As much as I completely love my daughter I have to admit that if we're just the two of us at home together then the conversation is a bit one way. I'm sure she has some very deep considered views on the state of the country and how the coalition government is working out, but at the moment she seems to be keeping those views to herself.
After several hours without adult conversation I do find that I need something to keep me sane and a re-discovery of Radio 4 is meeting that requirement rather well. No where else can you get such a range of audio delights and a typical day can easily contain things like a debate on the latest political situations here and abroad, an interview with the former Norwegian justice minister (who now happens to be a crime author), a program on the seven car parks of Croydon (I never did understand why, but it was fascinating), Stephen Fry reading his new autobiography, a Woman's Hour discussion on having a mid-life career change, an afternoon play and a spot of comedy. Pure bliss. The ability to listen again to any bits I missed due to a badly timed nappy change or feed via the iPlayer is an added bonus. Who needs daytime television? When I was younger I recall someone saying to me that radio had a magical power to be able to create pictures in your head better than any television station. At the time I thought they were bonkers, but I think I may well owe them an apology now.
Yet another reason to be Proud of the BBC.