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2 hours, 25 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 22 April 2010

Today's show was dedicated to anyone whose first cuppa of the day is almost as important as their children's education and was entitled "It's no use having the best engine if you haven't got any brakes!"

Euan Nicol announced on the Mega-Phone-Call that, after much secrecy and subterfuge, he and Katie have finally tied the knot deep in the dunes of a wintry Scottish beach.

Today's Mystery Guest was Head of the Allergy Clinic at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in London Dr Glenis Scadding.

Music Played

25 items
  • Image for Ray Charles

    Ray Charles Hit The Road Jack

    Ray Charles - The Collection, Castle Communications

  • Image for Belinda Carlisle

    Belinda Carlisle Heaven Is A Place On Earth

    A Place On Earth - Greatest Hits, Virgin

  • Image for Matt Monro

    Matt Monro Born Free

    The Best Of John Barry: Themeology, Columbia

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Yellow

    Glorious (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for Keane and K'Naan

    Keane and K'Naan Stop For A Minute

    (CD Single), Island, 1


  • Image for Dennis Waterman

    Dennis Waterman I Could Be So Good For You

    Drivetime 3 (Various Artists), Dino

  • Image for The Jacksons

    The Jacksons Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)

    Rhythm Divine 2 (Various Artists), Dino

  • Image for Paolo Nutini

    Paolo Nutini Growing Up Beside You

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 1

  • Image for The Turtles

    The Turtles Happy Together

    Heartbeat - The 60's Gold Collection, Global Television

  • Image for The Bellamy Brothers

    The Bellamy Brothers Let Your Love Flow

    Country Moods (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Love It When You Call

    (CD Single), Universal

  • Image for Lisa Kirk and the Girls

    Lisa Kirk and the Girls Tap Your Troubles Away

    Mack and Mabel - Original Broadway Cast

  • Image for Andrew Gold

    Andrew Gold Never Let Her Slip Away

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald Spark

    (CD Single)

  • Image for Boz Scaggs

    Boz Scaggs Lido Shuffle

    The Greatest Hits Of 1977 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Kaiser Chiefs

    Kaiser Chiefs Ruby

    (CD Single), B-Unique


    • Image for Bobbie Gentry

      Bobbie Gentry Ode To Billy Joe

      20 Big Country Classics Vol.8, Trax Label


    • Image for Georgie Fame

      Georgie Fame The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde

      30 Years Of Number Ones, Vol 5 (Var), Connoisseur

  • Image for Francis Rossi

    Francis Rossi Faded Memory

    (CD Single)

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys Heroes And Villains

    The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 1), EMI

  • Image for Andrea True Connection

    Andrea True Connection More More More

    Million Sellers Vol.17 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for Dire Straits

    Dire Straits Money For Nothing

    Sultans Of Swing - Best Of Dire Straits, Vertigo

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen I'm On Fire

    Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA, CBS

  • Image for Ben's Brother

    Ben's Brother What If I?

    (CD Single), Flat Cap Records, 1

  • Today's Show: It's No Use Having The Best Engine If You Haven't Got The Best Breaks

    Today's show was dedicated to anyone who's first cuppa of the day is almost as important as their children's education

  • Today's Show Starred:

    Steve Griffin from Pontypridd who went helicopter flying

    Liz Robinson from Aberdeen who took hubby Mark on a bikers weekend to Skegness

    Phil Bell from Farnham who reached the big 6-0

    Oliver Martin from Portsmouth who did taekwondo for the first time as a black belt

    Ethan Edwards from Blackpool who went pond-dipping

    Ray Lee from Dorset who picked today's Golden Oldie

    Katie Howells and Euan Nicol who made today's Mega-Phone-Call

    Dr Glenis Scadding who is Head of the Allergy Clinic at the Royal National Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital in London

    Angela Bailey from Nottingham who chose today's Gobsmackers

    Rabbi Pete Tobias who helped us Pause For Thought

    Karen Burgess from Bristol who said "elo"

    Alex Newman from Oxford who said "Well heeellooo"

    Barbara Cox from Highcleave who said "hello hello heeellooooo"

  • Pause for Thought

    Rabbi Pete Tobias, of the Liberal Synagogue, Elstree

    It seems that the volcanic intrusion into our lives is coming to an end. But its impact lingers on and for those caught up in the travel chaos, the struggle continues…
    It’s intriguing to note the profound effect this volcano has had on our modern lives. We knew it was happening, we could predict its effects, even see it on TV – but still it left us powerless. Imagine, then, what effect such an incident might have on our ancient ancestors thousands of years ago.
    There’s a little-known theory that suggests that the events of the Exodus, the escape of my ancestors from slavery in Egypt, was linked to the eruption of a volcano in the Mediterranean Sea more than three thousand years ago. Most people don’t really accept this idea, but I find it strangely appealing.
    It’s well-documented that nature goes a bit crazy after a volcanic eruption: insects move as fast as they can in the opposite direction, there is dust which can create darkness and suffocate animals and sometime lumps of molten lava can fall from the sky – perhaps that’s what the bible is describing when it talks of ‘hail with fire flashing in it’? In short, all the biblical plagues – even the death of the firstborn – could be explained as consequences of, or responses to, this massive, frightening volcanic eruption.
    Unfortunately there’s no time to go into more detail right now. But let me just end by pointing out that those who escaped from Egypt were led by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, which sounds remarkably like a volcano to me. And I think that volcano, which is now the island of Santorini – and the unpronounceable one in Iceland – indicate to us that we should show respect to nature as she can still disrupt and affect our lives, no matter how advanced and sophisticated our way of life might be. And maybe nature can teach us a thing or two: perhaps that we depend a little too much on air travel, or the importance of freedom. As the Liberal Jewish prayerbook says ‘we find ourselves in the midst of a universe that is being formed at every moment, and we too are not yet fully grown.’ Responding properly to nature can help us to grow.


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