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Regional Geography
'The Near East'
Digging up the Oldest Cities jn the World
This is the second talk of a new series planned by Professor E. G. R. Taylor (who has also planned the Travel Talks course). The series covers a year, and will deal with the group of Western people to which we ourselves belong-those in Europe, the Mediterranean lands, and the Near East. Last week listeners heard talks about ' nature's boundaries ', by three men who have actually faced them-heat and thirst in the desert, storms at sea, and the Siberian winter.
Today listeners are to hear some more first-hand experiences-those of a man who was engaged in excavation work at Kish, in the wilds of Mesopotamia, for the Oxford and Field Museum, Chicago, from 1922 to 1926, and has been excavating in India for the last seven years. At Kish Dr. Mackay found a large cemetery nearly five thousand years old-but you will hear all about that.


Ernest MacKay
Professor E. G. R. Taylor
Kish Dr.

The London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert Coates : Toccata in F (Bach)
The Berlin Grand Symphony
Orchestra, conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch : Symphony No. 100, in G (The Military) (Haydn)
The New Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Goossens : Tintagel (Bax)


Conducted By:
Albert Coates
Conducted By:
Hans Knappertsbusch
Conducted By:
Eugene Goossens

You and Your Clothes
This Autumn's Fashions
Alison Settle
This is the first of three tea-time talks to be given by that expert of fashion, Alison Settle. She was for eight years editor and director of Vogue and now edits the woman's pages of The Observer, and is fashion-writer for the London Star. She is also a fashion consultant, and travels all over the country to give advisory service to manufacturers and retailers. She has just published a book called ' Clothes Line ' which is very largely about the story of fashion.


Alison Settle

A new radio play by Lance Sieveking
Founded on J. E. Gurdon 's story of the same name
With music specially composed by Gerrard Williams
William Peaslake , millionaire, aged 47, alone at 10,000 feet above the earth ... So many little gauges and knobs ... what are they all? What a terrible position to find oneself in, and nothing below me but white clouds.
Also : Air Force officers, officials, waiters, wireless announcers, newspaper men, girl-friends, etc.
Carleton Hobbs , Charles Mason , Stephen Jack , Arthur Vivian , Geoffrey Sumner , and Audrey Samson
The orchestra conducted by Robert Chignell
The play produced by Lance Sieveking
The Peaslake Crash ' was broadcast in the Regional programme on Tuesday


Play By:
Lance Sieveking
J. E. Gurdon
Composed By:
Gerrard Williams
Composed By:
William Peaslake
Carleton Hobbs
Charles Mason
Stephen Jack
Arthur Vivian
Geoffrey Sumner
Audrey Samson
Conducted By:
Robert Chignell
Produced By:
Lance Sieveking
Peaslake Crash
William Peaslake, a millionaire:
Harold Scott
Anne Dumere, his devoted secretary:
Joan Henley
Rita, his niece:
Joan Brierley
Flight-Lieutenant Hugh Paige-Terry, her fiance:
Howard Marion-Crawford
Cyril, brother to Hugh:
John Teed

at Queen's Hall, London
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co. Ltd.)
Moiseiwitsch (pianoforte)
The BBC Symphony Orchestra
(ninety players)
Leader, Paul Beard
Conducted by SIR HENRY J. WOOD
8.28 Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, for pianoforte and orchestra Rachmaninoff (Solo pianoforte, MOISEIWITSCH)
Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini was begun on July 3, 1934, at the composer's summer retreat on the lake of Lucerne. On August 24 it was completed, and in less than seven weeks Rachmaninoff was in Philadelphia, and, with the co-operation of Stowkowski, his new work had its first reading in the foyer of the Philadelphia Academy of Music. It was first heard in London in March, 1935, at a Philharmonic Concert under Sir Thomas Beecham , with Rachmaninoff as soloist, and since that time it has established itself as one of the most popular of Rachmaninoff's orchestral works. The Rhapsody is in variation form, the theme being the one that Brahms used for his Paganini Variations for piano.
8.53 A Colour Symphony
Arthur Bliss
1 Andante maestoso (Purple). 2 Allegro vivace (Red). 3 Piii lento ma con moto (Blue). 4 Moderato (Green)
(Conducted by THE COMPOSER)
Bliss's ' Colour ' Symphony was composed for the Three Choirs' Festival and was first performed in Gloucester Cathedral in 1922. The idea of using colours to denote the moods of music may appear arbitrarily fanciful rather than significant, but here the scheme is more than usually applicable. For example, one could readily associate the first movement (Purple) with pageantry, royalty, and death ; the second (Red) with revelry, courage, and magic ; the third (Blue) with deep water, skies, loyalty, and melancholy ; and the fourth (Green) with joy, youth, and victory. In 1932, however, Bliss revised the first, second, and fourth movements, but the third movement was left in its original form.
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Paul Beard
Conducted By:
Sir Henry J. Wood
Sir Thomas Beecham

The Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN
Speaking at a reception by the Central Council for Health Education from the London School of Hygiene, Keppel Street
In a drive towards a fitter Britain and a fuller and healthier life, and in the belief that it is not enough to provide unrivalled health and other services if they are not used to the fullest extent by those for whose welfare they are intended, the Minister of Health is launching this autumn, in collaboration with the President of the Board of Education and the Central Council for Health Education, a six months' campaign. It is in no sense political in character and has been welcomed by the Opposition in the House of Commons, for its sole purpose is to secure a wider use of the health services at the nation's disposal.
Tonight the Prime Minister is to inaugurate the campaign, and listeners are to hear his speech at a reception by the Central Council for Health Education at the London School of Hygiene.


Rt. Hon. Neville Chamberlain

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