National Geographic : 1937 Jan
AS LONDON TOILS AND SPINS "Though the Government con trols a 11 politi cal and other speeches that go on the air," said Sir Stephen Tal lents, a director, "minorities enjoy adequate radio time for stating the opposition's views." Besides pro grams radiated on long wave lengths for recep tion in the United Kingdom, B.B.C. also sends out a 24-hour "Em pire Program." Because of differ ence in time, this is so scheduled as to reach far-off lands, like Aus tralia and Ja maica, at con venient listening hours.* "But it's tough to come on the air and try to be funny at six in the morning," complained a co median. News, music, plays, sporting events, speeches Photograph from Keystone DUCKLINGS DO A GOOSE STEP BEFORE A SLIGHTLY SCANDALIZED BOBBY It all happened on Croxted Road, says the cameraman. Mother duck strayed from a neighboring estate, hatched her brood in a garage, and now in duckish dignity leads them home while traffic halts. -all are broad cast. Public schools have radio sets, and receive regular lessons. For Welsh schools broadcasts go out in that language. No advertising is allowed. The only radio talk of toothpaste or cigarettes Lon don ever hears is that which is bootlegged by air from near-by French stations. One May night I heard the program closing with the solemn strokes of Big Ben. Suddenly a nightingale began to sing. For days, their "mikes" set in the woods, radio men had been trying to catch that bird song, and now it broke in gloriously a few seconds before midnight! * See the new map of The Pacific Ocean, and accompanying miniature time clocks, published as a supplement to the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGA ZINE for December, 1936. London is a colossal clearing house for mail. Larger Atlantic liners commonly carry from 12,000 to 20,000 bags. The record load to date, brought by the United States liner Washington to Plymouth in 1935, was 27,607 sacks-approximately 10,000,000 letters, besides newspapers and packages. London's great G. P. O., or General Post Office, not only handles mails but also operates the telegraph, telephone, and radio services. To see one phase of postal work, I rode the "Traveling Post Office"-that fast L. M. & S. mail train of a dozen red coaches that rushes north every night to Scotland. "We missend only one letter in every 30,000," said a sorting clerk.