From page 27 of ' When Two or Three '
Mr. PHILIP THORNTON
IN THIS, the eleventh of his talks in the series, Mr. Philip Thornton will deal with humour in music as conceived by various nations. He has collected an astonishing selection of musical ' turns ' from such widely separated places as Bengal, Central Africa, Java. and Greece-and hopes to show you that although vou may not understand the meaning of the words of the comedians, nevertheless it will appear that what sounds screamingly funny to the Javanese can also raise a laugh in England.
Leader, Frank Thomas
(West Regional Programme)
Directed by Joseph Muscant
The Commodore Theatre,
A Running Commentary by J. D. M. SNAGGE , from the Launch Magician, following the crews
The time of the start of the race is liable to postponement owing to tidal conditions, but the broadcast is not expected to start before 2.0 p.m., when an announcement will be made.
J. D. M.
A Running Commentary on the International Rugby Football Match, by Capt. H. B. T. WAKELAM
Relayed from Twickenham
By courtesy of The Rugby Football
Capt. H. B. T.
A Light Entertainment with BERTRAM DENCH
Relayed from The Dorchester Hotel
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers
Mr R. C. Lyle: Aintree Fences
Becher's, the Canal fence, Valentine's, those world-famous jumps, are to be discussed by R. C. Lyle this evening, and as they will affect the result of the Grand National, which will be run next Friday, a word about the race may not be out of place.
It was first run in 1839; has been a handicap since 1842; since 1863 the distance has been four and a half miles.
Not only the stiff jumps, but large fields and the great pace at which the race is run, contribute to falls. Horses like last year's favourite, Golden Miller, who can do nothing wrong on Park courses, can often do nothing right here. A brilliant exception was the young French horse, Lutteur III , who, only five years old, won the 1909 National at a first essay of the course. Another was Poethlyn, who won the 'War National' at Gatwick in 1918, and the Grand National at Aintree the following year. But 'Liverpool' horses ÂÂi.e., those who have proved they can negotiate the fences, are most likely to stand up.
The race will always be connected with the name of Anthony, for these three brothers have been concerned in no less than five winners. Jack rode three to victory, Glenside, 1911; Ally Sloper, 1915; and Troytown, 1920. Owen trained Music Hall, 1922; and Ivor trained Kellsboro' Jack, last year's winner. A phenomenal family achievement.
Every year there is an outcry by some against the stiffness of the fences, yet there are fewer fatal accidents to horse or rider in the National than in the average hurdle race at a Park meeting. The most moderate horses can jump them if they are not interfered with. A horse called Odor started at 200 to 1 in 1910 and not only got round, but finished third. And Odor had only one eye.
R.C. Lyle and W. Hobbiss will give a running commentary on the race next Friday.
by LINDA SEYMOUR (contralto)
(From Songs from the Chinese Poets)
Mr. A. P. HERBERT
Mr. A. P.
A Topical Supplement to The Week's
The Crazy Comic
Syncopated Songs at the Piano
MABEL CONSTANDUROS and MICHAEL HCGAN
BRITAIN'S MASTER of COMEDY
WILL HAY and his SCHOLARS
THE B.B.C. THEATRE ORCHESTRA under the direction of S. KNEALE KELLEY
THIS BILL might be summarised as Will Hay and his Scholars and a programme of broadcast discoveries. A Savoy Hill find was Mabel Constanduros, who must be as well known to listeners as any name at the microphone. She and Michael Hosan are to do another of their sketches this evening, and Mabel Coristanduros, as usual, will play all the women's parts.
Another Savoy Hill discovery was Florence Oldham, who came along one day not for an audition, but to accompany an artist who had one. When it was over she said, diffidently, to John Sharman: 'Now I'm here, I suppose you wouldn't hear me?' He did, with very happy results.
Jack Collings, who has made a name as a xylophonist, owes his position to pluck as well as to talent. He was trained as a singer, but an operation on his throat put an end to that. For two years he practised the instrument of his choice, and, with dogged perseverance, made himself a second career.
Hern Ecks prefers to do his act King flat on the stage. This posture produced such an effect at Ecks's audition that he got a contract straight away. An original as well as a Crazy Comic.
Then there is Robert Algar, who once found a little lost dog in the street and took it home and adopted it. It took to the stage like a duck to water until coming on with Algar as a gala performance. Then the dog fell in love with the balloons that were thrown, and refused ever to perform again without them. So now he has to sing alone.
Weather Forecast, Second General News Bulletin
Mr. BEVERLEY NICHOLS
THE SPEAKER, who tonight is to review his reaction to the past week, made a name for himself at Oxford, and became known to the world at large by publishing his autobiography at the age of twenty-five.
He is many things : author, journalist playwright, revue writer, gardener. lie lives in a cottage surrounded by flowers, and put it all into a book called ' Down the Garden Path '.
His first novel was Crazy Pavements ', his first play The Stag, his first revue Cochran's 1930 Revue, his last and most serious book ' When the Crash Came '. He has visited and candidly commented on most of the countries of the world.
A Programme of Irish Music and Humour and Foctry of W. B. YEAT3 spoken by himself
THE B.B.C. DANCE OrcHESTRA, directed by HENRY HALL
(Shipping Forecast, on Davcntry only, at 1 1.0)