Principal GRANT ROBERTSON : Principal of Birmingham University : ' Short Lives of Great Men—II, Oliver Cromwell '
Relayed from Birmingham
THE creator of the first English regular army, and subsequent Lord Protector, is the subject of Principal Grant Robertson 's second talk this afternoon. Most people are Cavalier in sympathy, for most people are romantic and like to back a losing cause ; and most people dislike warts. So that both Cromwell's cause and his personal appearance have been against him, from the point of view of achieving popular sympathy. But history is less a matter of romance than of hard fact. And the facts show Cromwell to have been one of the great personalities of history. Whether or not he was a pleasant character, this country squire, who at forty made himself the first general of his time, changed the course of English history, and made England respected and feared abroad as she had never been even under Elizabeth.
' A BUNDLE 0' BOOKS-AND WHAT-NoT,' being Lot 339 bought at the recent sale of the library of the late George T. Wagginshucker , Esq. A first examination of the purchase seems to show that these books contain much that is interesting. The best bits of them will be selected for today's programme
LAST week Miss Sackville-West, the author of the Hawthornden prize poem, ' The Land,' gave the introductory talk in her series on Modern English Poetry. This evening she will continue her treatment of this most interesting subject; the history of poetry through the pre-war, war-time and post-war periods. In these twenty-eight years almost every art has been revolutionized and re-shaped, as new ideas have evolved new forms.
AMONG the great Victorian novelists Anthony Trollope has only come into his own in recent years, largely owing to Mr. Michael Sadleir's devotion and his scholarly book on the subject. Professor Evans points out how in his Autobiography Trollope revealed his plan of writing. He further discusses the range and method of the novelist's work, his portraits of the clergy, and his satire on contemporary domestic life.
BEN Williams (Tenor)
BETTY BANNERMAN (Harp)
THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOHN ANSELL
LA GAZZA LADRA is a relative of the Jackdaw of Rheims. Here, when he steals the silver, suspicion is thrown on Ninetta, who, being unable to account for the loss and for the possession of certain money, gets into trouble.
There are the usual operatic complications and the useful figures of luckless old father, faithful sweetheart, and wicked schemer.
In the end the magpie's hoard is discovered, and Ninetta is restored to her father and her lover, who of course becomes her husband.
THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH in this case is an Opera to a libretto which
Julian Sturgis made out of Dickens' novel. The Overture makes a rapid survey of the affairs and happenings of which you have read, of course, in the ' Christmas Books.' ' The Kettle began it ' is the heading of the Overture. The kettle becomes audible, the cricket chirps, Edward Plummer sings ' Hawthorn of the May ' (a suave melody), the Peerybingles bring a lively strain, Caleb sings his song about the Sparkling Bowl, John Peerybingle 's distress is pictured in solemn tones, the drinking song returns, and, as a peroration, Edward sings of his pleasure at being back in England.
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