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THIS afternoon Dr. Keen will start an interesting series of talks designed to introduce school children, particularly those in country schools, to the elements of Rural Economy. He will explain the general principles of modern agriculture and how the farmer applies them in his daily work, dealing with such topics as the growth of plants, their breeding, rotation of crops and manures.

by J.R. Ackerley
'Life of Lycurgus - A description of Spartan Life' (Plutarch)
Annals, book 15, Chapters 33-34, 'The Behaviour of Nero and the fire of Rome' (Tacitus)
Plutarch's forty-six Parallel Lives of the great figures of the ancient classical world are classics in themselves. Plutarch was born in the Greek town of Chaoronea, in 46 A.D., but spent a great part of his life in Rome. Lycurgus, the great Spartan lawgiver, and Numa, the early king of Rome, made the first pair of parallel lives. Lycurgus may be called the founder of the Spartan system which saw its apotheosis in Leonidas at
Thermopylæ: 'the complete subservience of the individual to the state, typified by the rigours of the sternest conceivable military discipline, and the ideal of death in battle for the state as the greatest and most honourable fate possible for every citizen.'
Tacitus is, of course, the most vivid historian of Roman history. His admirably individual style more than compensates for his definite prejudices which to some extent detract from his value as an authority on the lives of the earlier Ceesars. The Emperor Nero is probably remembered chiefly for his emerald eyeglass, his buffooneries as amateur poet and charioteer, and his persecution of the early Christians. But it is too often forgotten that in his earlier years he was not only remarkable for his personal beauty and charm, but also displayed quite unusual ability as a ruler under the advice and guidance of Seneca and Burrhas.


J.R. Ackerley

A Programme of Records from the earliest days
TN January, 1877, Thomas Edison was granted the first patent for a machine capable of reproducing sounds. This was the original Edison phonograph ; a piece of mechanism that looks-and sounds-absurdly crude to people accustomed to the elegance and fine quality of modem gramophones. His first improvement was the substitution of a waxed cylinder for the original tinfoil; then came the invention of the gramophone in which the cylinder, on which the sound records were cut, was replaced by a flat disc. After this, progress was rapid, and every year sees further quality of recording and reproduction. In tonight's broadcast, the course of ' talking-machino ' history will be traced from the earliest phonograph cylinders up to gramophone records of the present day.

THIS year's National Radio Exhibition opens at Olympia tomorrow, and goes on until the end of next week. The Exhibition is one of those new and vigorous institutions that really do become bigger and better every year, and listeners who intend to visit
Olympia should value tonight's talk as a guide amongst its embarrassment of riches, while those who cannot go will enjoy it as the next best thing.
Sir William Bull , who will talk on the exhibition, is a prominent figure in the wider world of business and politics, as well as in the wireless trade. He has been a member of Parliament since 1900, representing Hammersmith for eighteen years. and South Hammersmith since 1918; he is senior partner in a famous firm of solicitors, chairman of a firm of bronze founders, and a director of one of the biggest companies of electrical engineers. He has done much active work on the London County Council, and served on the Speaker's Conference on electoral reform in 1916. In addition, he was vice-chairman of the British Broadcasting Company, which was solely responsible for the conduct of broadcasting in this country during the early and critical days of pioneering and first steps, and only resigned its charge when the present Corporation took over at the beginning of last year. He is, therefore, in a position to speak with authority on the occasion of the exhibition that forms the chief event in the year for the technical side of British Wireless.

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