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Spain and the Italian Riviera in a way designed to help those people who have not yet decided where to spend their holidays to make up their minds. This afternoon's talk will deal with two of the districts of Italy most rich in beauty and historical associations-the little old hill towns of Umbria, Perugia, Assisi and the rest, and the plain of Vcnezia on the other side of the Appennines, with Venice dominating it from the security of her lagoons. Mr. Tatchell, who will give this talk, will be remembered for a very successful recent broadcast on travelling abroad, and anybody who has ever come across his book, ' The Happy Traveller,' will agree that, as a counsellor to the wayfarer he is invaluable and unique.
MILK, which is amongst tho very oldest articles of human diet, is still one of the most important, and we in th:s country do not drink enough of it. Pure, fresh cows' milk is almost as much a medicine as a food ; it can be produced in sufficient quantities by our own farmers, and an attempt is now being made to awaken us to its value. This attempt Mr. Neville Chamberlain will explain and reinforce in this evening's talk.
BOSWELL'S Life of Johnson, a vast, unwieldly work running into many volumes, is yet one of the books that most people who read it wish longer than it is. Whether the humour of Boswell was conscious or not is a point still under debate, but the wit of Johnson-that ele phantine repartee that is to ordinary wit as a steam-dredger is to the amateur gardener's trowel—is beyond all dispute. His ' humours,' too, are remarkably attractive, and help us to consider the Colossus of Literature as a human being like ourselves. In Boswell, therefore, Mr. Pearse has chosen a good subject for the first of his series on ' Wit and Humour in Books,' in which he will discuss authors so far removed in time and type as Stephen Leacock , Barrio and Lamb.
TRANSPORT, in modern Britain, is passing through a transition phase, as the roads revive from their decline to challenge the century-old power of the railways, find the railways in their turn respond. In this series of talks Mr. Tetley Stephenson , now Lecturerin Commerce at London University, who has had the experience of working on the headquarters' staff in one of the big railway combines, will examine how things stand with the roails and railways and canals, and discus: the proble ms of monopoly versus competition, and the relations of the various forms of transport to each other.
A Musical Farce in One Act
Libretto by DAVID GARRICK
Music by ARNE
The whole revised and adapted by JULIAN HERBAGE , the Libretto in conjunction with PERCEVAL GRAVES
THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA and THE WIRELESS
CHORUS, conducted d by JOHN ANSELL
The Scene is a village green on MayDay, 1775, with village lads and lassies dancing round the Maypole. They think and talk of little else but the great question, 'Who will win Sq ire Goodwin's legacy of £100?' This will be given to the couple who get married on May 1, provided that they make a choice of each other that is both fitting and free.
FOR a good many years Arne was the regular composer at Drary Lane, in Garrick's day, and conducted there for a time. He was composer also to Vauxhall Gardens, and to Covent Garden. It was at this last thentre that he brought out his Opera Artaxerwes.
May Day belongs to his last years. It came out in 1775, only three years before his death at the age of sixty-eight.
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