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Bryan Ferry Let's Stick Together
Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music - Street Life, Eg
Billy Joel Tell Her About It
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Vol.2, CBS
Brandon Flowers Crossfire
(CD Single), Polydor, 1
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Sailing On The Seven Seas
OMD: The Singles, Virgin, 17
Lady Gaga Alejandro
(CD Single), Streamline Records, 1
MOIRA'S GOLDEN OLDIE
Little Anthony & The Imperials Tears On My Pillow
The Best Of Little Anthony & The Impe, Roulette
Amy Macdonald This Pretty Face
(CD Single), Mercury, 1
Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin' Something
The Essential Michael Jackson, Epic, 7
The Rolling Stones As Tears Go By
The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1964-1, London
Amy Winehouse Tears Dry On Their Own
(CD Single), Island
Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man
Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor
Dean Martin and Helen O'Connell How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning?
Cool Couples (Various Artists), Sanctuary
The Hoosiers Choices
(CD Single), RCA, 1
The Housemartins Happy Hour
Now That's What I Call Quite Good, Go! Discs
K'naan Wavin' Flag
(CD Single), A&M, 1
The Partridge Family, Shirley Jones & David Cassidy I Think I Love You
Have A Nice Day Vol.3, Rhino
(CD Single), Mute, 1
Kenny Rogers The Gambler
Kenny Rogers - The Very Best Of, Reprise
The Charlie Daniels Band The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Ultimate Country (Various Artists), Telstar
The Human League Don't You Want Me
Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia
Albert Hammond It Never Rains In Southern California
The Singer & The Song (Various Artists), Stardust, 2
Eliza Doolittle Pack Up
(CD Single), EMI, 1
R. Kelly I Believe I Can Fly
Heart & Soul - 40 Smooth Soul Grooves, Polygram Tv
Dexys Midnight Runners and The Emerald Express Come On Eileen
Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia
Pause for Thought
From Bishop Joe Aldred, of Churches Together in England
The 19th Century biologist Professor Richard Owen remarked, that ‘there is no greater anomaly in nature than a bird that cannot fly’.
The norm is to fly, but some birds flap their wings along the surface of the water, some take flight only to escape danger, and some have become virtually wingless. In the case of the ostrich, unable to fly from danger, it has developed the ability to kick away its attackers.
These and other anomalous bird behaviours are said to be caused by disuse. For as I learned in Sunday School many years ago, God has given us talents, and ‘if we don’t use them – we may well lose them.
May-be it’s because it chimes so much with our innate aspirational instincts, why American singer-songwriter R Kelly’s ‘I believe I can fly’ has become so popular around the world. Human beings seem to know that everyone is born with the ability to fly, proverbially, based on their God-given gifts and talents.
But what we know also, is that for a range of reasons, some self-inflicted, others externally imposed, many never realise their full potential.
This week, August 17 to be specific, marks the birthday in 1887 of one of the greats in Pan-African history, the mercurial Marcus Garvey.
A Christian, Garvey recognised the lasting effects of an ungodly slave movement that dehumanised African people. He concluded that the road to rediscovery of selfhood starts with self-love. For Garvey, if the descendants of the enslaved were to rediscover their ability to fly, they needed to embrace the self that had experienced rejection and caused some of their wings to lapse into disuse.
But the process of learning how to fly again after four-hundred years of disuse is a long and drawn out affair, which may not be realised fully in a life time. Patience, determination and faith are required, so that in the words of Isaiah the Old Testament prophet, in time ‘those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, shall mount up with wings like eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint’.
Such faith is always accompanied by action that brings about change. So, together we work towards a time when a human being born anywhere in our world, who does not achieve their full potential, is as anomalous as a bird that cannot fly.
Today's Show: Please Please C'mon Please, For Me!
Today's show was dedicated to anyone who promises to tune into BBC One at 7:00pm tonight
Today's Show Starred:
John Dale from the West Midlands who completed his first composition on the ukulele
Janey Cook from Plymouth who turned forty
Julia Wood from Cheshire who is celebrating a collective 200 year birthday with her family
Anna Stainer from Woodfors who learned circus skills
Anya Hayden from Northampton who went llama trekking
Jill and Eric Stevens from High Wycombe who made today's Mega-Phone-Call
Dick Strawbridge, Christine Hamilton and Lisa Faulkner who talked Masterchef
Kriss Akabusi who is a national treasure and our very own Sporting Challenge referee
Francesca from Maidenhead who picked today's Gobsmackers
Bishop Joe Aldred who gave us some wise words
Malcolm Roberts from St Helens who said "ewwo"
Polly Corker from Surrey who said "Heello"
Sue Boyle from Hertfordshire who said "hello, hello, HELLLOOO"
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