The couple refusing to live in the same time zone as the rest of us

Pensioners Jim and Barabara Casey are rebelling against the government and living in a time zone of their own

The Greenwich Shepherd Gate Clock at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich on March 26, 2012 in London, England
The Greenwich Shepherd Gate Clock at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich on March 26, 2012 in London, England

Coming home from holiday can be a disappointment at the best of times.

The inevitable return to normal routine, colder climes and everyday life is cherished by few. However, one couple in Cumbria have taken the post-holiday blues to a whole other level, by bringing a new time zone home with them.

Following a holiday in Tenerife, Jim and Barbara Casey realised that they enjoyed being one hour ahead of GMT so much that they’d keep the time zone when they returned to the UK.

The couple have reset their clocks and fully committed to Tenerife time. They say that there are many perks to the practice, including getting the best seats in restaurants and avoiding crowds and traffic jams.

They’ve termed their practice WARP; Winter Adjustment for Retired People.

Mr Casey told The Daily Telegraph: “We find it great, it makes the day a bit longer. We are on continental time and we can never be late. There are so many benefits to it. When we go out to a restaurant here for lunch then there’s nobody there so we get served first and get the best seats. We miss a lot of the rush hour traffic too and it means when we go shopping there’s always somewhere to park.”

Another perk, according to the couple, is that it enables them break free from convention and take a stand against the government.

Indeed, the Caseys are so committed to rebelling against government norms that if the country were to commit to WARP too, they have said they may move their clocks forward another hour just to be different.

Support for a 'Universal Timezone' has gathered pace globally, after being backed by economists.

It has been argued that synchronised time zones will allow for easier transactions between businesses and markets.

Indonesia has proposed abolishing two of its three time zones for economic reasons.

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