1963 - a naive and not yet fat fbb attends Sheffield University
1963 - JFK is shot
1963 - the first ever episode of Dr Who is broadcast; title "An Unearthly Child".
1966 - the future fbb starts work as a school teacher in Sheffield
Even railway announcements can compound misunderstanding; this heard by fbb on a recent trip.
"This is the 1430 from Birmingham New Street ... due to arrive in Sheffield at a quarter to four"!
The 12 hour clock may be familiar but it is highly illogical. For pm we count hours after noon (post meridiem), but in he morning we are actually counting hours after midnight but labelling them before midday (ante meridiem).
And what a pickle we get into with midday and midnight? 12pm (12 hours after noon) is midnight; but then what is 12am? 12 hours before noon, ie. midnight? Even more confusingly, in fbb's "O" level German, "halb acht" (literally "half eight") meant half past seven, i.e. half way through the eighth hour.
"It's the old people who cannot manage," cry the 12 hour afficionados. fbb is 66 and has been using the 24 hour clock without failure or fault since the mid sixties. And if you really want to go back to timetables like this, from Liverpool in the 50s ...
Three cheers, no, four cheers for the 24 hour clock! And let's use it consistently and correctly. Maybe now is time for a campaign to bring it back to radio and tv listings; so that fbb doesn't get confused in his old age and try to watch Dr Who at half past 6 o'clock in the morning, am!
This blog was completed (in advance) at 12 minutes past four pm in the afternoon, that's 1612 in ther new money.
And a delightfully easy 24 hour to 12 hour converter. "If the hours are more than 12, take 12 away!"