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Richard Madeley Sits In

3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 12 November 2010

Richard Madeley sits in for Chris Evans with music, news headlines with a look at the papers, plus regular sports updates and Pause for Thought.

Music Played

32 items
  • Image for Huey Lewis and the News

    Huey Lewis and the News and Huey Lewis The Power Of Love

    Huey Lewis & The News - Fore!, Chrysalis

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt Stay The Night

    Some Kind Of Trouble, Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Brenda Lee

    Brenda Lee As Usual

    The Very Best Of Brenda Lee Vol.2

  • Image for Dire Straits

    Dire Straits Walk Of Life

    Brothers In Arms 20th Anniv Edition, Vertigo

  • Image for Amy Macdonald

    Amy Macdonald Mr Rock & Roll

    (CD Single), Vertigo

  • Image for Manfred Mann

    Manfred Mann Pretty Flamingo

    Ages Of Mann, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Dusty Springfield

    Dusty Springfield You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

    Dusty- The Silver Collection, Philips

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Save My Love

    The Promise, Columbia, 1

  • Image for James Morrison

    James Morrison Broken Strings (feat. Nelly Furtado)

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Jackie Wilson

    Jackie Wilson I Get The Sweetest Feeling

    Time For Love (Various Artists), Truetrax

  • Image for The Beautiful South

    The Beautiful South Don't Marry Her

    (CD Single), Go! Discs

  • Image for Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell Southern Nights

    That's Country (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for The Trammps

    The Trammps Hold Back The Night

    (Single), Buddah Records, 14

  • Image for Josh Groban

    Josh Groban Hidden Away

    Illuminations, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for The Pointer Sisters

    The Pointer Sisters I'm So Excited

    The Best Of The Pointer Sisters, RCA

  • Image for Small Faces

    Small Faces Itchycoo Park

    Sunny Afternoon - Sound Of The 60's,V, Old Gold

  • Image for Goo Goo Dolls

    Goo Goo Dolls Notbroken

    (CD Single), Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Not Fade Away

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • Image for Rick Astley

    Rick Astley Never Gonna Give You Up

    Rick Astley - Whenever You Need Someb, RCA

  • Image for Tone Damli Aaberge

    Tone Damli Aaberge Butterflies

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Jackson Browne

    Jackson Browne In The Shape Of A Heart

    The Next Voice You Hear - Jackson Bro, Elektra

  • Image for The Doobie Brothers

    The Doobie Brothers What A Fool Believes

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for Wet Wet Wet

    Wet Wet Wet Wishing I Was Lucky

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Steve Winwood

    Steve Winwood While You See A Chance

    And I Write The Songs (Various Artis, Debutante

  • Image for Take That

    Take That The Flood

    (CD Single), Polydor, 16

  • Image for Rumer

    Rumer Aretha

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Nell Bryden

    Nell Bryden What Does It Take?

    (CD Single), 157 Records, 1

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Our House

    Now 1983 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for JLS

    JLS Love You More

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • Image for Keane

    Keane Somewhere Only We Know

    (CD Single), Transcopic Records

  • Image for The Walker Brothers

    The Walker Brothers The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

    The Best Of, Fontana, 3

  • Image for Wham!

    Wham! Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Pause For Thought

    From Alison Murdoch, a Tibetan Buddhist:

    "I’ve just had the fun of organising a surprise night out for my husband’s birthday, and by luck one of our favourite comedians was doing a show in London’s West End. As we’ve both been working really hard recently, it felt like a few hours of laughter was just the tonic we needed. Afterwards, I slept better than I’ve done in weeks.

    As you probably know, there’s increasing evidence for the health benefits of laughter. It relaxes tense muscles, increases blood flow, and stimulates the immune system. In the 1960s, the writer and academic Norman Cousins prescribed himself Marx Brothers movies as a treatment for heart disease, and there’s now a whole medical discipline – called gelotology – devoted to the subject. A recent study at a California university confirmed that even the anticipation of humour – that feeling you get when you settle into the sofa for your favourite comedy show – can decrease stress levels.

    If laughter is a key to physical well-being, what about our spiritual well-being? Despite all the jokes about the priest, the imam and the rabbi, religion tends to be seen as serious business. Perhaps that’s a mistake. The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu are not only the most inspiring religious leaders I’ve ever come across, but also a constant source of fun and laughter.

    They seem to understand that laughter is more than just a feel-good factor. To have a laugh with someone – never at them – brings us closer than words can say. Laughter also helps us chip away at our pride and self-importance, and open up to new experiences. When we have a sense of humour failure, it usually means we’re taking ourselves too seriously, and losing the capacity to listen and learn. Think of David Brent in The Office! In contrast, Buddhism suggests that loosening up on our sense of self, and letting go of habits and judgements, is the key to a more satisfying and compassionate life.

    As the American author Mark Van Doren said, 'Nothing in man is more serious than his sense of humour.'"


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