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2.5 (-2.25) Round the Countryside-2
ERIC PARKER : ' The Cuckoo '
THE MOST INTERESTING, because the most individual and unusual of our summer birds. The mellow, soft notes of the male must surely have been heard by everyone ; if you live in the country and keep your eyes open, the bird is often to be seen, hawk-like, slaty-blue in colour.
Our common cuckoo has been the subject of sayings, rhymes, and controversy. Its note thrilled Wordsworth ; some poets have been bored by its monotony. In spring it is a clear-cut 'Cuckoo! Cuckoo ! ', but when you hear the stuttered ' Cuc-cuckoo ' you know that summer is going.
To call a boy a cuckoo is to call him a fool, and yet the subject of Eric Parker 's talk this afternoon is far from being one. It is unsocial ; it doesn't even pair ; the hen is quite unprepared to set up housekeeping, yet assiduous in seeing that another bird shall take over the job for her.
She deposits her egg in some small nest, and that is the end of the business so far as she is concerned. The young cuckoo hatches out, and Nature has made its skin so sensitive that it cannot tolerate the pressure either of the eggs or nestlings of its foster-mother against it. It works them up on its back and throws them out. The foster-mother takes no notice of its young dead or dying outside the nest, but feeds this voracious stranger which has murdered them.
So the parasite survives, apparently designed by Nature to make use of others.

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Unknown:
Eric Parker
Unknown:
Eric Parker

A Relay of a May Day Cornish custom with a Commentary by A. K. HAMILTON JENKIN , from Padstow
(From Cardiff)
PADSTOW was once a busy place. In its small but active shipyards many a fine vessel rose on the stocks before slipping away to the great sea-world outside. But the days of the wooden sailing ships have gone, and now the little town has relapsed into unbroken peace and memories of its past.
From this happy state one day stands out in contrast. At midnight on April 30 the Hebby Horse ' Pairs' perambulate the town, singing their ancient festival song in honour of the new-born summer. Next morning the Hobby Horse itself is brought out for its annual excursion into the streets, and the remainder of the day is given up to dancing and merrymaking.
Something of this ancient folk-festival, which has gone on from time immemorial, will be transmitted through the microphone this evening. A. K. Hamilton Jenkin has fully described this and other ceremonies in his latest book, ' Cornish Homes and Customs ' ; this evening he will give a running commentary and a brief description of the history and meaning of the Padstow Hobby Horse.

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Commentary By:
A. K. Hamilton Jenkin
Unknown:
A. K. Hamilton Jenkin

(No. 3 of the new series) with DORIS HARE
BETTY NORTON
DELORES DALGARNO
ERIC BARKER JACK MELFORD
REGINALD SMITH
HUGH SKILLEN
MICHAEL NORTH and 'JUNE'
THE B.B.C. THEATRE
ORCHESTRA
Conducted by MARK H. LUBBOCK
Assistant to the producer,
REGINALD SMITH
The production devised and compered by ANDRE CHARLOT
The Charlot Hour was broadcast by all
Regionals last night

Contributors

Unknown:
Doris Hare
Unknown:
Betty Norton
Unknown:
Delores Dalgarno
Unknown:
Eric Barker
Unknown:
Jack Melford
Unknown:
Reginald Smith
Unknown:
Hugh Skillen
Unknown:
Michael North
Conducted By:
Mark H. Lubbock
Producer:
Reginald Smith
Unknown:
Andre Charlot
Unknown:
Charlot Hour

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