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2 hours, 5 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 07 June 2010

Sarah presents the Dawn Patrol in her own inimitable style. Hear the latest news on Hector and friends, the Much Beloved and Shaun the Sheep in addition to your comments and up-to-date travel news. 'Pause for Thought' is at 05:45, 'Swing Time with Sarah' is at 06:15 and the 'Show Tune' is at 06:45. Get in touch with the show by e-mail: sarah.kennedy@bbc.co.uk.

Music Played

20 items
  • Image for Michael Bolton

    Michael Bolton Time Love & Tenderness

    Michael Bolton - Greatest Hits 1985-1, Columbia

  • Image for Squeeze

    Squeeze Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)

    Big Squeeze: The Very Best Of Squeeze, Universal/A&M

  • Image for Paul Carrack

    Paul Carrack If I Didn't Love You

    (CD Single), Carrack UK, 1

  • Image for Sting

    Sting Fields Of Gold

    The Very Best Of Sting & The Police, A&M

  • Image for The Mamas & the Papas

    The Mamas & the Papas Dedicated To The One I Love

    Heartbeat - The 60's Gold Collection, Global Television

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Sad Songs (Say So Much)

    Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002, Mercury

  • Image for Gabriella Cilmi

    Gabriella Cilmi Hearts Don't Lie

    (CD Single), Universal Island, 1

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Charles Timberlake & John Daniels

      Charles Timberlake & John Daniels Abba Father

  • Image for Paul Weller

    Paul Weller Aim High

    (CD Single)

  • Image for Nancy Sinatra

    Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

    The Greatest Hits Of Nancy Sinatra, Boulevard

  • Image for Chris Rea

    Chris Rea Let's Dance

    Auberge EP, East West Records

  • Image for Fyfe Dangerfield

    Fyfe Dangerfield She's Always A Woman

    (CD Single), Geffen, 1

  • Swing Time, requested by Tania Greenwood

  • Image for Mumford & Sons

    Mumford & Sons Roll Away Your Stone

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for The Blasters

    The Blasters Help You Dream

    Hard Line

  • Image for Jack Johnson

    Jack Johnson You And Your Heart

    (CD Single), Brushfire Records, 1

  • Image for Alejandro Escovedo

    Alejandro Escovedo Anchor


  • Image for Des’ree

    Des’ree You Gotta Be

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • The Show Tune, requested by Sheila Barg

    • Image for Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones & The Company

      Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones & The Company Oklahoma

      Rodgers And Hammerstein's Oklahoma! Soundtrack

  • Image for The Squad

    The Squad Three Lions 2010

    (CD Single)

  • Pause For Thought

    Luke Welch – a poet, talks about his experiences of being bullied at school.

    I was twelve years old and in my first year of senior school when the first punch weighed into me. It was the first of many playground onslaughts resulting in me shaking behind the safety of locked toilet doors. I remember starring at the clock, fixated with the movement of its hands, knowing that as soon as the bell went I was on my own. The loneliness and terror of every second that past drilled through my bones. The call of the bell was a call for me to run for my life.
    So I kept on running, leaving the cracked tar of the playground, to reform, ready for its new victims- its had enough of my blood and tears! I kept running until there was nothing left but me, alone in my bedroom, unable to leave its white chip walls. It was then I stumbled upon a late night film about the poet Jim Carroll and his troubles at school. By this time my only friend was the page, It was the only way I could hear my own voice among the suffering that violence inflicted, not just on me but the whole family .I related to Jim’s need to write things down. His world like mine was torn apart, and in his writing he tried to piece together the fragments that were left. Up until then I had no idea I was writing poetry or that there were others paddling against the same tide. It was at this point that I realised as long as I had a pen in my hand no-one could imprison me! The next day I was outside Howling Records at 9am sharp buying my first Doors album –that was the first time I left my room in months.
    I was fifteen and my education had just started, and for the first time I knew what I wanted to do. I wrote a collection of poems about the bullying I’d experienced.
    I am now 30 years old, happily married and have a beautiful son called William- Blake. I still write everyday as if my live depended on it. When I look back at those days now I don’t feel angry or sad, just frustrated that my education stopped at such an early age, and that my dyslexia was never diagnosed. However, it did show me on the other hand a lot about human nature and how cruel kids can be without really knowing the extent of the abuse. I will never be completely free of my agoraphobia; crowds still stir terror in me.
    When you have been pushed that deep inside your shell; relying on resources that run between the narrow caverns of your soul; wading between life and death, every moment of every day becomes an occasion, a celebration! This is what the bullies beat into me and this is what I found in the darkest caves of my experiences. I didn’t deserve it; it’s not my fault, just something that happened to me.
    Through those Doors I have learnt to live again.


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