THE ancient British sport of archery no longer enjoys such publicity as it did in the days when Robin Hood used to split peeled wands at hundreds of paces away, and the English bowmen drove their arrows through coats of mail. But the longbow is far from being extinct either as a weapon (witness the recent big-game expeditions equipped only with bows and arrows) or as a sport. Mr. Inderwick, who gives this afternoon's talk, is a former English champion of the bow.
FOR some reason the writing
,. of history has evoked some of the finest prose ever written, not only in Greek and Latin but in English and French. A series of readings has been planned, to be broadcast during the holiday seasons throughout the year, including some of the great passages from Herodotus. Thueydides and Plutarch, Froissart, Gib bon and Macaulay, and this evening's reading is the first.
LESLEY DUDLEY (Soprano)
HEDDLE NASH (Tenor)
THE WlBELESS MILITARY BAND
Conducted by B. WALTON O'DONNELL
THE wicked Duke of Mantua has been making love to Gilda, the daughter of Rigoletto, the Duke's jester. Gilda is entranced with her lover, who has told her he is Gualtier Malde , a poor student, and when he has left her she muses on his ' dear name.'
THE first of the Brahms pieces is a joyous
-1 song, beginning with a glowing comparison of the lover's affection to the blossoming elder tree, whilst the dear oneis described as the sunshine, which falls upon the tree and fills it with fragrance and delight.
In The Message the lover begs the breeze, as it gently fans his beloved, to listen, and, should she be wondering if he still lives in sorrow, to whisper to her that he was indeed in the depths of gloom, until new hope came to him at the moment when he entered into her thoughts.
The Vain Suit is a lover's serenade (the words those of a folk song from the Lower Rhine).
9.15 Dr. L. F. RUSHBROOK WILLIAMS : The
Princes of India-Romance and Reality '
WHEN we think of ' 'India' it is usually of British India, which is directly administered by the Government at Delhi. But outside this India there is another-the India of the States ruled by their own Princes, who maintain their own relations with the Government. Some of these Princes are as impressive as any of the potentates of the East; the Nizam of Hyderabad, for instance, rules more than twelve million people, and his revenues are in the neighbourhood of four million pounds a year, whilst he is one of the five princes who receive a salute of twenty-one guns. Dr. Rushbrook Williams has an extensive and intimate acquaintance with the ' native States,' as, after holding numerous important posts under the Government of India, he became Political Secretary to the Maharaja of Patiala in 1925, and he is now Foreign Minister of the State.
or ' Beginners, Ptease
ANONYMOUS Characters : oe Skinner — known as ' Skinny ' DONALD CALTROP
Scene : The empty stage of any theatre of Variety, on a Sunday afternoon
This little play is anonymous. Such reticence on the part of an author betokens one who no longer cares for fame, or is certainly no ' beginner.' All we know is that it was written some years ago with the idea that the late James Welch should play the part of ' Skinny ' ; that it was laid aside and rediscovered on the last of those rare occasions when the author spring cleans; that just at that time, the author had seen the performance of Donald Calthrop in the character of an old stage hand and determined that his play should be performed, with Donald Calthrop in the chief part.
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