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Yesterday morning, encouraged by bright sunshine and the merrily swaying daffodils in gardens and window boxes from Bloomsbury to Oxford Circus, I strolled with a cup of "flat white" (the dry cappuccino that is currently Londoners' preferred form of caffeine) to BBC Broadcasting House. The occasion was an appearance on a Sunday a.m. radio show hosted by Penny Smith.
Turns out Penny is quite the connoisseur of smells of all kinds, as she spoke rapturously of the scent of turned earth and open graves (whoa, goth lady!), and she was happy to hunker down with the selection of perfumes I'd brought:
Miller Harris L'air de Rien (Penny descibed it as "talcum powder and feet," which wasn't necessarily a criticism.)
Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilée ("Like walking in a forest sucking on a mint," said Penny.)
The interview lasts about 15 minutes. Originally broadcast on BBC Radio London, 94.9, Sunday March 25, 2012 at 10 a.m.