Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Sunday, 28 October 2012
First of all, a little historical background.
Ever since the massive mechanical clock was installed on the North Front of Bath Abbey, it's upkeep has been managed by the City of Bath Council, and not the Diocese of Bath and Wells as you might expect.
About a year ago, the elderly man who has been climbing up all those steps for all those years to wind and maintain this clock, was retired off by the council and replaced by an automated mechanical winding device. It was a sad day for him.
In 1968, the British government re-instituted the previously tried system of knocking an hour off the clock at the beginning of every winter, so as to make it a little lighter for schoolchildren to go to school in, and therefore a little safer. A child was knocked down and killed that first winter.
I always have to reminded which way the clock goes when it is reset, but last night - well before the 2.00 am deadline - I put my watch back by one hour, giving myself an extra hour in bed, which I would have taken anyway, because I am a lazy and useless so and so.
Whoever sets the time on the Abbey clock these days, got it a bit wrong last night or early this morning, so now it reads a full two hours behind the time that the rest of the UK are supposed to be operating on.
If I am confused, just think about the poor people who are supposed to be running this town right now - or tomorrow morning.