from Restaurant Frascati
Mr A. Lloyd James, who is giving this series of talks, was secretary to the BBC's Advisory Committee on Spoken English.
A reading from Charles Dickens's work.
In their series of weekly talks Mr J.C. Stobart and Miss Mary Somerville come this week to the 'Odyssey'.
It would be hard to compute the number of adventure stories that have seen the light in the three thousand years since Homer (or, if research proves it not to have been Homer, whoever was their author) composed the 'Iliad' and the 'Odyssey.' Yet it is doubtful whether the 'Odyssey' has ever been excelled as an adventure story, apart from any other aspect. The strange voyage of Odysseus on his way home from Troy after the siege, to his island kingdom of Ithaca, has provided the standard term for such romantic journeys.
Miss Rhoda Power concludes her series of talks with a picture of rural life a hundred years ago, which makes but a sorry comparison with the healthy mediaeval community with which she began. In the early nineteenth century the very improvements in agricultural technique had caused great dislocation and distress; prices had risen out of sight of wages, and the villager who eked out his rations by poaching encountered the inhuman severity of the Game Laws; the Napoleonic wars drained off many breadwinners by the medium of the press-gang; home industries were dying in face of the Industrial Revolution, and the countryside was being depopulated. The first railways are almost the only bright feature of tho depressing scene.
The Toy Symphony (conducted by Stanford Robinson).
Verses from Pillicock Hill (Herbert Asquith).
A Visit to a Lightship (G.G. Jackson)
by Reginald Foort, relayed from the New Gallery Kinema
by the Royal Horticultural Society
by Reginald Foort
An Air Ministry talk by Major H. Hemming.
We all know something about aerial survey, and most of us have seen remarkable aerial photographs of towns, but the sort of survey that Major Hemmingâthe well-known pilot, now Managing Director of the Aircraft Operating Companyâwill describe this evening is a new and most important development. The plan is for the airman and mining engineer, working in co-operation, to look for copper in the jungle of Northern Rhodesia. Flying over the jungle at a height of some two and three-quarter miles, the airman will take a series of photographs. These will be studied by the geologists, who will be able to tell where copper lies near the surface, owing to its effect on the vegetation. Parts of the area will then be mapped from the air, and altogether some 20,000 square miles of dense jungle will be surveyed.
The song-cycle Myrthen (Myrtles - the ancient symbol of youth and beauty) was an offering to Schumann's beloved Clara Wieck.
The songs are not all on one topic. Schumann for this cycle took poems by Heine, Goethe, Burns, Byron, Moore and others.
Tonight we are to hear the first six of the twenty-six songs in the cycle.
I. Widmung (Dedication). This setting of words by Ruckert is one of the most frequently sung of all Schumann's songs. It is a fine, stirring love-song. 'Thou art my soul, ... my world, ... my heaven, ... my guardian saint, my better self', is its fervent declaration.
II. Freisinn (Liberty). Goethe's poem speaks of the bracing joys of the free mind, whose master rides boldly abroad, raising his eyes aloft to behold wonders, while the dullards stay in their huts.
III. Der Nussbaum (The Hazel Tree). Words by Julius Mosen. A graceful suggestion of tho hazel tree, bending to the light winds. its blossoms swaying together as though kissing. They whisper of a maid who wanders through the wood, never telling her thoughts. What is she thinking about? Perhaps the leaves can guess; they whisper hints of a bridegroom for next year. With such a thought in her mind the maiden sinks sweetly to sleep.
IV. Jemand (Somebody). Here Schumann came to Burns for his words. 'Somebody', who is absent, is causing a maiden anxiety, and she begs the powers that smile upon love to protect her man and send him safely back to her.
V. Sitz' ich allein (I sit alone). The next two songs, fragments from Goethe, sing of vinous joys. In the first the poet imagines a contented person sitting by himself, drinking his wine, and so pleased, with his own thoughts for company, that he wants no better enjoyment. To this thought Schumann has put a cheery tune.
VI. Setze mir nicht (Place not the jug). This is just a jolly couple of stanzas in praise of the cheering liquor.
6 - False and True Economy in Food
Professor V.H. Mottram, the author of 'Food and the Family', concludes his series of talks on the scientific aspect of food with some very useful advice on 'Economy in Food.' Many careful housewives, with every desire to be economical, waste money because of an antiquated belief that certain standard foods - "usually the expensive ones" - are more nutritive than certain others - usually the cheap ones. How many readers, for instance, are aware of the comparative food values of eggs, steak and herring, in proportion to their price?
Scovell and Wheldon (Syncopated Duets)
Florence Marks (Irish Humour)
Sylvester Leon (in a Jamaican Character Study)
Mario di Pietro (on the Banjo)
Janet Joye (Impersonations)
Lecture Recital by Dr George Dyson
(S.B. from Liverpool)
A play taken from George Du Maurier's novel, arranged for broadcasting, with Phyllis Neilson Terry in the name part and Ernest Milton as Svengali.
Act 1, Studio in Paris;
Act 2, Same room;
Act 3, Foyer of the Cirque des Bashibazouks.