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Aled Jones Sits In

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 18 October 2011

Aled Jones sits in for Vanessa all this week and has a first look at the day's news plus Pause For Thought at 0545am. Plus there'll be a track from 'Jones' Locker' after 6.

Music Played

18 items
  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Livin' Thing

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic

  • Image for The Fortunes

    The Fortunes You've Got Your Troubles

    The Greatest Hits Of 1965, Premier

  • Image for Matt Cardle

    Matt Cardle Run For Your Life

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Mica Paris

    Mica Paris My One Temptation

    Heart & Soul - 40 Smooth Soul Grooves, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Sophie B. Hawkins

    Sophie B. Hawkins Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover

    Woman (Various Artists), Polygram Tv/Sony Tv

  • Image for Nickelback

    Nickelback When We Stand Together

    (CD Single), Roadrunner, 1

  • Image for Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down

    The Element Of Freedom, Sony Music, 14

  • Image for Barry White

    Barry White You're The First, The Last, My Everything

    Barry White - The Collection, Mercury

  • Image for Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton The Sacrifice

    Better Day, Sony, 1

  • Image for Lighthouse Family

    Lighthouse Family Lifted

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for Kenny Wayne Shepherd

    Kenny Wayne Shepherd Dark Side Of Love

    How I Go, Roadrunner, 1

  • Image for Ringo Starr

    Ringo Starr It Don't Come Easy

    Ringo, Apple

  • Image for Sanford & Townsend

    Sanford & Townsend Smoke From A Distant Fire

    Smoke From A Distant Fire, Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Scritti Politti

    Scritti Politti Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)

    Now 1984 - The Millennium Series, Now

  • Image for Juan Zelada

    Juan Zelada The Blues Remain

    High Ceilings & Collarbones, Decca, 2

  • Image for Trace Adkins

    Trace Adkins Then They Do

  • Image for Smoove & Turrell

    Smoove & Turrell Hard Work

    Eccentric Audio, Jalapeno Records, 1

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Always On My Mind

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Pause For Thought: Rabbi Rebeccca Qassim Birk

    In the chill of this autumn morning I can just about remember that this past summer we camped a great deal. Breakfast and dinner, and lunch for that matter, in the open air makes you rather aware of what’s above and around you.

    Every evening the colour of the sky and the quality of light became critical for anticipating the weather the next day. I developed a renewed respect for natural light. My day began when the sun rose and ended when darkness fell. The early morning light was a blessing and so was the setting of the sun. I was for a short while in a new rhythm dictated by the light. And both the light and the darkness were welcome and I and my fellow campers were grateful for both - strangely even in a British summer.

    I heard an anecdote of an apartheid prisoner incarcerated with a light that shone in his cell 24 hours a day for 25 years. When finally released, and asked what he would most like, he replied without hesitation ‘Darkness’! Darkness is as much of a blessing as light. We need both.

    The Prophet Isaiah insisted about God, “I create light and darkness, good times and bad times”. The Bible offers an emotional echo that extends way beyond its original context to the fullness of life. With light comes darkness and both are valuable.

    This week brings with it Simchat Torah, the festival of celebrating the Torah, the first 5 books of the Hebrew Bible. Our tradition describes it as ‘black fire on white fire’ - the black words in ink on the parchment, which hold their own meaning - and the white spaces between the words that shine like light, conveying an even deeper message.

    One of our scholars said of the Torah: “Turn it and turn it again, for everything is in it.” And the same could be said of our experiences in life – reflect on them, pore over them and learn from them. Both the darkness and the light.


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