Describing food and drink on radio and TV is by no means a feat, while olfactory vision proves (often benevolently) elusive. But what we can’t taste, touch, see or smell allows our memory to do all the work, as these long-lasting sensual expressions illustrate.
The power of living things
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Memoirs of Katherine May Winter coincidentally launched in February 2020 and became a lifesaver for many during the lockdown. “We can never choose winter, but we can choose,” she writes, not only about the season but also about “a desolate period in your life when you are cut off from the world, feel rejected, left out, blocked from progress, or impersonating an outsider. “
Other readers will know May’s compelling storytelling from 2018 The power of living things where the coin fell on her Asperger’s diagnosis while hiking along the 1,014-kilometer coastal road in south-west England; a challenge taken in an attempt to deal with the setbacks she perceives as a mother, wife, co-worker, and friend, and why it feels so easy and miserable for her. so miserable. May’s podcast of the same name has the perfect pitch, its sound effects cleverly mimicking her developed senses during her playful walks.
On the scent
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Self-confessed olfactory obsessions Nicola Bonn and Suzy Nightingale will have you breathing imaginary fragrances, from the ubiquitous fresh-cut grass to last year’s body sprays. and the orange blossom of the Mediterranean holidays while they discuss the science of smell, the history of home fragrances, and a review of canned new fragrances on the humble podcast. On the scent.
Sometimes, entire episodes (Fragrance Focus) are dedicated to single scents (did you know Victorian women were forbidden to wear lilies, for fear of inciting “amorous madness”?).
Other times, they’ll invite perfumers, such as Trish McEvoy, to discuss their lives and work, or share their favorite citrus scents for the summer. Also, anyone with a reduced sense of smell due to Covid can learn here how to help regain it.
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On ArtHoles, Michael Anthony hilariously lays out the remarkable history of the artists and their work. In my own words, ArtHoles is a “risky dive into art and art history with someone with no background knowledge of either subject”. Disrespectful, oh yes, and sometimes epic: a recent episode of French art lasted 5.5 hours.
Best of all, his eponymous Instagram account has added more dimensions – such as his visit to Versailles while on “the perfect amount of witches”.
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https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/radio/podcast-reviews-sense-sensuality-and-letting-your-imagination-run-riot-41925370.html Podcast review: Sensual, sexy, and let your imagination run wild