Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 was allowed to wash over Mr and Mrs Monk as we made our way home in the car from the shopping centre.
We heard Jenny Murray ask Louise Mensch MP, if she was a "feminist" and then about her poses for GQ magazine. Louise spoke so fast that it was hard to decipher her meaning but I am sure she said she wanted an equal opportunity with Nick Clegg and other men who also posed for GQ and were also motivated by the same desire to attract men. I think that was what she said.
In her defence Louise insisted she was wearing a blouse for GQ and there was nothing wrong with that.
Woman's Hour then moved on to an item about pastels on the cat walks of fashion houses. At this point only Mrs Monk was listening and in fact became much agitated by Woman's Hour who would not specify the precise shade of pastel that was now in vogue. Mrs Monk is not a pastel type but even so she demanded, as if her life depended upon it, to know precisely what Jenny Murray was on about.
"What colour?" said Mrs Monk. "What the mother colour?"
I did not share Mrs Monk's concerns and was off on an A13 daydream about Miss Mensch's defence of her blowsy posing for GQ. In fact I had a flash back to my very early youth in a bar when I found myself staring at a busty girl's blouse admiring her very particular shade of pastel.
"What do think you are looking at?" she said.
"Pardon me!", I said. "I was just admiring your pigments"