Violet Time

One of the many frustrations of having flu is that everything tastes and smells odd. Apparently viral particles linger longer in the nose and mouth than they do in the blood, altering and inhibiting the recognition of flavours and fragrances long after one’s physical recovery has begun. Whatever causes this phenomenon, it does make one […]

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Wild Tresco

Twenty eight miles from mainland Britain, the Isles of Scilly offer migrant birds first landfall on their arduous journeys across the Atlantic. The Isles have been divorced from the rest of Cornwall since the last Ice Age, and from one another since Roman times. Of the 145 islands and islets only five are currently inhabited, […]

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The Root of Fragrance

I am a sucker for a bit of luxury and indulgence. I’ve always had Champagne tastes and lemonade pockets, so apologies now to anyone who’s expecting to inherit large sums from me when I depart this earth. You’d better make the most of me whilst I’m alive. Perhaps this extravagant nature isn’t typical of a […]

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