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1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 30 December 2010

Radio 2's Early Breakfast Show. Lynn Parsons eases you into the day with the burning issues of the day - today: Dick Van Dyke - chimney sweep or charlatan? Contact the show via email lynn.parsons@bbc.co.uk.

Music Played

19 items
  • Image for Paul Simon

    Paul Simon Still Crazy After All These Years

    Still Crazy After All These Years, CBS

  • Image for Steve Winwood

    Steve Winwood Higher Love

    Burning Hearts (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Plain White T's

    Plain White T's Rhythm Of Love

    (CD Single), Hollywood Records, 1

  • Image for Quincy Jones

    Quincy Jones and Dune Ai No Corrida

    Hits Of 1981 & 1982 (Various Artists, Polydor

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Evil Woman

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for Kim Carnes

    Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes

    And The Road Goes On Forever Vol 1, Debutante

  • Image for Erasure

    Erasure A Little Respect

    Erasure - Pop!, Mute Records

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt So Far Gone

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder Until You Come Back To Me

    Stevie Wonder -The Close Of A Century, Universal

  • Pause For Thought

  • Image for Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

    Israel Kamakawiwoʻole Over The Rainbow

    Best Of, Decca, 1

  • Image for The Trammps

    The Trammps Hold Back The Night

    (Single), Buddah Records, 14

  • Image for Joe Brown

    Joe Brown A Picture Of You

    The Greatest Hits Of 1962, Premier

  • Image for Imelda May

    Imelda May Inside Out

    (CD Single), Decca, 1

  • Image for Donna Summer

    Donna Summer I Remember Yesterday

    On The Radio, Casablanca, 3

  • Image for The All-Stars

    The All-Stars and Junior Walker What Does It Take To Win Your Love

    Junior Walker - 20th Century Masters, Motown, 5

  • Image for Wet Wet Wet

    Wet Wet Wet Sweet Surrender

    The Ultmate 80's Ballads (Various), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Seal

    Seal Crazy

    The Hit Pack (Various Artists), CBS, 4

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Ain't Good Enough For You

    The Promise, Columbia, 1

  • Pause For Thought, with journalist Abdul-Rehman Malik

    Come December, I get terribly nostalgic. I remember the long arctic nights of my Canadian childhood. Snow piled high on the drive, Christmas lights twinkling outside and my sisters and I curled under a pile of quilts in front of the television watching movie classics like "It's a Wonderful Life" until our eyes couldn't stay open anymore. Hot chocolate was always a quick
    "please and thank you" away.

    My parents were always a bit reticent about getting a TV, so when we finally got one, there was one condition: no cable. We were at the mercy of the dreaded rabbit ear antennae. Of the four or five channels we could pick up,
    it was public television we watched the most: old movies, nature
    documentaries, British comedies and lots of children’s’ programming. But I
    don't remember anything being quite as entertaining as "The Log Driver's Waltz", an animated short that celebrated in song the men who transported timber down the rough rivers of Northern Quebec, riding and running on the logs as
    they came precipitously downstream. "For he goes burling down a-down the white water; that's where the log driver learns to step lightly," sang the great Kate and Anna McGarrigle, whose folk music was part of my childhood soundtrack.

    The log driver, I know now, is navigating life's journey like the rest of us. Like him we are careening down the river in a constant balancing act. At times we walk with caution, at others times we go forward deftly with confidence. Sometimes when the river's too rough and the logs too slippery,
    we fall. Kate McGarrigle died in January and the log driver stumbled.

    This has been a year of stumbles and of success, of births and new
    beginnings. It's also been a year of departures. Elders have passed on and
    loved ones - young and vital - have left us too soon. The state of the world continues to outrage, but the scale of catastrophes sometimes leaves me feeling powerless.

    "By the passing of time," the Qur'an advises, "humanity is indeed at a loss. Except for those who have faith and do good works; and enjoin upon one another truth and enjoin upon one another patience." Nostalgia is a sure sign of getting older, but faith keeps us grounded in the blessed now.

    It is that faith perhaps that is the log driver's greatest friend.


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