IN-the second of this term's series on ' Empire
History and Geography ' Mr. Williamson will tell the story of the Union of South Africa and how it came about, and Mr. Ernest Young will describe the winds and rains and the natural regions into which the sub-Continent is divided. In the short political history of white South Africa-for a century ago that history had barely begun—geographical factors have played a very large part, and nowhere in the Empire is an interdependence of history and geography better illustrated than here.
LAST week, Mr. Allen Walker talked of the Tower of London during the earlier part of its long and chequered history, when it alternated between being'a fortress and a palace.
Today he will continue the story in the later i part of its existence, when, from being a State prison where the most formidable rivals to the crown were caged, it sank gradually into its present position of a mere relic-a dummy fortress, a museum of the antique and a peepshow for sightseers on the trail of the past.
MORE than ever in 1928, the movies are one of the symptoms of the way our civilization is going. No longer a crude device, interesting only for its novelty, or a ' trick ' entertainment designed by the intelligent, the cinema as an art and as a cultural force has come to stay ; and its importance as propaganda and as an industry is attracting the serious attention of legislators all over the world.
The films come pouring out of Hollywood in their thousands, and out of the English and Continental studios in their hundreds. No layman can see them all, but no one can afford to miss the significant ones. Hence the importance of listening to Mr. Atkinson's expert and witty reviews of current productions in his fortnightly talks.
ECONOMICS—politics—ethics—each of the three puts forward its. own scale of values. and claims for it sole importance to the exclusion of all else. But life is not all a matter of buying-and-selling, or commanding-and-obeying, or choosing between right and wrong, and we can never get our social problems resolved until we settle finally the weight that should be given to each of these claims. This is the argument that the Master of Balliol will develop in the second of his series of talks.
Relayed from the Queen's Hall
THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Conducted by ARNOLD SCHONBERG
' GURRELIEDER '
(Songs of Gurra)
(First Performance in Britain)
GLADYS PALMER (Contralto)
JOHN PERRY (Tenor) PARRY JONES (Tenor)
ARTHUR FEAR (Baritone)
Speaker : ARTHUR WYNN
THE NATIONAL CHORUS: Chorus Master,
Consisting of the following London Choirs :
THE LONDON WIRELESS CHORUS
THE CIVIL SERVICE CHOIR
(Conductor, STANFORD ROBINSON )
LLOYDS Choir (Conductor, GEOFFREY TOYE )
RAILWAY CLEARING HOUSE MALE VOICE CHOIR
(Conductor, JOHN E. WEST )
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