Not much doing yesterday.
I got some ideas in the morning walking to Piccadilly, and saw an exhibition of 1860 "Art" (costume) at 18, Cork Street. Not good.
Then to the Retrospective Exhibition of the London Group in Burlington Gardens. (I lent four pictures to this show). It had considerable interest.
Lunch at the Reform with Gardiner, Page, Leif Jones, Hedley etc.
I have had a wireless receiver installed by the B.B.C. at a cost of £60. It is not working satisfactorily and I am unhappy.
For example, last evening we wanted to listen to a performance of the Second Act of Die Walkure, but found it impossible to get an uninterrupted transmission of the opera. Another programme, and perhaps two other programmes, kept breaking in with more or less comic music of a violently anti-Wagnerian character, and no amount of adjustment would prevent this. Also a long speech. The Wagner would go on excellently for a few minutes , and then, for no apparent reason, it would be drowned by something else. All attempts at re-adjustment only resulted in whistling and various other strange noises.
This receiving set is admirable within certain limits, but I consider that the limits are far too narrow. An instrument which will neither get Continental stations, nor a Daventry station without mingling it with London or some other place, must surely be classed as extremely unsatisfactory.
I have written to the B.B.C. to complain.