From page 90 of' When Two or Three '
Mr. WILFRID ROBERTS
THIS MORNING Wilfrid Roberts will discuss the craftsmen of his moorland district, both those of today and those of yesterday. The blacksmith is still to be seen in his forge, but his sons are probably mechanics with an eye on the motor industry that is creeping in year by year. The younger generation ride their own motor cycles maybe, and prefer the smell of petrol to that of singeing hoof.
Potters still exist. Like gypsies, they are a distinct class in Cumberland, but they are not gypsies. They all deal in everything from scrap iron to feathers ; and in horses, too.
But the fame of the villages for hand-loom-weaving is a thing of the past. Few people remember it, though many, curiously enough, indirectly suffer from it. For in the old days the ground floors of houses were sunk below ground level with the object of keeping the raw material for weaving moist. Today, though the atmosphere is no dryer, people insist on inhabiting these below-ground rooms, despite threats from rheumatism and medical officers.
Another craft that is no more than a memory is that of violin making, for which Brampton, Wilfrid Roberts home town in Cumberland, will always be famous. Here William Forster was born in 1739, whose father and grandfather had made spinning wheels and violins and taught him the trade. William came to London to win renown as the first violin maker of his day, and later on, as the publisher of Haydn's music.
Wilfrid Roberts will say something, too, of the craft of making grandfather clocks, which once flourished in his district, and of the art of water divining which is practised to this day ; of the clog dancers that have gone, and of the few strolling musicians who still haunt the moors.
At the Organ of the Plaza Cinema,
Leader, Frank Thomas
Victor Hunt (tenor)
2.5 (-2.25) Science and Agriculture-5
Sir JOHN RUSSELL , D.Sc. F.R.S.:
2.30 (-2.55) ' World History', Talk 3
Mr. ALEC MACDONALD : The French
A Recital by Yvonne Arnaud (pianoforte)
(with String Orchestral Accompaniment)
Allegro in F minor (Bach) ; Rondo (Haydn); Valse Caprice (Saint-Saens)
Early Stages in German-5
Herr A. HERMANN WINTER
John Snowden (violoncello)
Marion Keighley Snowden (pianoforte)
Directed by Guy Daines
(Scottish Regional Programme)
directed by HENRY HALL
Weather Forecast, First General News bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers
Chopin's Preludes and Studies
Played by STEFAN ASKENASE
Preludes, Op. 28
No. i in C
No. 2 in A minor No. 3 in G
No. 4 in E minor No. 5 in D
No. 6 in B minor No. 7 in A
No. 8 in F sharp minor No. 9 in E
No. 10 in C sharp minor No. 11 in B
No. 12 in G sharp minor No. 13 in F sharp
No. 14 in E flat minor
Mr. DESMOND MACCARTHY
Commander STEPHEN KING-HALL
Views from Abroad-2
Professor FELIX FRANKFURTER
THIS EVENING we are to be appraised through the eyes of an American, distinguished in his own country as a legal expert.
Professor Felix Frankfurter was
Assistant District Attorney of New York, and became Legal Adviser to the Department of War when Mr. Stimson was Secretary of War. He then became Professor of Law at the Harvard
Law School. When the United States entered the War he was Assistant to the Secretary of War, and then became Chairman of -the War Labour Policies
Professor Frankfurter now holds the George Eastman Professorship at ; Oxford.
(Led by LAURANCE TURNER )
Conducted by Sir LANDON RONALD
Weather Forecast, Second General
Mr... PETER FLEMING : The Meaning of Manchukuo'
PETER FLEMING , author of ' Brazilian Adventure ', is to broadcast the last talk on China in this series this evening. He returned from China three months ago, where he was acting as special correspondent for The Times.
In addition to the better known parts of Manchuria (Manchukuo is the Japanese name for it), Fleming visited Jehol and accompanied a flying column of Japanese troops on a bandit drive in the interior.
He will describe the position of affairs out there, the life and his own experiences. He was, incidentally, also in Manchuria at the time of the Japanese invasion in 1931. The next five talks in this series will be on Japan.
This programme will be given by all Regionals, except West, tomorrow night.
An article on 'Love Needs a Waltz' appears on page 374.
by George Meredith , read by FELIX AYLMER. (Today is the anniversary of the birth of George Meredith )
MAURICE WINNICK 'S CIRO'S CLUB
OCHESTRA, relayed from Ciro's Club
(Shipping Forecast, on Daventry only, at 11.0)