Roberts radio at the heart of the kitchen
21 Nov 2012|
Behind every good man stands a good woman, and behind every good kitchen stands a good radio - and they don't come much better than the Roberts Revival.
The rise of tablets and high speed internet means we're truly mobile these days, with the average family better connected than the cast of Goodfellas. With web-browsing devices that follow us wherever we go, we're spending more time in the kitchen, with the room becoming the bona fide hub of many a home.
How we use our kitchens has evolved accordingly, with teenagers surfing Facebook on smartphones and mums doing the weekly shop on iPads as common a sight as cooking and calculators (for the bills, bills, bills). These days, kitchens are as much about tweeting as eating, but whether peeling spuds or buying goods there's one thing that's ever-present - the trusty radio.
It sits on the kitchen unit quietly doing its thing as our lives whirl around it like cake ingredients in the Magimix. You may hardly notice it, but it's always there; take it away and it'll leave a hole much bigger than the one it occupied. It eases you into the day with the breakfast news, and out of the day with a bedtime story (if you listen to Radio 4). If you choose the right one, the radio you were listening to when cooking for toddlers will be the same when they've grown into teenagers.
The Roberts Revival is the perfect radio for a family kitchen, capable of seeing you through conundrums, crises and kids. With its mixture of digital stations and retro styling it even reflects the changing dynamics of our kitchens.
The vintage leather casing and old-fashioned knobs and dials will take you back to the days when women ruled the family kitchen, recalling memories of dads banished as mum prowled her sacred space like a lioness, cooking up a storm for her brood and administering swift retribution to interlopers.
Such memories will probably include her murdering her favourite songs on the radio or pausing for a moment while cooking to tweak the flour-covered dial toward something more wholesome when the Sex Pistols came on. However, tastes change and the meat pie she was preparing back then has likely evolved into something from Nigel Slater involving chorizo and rocket. Similarly, the pop stars she preferred to punk may now seem twee. Thankfully, the Roberts offers a wealth of digital stations to please everyone from the hip indie chick (Lauren Laverne on 6Music) to the pop princesses (Reggie Yates on Radio 1).
One thing that transcends the generations is mums wanting the kitchen to look as nice as it smells, and the retro style and tasteful colours of the Roberts bring to mind the Cath Kidston-inspired word of shabby chic.
Of course, the days when only women cooked are long gone. More and more blokes are donning the apron and cooking family meals, shrugging off doubtful glances as Jamie Oliver makes it look much easier than it is with the pukka 15 Minute Meals.
Although many blokes love cooking, as a pastime it's often trumped by football and this is where a man and his kitchen radio can truly bond. With stations such as Talksport and 5Live providing a non-stop onslaught of ball-related banter, Saturday afternoons with the Revival and a brew offer sacred man-time. Some might say, 'what about Sky?' but there's something about radio football that endures. Technically, listening to two blokes in dodgy sheepskins talk about a game you can't actually see should be about as entertaining as, well, peeling spuds. But it carries a certain magic tied up in nostalgia and suspense, with the commentators taking our emotions up and then down as their murmurs and wails try to emote the majesty (yeah, right) unfolding on the pitch.
Men across the nation spend Saturday afternoons staring at their
kitchen radio, faces screwed up in anticipation as though the
commentators are going to provide the answers to the big questions
of life rather than just the scores.
We often romanticise about the hiss and crackle of analogue radio, but when the signal drops at a key moment, those rose-tinted glasses are thrown in the bin amid an almighty strop. Thankfully, such family crises can be avoided by tuning into clean, crisp and reliable DAB stations on the Revival.
So, there we have it, the kitchen is the hub of the family home - from food to football and Facebook to finance - and the radio provides the hum around which our lives move. The soundtrack to our lives.
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