Twenty-four little hours
Brought the sun and the flowers
Where there used to be rain’
Dinah Washington’s 1987 song gently pours its sounds in my ear, her voice beating the time on the lyrics translated into English by Jamie Cullum from Maria Grever’s Spanish lyrics ‘Cuando vuelva a tu lado’ (When I Come Back by Your Side). But how little is an hour of those twenty-four?
Doubtless, the song is loveable: where there’s fusion, there’s value to be found. What about that one little hour that – we are told – we’ll be gaining for advancing the clock – or having advanced it by now? Is it a gain or a loss?
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in Fritz Lang's Metropolis
Waste Not, Want Not
Ten words have been removed from the text below. They are to be found among the fifteen words written below the article. Five of those words are then extra – or, better to say, distractors. Find the good ones and complete the text:
[adapted from the Wikipedia article on DST]
As days shorten again in autumn/winter, sunrises get later and later, meaning that people could then be 8. _ up and spending a significant portion of their mornings in the 9. _ so clocks are then returned to the "standard" time. The actual effects of DST can vary significantly by location depending on its latitude and position relative to the centre of its time zone. For example, DST is almost redundant in extremely northern/southern locations because the very long/short days mean that the artificial manipulation of time has little or 10. _ practical effect.
Why do we do it? Or why do we (here and now) have to do it?
Is it observed everywhere on the globe?
Whose hour is it, anyway?!
If it were just for that biological time of 60 minutes, maybe we wouldn’t mind. In favour of advancing the clock in October, and as homage to its promoter William Willett, Churchill said (in 1934) that “it enlarges the opportunities for the pursuit of health and happiness among the millions of people who live in this country”… This automatically sends our thought to DST for interests far above the individual’s own life span. But Man is made of subtle rhythms which belong to his ancestral heritage: not even five thousand years of evolution could make such important changes in human biology as to help an organism cope with all the changes triggered by shift in circadian rhythms.
We suffer from SAD (Syndrome of Autumn Depression) and we project our suffering on people around us. We feel like eating without stop and we blame ourselves for every ounce of food because we think we lack strong will to shed the extra kilos: in fact it has to do with leptin, serotonin, cortisol, and other hormones that regulate the chains of chemical reactions taking place in our body while awake vs. while we are asleep.
No, definitely, I won’t buy this – unless someone shows me the real advantages of changing the clock and consuming more power both early in the morning and late at night!