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1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 16 November 2011

Armenian schools are making chess compulsory - what would you make our lot learn? Also featuring another listener choosing their I Want To Wake Up With You track, plus Word Of The Day and the latest installment of Gardening Guilt. E-mail the show: vfeltz@bbc.co.uk.

Music Played

18 items
  • Image for ABC

    ABC The Look Of Love

    And Then She Kissed Me Vol.1 (Various, Debutante

  • Image for Rickie Lee Jones

    Rickie Lee Jones Chuck E's In Love

    Country Roads (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Cat Stevens

    Cat Stevens Remember The Days Of The Old Schoolyard

    The Very Best Of Cat Stevens, Island

  • Image for Lana Del Rey

    Lana Del Rey Video Games

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for David Cassidy

    David Cassidy Daydreamer

    70's Number Ones Vol 2, Old Gold

  • Image for James Morrison & Jessie J

    James Morrison & Jessie J Up

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Kiss The Bride

    The Very Best Of Elton John, Rocket

  • Image for Chic

    Chic My Forbidden Lover

    Love On The Dance Floor (Various Artists), Connoisseur Collection, 2

  • Image for Ed Sheeran

    Ed Sheeran Lego House

    (CD Single), Asylum, 1

  • Pause For Thought

    • Image for Kraftwerk

      Kraftwerk The Robots

      Nick Rhodes & John Taylor Present: Only After Dark, EMI

  • Image for The Wallflowers

    The Wallflowers One Headlight

    Wallflowers - Bringing Down The Horse, Interscope

  • Image for Jodie Marie

    Jodie Marie On The Road

    (CD Single), Verve, 1

  • Image for Mott the Hoople

    Mott the Hoople All The Way From Memphis

    (Single), CBS

  • Image for Ramones

    Ramones Rock N'roll High School


  • Image for Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse Our Day Will Come

    Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Island, 1

  • I Want To Wake Up With You, chosen by Chris Partridge in South Wales

    • Image for Prefab Sprout

      Prefab Sprout The King Of Rock 'n' Roll

      Hits Album 8, Part 2 (Various Artist, Hits Album

  • Image for Noisettes

    Noisettes Never Forget You

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers This Is The Day

    (CD Single), Columbia, 19

  • Pause For Thought: Canon Garth Hewitt

    I caused a bit of an incident in the bank the other day quite by accident. I had gone to transfer some money to another account and for some reason the whole process took up to half an hour. During this time only one window was kept open; in other words no one else came to serve the people and so the queue grew and grew. What’s more it was lunchtime in the City of London so more and more people came in.

    Instead of providing someone to come and serve the queue an employee of the bank walked up and down beside the queue and told people to use the cash machines, if they had money to pay in. It resulted in an uproar - a woman was shouting, “I want a human to give me a receipt!” and she got a lot of support, and people were saying “We don't want machines.”
    We all like the benefits of technology, but there are times we want a human being in the bank, we want a human being on the phone - we can’t stand being transferred to different options by a mechanical voice. It's strange how as technology has developed, especially on phones, we seem to have less communication. Sometimes I look at technology and wonder whether it liberates us and gives us creative opportunities, or does it actually make us less communal?

    I think we are all grateful for where technology helps us, all grateful for the improvements that have come through it, but sometimes we are simply desperate for a human being. We may like to buy our music online, but sometimes we miss the record shops. We may like to read our books on a screen, but sometimes we want the feel of a good book.

    I felt very embarrassed in the bank that I had caused such a queue, but I felt a lot of sympathy with the woman crying out “I want a human!”

    Technology is wonderful when it serves us but not so great when it limits our options, or treats us like machines.

  • Vanessa's Word Of The Day

    Another "I never knew thaat meant that" word today - fulsome!

    It doesn't , as you might think, mean lavish or extravagent praise for example, but rather means offensively flattering or insincere!


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