Progressed quite a bit further today, getting past the spikes that had “killed” me previously, going back into the present, running from the Dahaka (I hate those bits) and returning to the past again.
There, I started doing some of the clock tower thingy, and then had another big golem to kill. I found that you can dodge him grabbing you when you’re on his back my pressing A or X and left or right, which made killing him a lot easier. There was a bug in the game on one of my attempts (he’s on a smallish platform, and kept throwing me off), where the camera angle became fixed, some way off from the action. It meant I couldn’t see what I was doing half the time as I kept running “out of shot”. Eventually, I must have fallen off the edge or something.
After killing him, I started up the central bit of the tower, and turned the last cog at the top which finished off the tower. Unfortunately, I then ran into another bug almost right away – I couldn’t slow down or reverse time (even though I had plenty of sand), and I fell in another hole. Didn’t die in there, but couldn’t get out either., so had to reload my saved game, which was before the golem.
This time, I killed the golem, saved again, then went up the tower, turned the cog, and managed to get past the hole I fell in. Only to fall in the next hole, where exactly the same thing happened, and I couldn’t even use my sand to reverse time and get out. This is REALLY starting to annoy me now.