BUYING or leasing a house or a flat is a legal transaction that often occurs, in the life of the average man, and it is as well to know how the law stands. In this morning's talk Mrs. Crofts will explain what snags one should bo prepared to detect and avoid.
'Believe me, if aU thoso endearing young charms' and other Irish melodies played by CECIL DIXON
The Story of ' The Leprechaun's Shoes' (
Helen Simpson )
Irish Songs by DENIS O'NERL
'Shaun Mor '—an Irish Legend, rewritten by Lady Wilde
BENEATH London, as beneath other great cities, lies a queer UnderWorld of mysterious tunnels full of noxious gases, unfragrant liquids and enormous rats. The ordinary person hears of these sewers only on the rare occasions when the sewer gas breaks out, but there are men whose working hours are spent entirely amongst them. In this evening's talk Mr... Palmer will describe a. day's work—or, more likely, a night's work-in this strange field.
Sung by MARK RAPHAEL (Baritone)
A Song of Brahms.
THERE was at least one occasion-there may well have been many-when a song of Brahms had a share in emphasizing the utter futility of war. It was, if memory serves, near the end of 1916, when the first Somme ' push ' had petered out into a standstill, and the two sides were very near one another-so near that voices could be heard and even occasional scraps of conversation picked up, from the opposite trench. And one evening, during a lull in the usual ' hate,' one of the enemy sang to his own fellows, and, whether intentionally or not, to us, too. He was a real singer, one who knew his job, with a clear, baritone voice, and the song he chose was Brahms' ' Wie bist du, meine Kowgin, durch sanfte Giite wonnevoil (' Gracious and fair art thou, my Queen'). He sang it well, without a trace of the cheap sentimentality which is sometimes allowed to slip into even such a noble sqng, but,with every bit of sentiment that it really holds. It was a time when men knew better than ever before what queenly graciousness meant, and though there was art in the singing, it was forgotten in the truth and beauty of the song. There was no applause : both sides paid Brahms and the singer the higher tribute of silence. Most of our people must have been wholly ignorant of what it meant, but almost everyone found in it some echo of his own best thoughts and there was one listener at least
-. who has not yet ceased to be grateful.
Did he emerge safely from the War, that singer. with his art and fine voice unimpaired ? And does he ever sing that song now ? If he does, and if he can recapture from his memory, the inspiration of that evening and its surroundings, he is singing it as only few can do.
D. M. C.
T AST month Mr. Ashbee broadcast a a talk in which he described the exhibition organized by the 'Save the Countryside movement; and the campaign against the disfigurement of the landscape by ugly petrol-stations, tea-houses, advertising-signs and so on. Since then many listeners have written giving their own views, and relating instances that have happened in their own localities. In tonight's talk Mr. Ashbee will describe some of the useful ideas that have reached him from different parts of the country, which deserve to be more widely known.
'The Fort over against the oak. wood,
Once it was Bruidge's, it was
It was Aed's, it was Ailill's,
It was Conaing's, it was Cuiline's, And it was MauMujn's ;
The Fort remains after each in his turn —
And the Kings asleep in the ground.'
Kuno Meyer (from the Irish).
; T. Z. Koo
TWO thousand years ago the flute was already in use in Chinese music, though in the West it is a parvenu instrument a mere four centuries old. Tonight Dr. Koo will play seven pieces written for the Chinese flute, ranging from Confucian temple music that has a certain similarity to the Gregorian chant, to the simplest lullaby that ever a mother crooned over her child.
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