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2 hours, 5 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 19 August 2010

Parsons on Patrol, asking you how long you spend in the shower! 'Pause for Thought' is at 05:45, 'Swing Time' is at 06:15 and the 'Show Tune' is at 06:45. Get in touch with the show by e-mail: lynn.parsons@bbc.co.uk.

Music Played

25 items
  • Image for John Lennon

    John Lennon #9 Dream

    The John Lennon Collection, Parlophone

  • Image for Spandau Ballet

    Spandau Ballet Gold

    The Gold Album (Various Artists), The Hit Label Ltd

  • Image for Jamie Cullum

    Jamie Cullum Love Ain't Gonna Let You Down

    (CD Single)

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Starman

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Cher

    Cher If I Could Turn Back Time

    Cher - The Greatest Hits, WEA/Universal

  • Image for Raul Malo

    Raul Malo I Said I Love You

    (CD Single), BMG

  • Image for Craig David

    Craig David Walking Away

    (CD Single), Wildstar

  • Image for Des’ree

    Des’ree You Gotta Be

    The Ivor Novello Winners, EMI

  • Image for The Hoosiers

    The Hoosiers Choices

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Trisha Yearwood

    Trisha Yearwood The Song Remembers When

    Trisha Yearwood Songbook, MCA

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for M People

      M People Moving On Up

      The Best Of M People, BMG

  • Image for Eliza Doolittle

    Eliza Doolittle Pack Up

    (CD Single), EMI, 1

  • Image for Dodgy

    Dodgy Good Enough

    Now 34 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson They Can't Take That Away From Me

    Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

  • Image for Brandon Flowers

    Brandon Flowers Crossfire

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Swing Time, requested by Irene Lambert from Louth

  • Image for Jimmy McCracklin

    Jimmy McCracklin The Walk

    John Lennon's Jukebox (Various), Virgin

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald This Pretty Face

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Dobie Gray

    Dobie Gray The In Crowd

    Originals 2 (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for Peter Gabriel

    Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill

    (CD Single), Virgin

  • Image for Lady Antebellum

    Lady Antebellum I Run To You

    Need You Now, Capitol Nashville, 1

  • Image for Natalie Imbruglia

    Natalie Imbruglia Shiver

    (CD Single), Brightside Recordings

  • The Show Tune, requested by Bobbie

    • Image for Julie Andrews

      Julie Andrews Do-Re-Mi

      The Sound of Music

  • Image for The Sandford Townsend Band

    The Sandford Townsend Band Smoke From A Distant Fire

    Rock On 1977, Madacy Entertainment/MCA Special Markets

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys God Only Knows


  • Pause For Thought

    On one of those stressful Exam Results Days, our words today come from Hackney vicar - and Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons - Rose Hudson-Wilkin.

    "In a few hours time, up and down the country, young people will be making their way to their schools and colleges to collect their exam results. I can still remember being at secondary school and talking with other students around me about what we were going to be when we grew up. We wanted to be nurses, midwives, teachers, police officers, doctors, veterinarians, linguist, botanists, business men and women and some of us even wanted to be ministers of religion, wives and mothers. This, of course, determined what subjects we did and we too waited expectantly for our results.

    There will, of course, be some uncertainty and nervousness as these students today open the letters with the results of their exams; relief and excitement. With the results received, there will be those who will press on towards their goal of achieving a particular career path. Others will have the challenge of being thrown off course through not getting the grades needed.

    My nephew had a little mantra over his desk while he studied for his exams. It said: “No limitations rule my effort, I will overcome obstacle, I will excel, I will achieve, I have the potential for greatness.” He saw this everyday. This was his motivation. Today he is a successful businessman in Jamaica.

    St Paul once spoke to the church in Phillipi encouraging them to “press on towards the goal to win the prize….” Whatever the unexpected results received later on today, we must encourage our young people to forget any thoughts of regret –for not getting the grades that they wanted, but instead, to keep going forward.

    A wise person once said, ‘the tragedy in life is not failing to reach your goal but having no goal to reach; it is not dying with unfulfilled dreams but in not having any dreams.’

    If the results today are disappointing –then do remember the results are simply a means to an end. We need to share our aspirations with one another, and especially to encourage our young people to keep pressing onwards towards their goal".


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