export MYSQL_PS1="mysql://\u@\h:/\d - \R:\m:\s > "

Change mysql prompt to be more verbose

You can put this into your shell sourced file like .bashrc or .zshrc to have a different mysql prompt. See http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/de/mysql-commands.html for more informations. Beware that currently with mysql 5.5 the seconds are buggy and won't be displayed if you put this into a .cnf file. With the enironment variable this will work.
Sample Output
$ mysql -u user database
mysql://user@localhost:/database - 19:15:25 > [you're here]

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2012-11-03 18:22:16

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