Finally I have an idea of why time seems to move in very weird ways when living in Oxford (because living here is a bit like being on a magical, perennial vacation...so it's a classic case of Claudia Hammond's so-called Holiday Paradox!). Something I learnt from the linked article, which shares fascinating insights from Hammond’s book on the way we perceive time.
It's wonderful to think that we have a degree of control over the ways in which we experience the passage of time. For example, we tend to perceive time to pass much more slowly when gripped by strong feelings of fear…wouldn’t it be great to learn to prolong our experiences of joy in the same way?
The more we learn, the more we can shape [time] to our will and destiny. We can slow it down or speed it up. We can hold on to the past more securely and predict the future more accurately. Mental time-travel is one of the greatest gifts of the mind. It makes us human, and it makes us special.