From page 36 of 'When Two or Three'
Two Waitresses, 1908 and 1935. Here are two talks, one by the waitress of nearly thirty years ago, the other by the waitress of today.
In 1908 there were no labour-saving devices, and a member of the staff of a pioneer firm of quick-service lunches seems to have had to do most things from peeling potatoes to polishing brass.
And what a difference in uniform. One pictures the girl of today in her streamline freshness and turns to the girl of yesterday, her body encased in a stiff black alpaca dress, her neck in a high, stiff collar, starched cuffs on her wrists, and skirts to her ankles. It her hair was attractive, she must crush it in a net; if she powdered her nose, heaven help her - the superintendent wouldn't.
The same firm today encourages the Permanent wave and the use of make-up, and has even been known to subsidise beauty treatment. Thirty years on!
At the Organ of The Trocadero
Cinema, Elephant and Castle
The Granada, Walthamstow
by ARNOLD GOLDSBROUGH
The Chelsea Parish Church of St. Luke
' Sugar and Staves '
Today Miss Rhoda Power is to tell you about the lives of the poor Negro slaves who worked on the sugar plantations in the West Indies in the eighteenth century. They were awakened to work at daybreak by the ringing of a conch shell or a bell. They were allowed little in the way of pleasure. Even the trumpets and drums they loved to use on days of festival were forbidden them because such things were used for war at home in Africa, and it was thought they might incite them to rebellion.
In all these talks or stories or plays by Miss Rhoda Power it is her aim to awaken your interest and, by appealing to your imagination, to put history before you so that its people live. And here is a message from her to Schools :
' My part at the microphone is to try to make the history in these lessons come to life. Your part at the loudspeaker is, not only to listen, but to try to see with your ears. When you can do this, you will find that history, instead of being the " dry bones of the past ", has become a living thing. When you cannot do it, perhaps you will spare a minute to write and tell me so, as it is quite possible that the fault may be in my lessons and not in your ears '.
2.30 English Literature
Some Books I Like
S. P. B. MAis
' The Call of the Wild ', by Jack London
' Your Club Activities'
Conductor, RICHARD AUSTIN
The Pavilion, Bournemouth
The Feast of St. Benedict
Till Eulenspiegel is perhaps the most perfect of all Strauss's orchestral works. The music opens with the very characteristic theme of Till, the merry vagabond. We can almost see him riding through the market place, the bells on his jester's cap tinkling.
After a number of lively escapades,
Till finds himself in the hands of the law. Having duly deliberated on his actions, the solemn judge pronounces the death-sentence. The hangman does his duty and a trill on the flutes tells us that Till's roguish spirit has departed.
In the last and biggest of his five pianoforte concertos, the so-called ' Emperor ', Beethoven made several innovations to the traditional form. But the listener who has noted the melodies of the orchestral introduction will have no difficulty in following the course of the first movement after the soloist enters. The slow movement is in effect a series of free variations on a simple and dignified melody, and the last movement is a brilliant rondo, which is linked with the slow movement by a very beautiful transition passage. The theme heard at the outset sets the pace for a movement which is in Beethoven's brightest good spirits.
Overture, The Bartered Bride .. Smetana
Directed by JOHN MACARTHUR
Directed by HENRY HALL
including Weather Forecast and Bulletin for Farmers
'The Channel Islands'
The Channel Islands are as favoured by their climate as their people are industrious. In the summer, tomatoes are a field-crop in Jersey, and in both Jersey and Guernsey grapes and peaches ripen in greenhouses without heat, and figs grow out of doors. As summer glides towards autumn, blackberries the size of mulberries are gathered.
In the winter snow and frost are rare, and spring's earliest touches come to the islands that are as famous for their early spring flowers and potatoes and other vegetables as for their delightful sands and sea.
This evening John Morgan , who has been over there on a visit, is to give an eye-witness account of the season's horticultural and farming preparations now in full swing on this fruitful soil.
Handel Celebration under the direction of EDWARD J. DENT
Oratorio Choruses sung by THE WIRELESS CHORUS
Conductor, LESLIE WOODGATE
At the organ, BERKELEY MASON
Choruses from Belshazzar (1743)
I. Behold , by Persia's hero made 2. Sing, oh ye heav'ns !
3. Recall, oh King ! thy rash command 4. Oh glorious prince !
B. WALTON O'DONNELL
GEORGE PIZZEY (baritone) *
by NORMAN Demuth
Relayed from Queen's Hall, London
(Sule Lessees, Messrs. Chappetl and Co., Ltd.)
WALTER GIESEKING (pianoforte)
Leader, ARTHUR CATTERALL
Conductor, ADRIAN BOULT
Sir Edward Elgar tells us that this piece owes its inception to a tune which he once heard sung in the distance, when he was on holiday in Wales-a tune which impressed him particularly by its cadence of a falling third. From it he evolved the main theme, sufficiently like a Welsh tune to be taken for real folk music. Later, another song heard in the Wye valley confirmed the first impression, and the work was carried to completion. It appeared in March, 1905, at the same concert at which the third Pomp and Circonstance March had its first performance.
After four introductory bars the first theme is heard, and when it has been set forth at some length, the ' Welsh ' tune makes its first appearance on the viola of the Quartet. It is taken up by the others, giving way soon to reminders of the introduction and of the first subject. The real second subject appears a little later, and these, along with the theme of the four introductory bars, are developed and interwoven with interesting effect; instead of the conventional working out, we have an elaborate Fugato on a new subject; the former tunes are taken up again, and towards the end we hear the ' Welsh ' tune in full, the piece coming to its actual close with reminders of the second subject.
WALTER CIESEKING AND ORCHESTRA
Concerto No. 4, in G.......
Beethoven I. Allegro moderato; 2. Andante con moto; 3. Rondo: Vivace
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Tickets can be obtained from [address removed] ; and usual agents. Prices 2s. to lOs. (including entertainments tax)
This evening, under this title, a group of poems, all dealing with London, are to be read by Lewis Casson and Ronald Watkins : Bygone London (William Dunbar ); On Westminster Bridge (William Wordsworth ); an extract from Don Juan (Lord Byron) ; London Fog (Henry Luttrell); London Snow (Dr. Robert Bridges) ; London Sparrows (W. H. Hudson ) ; Fleet Street (Shane Leslie ); The Common Street (Helen Gray Cone ); Fallen Cities (Gerald Gould ).
Relayed from Romano's Restaurant
11.0 Gramophone Records
11.15 12.0 Lou PREAGER and his Band continued.
10.50 DANCE MUSIC
London National only (261.1 m)
11.0 11.45 TELEVISION
(By the Baird Process)
Leonie Zifado (soprano)
TATIANA SEMENOVA (Russian star ballet dancer)
(By permission of Matie Rambert)
WALTER GoRE (danseur of the Vic-
(By permission of Lilian Baylis )
GERALD KASSEN (bass-baritone)
Sound tvill be radiated on 391.1 m.