It’s funny how being back at work and having less spare time really focuses the mind and emphasises how crucial it is to fully appreciate one’s leisure hours. For example, the pleasing ritual of buying and poring over Friday’s Guardian is a dozen times more enjoyable after five days of earnest and honest toil. I’m keen to listen to more radio this autumn and have started to tune into BBC 6Music in the later evenings more often. Gideon Coe’s show is fantastic, a really intelligent mix of music and banter, although at the moment the ebullient Gary Crowley is filling Coe’s chair and doing a smashing job. Waiting for me when I returned home tonight was a proud package I ‘won’ on EBay: a Digital Versatile Disc boxed set of the first series of The Wire. I have read and heard nothing but praise and plaudits for the Baltimore-set televisual drama and I hope its merits will entertain me vigorously through the dark nights that approach.