man with a sign, saying he is taking a five minutes break
March 30, 2013

Five minutes break

Turning times

Once a year, it is possible to take a five minutes break that last more than an hour, it is the night many countries turn  forward the clocks (Daylight saving time DST) one whole hour.

man with a sign, saying he is taking a five minutes break

The five minutes break


I like the Daylight Saving Time, days, mostly because the strange feeling, that  the clock that normally dictates time with no mercy, suddenly acts differently and magically  skip an hour, until the autumn clock make it double strange by skipping an hour back.

Originally the concept was thought to save energy, and was implemented many places around the energy crises in the nineteen-seventies, as it would be daylight for an hour longer in the evening, and so people would use less electrical lightning, but other experts say it means more to the amount of outdoor activities we do, our health, and even shopping patterns.  Others have tried to estimated the amount of loss due to the turbulence when confused people show up at the wrong places at the wrong time.

(Just updated the text, first version was wrong, now it is right, and I just lost two hours…  In spring it is an hour forward, of-course…  have to turn the clock forward… so much for that break… bet I am not the only one 🙂

About Frits Ahlefeldt

Painting watercolors, researching, writing & sketching up thoughts, understandings and ideas for a sustainable future, connecting thrive, trails, places and technology


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