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Friday, June 17, 2005 

Effulgence

#37: The variation in daylight

Much like the movie Insomnia, I am being driven mad by the incredibly long daylight hours recently. Sometimes a noise or a bad dream will wake me up; if this happens at 5 a.m. it is currently too bright outside to fall back asleep.

The Weather Channel website lists today as
Sunrise: 4:40 a.m.
Sunset: 9:30 p.m.

I associate sunset with a time to eat dinner and then start doing my homework (a lifelong tradition for me by now.) But not now! Now at sunset it's practically time to go to bed!

This wouldn't be a big deal, I'd get used to it like I've gotten used to the weather, if it weren't for the rapid descent into darkness that's right around the corner. In December it's
Sunrise: 8:00 a.m.
Sunset: 4:00 p.m.

It seriously starts getting dark at 3:30 in the bloody afternoon.

So that's eight extra hours of daylight at the moment. Eight! That's practically a whole extra day. It's probably a good thing there is such a scant amount of sun here anyway; I'm disoriented enough as it is.

Try Scotland. In Glasgow, it's currently light at 4.30am and sunset's at 10.00pm.

It's ridiculous, isn't it. We're from Perth, Western Australia, which is much closer to the equator than London is. I am constantly surprised at how often I need to explain that concept to people. They seem to think that even people living right on the equator have long summer nights like this. No, really not!

Anyway Monica, love your blog. Keep it up! Helen.

Just put on your Hello Kitty eye shades and shut the hell up!

t's probably a good thing there is such a scant amount of sun here anyway;

Are you in a different London to me? ;-) It's pretty much wall-to-wall sunshine at the moment, we are almost in drought conditions. Another month of this and they might be bringing out the standpipes again...

Yup this sounds familiar!!!! Gotta love old blighty huh?! I do the same when I'm i England - up at 5am because ITS AS LIGHT AS MID-DAY!! Then in the winter I'm about to go to bed at 4pm because its dark!

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