Remembering Adlestrop and the poet Edward Thomas

The English poet Edward Thomas immortalised the now vanished railway station at Adlestrop, where his train halted on 24 June 1914, just before the outbreak of the First World War. The themes of intransience and nostalgia are present in many of his other poems, which deserve to be better known. Continue reading Remembering Adlestrop and the poet Edward Thomas

All the gnus that’s fit to print

Robert Williams Wood (1868-1955) was an American physicist and inventor whose patents and theoretical work explored optics and, in particular, the physics of ultraviolet radiation. But he had a more frivolous side to his character. Continue reading All the gnus that’s fit to print

Smells

Smells evoke the past – memories of newly mown grass on a hot summer’s afternoon, lavender-scented soap in a forgotten drawer, and a bonfire burning in a damp autumnal garden. And who doesn’t know that if you want to sell your house, put coffee beans in a warm oven before the prospective buyers arrive. Continue reading Smells