Wouldn’t it be better to have leap day in the height of Summer instead cold, dark, February? If the answer is yes, you might want to sign Chris Snowdon’spetition to change the date to June 31st.
However, though it might result in an extra sunny day here in the northern hemisphere, the benefits of changing the date is something he’ll probably have to convince the other side of world of.
While we wait for that, readers explore the Royal Family’s car preferences, with one speculating on a potential reasons behind why they drive an Audi.
Share your thoughts in the comments.
Wouldn’t it be lovely?
Chris Snowdon in West Sussex wants to cheer us all up by shifting leap day from February 29 to June 31, so that we get an extra day of summer (Metro, Wed).
He has launched a petition to switch it after discovering the date was an arbitrary choice as the day to add 24 hours to ensure calendars are kept in kilter.
This is a brilliant idea. Imagine those endless June nights, card games and beers in the pub garden, the wooden benches still glazed with gold and warm from the day’s sun. Who would protest?
At the very least, it would be a leg-up for people with seasonal depression.Bella, London
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Imagine if it was grey and overcast anyway…
Chris’s proposal reminded me of the Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse comedy sketch where they go on Dragons’ Den to pitch for the month of ‘Augcember’ (please, look it up!).
Does the date make any difference to the amount of sunshine we get over the whole year? Daniel, London
Brilliant idea, Chris. Now we’re free of Brussels, why shouldn’t we move February 29 to June 31? One of the parties should make it an election pledge. Len, Harrow
Surely Chris is misguided? Changing the leap year day to the end of June makes no difference at all to our appreciation of the universe.
Having 179 signatures in his petition is all very well, but what about the other billions of people in the world who would have to agree – and, of course, June is midwinter in many parts of the world! Ian, Chatham
Chris’s proposal would, of course, do nothing to alter the natural weather cycles and so would not make real summer any longer. August 31 would then be that bit closer to meteorological winter.Perhaps a better idea would be to add the extra day to December so that we could have a longer festive period and celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 32!
But really, with all that is going on in the world at the moment, it’s difficult to think of anything that’s less in need of change. Trevor, Barnes
‘”Completely insensitive”? They’re German descent!’
Mick Gordon (MetroTalk, Thu) says it was ‘completely insensitive’ of Queen Camilla to have visited and collected King Charles in hospital in a ‘German-made Audi 4×4’. There’s no pleasing some people. If she had turned up in a Rolls-Royce, they would say she is pretentious or trying to emulate Queen Elizabeth.
I don’t suppose Camilla has much say in what car is used, much like we wouldn’t stipulate what make of Uber vehicle we would get.
And I don’t suppose the royals go to the car showroom to select a car or to haggle a decent trade-in on their old one. John Bramwell, Surbiton
The car that Queen Camilla was driving is not a state car – the cars in the royal family’s state fleet are British. However, this is presumably a private car that she was driving.
Indeed, the royal family are big fans of Volkswagen cars.
Additionally, it’s quite well known that the royal family don’t exclusively drive British cars.
Princess Anne had a succession of fines when driving her Reliant Scimitar.
Furthermore, does anyone want to break it to Mick Gordon that the royal family are of German descent? Lu, London