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It's Only A Small Step That Turns A Setback Into An Opportunity

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 16 February 2011

Today's show was dedicated to anyone who has put an application in and is waiting on a reply, and the show was entitled: "It's Only A Small Step That Turns A Setback Into An Opportunity."

Lucy Garner aged seven from Northamptonshire is having a castle day at school, and will return tomorrow to mark it out of ten.

Today's Mystery Guest was the Queen of Mean from "The Weakest Link", Anne Robinson!

Music Played

28 items
  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Modern Love

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Marli Harwood

    Marli Harwood It's Called A Heart

    (CD Single), Marli Records, 10

  • Big Screen Belter

    • Image for Jackson Browne

      Jackson Browne Running On Empty

      The Next Voice You Hear - Jackson Bro, Elektra

  • Image for Mumford & Sons

    Mumford & Sons Roll Away Your Stone

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Scissor Sisters

    Scissor Sisters Laura

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for INXS

    INXS New Sensation

    INXS - Kick, Mercury

  • Image for Shirley Bassey

    Shirley Bassey Big Spender

    Shirley Bassey - The Singles, EMI

  • Image for The Script

    The Script If You Ever Come Back

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Rock DJ

    (CD Single), Chrysalis

  • Image for The Human League

    The Human League Keep Feeling Fascination

    Now 1983 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Golden Oldie

    • Image for Frank Sinatra

      Frank Sinatra Strangers In The Night

      Frank Sinatra - The Reprise Years, Reprise

  • Image for The Pierces

    The Pierces You'll Be Mine

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Peter Gabriel

    Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer

    Now 1986 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Lucky Star

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire, 5

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Don't Panic

    (CD Single), Universal Music

  • Image for John Lennon

    John Lennon Whatever Gets You Through The Night

    John Lennon - Lennon Legend, Parlophone

  • Image for Beady Eye

    Beady Eye The Roller

    (CD Single), Beady Eye Records, 1

  • Image for Eurythmics

    Eurythmics Right By Your Side

    Eurythmics - Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Cliff Richard

    Cliff Richard Wired For Sound

    Cliff Richard - Private Collection, EMI

  • Image for The Who

    The Who Won't Get Fooled Again

    Ultimate Rock 2 (Various Artists), Hit Label

  • Image for Noah and the Whale

    Noah and the Whale L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Gobsmackers #1

  • Gobsmackers #2

    • Image for Chicago

      Chicago If You Leave Me Now

      The Heart Of Chicago, Reprise

  • Image for Freddie Mercury

    Freddie Mercury The Great Pretender

    Now 9 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

    The Bryan Ferry Orchestra Alphaville

    Olympia, Virgin, 1

  • Image for Dido

    Dido White Flag

    (CD Single), Arista

  • Image for The Buggles

    The Buggles Video Killed The Radio Star

    Our Friends Electric (Various Artist, Telstar

  • Image for Take That

    Take That Up All Night

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Pause For Thought

    From Baroness Neuberger DBE, known to PFT as Rabbi Julia:

    "We went for a long walk in the Chilterns this last weekend, in gorgeous sunny weather, warm enough - in February - to sit outside for lunch and to see a few early chicks around the hens, snowdrops in abundance, and the first daffodil buds everywhere. Spring was in the air... And, having just been at several funerals, reading those lovely words from Psalm 103 about how we blossom like the flowers of the field and then are no more, there was a glorious sense of rebirth.

    But this year, alongside my regular joy at the end of a cold winter, my thoughts turned to many of our young people in Britain, and around the world, in the spring of their lives, whose opportunities are getting so much more limited. We heard yesterday from Jonathan Portes, new head of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, that hundreds of thousands of young people face bleak employment prospects throughout their lives unless we take urgent action. Youth unemployment has reached close to a million people. So whilst we rejoice in the abundance of new birth and flowers, should we not also worry about young unemployed people, when it is hard to see how they will easily get on to the ladder of life and find their summer?

    What about young people heavily in debt? Never able to buy somewhere to live? Seeing opportunities closing to them which older people - even people ten years older - are still finding open? And if we are right to be worried, shouldn’t this spring’s signs of joy and hope also give us the resolution to help the young, facing the effects of recession and worried about their future? We all want there to be a warm relationship between the generations in our society - at best that can be warm and creative, and allows everyone to seek, and gain fulfilment. We need to make sure that that comes about, for all our sakes."

  • Today's Show: It's Only A Small Step That Turns A Setback Into An Opportunity

    Today's show is dedicated to anyone who has put an application in and is waiting on a reply

  • Today's Show Starred:

    Andy Boz from West Yorkshire who chose today's Big Screen Belter

    Rob and Marcia from Southampton who took the whole family for pizza

    Fiona Kelly from Bingley who started her new job at a local school

    Cath Sked from Sheffield and her twin sister Samantha who both turned the big 4-0

    Julie from Preston who remembered a Golden Oldie

    Anne Robinson who told us about her new series on the telly about books

    Dr Terence Simpson who picked some Gobsmackers

    Rabbi Julia who imparted some words of wisdom


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