Street Photography By William Murphy

NO NEED TO KNOW THE TIME

When I visited Glasnevin Cemetery in January 2015 I noticed that the clock at the entrance had no hands. I do not if this was intentional or if the clock was under repairs.

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TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NO MAN

The notion of 'tide' being beyond man's control brings up images of the King Canute story. He demonstrated to his courtiers the limits of a king's power by failing to make the sea obey his command. That literal interpretation of 'tide' in 'time and tide' is what is now usually understood, but wasn't what was meant in the original version of the expression. 'Tide' didn't refer to the contemporary meaning of the word, that is, the rising and falling of the sea, but to a period of time. When this phrase was coined tide meant a season, or a time, or a while. The word is still with us in that sense in 'good tidings', which refers to a good event or occasion and whitsuntide, noontide etc.