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National Programme Daventry


In Harmonious Humour
With BRYAN SEYMOURE at the Piano
Dark Subjects
Under the direction of KNEALE KELLEY
JOHN OLIVERE and Morey Wicks formed a partnership as recently as last October, and have already been a success in variety, cabaret, concerts, and on the air.
Muriel George started in ' The
Follies ', and was the original singer of 'My Moon'. She was also the original Ilka in Night Bird in England. She sang ' somewhere in France ' during the War, and charmed not only Tommies. For one day while she was singing in a big army hut a bird flew in at one of the windows to listen, and a rabbit came out from under the stage and did the same. This is her first appearance as a solo act in front of the microphone.
A young man going from job to job till he finds one that suits him may gather no moss, but he gathers what is better-experience. Donald Peers ran away from school, travelled the country with a squad of journeyman painters, sailed to the Persian Gulf as a mess-room steward on a British tanker, got tired of the sea, and engaged in dock work at Lowestoft. There a concert party engaged him, and changed the tenor of his life.
Billy Bennett , who is Mose, has appeared in four Command Performances. He appeared with Alexander in 1931, and by himself in 1926, last year, and again this year.
National Programme Daventry

Custom and Conduct

Part I: Forces that Mould our Lives
4 ' Institutions '
H. A. Mess , Ph.D.
This evening, in his fourth talk, Dr. H. A. Mess takes for his subject the power of institutions as one of the forces that mould our lives. He will tell listeners what social scientists mean by an ' institution ' and give some examples, such as marriage, war, slavery, Christmas. He will point out what is meant by a ' system '--capital system, party system, and so forth. And he will discuss how institutions coerce us.
He will show that institutions are tenacious of existence, but they have beginnings and may have endings. The institution of war, he will argue, is neither primitive nor universal. Institutions are sometimes converted to new uses.
National Programme Daventry

Custom and Conduct

Part I
' Forces that mould our lives'—5
' Public Opinion'
H. A. MESS , Ph.D.
This evening Dr. H. A. Mess is to discuss Pubjic Opinion as a power influencing our behaviour. What is public opinion ? He will show how it sustains institutions, and produces willing acceptance of law. He will point out that its code is not always coincident with those of religion and law. It can sometimes reach where law cannot reach ; and its penalties may be very severe... He will discuss diseases of public opinion, and the case of freedom of speech and Press.
This series is being hailed by many listeners as one of the most interesting that has yet been given for Discussion Groups.
National Programme Daventry

Voluntary Social Service—5 ' Public Relations' W. McG. EAGAR

On April 23 Mr. W. McG. Eagar opened this series with a talk showing the extent to which Voluntary Social Service has grown in this country. The following week Mr. Blakiston sketched the historical background ; then Dr. H. A. Mess went on to explain the motives behind this great cause. Last week Mr. Eagar took up the threads again and described the organisation, and today he is to wind up the series.
He will try to show how the Voluntary Social Service retains both its vitality and the interest of the public, with its changing needs. He will show how voluntary and official action interlock ; the problems raised ; the change in outlook from condescension to co-operation. How much co-ordination is there ? Is more necessary or desirable ? What would be the effect of more public control ?
National Programme Daventry


Twentieth-Century Pessimism
Edwin Muir
The nineteenth century believed firmly in the reality and inevitability of human progress, and held hopes which were probably exaggerated. In the twentieth century there has been a reaction to a pessimism which is perhaps equally exaggerated. The purpose of this series of talks, of which this is the second, is to discuss what we mean by progress ; whether history does indeed indicate a trend towards a better and more satisfying human life; and, if so, how progress is achieved.
At the end of each talk Dr. H. A.
Mess will briefly link up what has been said with the other talks in the series. This, it is hoped, will make the discussion in the Discussion Groups more valuable.
Last week listeners heard about progress in the nineteenth century, about doubts and disappointments and the shadow of the European War. Today Edwin Muir , the well-known author and book critic of The Listener, will discuss the plunge into the abyss-the Great War and the reaction to it since.
National Programme Daventry


' Our Standards of Better and Worse'
H. A. Mess , Ph.D.
(Reader in Sociology in the University of London)
Before we can discuss usefully whether there is progress or not, we must decide what things we value most in human life. Valuations differ in different ages and communities. In relation to physical well-being, beauty, intellectual life, morality, social institutions, and spiritual life, our standards vary constantly.
At the end of this broadcast Dr.
Mess will briefly link up what he has said with the previous talks in this series.
National Programme Daventry


Old Soldiers never die (They just evaporate)
Norman Long
Just an Old War Horse
The Three Musketeers with New Ammunition
Russell and Marconi - released from the Guard Room
Sydney Jerome dealing out corporal punishment to the piano
Ernest Shannon his Signal appearance
Jim Emery a canteen of Mirth (we hope)
Fred Edgar . an Orderly Guest
Jack Warner reinforced by Bobby Alderson and Stanelli
Mess President (What a Mess ! !)
Reveille 8.15 Lights Out 9.0
Produced by John Sharman and Stanelli

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