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This Sunday, spring forward!

On Mother’s day, Sunday 31st March, at 1 am the clocks will go forward an hour!

What is exactly Daylight saving time? It is the time when clocks are set one hour ahead of local standard time, adopted by many countries during the summer to provide extra daylight in the evenings. In the UK, we observe Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) during the winter and shift forward an hour during British Summer Time (BST).

This biannual time change seems to steal 60 minutes of our beauty sleep when the warm season arrives and then give us all an ‘extra’ hour in bed right before winter comes. Of course, with the addition of an hour of sunlight during the summer we’re merely making better use of the daylight temporarily available to us in the evenings.

Some people have questioned the benefit of the time changes though. Some are in favour of adopting British Summer Time throughout the year claiming that it would be beneficial for our health and welfare. Others say that a permanent change to BST would instead have a serious impact on society well-being (for instance the increased risk of accident for children who walk to school in the dark. Let’s remember that in northern Scotland sunrise would only come at 10 am in winter time).

Amongst those debating in favour or against a permanent change, there’re some who try to make better use of the time they have.
Hereby, I collected a few quotes about time, just some ‘food for thought’ as we say.

As Jean De La Bruyere said, ‘Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity’.
― Jean De La Bruyere

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.
― Thomas Hardy

Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to'.   
― Lao Tzu

“It is the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.”
― Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry

Discussing about time and light, how about making good use of our time learning some widely used idioms?

At first light - at daybreak
To see the light of day - to be made available, published
Light years away - an extremely long time from now
Light relief - doing something entertaining or boring after hard or serious work
See in a new light - to understand someone or something in a different way
Light at the end of the tunnel - when it seems an unpleasant situation will end
To make light of something - to treat something as though it were unimportant or humorous
Out like a light - in a deep sleep
In the nick of time - just in time, with hardly any time to spare
From time to time - occasionally, not often
Live on borrowed time - continue living after a point when you might easily have died
Stand the test of time - something that is still popular, strong or good after a long time
Time will tell - the truth or result will only be known after other things have happened
Once in a blue moon - rarely, not often

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