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Lord Ponsonby
Not only has Lord Ponsonby an unrivalled knowledge of diarists and diaries (among his publications being ' English Diaries ', ' More English Diaries, Scottish and Irish Diaries ', 'Samuel Pepys ', and 'John Evelyn '), but he knows how to make his subject interesting. It matters nothing to him to write a merely social diary giving a list of guests who sat down to dinner-he likes the human element. In his opening talk last week (he is to give five talks) he read a short extract from the diary of King Edward VI written in his own handwriting when a boy, an extract from a very entertaining diary kept by Dr. Dee, a magician and astrologer, who also lived in the sixteenth century, and an extract from the first woman diarist he has been able to discover.
Tonight he is to discuss, and read extracts from, some of the best-known diaries, those of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn , and Fanny Burney , who lived a century later. Finally, he will read an extract from the diary of Dorothy Wordsworth who wrote down her notes on the spot in her ' Grasmere Journal

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John Evelyn
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Dorothy Wordsworth

' Politics in America '
George K. Young
The ninth speaker in this series, George K. Young , studied at St. Andrew's and Yale University, where it is said he played the bagpipes in the baseball team band. He is now on the staff of the Glasgow Herald.
His talk this evening will do much to familiarise listeners with American politics, always a complicated subject, and particularly so now that the older political symbols are rather at a discount. Ever since Roosevelt became President, the internal affairs of the United States have been important but puzzling news.
What, for instance, exactly is the Supreme Court, with its' nine old men ', the judges whose powers are now being challenged? What is the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats, the two main political parties in the States? Why did Tammany come into existence and how does it operate today? George K. Young 's discussion of points such as these will conclude with a recorded speech of President Roosevelt.

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National Programme Daventry

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National Programme is a radio channel that started transmitting on the 9th March 1930 and ended on the 9th September 1939. It was replaced by BBC Home Service.

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