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1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 08 February 2011

Internationally-renowned author Paul Torday joins Simon for the Radio 2 Book Club. Paul, who wrote 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen', discusses his new novel 'More Than You Can Say', and also takes part in a live webchat. Elsewhere, we have all the usual features, from Homework and Confessions to the Jazz Showstopper and themed Oldies. Rebecca is across the money news, Matt brings you another top name from the world of sport, and Sally has all the travel news. Plus the usual array of brilliance on the music front.

Music Played

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    Leo Sayer Thunder In My Heart

    Leo Sayer -The Definitive Hits Collec, Polygram Tv, 8

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    Adele Set Fire To The Rain

  • Image for Squeeze

    Squeeze Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)

    Big Squeeze: The Very Best Of Squeeze, Universal/A&M

  • Image for Pat Benatar

    Pat Benatar Love Is A Battlefield

    The 80's Collection: 1984 (Various), Chrysalis

  • Image for Ron Sexsmith

    Ron Sexsmith Believe It When I See It

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 1

  • Image for Carpenters

    Carpenters Jambalaya (On The Bayou)

    Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv, Acuff-Rose Opryland

  • Image for Kirsty MacColl

    Kirsty MacColl There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop...

    Kirsty Maccoll - Galore, Virgin

  • Image for Don Henley

    Don Henley The End Of The Innocence

    Don Henley - The End Of The Innocence, Geffen

  • Image for The Waterboys

    The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues

    The Best Of The Waterboys '81-'90, Ensign

  • Image for Beady Eye

    Beady Eye The Roller

    (CD Single), Beady Eye Records, 1

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Under My Thumb

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • Image for Billy Joel

    Billy Joel The Downeaster Alexa


  • Image for Louis Jordan

    Louis Jordan Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?

    Louis Jordan Golden Greats, MCA

  • Confession: Blue Hat For A Blue Day


    Quite a few summers ago I was invited to go to ladies day at Goodwood. I had a couple of small children so to get away for a girlie day was very appealing. My dilemma was what was I going to wear?

    I had bought a blue dress in the last couple of weeks ready for a wedding that I was going to so I thought that would be a good option but I didn’t have a hat! That week I went to a friend’s house, who showed me some recent photos of her at a wedding, and she was wearing a very expensive but perfect navy blue hat to match my dress. I summoned up the courage to ask her if I could borrow it and to my surprise she said yes. The day came and I had a thoroughly good time at the races with lots of laughs with the girls.

    I came away losing my money but that was to be expected. I popped
    the hat on the back shelf of my car ready to take back to my friend.

    The problem was that I did not see my friend for the next few weeks
    and as it was July, it was very hot and sunny. When I decided I had better take the hat out of the car I was horrified to see that half of it had faded in the sunlight. One half a deepest glorious blue, the other a feeble faded ‘natural powder’ blue. WHAT WAS I GOING TO DO?
    I couldn’t go to a shop and buy a new one as it was unique. That night in bed I had some inspiration......... I would use my liquid blue shoe polish to bring it back to the original colour.

    The next morning I got up and applied the polish. The hat looked good as new. Better even. I spread the liquid polish through its foam
    applicator all over the hat to make sure that it was all the same blue.

    I gave the hat back to her and I didn’t say a word, and she didn’t notice. I had got away with it. A few weeks later she went to Goodwood on a race day and wore the hat. The problem was that it was not a beautiful day like when I went - but a very very wet one.

    Well Simon, thanks to the torrential rain, the blue shoe polish leaked out of the hat, over her expensive raceday hairdo, down her face, over her outfit – EVERYWHERE – under her clothes and through her equally expensive undergarments.

    When I next saw her she asked me if I’d had any problem with the dye leaking out of the hat as she knew that when I went to Goodwood it had been very hot, so if my head had got too hot the blue may have come off. ‘Er, no, not at all’ I lied, ‘No problems at all, I can’t think what could have happened’.

    Please could you say a big sorry to Millie for ruining her day at the races, and to the makers of her fabulous hat, who got it in the neck from an irate Millie.




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