My son doesn't have school on Wednesday afternoons and today there is a holiday feel because he also doesn't have school tomorrow: May 1st. I'm in luck. My husband has taken him to have his brace tightened (by the same person who I face in the tennis final tomorrow!) and as a result I have the chance to do something I've wanted to do all week.
Living in northern France we are able to receive BBC Radio4 and as it is the only English radio station we can get it is on just about all day. Someone once described this house as "never more than 10metres from a Radio4 receiver". Not far from the truth! I could probably recite the programme schedules better than the current Governor General and his team. I wake up with John Humphreys and Jim Naughtie, I spend my coffee break with Jenny Murray, my lunch break with Martha Karney and I share my dinner preparation with the evening comedy slot.
Definitely the best of these is "I'm sorry I haven't a clue". This was tagged the "Antedote to panel games" and was presented by Humphrey Lyttelton, jazz trumpet player. Humph (as he was often known on the programme) died last week and this week we have had a series of tributes including a repeat of one of the "Clue" programmes from 1995.
If any of you want a really good laugh for 30 minutes I recommend you go straight here and listen to it. You'll have to be quick as the listen again facility is only available for a week. If the link doesn't work go to the radio 4 website and then listen again.
I could go on for hours with anecdotes or quotes from this programme series. I won't because if you have never listened to it before you will never tune back into this particular English Armchair!
Perhaps this programme should come with a Government Health Warning: If you are an ardent feminist you will probably go into cardiac arrest at the outrageousness of Humph. How he got away with it I don't know. Luckily I'm not a feminist and I laughed myself silly.