This week's instalment of this series of afternoon travel talks deals with the Balkans, those strange wild lands where things happen that seem incredible to those who have lived only in the respectability of Western Europe. Mr. Graves has lived in the Balkans in the responsible capacity of special correspondent to The Times, and he has much of interest to say about his experiences there.
TO-DAY, Professor Elliot Smith will talk of the way in which mammals, owing to their superiority in brain, can readily adapt themselves to new methods of locomotion, which leads to the specialisation of their limbs. The legs of the horse, for instance, evolve until, with the disappearance of fingers and toes, they become ideally suited for fast running, but no use for anything else. So with the legs of the whale, which evolve into nippers. To be adaptable without becoming specialised is the secret of Man, and his relatives, alone.
By Miss BLANCHE RANDLE,
SPRING-CLEANING ! The words have a dire and sinister significance for the comfort-loving and unhygienic male. In fact, spring-cleaning ranks with mistletoe and New Year resolutions as one of those well-tried, ever-reliable subjects that ease the hard lot of the cartoonist and the red-nosed comedian, and give the mother-in-law joke one of its too rare rests. But even the man who hates spring cleaning will admit that if it is to be done, it might as well be done right, and encourage his womenfolk to listen to Miss Randle this afternoon.
Nothing that the B.B.C. has done has aroused more interest and given more pleasure than the series of sporting broadcasts that began only this year. At first the running commentaries were confined to football matches, both Rugby and Association, then, as the initial difficulties were mastered, their scope was extended. Within the next ten days the two winter sporting events that appeal most widely to all classes of the nation will be broadcast, the University Boat Race and the Grand National. In this talk Mr. Roger Eckersley , the Director of Programmes, will explain some of the special obstacles that had to be encountered in each case, and how they were overcome.
By A Barrister
Previous items in this interesting series of special programmes have been given by actors, authors, humorists, a professional cricketer, footballer, boxer, and so on. Tonight, listeners will learn how programmes would be composed if a certain barrister had his way.
The following is an extract from a letter which The Radio Times has received from the author of to-night's Programme. You will be able to judge from it what sort of thing to expect from 'A Barrister.'
'As I understand it, the object in view in asking different individuals to suggest or arrange a programme is to discover what those individuals, looking out upon life from entirely different angles, would regard as good entertainments. To achieve that I suppose that one is expected to adopt a perfectly selfish attitude and to say, "This is what I should like you to provide for my own particular pleasure." And so, one can only hope, by falling in with that idea, to provide what others also may enjoy.
'I am told that this particular honour has been conferred upon me out of curiosity to see in what direction the legal mind works in these things. Well - for myself I confess that my first idea of enjoyment would be Gilbert and Sullivan, not only because of its rollicking humour and good music, but also because there is always something astonishingly true underlying its burlesques, be they legal or otherwise.
'But if I am denied that for reasons of copyright, I would choose a varied programme which will enable me to enjoy some good orchestral music, some solos on the 'cello, which I like because it is so expressive of deep feeling, some typically English songs, and some of Schubert's exquisite Lieder. That, with a little light entertainment in the way of readings or recitations, would complete my own selfish idea of an hour-and-a-half of "wireless pleasure."'
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