By Leona Thomas
The last weekend in October can be an unsettling time in many countries of the world because the clocks get put back by one hour. You need to be organised. Digital equipment often corrects itself automatically but most homes still have clocks and watches that need manual adjustment. And sensible people do all of this before going to bed on the Saturday night.
Here in Morocco, it would have been the same for us too but just 2 days beforehand the Moroccan government decided that we would not turn our clocks back! This works well for the old-fashioned clock on the wall but unfortunately, most people in Morocco own a mobile phone and they automatically turned the clock back because all the internet programs believed that Morocco was still going to put its clocks back on Saturday night.
Consequently, when I woke up on Sunday morning and reached out to look at my phone, it told me some porkies (Cockney rhyming slang... porky pies = lies). I didn’t realise the error until I checked the prayer App. Something was seriously wrong! I was still half asleep but I knew I hadn’t been praying that early in the morning!
What was going on?
An automated smart phone was what was going on!
It thought Morocco was now on GMT and so it changed the prayer times too.
Eventually I woke up enough to work out how to correct the prayer App and to persuade my phone that I was in Casablanca AND still on British Summer Time (BST). It was hard work and I missed the cut off time for the Dawn prayer!
The bigger problem with this sudden change of policy would affect travellers in the country. If you were flying you might still get to the airport in plenty of time. But if you were planning to go by bus or train you’d have to make sure your phone is really on the correct time or you would arrive after the vehicle had departed.
Even the Magic Clock is confused. But it must have seen the trouble coming as the working clock face began losing time long before the weekend. There may not be many travellers at Casa Voyageurs who manage to catch their train on time with the station clock running 1½ hours late and automated phones claiming 6am when really it is 7am!
Morocco has taken confusion to a whole new level this weekend...!