, so conservation and frugality were drilled into me before anyone ever heard of a carbon footprint. I’ve always grown a garden, I hang laundry outside (didn’t have a dryer until I had a baby!), re-use aluminum foil until it disintegrates, shop at thrift stores (got a brand-new pair of Nikes last week!), use the back of scrap paper for notes, etc. For my family, these habits have always been about saving money, but it’s great that they save resources, too.

    There are so many conflicting reports (from both sides) about climate change that I’ve become very cynical about the whole thing; it seems the media blows everything out of proportion and throws us all in a panic. We should live responsibly, no matter what the climate is or isn’t doing.

    1. I agree, Daylight Savings time here in America is great during summer! Love it.

  8. Sounds like a very sensible idea to me, although I think I’d ditch adjusting by an hour in the Spring, not so sure about Autumn. Would we actually save that much energy though, wouldn’t people have to use energy in the in the darker mornings? That said, I’m all for it if labels having a long lie eco-friendly instead of just plain lazy.

    I’m really not sure how much mankind is to blame for climate change. What I am sure of is that polluting the planet and being wasteful is not a good thing. I think mankind has an overinflated sense of its own importance and that nature will always find away to recover from what we do to her. Whether that involves mankind surviving is another matter.

    This is probably one of the most depressing songs, ever – but I love it: ‘Lying in the Sun’.

  9. I live in the Eastern US, so we have already switched to DST for the summer. (I have never warmed up to it; it messes with my internal clock. Besides, I use my lights in the morning, rather than at night, so I don’t see much difference.) I am strongly in favor of treating the earth lightly, though, so I’ve complied by showing up at work on time (for the most part).

    As for Greenhouse warming, I’m sure we are not helping matters, but I also believe the weather is cyclical. There are patterns stretching back 10,000 years, according to geologists and climatologists.

    I read somewhere recently that what causes the mini ice ages are cold summers instead of cold winters. Apparently the earth doesn’t get the opportunity to recover from one winter before another comes around. And speaking of cold winters, I have read about the Thames freezing and Londoners having fairs (faires) on the ice. In 250 AD, it froze solid for 9 weeks. That’s cold!! It’s been cold here this winter, too, but not that cold.

    Songs: I like the Campfire Song by 10,000 Maniacs and Nostradamus by Justin Hayward. There are probably lots of others that I can’t think of right now.

  10. “An extra hour of sunlight”, OK.

    “Earth hour”, OK.

    “It’s not about which country you’re from, but which planet”, OK.

    “Change habits and reduce consumption in all its gluttonous forms”, OK.

    “We must cut global emissions drastically”, OK.

    Of course I can only agree with you. Every individual can and must contribute to prevent climate change. I would add “Educate future generations”. This can be done at school and by parents.

    But I’m more pessimistic than before.

    It’s always (in politics) “One step forwards, two steps back” (to quote Lenin, no?)

    An example here, when our government recently dropped the plan for a tax on carbon dioxide emissions (it was a good idea, I think), claiming that it would penalise our industry, our competitiveness.

    It seems that nothing will ever change (politically speaking), as long as money rules the world. And this is not going to change…

    I’m thinking of ‘Earth Song’ by Michael Jackson, even if there is no mention of weather in its title. What a powerful song.

    1. Indeed.

      I was disappointed by this retreat; it would have been good for a large country such as France to lead the way (I thought Sarkozy wanted to “save the human race”). I hope he pushes the European Commission for an EU-wide tax on carbon (which the UK opposes, not surprisingly).

      The greed and selfishness of rich countries makes me sick. Doesn’t every proposal for the good of the planet boil down to the unforgivable suggestion that, God forbid, competitiveness be handicapped? Protecting rich and powerful businessmen from a drop in their absurd salaries, in other words, and ignoring those emerging low-carbon businesses that would love a chance to compete. Your average punter would like them to be given a chance; then we’d all have more choice in where our money goes and all those financially-constrained consumers, who want to be more ethical in their dealings, could support the good guy instead of having little choice but to keep supporting the slightly cheaper domineering bad guy.

      As it says in the link you provided, plenty of prosperous countries have eco-taxes.

      It’s not as though the average businessman will have any trouble paying his increased fuel bills; just as he has no trouble, or qualms about, jetting around the world at the drop of a hat, heating his garden or driving a vehicle that need only be used for rescuing ramblers stranded up mountains.

      Lenin again: ‘There are no morals in politics, there is only expedience.’

      How very, depressingly true.

    2. Oh, and another thing…

      They should put a tax on babies and freshly-cut flowers while they’re at it. 😉

    3. They should put a tax on babies and freshly-cut flowers

      Could be a good April Fool’s Day hoax. :))

    4. I noticed someone mentioned Alaska and our 24 hour daylight. Oddly enough, we do observe Daylight Savings Time here. No, it doesn’t make any sense at all. 😀

      I’m with you on the need to reduce waste. However, the idea that taxes are the way to deal with it is extremely dangerous. Consumers will be the ones that really pay. When a businessman’s costs rise (for any reason), the first thing he does is jack up the price of his product to compensate. Standard procedure.

      And, I have to pick on Dave a little… If the unions hit you for more money, or the taxman raises your rates, does that not reflect in the ticket price?

      Paying $150 for Floyd tickets in 1994 was alright. Paying $150 a pound for chicken doesn’t sound so good, man. I’ll go hungry.

  11. IMHO daylight saving time doesn’t make much sense. We have to live with different durations of day and night along the year. Moving the start of the day an hour forward or backwards, doesn’t really help, especially nowadays, when working hours are not restricted to daytime.

    A side effect that may also cause more costs, is that animals and many people have issues to adjust their inner clock with DST. For example farmers here in my village have to use electrical light to milk their cows…

    I read that some studies about DST here in Germany come to the conclusion, that pros and cons are even, but I haven’t seen them myself. If I had to decide, I’d leave time as it is, since it takes me 2 painful weeks to get used to it (I’m a night owl and it is a nightmare having to stand up an hour earlier in the morning).

    Regarding climate, I’m more and more convinced, that the whole debate is lead only to confuse the public and keep it consuming. There are too many serious scientists doubting the “facts” and I can’t accept that data of a few decades is sufficient enough to make forecasts as the media suggest.

    I actually don’t care about my personal carbon footprint, I care about the environment and the creatures that live in it. Where are the sealed surface, garbage, toxic waste, methane (hello non-veggies) footprints? Chernobyl and Seveso probably caused only very few CO2 emissions and who cares about the waste energy and water needed to produce new, CO2 saving stuff?

    Since snow is predicted for tomorrow, my song title couldn’t be other than “Winter” by Judas Priest from the first album “Rockarolla”.

    Best regards

    Taki

    1. We’ve been doing it for years in the States, call it ‘daylight savings time’. Funny, when I was a lad, we lived near adjacent Ohio – had the law and Mich. didn’t so I could watch stuff on the tele cuz each state ran at their own time. I could watch an 8pm show I missed while watching the other channel at 9pm, if ya dig it, LOL.

      Finally they made it a national law and even invented a proverb to remember how to set your clocks twice every year: “Spring ahead and Fall back”.

    2. The studies have been going on longer than a few decades, Roger Ravel started his studies of C02 on our planet back in the fifties. Ice cores samples have been taking place even longer, and by many different groups from around the world. Carl Sagen was informing us about global warming back in the seventies, and was teaching students about it back in the sixties. George Bush hired a scientific team to dispute global warming, and they later had to come out and say we are sorry but…”it’s true!”. The fact is “most” credible scientist say that we are tipping the natural scales of C02 increases on this planet. The fact that C02 in the atmosphere increases temperatures is not a debate, it’s a fact.

      “Our being here” is having an effect on our planet, and not just C02 as you mentioned. But we do have a lot of things in place to regulate waste, recycling progams, hazardous waste programs, and laws to keep poisons out of our environment.

      There are still a lot more programs that need to come about, but it is just going to take longer when we ignore the facts and call them a debate.

      Yes we have other problems, that’s not going to make me ignore this one.

  12. It would be a relief to have one more hour of sunshine. I hate getting up in the dark and leaving work for home in the dark. I feel safer when it’s light outside and maybe more people could use public transport if they feel the way I feel.

    I hate gangs of youths hanging around bus stops and train stations, even if they mean no harm. They wouldn’t seem so scary in daylight. Maybe they wouldn’t even be hanging around like that if they could be more easily seen.

  13. Song:

    “You Are the SUNSHINE of My Life” – Stevie Wonder
    “Ain’t No SUNSHINE When She’s Gone” – Bill Withers
    “Good Day SUNSHINE” – The Beatles

    Anything by GREEN DAY.

  14. We’ve had daylight savings time in N.A. for a long time time, I think it’s a great way to save energy. Some take it with a grain of salt. “You know you just can win.” Familiar?

    Canada had a great winter, the U.S. got all of our snow, when in the past two years, we had record breaking accumulations. Sorry Scotland!

    I would like to know your views about windmills Fed. 4 years ago, the farmers agreed to erect them. Now there is a huge debate how they affect wildlife and the environment and now the farmers don’t want them to be installed. I don’t blame them and I agree wholeheartedly.

    Happy Easter Everyone! Peace. 🙂

    1. I’m very torn on the subject, to be honest. I’m never in favour of the countryside being bulldozed for any kind of development (and it will mainly be the countryside of Wales and Scotland that will be bulldozed for the sake of meeting UK targets, and not by Welsh or Scottish bulldozers, which does leave a bad taste in the mouth after centuries of similar abuse of, and profiting from, local resources such as coal and water, for example). Yet I also feel that we need all the renewable energy we can get.

      I do think they’re noisy and a danger to wildlife. When viewed from afar, I don’t necessarily think they spoil the landscape quite as much as some people seem to.

      But the destruction and construction that’s involved in putting them there makes me very uncomfortable.

  15. Pink Floyd is overrated and David should have quit playing guitar a long time ago.

    APRIL FOOL’S!!

  16. I’ve got a question.

    Why is it ‘Greenwich’ mean time… why not ‘Swansea’ mean time…?

    Any ideas?

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  17. Fed!!! With regards to the comments about the cold winters etc. in Scotland and Britain this year, there’s a ribbon of cold that has been stretching across much of Europe as well as the American East where temperatures are much more frigid than usual this year. But!!! The rest of the planet roasted this winter. Much of the planet was a furnace. In South America people were dying left and right. (Rio before carnival was hell.) The southern hemisphere was blistering in heat. Despite the cold you folks are having over there, and record precipitation, there’s trouble all over the rest of the globe.

    ALSO WHATTHEFudge is that fantastic music that David has got on the site? EFFEN AMAZING!!! BEEEAUTIFUL!!!! He needs to give us some albums like Pete Townshend’s “Scoop” series. Where he just gives us alternative mixes and god knows what he’s got stored in his vaults. I LOOOOVEEE ITTTTTT!!!! I’ve been sitting here refreshing my browser so I can listen to it over and over and over and over.

    THANKS for posting the new music and mixes.

    Fond Regards from Southern California!!!

    P.S. I have absolutely no doubt global warming is real. NONE!!! All you have to do is look at the worldwide data on glaciers that keeps coming in EVERY MONTH and the break up of the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. (I’ve looked at hundreds of photos, hundreds and hundreds.) Also there’s all that new data on methane from Russia–all the stuff that is now coming up from the seafloor, that no one has included in their climate modeling. It’s scary beyond belief. The planet as a whole is overheating, even if this year Scotland and England and Washington didn’t. THERE IS NOOOO CHANCE global warming isn’t real. None. Absolutely NONE!!!!

  18. Hello FEd, how are you? I hope all is well.

    I’m so sorry I couldn’t follow your last interesting topics, but I should find some time to read the Blog soon.

    I hope you, David and all bloggers will enjoy these Easter holidays. 🙂

  19. Dear man.

    To debate man’s influence on climate is to debate god’s influence on man.

    Proof of neither exists. So remove your knickers from a twist.

    Life will go on with your saving it or not. Hope that doesn’t diminish your feelings of self-righteousness.

    We’re all still very important.

    Cheers love!

  20. I just found this site and I love love LOVE that someone with so much influence is bringing awareness to something that needs attention!!

    Kudos to you Mr. Gilmour- thank you! 🙂

    1. Well, the words aren’t David’s, of course, but the sentiments are often very close to his own.

      Thanks, Melissa.

  21. :))

    Hello there. It’s me, probably writing in the wrong place. Good at that aren’t I? LOL.

    I went to the première of RTN at the Odeon Leicester Square back in 2007 and was lucky enough to see David when he came down for a photo session so I took some pictures as well. I wonder if you would like me to add them to the Blog, and if so how do I do this? I’ve also got a couple of pix I took at Cadogan Hall.

    All best wishes.
    Denise

    1. Thank you for thinking of us, Denise.

      If they’re already online, please let me know where I can find them and I’ll take care of the rest.

      If they’re not online, let me know.

  22. On the other hand, does the fact that the weather has been colder not act as a powerful shot in the arm to climate change sceptics and deniers everywhere?

    Purely anecdotal. Just because some areas are warmer does not mean the planet is not getting warmer overall.

    Science is not a belief system, not a religion. You do not hear a lot of people saying:

    “Nah aeronautics, I can’t see how it works, stands to reason, innit? No way something that heavy can fly.”

    You do hear a lot of people saying:

    “Nah climate change, I can’t see how it works, stands to reason, innit? Planets always been changing.”

    Surely this debate is best left to those working in our universities not the general public?

  23. It looks like everybody is enjoying the light and so we should. Cold Canada here and we are just loving the sun! :))

    Love, Bella xo

  24. Hey David, I hope you feel fine. I forgot to congratulate you this Year… (Birthday). Sorry.

    Now I play better Guitar than ever. Mostly I like to play Guitar from your Songs.

    Have a good Time.

    Bernd.

  25. Off topic, but of interesting note…

    Those of you with Charter Cable, some really nice performances of 67-68 Floyd with Syd is on the “ConcertTV” station on demand.

    Songs include:

    Astronomy Domine
    Scarecrow
    Arnold Layne

    Hope everyone is doing well.

    David,

    Come on out on another tour, or at least a private show in my backyard! We miss you in the USA. (Next tour, may I suggest a show in North Carolina?)

  26. All these things that can reduce your carbon footprint are interesting but no one seems to point out the big problem – there’s too many of us in the world. The planet has a limited amount of resources but we seem to be intent on filling it with people who all want access to these resources.

    It’s insane that countries like India, for example, have a population close to a billion when they would be struggling to properly look after a quarter of that.

  27. My thoughts go out to Tomasz from Poland and his country mates for the loss of their President and 79 other people including their country’s leading historians in today’s plane crash.

    Hope you are well buddy, and I’m still flying high after attending Abbey Road thanks to your invite.

  28. I would like to express my sadness and deepest sympathy to our Polish friends on this tragic day.

    Michèle

  29. “Here Comes the Sun” – Beatles

    My carbon footprint list:

    1.) Puron air conditioning unit
    2.) Composting
    3.) Take my own bags to the store
    4.) Make my own laundry detergent
    5.) Own a Hybrid car
    6.) Do not chew gum anymore
    7.) Replaced incandescent light bulbs with CFLs
    8.) Replaced Christmas lights with LEDs
    9.) Replaced old TV with a new LED TV
    10.) Replaced old washing machine with front loading washer
    11.) Replaced dryer with energy star dryer
    12.) No longer buy bottled water, use deposit 5 gallon jugs now
    13.) Use the Craig’s List for free used construction materials
    14.) Buy Cement and mix materials from the yard to make concrete
    15.) Combine landscaping with gardening (Rosemary bushes)
    16.) Make my own Orange and Grapefruit juice, from neighbours’ and our trees (two months of free juice!)
    17.) Used no VOCs paint
    18.) Got rid of electric tooth brush
    19.) Got rid of electric shaver
    20.) Try to use hand tools around the house
    21.) Solar powered walkway lights
    22.) Shop second hand first
    23.) Donate, Donate, Donate… anything not being used or don’t need!
    24.) Buy local
    25.) Cut back out-of-state trips from once a year, to every three years
    26.) Getting started on home brewing (beer)
    27.) Buy organic
    28.) Garden organic
    29.) Cut back on MSG and soy infested foods, more home cooking!
    30.) Spend more time entertaining with family and friends at home

    None of that has made my life any harder.

  30. I am probably going to ask the most generic and over used question in Pink Floyd history but I don’t care because I want to know.

    Will David or the remaining members of Pink Floyd ever tour North America again? I became a fan of Pink Floyd in 2003, so I never really had the opportunity to see them live. I know no one knows but maybe if David reads this blog, he can answer that or the person that runs this blog could ask him.

    I would like to see Pink Floyd at least once.

    Thanks,
    Michael Flinders

    1. I’m sorry to say that there are no plans for any concerts anywhere at this time – solo or Pink Floyd.

      I sincerely hope that the chance comes up for you someday, Michael. If it does, it will be worth waiting for.

  31. É isso ai, guitarra na veia, estou até pensando em tautar uma no meu braço, com notas magicas saindo dela.

  32. I for one think it’s a brilliant idea (Lighter Later).

    it would reduce carbon emissions: at least 447,000 tonnes each year from the UK, apparently, which is equivalent to more than 50,000 cars driving all the way around the world.

    That’s all I need to know, but I like the idea of having an extra hour of sunlight to enjoy after work. By the time I get home after working late, there’s not much sunlight left to enjoy!

    If we’re outside, we’re not inside with our TVs, computers and lamps on constantly.

  33. I’m from Brasil. I’m a big fan of yours and from PF, and I have a band of psychedelic rock too.

    We inspirate very much on Syd for psychedelic themes and your kind of soloing on more serious music, that is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.

    I thought you’d like too know that psychedelic masterpieces of music will never die!

  34. Jimi Hendrix – And the Wind Cries Mary
    Smashing Pumpkins – Sun
    Travis – Why Does It Always Rain on Me?
    AC/DC – Snowballed
    Tori Amos – Icicle
    Prince – Purple Rain
    Guns n Roses – November Rain
    Oasis – Turn Up the Sun
    James Taylor – Fire and Rain
    Elton John – Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

  35. WOW – Soooo VERY SORRY I missed the Floyd experience in Orlando, FL (late 80s).

    I was born in London, England and grew up in the U.S. I had always liked the sounds and beat of Floyd. THEN I got into the LYRICS! WOW! – MANY LARGE PROBLEM issues brought to light.

    Thoughts: John Lennon started painting the the picture of HOW THINGS COULD and SHOULD BE but are not because of. Pink Floyd does an OUTSTANDING JOB of bringing issues to light – but it’s not too late to pick up with NEW material that brings focus on how things could and should be and HOW to get there. THAT ISSUE and addressing them in the UNIQUE WAY that ONLY FLOYD uses to communicate (combined talents of David Gilmour and Floyd), would have to have a HUGE IMPACT WORLDWIDE. I would LOVE to not only hear but SEE what that would be like and can’t wait.

    I only hope someday to actually meet Mr. David Gilmour in person (it’s a long shot given my work at sea from time to time – but then again, NOTHING is impossible – right?).

    God Bless.

  36. I live in Australia on the border of two states. One state uses daylight savings and the other not, so half of the town is on d.s.t and the other not. Now, is that stupid or what?? Confusion over time is a daily problem.

    But in my opinion, whichever side of the border you live, it makes no difference to the impact on the environment.

    1. 😀 My friends live in Lismore, NSW, and one of their daughters goes to Uni in Queensland, NSW is on DST and where the Uni is, does not. It’s bloody stupid. No wonder the students never get to their lessons on time. LOL. true./ Denise xxx 😮

  37. My observation here in the U.S. is that people drive around more during daylight savings time because “It is nice out and there’s nothing on TV. Let’s go for a drive.”

    I expect the farmers who remain still get up before the crack of dawn and go to bed at sundown whether it’s daylight savings time or not. My frozen vegetables are from China. We drive our children in numerous outdoor sports and practices. When it gets too dark, we flip on the huge field lights.

    Personally, I would like it one way or the other year round. I would also like to see us use more solar and wind power.

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