The Horologium Florae – the flower clock – is botany’s most whimsical contrivance. As certain species of flower open and close at certain hours of the day, a cleverly assembled flowerbed could allow an onlooker to tell the time. Or so the theory goes.
A quiet delight of history is the fact that so many literary greats knew each other. In England, at least, this is less happy coincidence and more a side effect of the country’s cloistered bunch of elite universities. Still, just for now, let’s not hold that against the memory of young men, smoking pipes like …
Podcasts are double-uppers. They entertain me while I rinse dishes. They educate me as I stride, with an air of misleading purpose, from house to coffee shop and back again.
I was introduced to podcasts late in the game – bored, exhausted and sans television after a move in 2015, I Googled “QI facts radio show”.