Those up at 4.42 this morning in London will have seen the sun rise, not to set again until 9.21 this evening. Once past the summer solstice, the days will begin to get shorter so make the most of it – if you can.
There are likely to be two distinct camps: those who had to navigate their way through the strikes today, and those fortunate enough to not have to travel. And perhaps a third camp altogether of some 6,000 or so who made it to Stonehenge to observe the season change from spring to summer. It’s the first chance they’ve had in three years, due to the site being closed during the pandemic.
The 172nd day of the year has come along just as the warmer weather starts to return; ideal for those working from home today to nip out into the garden or a local park or pub to maximise the extra daylight. That is, if the pub staff have been able to travel into work.
For those suffering a longer-than-usual journey home, it may be some small consolation there’s more of the evening when you get back.
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Yesterday we asked: Will Tube and rail strikes deter you from travelling this week? Not Standard reader CyclingLondoner, who commented: “I work from home most days anyway but I think I will go out on my bike tomorrow and Thursday just to wind up people who thought it would be a good idea to drive. Could do with a laugh”