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View Poll Results: Your preference on time zone
Green/eastern side of timezone/early sunrises and sets 2 5.41%
White/timezone center/meridian/neutral/avg sunrise and sets 11 29.73%
Red/western side of timezone/late sunrise and sets 24 64.86%
Voters: 37. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-17-2015, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Winland/Binland - Yurop
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Not much can be done here: in midwinter it's dark most of the day, in midsummer it's light.

But considering everything between, I'd go for late sunrises and sunsets, less light goes to "waste". Doesn't bother me to wake up in darkness, but it annoys me if it's dark when I come home.
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Old 05-17-2015, 10:16 PM
 
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Late sunsets allow me to actually go outside after work. I don't care when the sun rises. I get up when I have to if it is a weekday and try to get up early on the weekends to have more daylight since those are the only days I can spend a lot of time outside.
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Old 05-18-2015, 03:26 AM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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Where I live (roughly):

21 December: 8:25 - 15:45
21 June: 4:35 - 21:45

The dark winter afternoons don't bother me anywhere near as much as the dark mornings, so for the two months when the sunrise is after 8 am I'd be happy to put the clocks back half an hour to get 7:55 - 15:15 instead. The midwinter afternoons are still going to be gloomy enough whatever you do, so I don't suppose an extra half an hour matters that much considering most people are at work then anyway.

As long as it's light by the time I get up it doesn't really matter to me what time the sun rises, so I suppose most of the rest of the year could be shifted half an hour forward from what it already is to get something like 5:05 - 22:15 in midsummer. 21:45 sunsets are late enough already IMO because it takes a long time to actually get dark at that time of year, but an extra half an hour would make a difference when we're talking about 8.30 pm vs 8 pm etc in the other months.

One thing I wish we could do though that's a bit more realistic is put the clocks forward a few weeks earlier in the spring, say the first week in March instead of the last week - at that time of year the sun is up from about 6 am until 6 pm, when 7 am until 7 pm would be much more useful.

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Old 05-18-2015, 04:49 AM
 
Location: Northern Ireland and temporarily England
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Ugh I wish the island of Ireland and Portugal at least would just stop daylight savings time. I don't really care if England is an hour ahead or Europe is 2 or 3 hours ahead.

We will cope. Its not going to happen though..

You can see why we should get rid of it though, Norfolk and Kent have sunsets a full 70 minutes before us in summer. Crazy.
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:10 AM
 
Location: Northern Ireland and temporarily England
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I was gonna say that we could use gmt 0.5 for a compromise but realised that would give me 9:30 sunrises.

That would work for England though. Think only solution is gmt like Iceland but thats not going to happen. This used to be Irelands timezone:

Before that the times were the following: Dublin lost its time zone

Belfast: -23 minutes
Londonderry: -29 minutes (me)
Cork: -32 minutes
Galway: -36 minutes
Dingle: -42 minutes

I guess they didn't care about dst back then!!
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Montana
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I live in the white. I remember traveling to West Michigan and being pleasantly surprised at how light it stays there.
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Old 05-18-2015, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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I grew up in a reddish area, so now that I'm about 600 km east, i complain about having too early sunsets in the cold season.

I mean, 5pm darkness as early as November 1st is depressing when you live as far south as 44N.

And I LOVE being in the light until 10pm in the summer.

I don't care about late sunsets, anyway because seeing the sun rise is a nice feeling, anyway I'm gonna see the day. Few people are up before 6 am here.
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Western Massachusetts
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I grew up in a reddish area, so now that I'm about 600 km east, i complain about having too early sunsets in the cold season.

I mean, 5pm darkness as early as November 1st is depressing when you live as far south as 44N.
As far south as 44N? Interesting perspective, 44N sounds like up north for most Americans. Up north here at 42N, our sunset is at 4:40 pm the first week of November.
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Winland/Binland - Yurop
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As far south as 44N? Interesting perspective, 44N sounds like up north for most Americans. Up north here at 42N, our sunset is at 4:40 pm the first week of November.
Quite an owenlike comment. Remember that 44N is pretty much in the southern fifth of Europe.
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Western Massachusetts
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Quite an owenlike comment. Remember that 44N is pretty much in the southern fifth of Europe.
Yes, I know that. It just sounds strange to hear 44N as "far south".
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