A few years ago, had someone asked me to come up with a ridiculous sounding profession, I probably would have offered up something like, oh, I don’t know: ‘scent correspondent’, which sounds as courtly and ivory tower-esque as being the Emperor’s personal food taster.
Ha! Well as of late, this has been one of my commissions, and now that I’m doing it, there’s no way I’m mocking THIS job. I mean, what’s White House correspondent got on this? Yeah, there’s being on Air Force One with Obama. But is there Cool Water on tap?
RTÉ Lyric FM is Ireland’s equivalent to BBC Radio 3 in that it combines classical music with arts programming. They have a regular show called Culture File, produced and presented by Luke Clancy who is erudite and great fun. A few months ago, Luke came to one of my events about 1930s perfumes and recorded the afternoon to feature on the show. He then thought, why not ask Odette to do a regular slot in which she takes us through the century in perfumes in short six minute pieces? It’s a little like what I do in the Vintage Scent Sessions, and to be covered in-depth in my book this autumn.
So as the weekend beckons, every Friday afternoon at 5.40pm on Liz Nolan’s Drivetime show, you can hear me talk through the seminal perfumes of each decade, mashing them up with other ideas from their times. Handily, Culture File has a podcast arm, too, so can be listened to anytime, anywhere.
The slots act also as a preview for the events, so you can sample a decade and then decide if you want to come along to something: browse and listen to all editions of Culture File on their website and tell me which one you like the best.
As a starter, you can download this episode on all those exiting 1920s perfumes.
In the meantime, I’ll be redesigning my business cards to add in the new job description, while fantasising that we can progress from pre-recorded segments to something more akin to Frasier Crane’s radio therapy, but with perfume. I’m listening.Read More