THE RADIO ROOM
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.