comes around again for North America, in the night between today and tomorrow.
You’re supposed to screw your clock forward by an hour at 2 AM on the second Sunday in March. At 2 AM, mind! Be good and do what Congress tells you. You’ll be able to pass the time between Saturday and Sunday by watching Jupiter move over the meridian and Mars, Saturn, and Antares come into view.
The moment you screw your clock forward an hour, 2 AM becomes 3 AM. From then on, you are living by this untrue time (untrue to the motion of the Sun) for the next eight months. (Britain has another two weeks of natural time before its seven unnatural months begin.)
We would all like to exercise power over time, but only governments are vain enough to imagine they can do it. On August 7, 2015, North Korea announced that it would turn time half an hour back, moving into a time zone of its own (Greenwich Mean Time plus 8:30 instead of plus 9) that would separate it from South Korea and Japan.
The announcement by state television station KCNA said that the change would come into effect on August 15, 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan at the end of World War Two. “The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time while mercilessly trampling down its land with 5,000-year-long history and culture and pursuing the unheard-of policy of obliterating the Korean nation.”