In his TV programme last night about the British tradition of keeping a stiff upper lip Ian Hislop interviews a cross channel swimmer. They are talking about the first person to swim The English Channel, Captain Matthew Webb. Apparently he coated his body with dolphin oil as a means of insulation. Said the modern day swimmer: " some people believe that dolphins kept him company during his 22-hour crossing".
Rocket though it was little known in my childhood is now fairly common as a salad. My attempts to grow it have never been very succesful. First it bolts and goes to seed before you have time to say salad dressing. Second in my vegetable garden its leaves are nibbled by a little insect called the flea beatle which spoils it appearance. This year I planted rocket in pots and cut the leaves as they come up. No bolting. No flea beatles. And a continuous supply of the narrow, bitter leaves.