THE RA­DIO ROOM

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MADAM: I was ex­cited to read “From the Ed­i­tor’s Desk” ( Sum­mer 2017). Per­haps none of my fel­low read­ers who live in the UK can imag­ine that get­ting BBC Ra­dio when liv­ing abroad is not as sim­ple as flip­ping a switch on the kitchen set or in the car. Over­seas, one has to get one’s doses from the in­ter­net via the com­puter or other dig­i­tal de­vices. The one ex­cep­tion is if one has a short- wave ra­dio that can cap­ture BBC Ra­dio Four. In my case, I have a small Roberts bat­tery­op­er­ated ra­dio that we brought over to France from Eng­land.

Un­for­tu­nately, it was never able to pick up Ra­dio Four, only French sta­tions, un­til, four years ago, we moved to a dif­fer­ent flat in Paris. In this flat, my bed­room is at the far end of the

house, fac­ing an in­te­rior court­yard. Mys­te­ri­ously, noth­ing catches in this room, no in­ter­net, no tele­phone, no mo­bile. Noth­ing but the old Roberts in short wave: at last I could lis­ten to all my favourite Ra­dio Four pro­grammes “live” like ev­ery­one else across the Chan­nel. As noth­ing else works in my bed­room, we call it The Ra­dio Room! — AN­NIE- CHRIS­TINE MATHEWS, PARIS, FRANCE.

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