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  • It's a wonderful feeling to have earned extra 'time'. When the clocks move backwards one hour in October, I'm the happiest person on the planet.

    And I hate to lose the same 1 hour in March, when the UK clocks move forward.

    I know I'm being unreasonable.

    The gift of an abstract time is priceless. But I've learnt as a child that you can't give people a gift of a physical clock.

    Superstitions.

    The Chinese character for a 'clock' is 钟 (zhōng), and the word for 'ending' 终 is also pronounced the same.

    As a child, I picked up quite a few Chinese superstitions, or cultural wisdoms. For example, if you give someone a clock as a gift, it means you're paying them your last respects (i.e. at their funerals).

    sòngzhōng -- 送钟:giving someone a clock
    sòngzhōng -- 送终:paying your last respects

    Also, I got told off for poking chopsticks vertically in the middle of a bowl filled with rice.

    It would look like 2 sticks of incense on a bowl, which people use when worshipping their ancestors.

    One day, Ben did exactly that. Half way through a meal and he needed the toilet (as you do), he conveniently stuck the chopsticks vertically in the middle of the rice bowl.

    I shrieked. Ben answered me back, “I DON'T CARE about YOUR stupid Chinese superstition!......”


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    Titanic Watch: Image via Flickr by Digiblue: Titanic Watch

    From a Titanic exhibition at Southampton - a retrieved fob watch from an unknown passenger, that had stopped at the approximate time that the ship went down on that fateful night on April 15 1912 at 02:20.

    Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulwhelan/4999438885/
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