: ' Out of Doors from Week to Week—VII, Midsummer Day '
NEXT Sunday is Midsummer Day, which, though very often it comes long before the middle of our English summer (and it is certainly to be hoped that we have not yet had half our summer this year), yet definitely marks the turn of the year. This afternoon Mr. Eric Parker will describe how the blossom turns into fruit, how new flowers come in the garden, and how bird song ceases, and we say good-bye to the cuckoo.
IN a series of threetalks on Thursday afternoons Miss Nancy Rose has dealt with how to look after our dogs. The future talks in this series will advise listeners on the care of other pets, and this afternoon the Assistant Secretary of the R.S.P.C.A. will say a timely word to cat-owners—particularly timely now that the holidays are here and so many people are apt, in sheer thoughtlessness, to leave their cats to that semi-starvation that is euphemistically termed ' foraging for themselves.'
MADAME TUSSAUD 'S CINEM
EVER since the one and only original
Madame Tussaud came over from France with her Napoleonic relies and her flair for entertaining the public, her name has been a synonym for the children's Paradise and for the neurotics' nightmare of Victorian London. Is there any of us who has not as a child been taken round that awesome array of Kings and Queens and statesmen ; who has not asked the way of the wax policeman, and stood in lengthy admiration of the flesh-and-blood commissionaire ; who has not gasped at the historical tableaux (the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, acquired a new reality after one had seen that impressive scene) ; who has not ached with timorous longing to venture into the Chamber of Horrors, and been told firmly that he was not old enough yet ? When Madamo Tussaud 's was burnt down we felt that another bit of tho old London had vanished, with Regent Street and the Empire and the horse-'buses and all the rest. But it has arisen again from its ashes, triumphant, as full as ever of waxen celebrities, with a new Chamber of Horrors and a new and imposing cinema thrown in. How surprised old Madame Tusaaud would be if she could know that, under her own name, organ music from a cinema (if she could be made to realise what a cinema is) was to be transmitted regularly through the ether, and heard by people all over the British Isles !
FOURTH DAY OF REQUEST WEEK
FREDERICK CHESTER in West Country songs and Stories
' Spring-Cleaning at Folly Manor '
' When the Cow Slipped '—an altogether fantastic business by B. WALTON O'DONNELL
With help from other people
LAST week Professor Tattersall described the Balance of Nature—that intricate system by which the endless variety of animals, parasites and plants live on each other, forming a great complex pattern disturbed only by periodic dislocations that ultimately adjust themselves. This evening he will explain how man, ' Nature's insurgent son,' revolts in every way against the natural laws of the scheme of which he originally formed a part.
SOME years ago a partnership known as Norah Blaney and Gwen Farrar was dissolved. It was like the splitting of a star, and where there had been one light in the theatrical firmament there now twinkled two, one of whom will come to the microphone for a quarter of an hour tonight. Norah Blaney is a pianist and a composer as well as an actress and singer, although it was in the last capacities that she played so charmingly in The Vagabond King, and since then she has been playing a straight part in Out of the Blue. But with all these talents she is obviously capable of putting up a really first-rate one-man show' when she visits the Studio tonight.
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