Music Played18 items
Rod Stewart You Wear It Well
The Best Of Rod Stewart, Warner Bros
Katherine Jenkins Break It To My Heart
Daydream, Warner Bros, 1
The Who 5.15
Simply The Best Movie Album (Various), Warner Strategic Market
James Morrison I Won't Let You Go
(CD Single), Island, 1
Gretchen Peters This Town
Burnt Toast & Offerings, Curb
Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley I've Had The Time Of My Life
It Takes Two (Various Artists), Columbia/Global/Sony Tv
Aretha Franklin Until You Come Back To Me
Aretha Franklin - 30 Greatest Hits, Atlantic
Glen Campbell Any Trouble
Ghost On The Canvas, Surfdog, 1
Thomas Dolby She Blinded Me With Science
Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive, EMI, 11
Chris Rea The Chance Of Love
Spirito Santo Blues, Rhino/Jazzee Blue, 1
Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi
Joni Mitchell, Reprise
Michael McDonald Sweet Freedom
Michael McDonald - Sweet Freedom, Warner Bros
Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al
The Paul Simon Anthology (Disc 2), Warner Bros, 4
Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia
The Pierces Kissing You Goodbye
(CD Single), Polydor, 1
Johnny Kidd & The Pirates Shakin' All Over
That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists), EMI
Wham! Bad Boys
Wham! - Fantastic, Epic
Pause For Thought: Abdul-Rehman Malik, a journalist
As the days start to get noticeably shorter and the winter darkness begins to encroach - this week on Pause for Thought we going to be thinking about light.
It must have been an odd sight. A baby in a pram, dressed in a knitted jumper and matching booties being pushed patiently through exhibit after colourful exhibit at Canada’s largest Science Museum. There was a life-size replica of the Apollo lunar landing module with near-to-real working controls. Hourly demonstrations showed visitors the possible uses for a relatively new and exciting invention called a laser. Interactive displays with movable knobs and levers demonstrated concepts like the Archimedes principle.
At each one, the mother would try to coax a reaction out of the child – pointing at the flashing lights, pushing buttons and talking excitedly about the purple beam boring a hole through solid wood. Alas, the child was impassive and before long fast asleep.
My mother always laughs when she tells the story. She said she wanted to give her first child a head start and the Science Museum seemed like the ideal place to begin. While my baby self was clearly not amused, I am certain the trips did their job. I would grow to love those exhibits, developing a genuine curiosity about how things worked. There were mysterious forces – like gravity and the movement of atoms – that held heaven and earth together. I wanted to understand them all.
Rather ambitious for a kid. Too ambitious as it turned out. While my early adventures in scientific inquiry earned me a few ribbons at Science Fairs, by high school I’d lost interest. I almost failed biology because I killed off all my precious fruit flies whose survival was vital to an end-of-the year genetics experiment. It was time to hang up the lab coat.
132 years ago Thomas Edison tested the first light bulb and the world changed. Eight months ago my son was born and my world changed.
That serene, precious face that greeted me last February is now suddenly aware of the exciting world around him, he wants to touch and grab everything. His face lights up brighter than any bulb I can think of. In his world, these little discoveries are no less profound than Edison’s.
“O God, illuminate my heart with light, and my eyes with light and my ears with light,” prayed the Prophet Muhammad. “O God, make me light.”
I still don’t fully understand those mysterious natural forces that once intrigued me, but the little I know fills me with wonder – at the complexity of creation and the magnificence of the Creator. I want to pass the same feeling on to my son. Call me silly, but I think I’ll begin by taking him, like my mother long ago, to the Science Museum.