It’s quite a long drive – an hour and a quarter each way, which is 2.5 hours in the car, obviously, there and back. I always wish that I could do something a bit more useful with the time than listen to the radio.
Then I remembered that I had a dictaphone thing lurking in the bottom of a box, so I dug it out and put new batteries in it. Here it is!
Now, stop laughing, I know it looks like something out of the ark. I bought it a long time ago. But I had a brainwave. Why not put it on my passenger seat, set to record and ‘dictate’ a story to it, as I drove along…?
Needless to say this didn’t work for the following reasons:
1. The ‘dictaphone’ is so hi-tech that it’s only got 15 minutes of recording time on it.
2. I got so confused/flustered, trying to turn it on and off (when stationary at the traffic lights, I hasten to add) that I ended up recording one thing: ‘Remember to get the car booked in for a service!’ followed by 14 minutes and 50 seconds of Radio 2 and me, muttering as I drove.
So, that’s the end of that great idea!
The Night Manager
Are you watching ‘The Night Manager’? (BBC 1, Sunday night, 9pm). Ooh, it’s so good.
Now, it may sound like I’m jumping on the bandwagon, swooning over Mr Jonathan Pine (the main character) BUT I would just like to say that I read The Night Manager by John Le Carre back in 1993, the year it was published (anyone else keep a list of what they read? I’ve done it since 1989!). I gave it an ASTERIX, which means I would read it again (and I just might do that once the series is over) and I clearly remember falling in love with that character, as I never had before, or possibly since (with the exception of Fitzwilliam Darcy, of course).
And I have to leave you now, because it’s just about to start!