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Sir: Paul Newbold (letter, 6 April) considers that we should stop "messing our clocks about" and return to Greenwich Mean Time throughout the year, as this is "natural" time.

I cannot accept that the way we organise our lives should be rigidly controlled by the astrological calculations of the 17th century and later, which produced the present concept of GMT.

It seems perfectly "natural" to attempt to make our waking hours coincide with the hours of daylight, and I look forward to the time when we have British Summer Time throughout the year. We should follow the example of those most "natural" creatures, the birds.

PAUL BARACLOUGH

Seaford, East Sussex

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