A Ticking Clock

By Karen J Mossman

Some people are irritated by the sound of a ticking clock and others are comforted by it. I used to be the former, but now I am the latter.

Everyone takes clocks for granted, but for most people, their lives are governed by them. Time to get up, get out, get to work, time to take lunch, and time to go home. Even those that don’t go out to work plan their day according to the clock.

We also have an internal clock, the one that wakes us on Saturday morning even when we don’t have to go work. How irritating is that?

Have you noticed how older people are always up early while younger people like to lie in? That is because their internal clock is so finely tuned it won’t stop. Younger people haven’t got theirs to work fully yet, and often can’t wake up on time.

The first clock was used 700 years ago, but historians can’t really agree on the history of it. The very first clock was the sun and when it was overhead, it was noon and when it was close to the horizon; it was either early morning or early evening.

Our most famous clock is Big Ben, and there was a Straw Ben built in a field in Cheshire by two businessmen and caused quite a stir. You can read more of that here.

Many people have a clock in every room in the house, and in Buckingham Palace, they have over 350. It has one of the largest collections of working clocks anywhere and employs two full-time people to wind them up every week and keep them in good working order.

So love them or hate them, we still look and use them every day. How many do you have in your house?

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