Boon for captive housewives
RADIO and TV. I agree heartily with a "Radio Times" reader who suggests that if we followed up all the hobbies and interests catered for on Network Three there wouldn't even be time enough to sleep or cat. When my near and dears complain because either the radio or the television is perpetually on in our house. I can quite truthfully say that there is always something on on one of the networks or channels of vital interest to me. If you enjoy, as 1 do, the news, children's programmes, historical, archaeological. social and musical programmes, you could watch or listen endlessly. For the captive housewife these inventions are a boon, and if there are occasional blanks—as on Saturdays when Sporting programmes take over— then there is time to nip out and do a bii of gardening.
MUSIC-LOVERS have nothing to complain of. On the radio the promenade concerts have been broadcast regularly and now the rather more exciting programmes from the Edinburgh Festisal have been added. Last Sunday was very rewarding. In the afternoon. on the Home, we heard that perfectionist. Claudio Arran, playing Chopin's 24 Preludes and Allegro de Concert, op. 46, from Edinburgh. If that wasn't enough, then later, too. on B.B.C. TV we saw and heard the beautiful Victoria de los Angeles as well as Julian Bream, Gaspar Cassado and Louis Kentner in an "intimate concert" which was over far too soon for my liking.
Between these two relays from Edinburgh, I had had a blissful 45 minutes with the Third Programme's ".Tosquin des Pres and his Contemporaries" devised and introduced by Jeremy Noble. This was the second in a series of three, and the Deller Consort—always a draw in this family— sang these 15th century songs like angels.
AT have even had some serious " music on I.T.V. I have to say "even" because, where music is concerned, Independent Television has usually very poor taste. Last Monday Associated Rediffusion devoted three quarters of an hour to a programme showing, first, Sir
By JOAN NEWTON
John Barbirolli rehearsing his orchestra and then to a film of the polished performance. Peter Katin played the solo piano in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43, and I do hope that this is only a forerunner of more and more serious music on I.T.V. Music, too. was represented in the B.B.Ces Brains Trust's Third Birthday session in the person of Sir Arthur Bliss, Master of the Queen's Mutc. I was delighted to hear a unanimous condemnation by him and the rest of the team of "background" music. Many and many a good film or feature programme has been spoiled for me by the introduction of this nuisance. I must not forget to remind you that on the Sundays in September Fr. Aloysius Roche is conducting "The People's Service" from Billericay, Essex, on the Light Programme at 11.30 a.m. Fr. Roche knows how to talk with simplicity and directness, and his little homilies in this series should help many people in making the best of their lives.
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' tioning the arrival of "Jennings" on B.B.C. Children's Television. For a long time his adven tures on sound-radio have convulsed thousands of children and their parents.
SLOVAK BISHOPS IN PRISON
THE Pope has sent congratula tory telegrams to two Slovak bishops who are in prison and under house arrest. One is addressed to the State prison in Ilava, Slovakia. where Bishop Gojdic, the Uniate Ruthenian bishop of Presov, is confined. to congratulate him on his 70th birthday. The other is to congratulate Bishop Buzalka, auxiliary to the Administrator Apostolic of Trnava, on the golden jubilee of his ordination. Since he was let out of prison, Bishop Buzaika has been living in the "Caritas" house at Teschen (Cieszyn) under house arrest. It has been learnt in the Vatican that this summer only eight priests were ordained at Bratislava. They represent the entire ordination class for all the dioceses of Slovakia.
Growth at Aylesford On Monday the Nativity of Our Lady, two students made their solemn vows at Aytesford, the novitiate house for the English province of the Carmelites of the Old Observance. Four brotheis made their simple profession and six students took their first vows.
Since separating from the Irish province in 1952, eight students and nine brothers have been professed for the English province at Aylesford. On Sunday, five students and one brother entered the novitiate.