Today the Clocks went back!!

This twice a year farce should never occur and should be stopped immediately.

This whole explanation of children going to school in the dark and the farmers problems with the milking of cows only adds to the farcical situation.

If there is really a problem with children going to school in the dark, why is it not a problem with them coming home in the dark, especially when, in many cases there are now breakfast clubs at schools and also many extra activities at school after schools officially close for the day.

Instead of causing the whole of the UK to go to the expense in time and money to alter the clocks twice a year, why not change the times of school and may be have schools at weekends to cut down on the time at school during the day. What should be considered with schooling is not just the children and the school staff, but also their parents. These days many parents both the father and mother have to work and how many employments will be geared around school times. The whole picture needs to be considered not just a certain portion.

Then we come to farmers, can cows tell the time or do they just rely on is it dark or light. Also with many dairy herds now in closed quarters do they even see the light of day or dark of night. It will be another burden on farmers, but surely they could milk cows at different times of the day, especially as most milking, now is not by hand, but by machinery.

But, no we have done this ridiculous system of changing the time twice a year, surely now, with a modern thought process it is time for a change for the better for the UK as a whole.

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Today the Clocks went back!!

What an absolute farce. I now don’t quite know what the hell the time is. Every time I look at a clock I have to ask myself if it has automatically updated itself or not. Some do and some don’t. I have to go around in the same muddled state that the country was in when we went decimal. Some measurements are in old and some new – some in pounds and ounces and some in kilos, some in old pounds shillings and pence and some in newfangled pence. So what is the time in real time? Did we go forward or back? Do I take an hour off or do I add it on? And how does that now line up with other countries?

Supposedly I got an hour extra sleep. Not that I noticed. I woke up and checked the clock and my…

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The Surprising History Of Milk

Original post from Care2



Growing up in England, I was required to consume a third of a pint of milk every day at school. I was informed that this was good for my teeth and my bones, and that I had better “drink up,” even though I didn’t actually like the taste of milk.

When a storm or tornado hits in the U.S., one of the key items people rush to stock up on is milk — right next to bread, toilet paper (and oh yes, beer). Milk has become a staple of the western diet, but it wasn’t always this way.

The Arrival Of Milk

The “official” history of cows’ milk begins around 10,000 BCE, when nomadic tribes decided to stop roving and to settle down in farming communities. (The unofficial history may have begun much earlier!) This era is generally referred to as the agricultural revolution, and with it came domesticated animals and the advent of by-products such as milk. 

Later, in ancient Egypt, milk and other dairy products were available, but reserved for royalty, priests and the very wealthy. By the 5th century AD in western Europe, we find that milk was taken from both cows and sheep, but that by the 14th century, cows’ milk was more popular.

But it was never the drink of choice amongst the general populace.

In England and other western European countries, in the 16th and 17th centuries, ale, beer or cider were common drinks, the water being unsafe to consume. Other alcoholic drinks, just as whisky, were also popular, but not milk.

If we jump forward to western Europe and the U.S. in the 19th century, milk was becoming more common, but only for young people: fresh cows’ milk was for babies only, although the further it got from the cows who produced it, the more it was likely to be contaminated by bacteria.

How Did Milk Become A Drink Of Choice For Kids And Adults?

Deborah Valenze, the author of “Milk: A Local and Global History,” believes that milk’s rise to fame was due to several factors that coincided at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries:

*  As infant mortality rose in cities, practices for making milk safer began to emerge. Louis Pasteur conducted the first pasteurization tests in 1862, and he is credited with revolutionizing the safety of milk and, in turn, the ability to store and distribute milk well beyond the farm. Commercial pasteurization machines were introduced in 1895.

*  The first glass milk bottle was patented in 1884 by Dr. Henry Thatcher, after he witnessed a milkman making deliveries from an open bucket into which a child’s filthy rag doll had accidentally fallen.

* A growing interest in nutrition emerged around the same time, and this led to the idea of treating sick people by giving them only the purest, simplest things to eat.

* Some temperance groups opposed to drinking alcohol pressed for the serving of milk in factories. They even set up milk booths in towns and achieved some success.

Eventually it all came together in the early 20th century. The first tank trucks for transporting milk were put into service in 1914, and by 1917, pasteurization of all milk except that from cows proven to be free of tuberculosis was either required or officially encouraged across the U.S.

In 1922, Congress passed the Capper-Volstead Act, allowing producers of agricultural products, such as milk, to “act together in associations” to organize collective processing, preparation for market, handling, and marketing of milk and other agricultural goods.

In the 1930s, milk cans were replaced with large on-farm storage tanks, and plastic coated milk cartons were invented, which allowed for wider distribution of fresh milk.

And so began the journey leading to the National Milk Processor’s ubiquitous “Got Milk?” advertisements, and the acceptance of milk as a staple of the western diet.

The Declining Popularity Of Milk – Does It Do A Body Good?

Cows’ milk remained extremely popular as a foodstuff for both children and adults for several decades, but U.S. milk sales have been slowly declining since the 1970s. According to Forbes, “2011 sales were the lowest since 1984. Whole milk consumption is half what it was in the 1980s.” During the 1990s those Got Milk? commercials boosted sales somewhat, but now they have fallen off again.

Today there is considerable doubt about the nutritional benefits of milk. 

Two years ago, Care2 posted an infographic with dozens of statistics that show why milk is not nearly as healthy as the dairy industry might want you to believe.

Several studies have failed to find any association between milk consumption and fewer bone fractures, one of its supposed benefits. Last year, Care2’s Kevin Mathews examined a study from Sweden that looked at the dietary habits of more than 100,000 adults for a span of 10 to 20 years. Surprisingly, those who reported drinking the most milk actually broke their bones the most, running contrary to conventional wisdom.

Could the dairy industry have been lying to us?

I’d hazard a guess that milk will no longer be a staple of the western diet in the not-so-distant future.   …………….’