I always thought that one of my own countrymen was to blame for daylight savings time, the twice a year ritual that has us all scrambling to reset all of our clocks on our VCRs, ovens, microwaves, clock radios, etc, etc, etc. Although Benjamin Franklin had the first thought of getting up earlier in the summer, it's a Brit we have to blame for our cranky dispositions in spring when we lose an hour of sleep and our elation when we gain an hour of sleep in the fall.
The Observatory had a whole room dedicated to this man, William Willett, who proposed Daylight Savings Time or British Summer Time in a pamphlet, The Waste of Daylight, in order to get people up earlier in the summer months by moving the clock forward an hour. Poor Mr. Willett died before Britian implemented his scheme, it wasn't until Germany adopted it to increase war efficiency that Britian followed suit. In 1925, Britian passed the Summer Time Act and made it permanent.
Ok I must admitt it was just a temporary occasion and only meant for 12 passengers and 2 crewmembers on its 2-days flight over London.
On Sunday and Monday a German-built Zeppelin, baptized NT Youkosu Japan was making its inauguration flight above London and Greenwich where it crossed the Greenwich meridian .
It is on its way on a 10 000 miles flight to Japan where it will be used to fly tourists around. Its arrival is due for August.
Zeppelins are named after the inventor Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who flew in the first on 2nd July 1900. They where used during the World War I to bomb London and other cities. The first Zeppelin raid on London took place on 31st May 1915. The raids would go on till June 1917.
Zeppelins were popular way of transport, between the 2 World Wars, until the disaster with the Hindenburg in America in 1937: 36 people died in that crash and inferno when the balloon caught fire.