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Sunday Morning with Cathy Macdonald: friendship

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Cathy MacDonald Cathy MacDonald | 16:05 UK time, Friday, 13 May 2011

Friendships come in many forms as well as shapes and sizes. Some of them go back years and some are quite recent, but what defines them all is the happiness and the comfort they provide through the good times and the bad. My guest on this week's show couldn't have anticipated what her friendship with a terminally ill patient in her care, would bring about - not just a living reality, but a lasting memorial. Laura Lee is now CEO of Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres and she shares her story of how the conversations she had with Maggie Keswick Jencks about building somewhere that would offer support to anyone affected by cancer, resulted in fifteen such places.

I'll also be joined by a man who's certainly risen to the musical challenge of composing a new choral setting of the latin Mass. "A Diminshed Mass", composed by Alan Craig will be premiered on Sunday evening as part of a season of music celebrating the re-opening of the newly re-furbished St Andrews Cathedral in Glasgow.

Mary Contini of the famous Edinburgh food emporium - Valvona and Crolla, talks about an inspirational great-grandmother, and how her words of wisdom still resonate to this day...

I'm always interested in what today's youth have to say - I really welcome their view on absolutely anything, possibly because I remember my own frustration at not being listened to when I was their age - what's changed? In this week's show we're talking money and teenagers attitudes to it, and asking how close or indeed how far, their perceptions are from reality. Is it the responsibility of parents to instil values in their children, and how much do external influences affect their views. Interesting stuff in the current economic climate.

There's a review of a wonderful exhibition of religious art at Edinburgh University's New College, which is well worth a look, and we take a trip down memory lane with author Robert Irwin, whose book, Memoirs of a Dervish charts his route from the dreaming spires of Oxford in the 1960's to Sufi enlightenment in a monastery in Algeria.

We're still looking for your stories and songs, and this week I've included one of my own. Next week Sally Magnusson will be at the helm, but I'll be back with you again in the Autumn. So till then, keep listening and have a great Summer

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