Cycling has passed through many phases-first an eccentricity, then a craze, then a past fashion, until now it has settled down into a very popular sport, a still more popular pastime and a means of locomotion that makes the country habitable for many people to whom the automobile has not yet become possible. Nobody has ever denied the value of cycling from the point of view of health, and as there are said to be ten million cyclists in the country, the influence of the push-bike on the national health must have been immense. Sir Harold Bowden, who is now the head of a firm that employs 3,500 people making bicycles, has been in the trade all his life, and there is not much about the cycling habit that he does not know.
It would be interesting to know how much creative work was produced in the most unlikely surroundings of prison-camps during the war. It is certain that even under such conditions the thoughts of many of the prisoners naturally turned towards the gentler arts - painting, music, or literature.
Mr. Paul Edmonds, who is to broadcast tonight, was with the garrison in Kut, and spent two and a half years as a prisoner in the hands of the Turks. During that time he not merely wrote stories, but composed music, produced plays, trained a choir and learnt to draw. He is the author of ' Peacocks and Pagodas' and 'To the Land of the Eagle,' both of which he illustrated himself.
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