Looking Back into Forward
A little over a month ago, the voice of time in Britain died. For over two decades Brian Cobby fulfilled the role of, as he called himself, “Brittania’s wristwatch.” A role previously held only by women, his baritone voice would be heard over the years by two billion who dialed for time on the telephone exchange.
In one take lasting 50 minutes, Cobby recorded the speaking clock’s 86 separate words that would go on to comprise the 8,640 daily announcements of the service.
To be on time. To know the time. To do what we’re supposed to be doing at the time we’re supposed to be doing it. And yet, what does that effect? Does promptness or the division and demarcation lines of a day as held by the hands of a clock really change outcome to anything? The urgent ticks and tocks imply balance. If only. ShareThis