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2 hours, 5 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 24 June 2010

Aled Jones delivered the scoop on today's big news story - the new Aussie PM is actually Welsh, and is in fact called Lynn Bowles! Get in touch with the show by e-mail: aled@bbc.co.uk.

Music Played

26 items
  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys Wouldn't It Be Nice

    The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 1), EMI, 3

  • Image for Rick Astley

    Rick Astley Lights Out

    (CD Single), Cruz Music, 1

  • Image for Sixpence None the Richer

    Sixpence None the Richer Kiss Me

    The Best Love Songs...Ever! (Various), Virgin

  • Image for George Benson

    George Benson Give Me The Night

    George Benson - The Very Best Of, Warner E.S.P., 1

  • Image for Beverley Knight

    Beverley Knight Shoulda Woulda Coulda

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Evil Woman

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell Galveston

    Country Roads (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Lissie

    Lissie When I'm Alone

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for The Dream Academy

    The Dream Academy Life In A Northern Town

    Blast From The Past (Various Artists, Warner E.S.P.

  • Pause For Thought

  • Image for The Drizabone Soul Family

    The Drizabone Soul Family I Fell Apart

    (CD Single)

  • Image for The Commodores

    The Commodores Three Times A Lady

    The Greatest Love (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Robert Palmer

    Robert Palmer Some Guys Have All The Luck

    The Very Best Of Robert Palmer, EMI

  • Image for Erma Franklin

    Erma Franklin Take A Little Piece Of My Heart

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Macy Gray

    Macy Gray Lately

    (CD Single)

  • Swingtime requested by Andrew Willson

    • Image for Reg Owen

      Reg Owen Manhattan Spiritual

      Teen Beat Vol.2 (Various Artists)

  • Image for Leddra Chapman

    Leddra Chapman Summer Song

    (CD Single)

  • Image for The Cars

    The Cars My Best Friend's Girl

    The Cars, Elektra

  • Image for Dire Straits

    Dire Straits Calling Elvis

    Sultans Of Swing - Best Of Dire Straits, Vertigo

  • Image for Santana

    Santana and Rob Thomas Smooth

    (CD Single), Arista

  • Image for Harper Simon

    Harper Simon Wishes And Stars

    (CD Single), Tulsi Records, 2

  • Image for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Sailing On The Seven Seas

    OMD: The Singles, Virgin, 17

  • Showtime! requested by Murielle Hill

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Sunday Girl

    70's Number Ones Vol 3, Old Gold, 9

  • Image for Barenaked Ladies

    Barenaked Ladies You Run Away

  • Image for The Supremes

    The Supremes The Happening

    Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown, Polygram Tv

  • Pause For Thought with teacher and writer David Thomas

    I’ve often heard it remarked, at a funeral wake, that it’s a pity the person who’s no longer with us can’t be there to enjoy it. And although it makes little practical sense, it’s usually said with great sincerity and allows us to hang on a little longer to the presence of someone we loved.

    After the death of my younger sister it was agreed by her family and many friends that it was vital to honour her wish that her ashes should be returned to Rome. It was there she’d spent many of her happiest years and where she’d made many of the Italian friends whose children subsequently became her friends too. She also made friends with other expats from England and elsewhere. She had a way of establishing friendships that made them both intimate and long-lasting. She collected them as others collect porcelain or antique silver. Each one was a treasured acquisition that she valued and cherished. Her friends were of many nationalities and occupations, they were gay and straight, men and women, some much older than herself and others much younger, but they all shared her enthusiasm for life and its infinite variety. They were also alike in one other way; their reliability and loyalty at times of crisis, a quality she fully reciprocated.

    Each of her friends felt they had a special bond with her, the power of which drew them from as far afield as California and Florida, England and France to be part of her final, celebratory send-off. There was no question of not being able to attend. Everyone who was contacted vowed to make the effort to get to Rome including some for whom the cost of the airfare was not easily raised.

    For a week we partied. Groups would meet for lunch or dinner; others for a picnic in the park or a stroll through the ancient city, family groups would come together or loose collections of friends, old and new, would get together for breakfast or meet up for drinks. And on one glorious occasion all fifty of us came together for a long and merry lunch in a restaurant high on the hill above the River Tiber.

    When any of us meet again we recall that week with enormous pleasure, remembering Jane having been there with us, then laughingly reminding ourselves that she couldn’t have been. And yet, she was.


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