I was quite taken aback when my vicar
dropped into the light conversation
that I was having with him
a question about 'binge television',
the serials now transmitted online
and sold boxed, multiple disc, sets.
'Had I ever watched it?' 'No.'. I replied.
I had not had television 'on tap'
for several years when workmen came
and they disturbed some wire
between the satellite dish,
and the decoder box decided it did not like it.
I liked the silence of the television being off,
or at least the quiet of what it could have been
but for the intervention of BBC Radio 4.
I should have been more honest with the man
and said that I am a binge consumer, but of radio.
Many television programmes are padded out
with visual non-information, without which
producers think their product looks incomplete
when actually they should have had a better shooting script.
And afterwards it is always too late to change it.
On speech radio having nothing to say
means submitting to the silence,
the words have to be right for programme to go out.