CLOCK! Has an insufferable tick


CLOCK! Has an insufferable tick

This clock was from a favorite aunt. It's owners thought it garish but the affection they have for the giver meant they gave the clock a go. Unfortunatley, it's loud tick was insufferable. It found its way into storage, last of all the airing cupboard. On a clear out it was rediscovered and tried out in the office/studio, as a possible concentration aid.

"Why? Mainly, I think, because of my memory of afternoons spent at an elderly couple's house after I'd started school and my mum returned to work. They were looking after me, but would fall asleep either side of the coal fire after lunch. A humped-back Roman-numerals clock on the mantelpiece ticked away. I found those afternoons empty in a good way. They matched the big empty space inside me, ready to be filled up with fantasies of my own making - if only the outside world didn't intrude too much. And I liked the ambiguity of the tick-tock that only went tick-tick if you listened closely enough. Most writers say that early mornings are the best time for inspiration, but I've always liked afternoons."

"Anyway, the clock's here, I'm not any more concentrated when it comes to doing my work-work, but I wouldn't want to do without it now. Finding the insufferable enjoyable is one of the pleasures of getting older."

Julia Keyte 2012