From page 54 of ' When Two or Three'
for Farmers and Shipping
EMELIE WALLER: A Good Roast'
At The Organ of The Regal,
Directed by Joseph Muscant
The Commodore Theatre,
Directed by Frank Cantell
As an alternative to the Scottish Regional Programme for Schools, from 2.0. to
4.30 Scottish National will radiate the Regional Programme. Details at foot of page.
(14.00) RECEPTION TEST
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.
Sir WALFORD DAVIES : 2.30 Introductory Course. 3.0 Advanced Course
E. M. STÉPHAN
HOWARD MARSHALL: How to Report a School Match'
THE CHELSEA STRING QUARTET:
Jean Robley (violin); Olive Davidson
(violin); Joyce Cook (viola); .
Betty Macrae Moir (violoncello)
ALFRED READ (baritone) , at 4.45
Directed by Henry Hall
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers
DIE KUNST DER FUGE
(The Art of Fugue) played by a STRING QUARTET led by CHARLES
Contrapunctus 6, a 4, in Stile francese
(In the French style)
Contrapunctus 7, a 4, per Augmentionem et Diminutionem
Contrapunctus 8, a 3
MAX KROEMER (Instructor of German at the 'Polytechnic, Regent Street,
London, and for the L.C.C.)
A Relay of a May Day Cornish custom with a Commentary by A. K. HAMILTON JENKIN , from Padstow
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.
(Led by MARIE WILSON )
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
The Economist shows his hand
A Discussion between H. LEVY , Professor of Mathematics at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, and GRAHAM HUTTON , Assistant Editor of The Economist
(21.00) Time Signal, Greemcich
Weather Forecast, Second General News Bulletin
(No. 3 of the new series) with DORIS HARE
ERIC BARKER JACK MELFORD
MICHAEL NORTH and 'JUNE'
THE B.B.C. THEATRE
Conducted by MARK H. LUBBOCK
Assistant to the producer,
The production devised and compered by ANDRE CHARLOT
The Charlot Hour was broadcast by all
Regionals last night
(Today is the anniversary of the death of John Dryden )
Roy Fox and his BAND
Relayed from The Cafe de Paris
(Shipping Forecast, on Daventry only, at 11.0)