Noteworthy in the Coming Week SUNDAY: "The Way to God," Father Martindale. WEDNBSDAY: Handel: Anniversary Concert. THURSDAY: "Thc Mystery of the Teanple" (Play).
SATURDAY: Rugby Football—Ireland v. Scotland. Handel: "Terpsichore'' Ballet.
NOTEWORTHY REGULAR FEATURES: The Artist and His Public" (Brie Newton), Monday; "The Theatre" (S. R. Littlewooda Monday; New Books" (E. M. DeTalield), Wednesday; "In Your Garden" (C. H. Middleton), Friday.
By Wilfrid Rooke Ley
Th is letter is going to consist of quotations. They are taken from recent talks. lf you find that they form a pattern, like one of those "Mosaics" whieh the B.B.C. is so good at devising,
so _much the better. I skull leave you to draw any moral.
First, Father el rt will quote one sentence from his talk lest Sunday week in the "Ney to God" series. "In proportion as the Kiegdom of God trinmphs in individaels, in families, in sovieta at large., 'happiness too wall trium0 within them, and that is the way in whivit inay trust for a better future, and tun by the way of wars, nor even Aete of Parliernent, nor Ow amassing of wealth. nor the squandering of it in pleaseres." You will recognise this as
the auto la,.ruek so forcibly in hie
broadcast from -Buenos Aires during the Eucharistic Congresa. I Next, Mr la Crossman, who ha e just, I contributed, the third talk to the new !series " Youth Looks Ahead." Ho fellowed the Bev. .1. hie Culloeh, with whoeu talk I dealt fully a fortnight ago. I I said, you may remember, that the int' portalice of Mr M'Cullech'a challenge to dogmatic.. religion lay the expression— and the gave tO diSeOtitera HS they are, and to a groping tiiwards what is called "reality," which are shored, sineerely and desperately, by thousands of his generation. His tak was in effert n tinge qaestion-mark chalked on the walls of the, to him, most sacred of edifices, the Church of England. LIIFt week youth, in the person of Mr (Irossinan, took another piece of ehalf and scrawled its question-mark on another snceet Eiluentitm. Mr Crossmau is :17. soil after a brilliant career at Wiachester ana Oxford is now a. Fellow of New College. 'where he teaches philosophy, as he says, "quite often tu
his elders and betters." He calls him
self a sorieliet. The gist. of his proposals
is tlett he wenal make all education con
trovereial. The young should be taught no aceeptea ‘ailuve whatever but should I)(' brought up to fold out everything for themselves, Let inc quote him: "'l'o dny there is no part of citizenship or private morality which is not controversial. The old social order is perishing, and we. love up till now found nothing to put in its place. The old orthodox church-going Christianity is dying; we have not _awed the OM. The old attitude to seK 111141 Marriage is crumbling—the
new solution is undiscovered. . There
is no simple principle which still stands unquestioned, and if education is to fit young people ler the problems of the fature, it must admit all this. Just because ear society is no longer secure, there can bo no edueatien in citizenship which is non.eontroversial."
Like Mr aleCulloeh's, Mr Crossman's
talk is a. document of our times. It reveals better than anything you could read in a newspaper what I must again call the question-mark which youth is chalking up everywhere. 10 11, newspaper article neither of these young men could have expressed themselves as they did; nor reached any sort of audienee. Both are orators. And one felt that both were spokesmen rather than advocates. They were merely voicing the inarticulate
cantata. of an audiente incalculable in number.
Lastly, Mr Chesterton. My quotations are from a recent talk on "New Books." He was reviewing four books on Charlemagne, the Emperor Charles IV.,
Napoleon and India respectively. (A eemninn idea of empire bound them
together.) Mr Chesterton (need I say is at least as preoccupied as the other speakers with "the problems of the future." Here are one or two of those light, pregnant sayings of his that form the texts for infinite meditation. "Whatever we do we must not consider present-day problems as problems of the present day. There are no new problems, and precious few uew solutions." "The world is alive with the ancient things, and if you live only on newepapers—ou the news of what happened—you will never guess what will happen next." "Only those who are behind the times are behind the scenes." And the minatory accents of all the prophets were in his voiee when he said: "If you want the last. lessoli of polities, it is that if you forget the far-off things, your sons and grandsons will remember thena and rise up against you." Our sons and grandsons, so far at least as Mr 111.‘Culloch and Mr Grossman are representative, seem less to be forgetting the far-off things than never to have heard of them. At any rate, it is with words upon its lips like those of Father Martiudale and Mr Chesterton that youth ought to be "looking ahead." But there, I said T would not draw any moral from this little "mosaic," and won't. I have drawn it so often.
Sincerely yours, Wilfrid Rotate Ley.
TELEVISION is the radio topic of the hour. What the average man wants to know is how soon he is going to get it. "13efore many years," say the newspapers cautiously. When we remember that it is not ten years sillee Mr Baird unede his first successful experiment with a wooden box and a biscuit we may be sure that. it will be not another ten before television sets are universal. At the moment it is a highly complicated affair of ''ultra-short waves" and "30line images" and "high-definition," all of which boils down in the fact that an up-le-date set, giving "high-definition transmission" costs between £50 and t80. Experience of electrical discovery, even in the. last few months, leaves little doubt that £80 worth of apparatus to-day will be eiglatpence worth of junk before a year is out. Such adventures are for millionaires. Meanwhile, television has brought the B.B.C. into the limelight and has inspired tributes to its cultural and educational, as opposed to merely entertainment achievement, and from unexpected corners of the press, which suggest that the community may be at last waking up to the potentialities of broadcasting. The listener who likes historical mysteries reconstructed for him in the form. of a play should make a note of "THE MYSTERY OF THE TEMPLE," which will be broadcast 011 February 21 (Regional) and February 22 (National). Norman Edwards, the author, has written his play round the mystery of the fate of the Dauphin, the son of Marie Antoinette and Louie XVI. whom some say died in the Temple. Others say that though a little boy (lid die there it was not the Dauphin, who was smuggled out of the prison. This is one of the great historical mysteries which has never been cleared up. Norman Edwards claims tu offer a reasonable solution based on authentic historical memoirs. The weekly exchange of NEWS COM. MENTARIES between Great Britain and the Melted St o ates, which began n Tuesday last, aims at giving English and American listeners the chance of reviewing the week's events from the point of view of the native observer. The English speakers (Sir Frederick Whyte and
not be hear not be hear not be hear
Frederick A. Voight) will d over here nor the Ameriean (Raymond Swing) in New York. The news they will review will be chosen for its significance to its country and to the world in_ general. These talks illustrate another Move the direction of international "getting together" which occupies so much of the attention of the Foreign Department. In this eottrieet ant it is interesting to note that. the B.B.C. believes itself prohibited by charter front broadcasting aeries of talks in foreign languages le order to express the British point of view to listeners abroad. It may broadcast only within the "United Kingdom. There are. probably excelleet reasons why British propaganda, inaudible to home-listeners, or a foreign tongue, should not be broadcast, hut surely the charter is not one them'? (3r why these 'broadcasts to Anterice, wbich incidentally are, in idea at least, adruirtiblel Listeners must. hostI mind the CHANGES in WAV.ELENGT118 tluit come into operation OT1 Sundt), next, February 11. The stations affected are North National, Midland, Scottish, West, Northern Ireland and Newcastle. If you depend a good deal on the Birmingham programmes and still have a difficulty in getting them, you eau writo for frpo pamphlet called "The New Midland Regional Tranemitter," which may bring you relief; or teach you resignation.